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25 Feb 2010
Dark Comets

See (or simply go to the menu on side bar of the web site) ... George Howard wonders if NASAs WISE mission which is now underway is able to confirm or refute, in part or wholly, the widely dismissed notion and theory of Bill Napier and the British NEO catastrophists.

25 Feb 2010
Palaeolithic Writing Systems - or a message from the Pleistocene

New Scientist February 17th had an article on Chauvet Cave and it's Palaeolithic art (southern France). The most famous of the paintings is the group of trotting horses, or the two rhinoceros in a bad mood, or even the depiction of wild cattle. What is generally ignored by the art critics who manage to enter the cave system are the semi circles, lines and zigzag signs marked on the same walls - they have mostly been ignored. Until now.

25 Feb 2010
Out of Africa id186064617 February 22nd ... a special issue of Current Biology is devoted to human beginnings and how genetic evidence, along with archaeological and linguistic research, is being used to bolster the Out of Africa hypothesis - the consensus view. A flavour of the articles can be guaged from an introduction by Colin Renfrew.

23 Feb 2010

Science News Febnruary 17th (see ) ... new X Ray findings appear to blow a hole in the leading model for the origin of stellar explosions - type 1a supernova events. Astronomers routinely use these very bright events to measure dark energy. The Nature article won't change the interpretation of dark energy but a new understanding is required of supernovae.

23 Feb 2010
Permafrost February 17th ... the southern limits of the permafrost zone, frozen ground, is now said to be 130km further north than it was 50 years ago. This actually applies to the area studied, the James Bay locale. It is being predicted that permafrost will disappear in the near future - releasing dangerous amounts of methane. However, although AGW is fingered the researchers admit a lack of long term climatic data in the region and in fact the study involves just the last 20 years - not the 50 years in the blurb.

23 Feb 2010
Potbelly Hill

Newsweek, February 19th have run an article on the enigmatic monument unearthed in SE Anatolia dating back to 9500BC - the very beginnings of the Holocene (see ). On what is a softly rounded hill in the foothills of the Taurus, the mountains rising at it's rear, it's face towards Syria in the south and the Plain of Harran to the SE.

23 Feb 2010
Sunlight and Holes in Tombs and Monuments - The National (Arab Emirates) ... has a piece on the period before monotheistic religions took root - an era of different gods with many names, shapes, and sizes. The role of the Sun in the ancient Arab world was apparently very important as inside small ancient beehive shape buildings (tombs) a single ray of sunshine crept in through a smallish opening - and lit the interior for a couple of hours (each day).

23 Feb 2010
Pyramids (article id=8812) ... over the last 30 years Egyptian archaeologists hav e been able to use modern technology to clear up outstanding conumdrums and refute misconceptions about their history. For example, Zahi Hawass excavated the remains of a large village where a permanent workforce of pyramid artisans lived. They also ecavated a section where a temporary workforce was housed and fed and a vast cemetery in which they were buried.

23 Feb 2010
Ape Folk

The Guardian and The Observer, soulmates in green politics, have a simlar choice of story regarding evolution of humanity. See online version at 21st February ... basically, it concerns the discovery 6 years ago of a small human species on an Indonesian island and this has caused all kinds of new ideas to promulgate. It is seriously being suggested that Hobbits preceded Homo Erectus in the journey Out of Africa - and went on to colonise other parts of the world.

22 Feb 2010
Cosmic Tusk Update

Further posts on the AGU Meeting. WC Mahaney et al, in Geomorphology 116: Issues 1-2, page 48-57, due out on March 15th 2010, says that a new group of scientists have emerged and are about to publish their findings which appear to support the YD boundary impact event hypothesis. Evidence this time comes from the Andes in NW Venezuela.