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9 Feb 2010
The hole in the crust

Daily Galaxy December 27th 2009 ... in 2005 an Ethiopian volcano erupted and in the process a 35 mile rift in the landscape was created - in days (instant geology). The writer says, almost off-handedly, that nature appears to make changes much more rapidly than geology allows. However, the uniformitarian model seems to just bob up and down and take these observations on the chin without a flicker.

9 Feb 2010
Plant mutations

www.physorg.com January 4th ... the speed of mutations in plants has been monitored for the first time and findings shed light on the evolutionary process. It happens much quicker than imagined and therefore this raises some questions about the uniformitarian model - does it require such a long time to produce the evolutionary changes observed. If plants and animals can mutate quickly this means that punctuated evolution is a real possibility - long periods with no change interrupted by short bursts of mutation.

9 Feb 2010
Stars

Daily Galaxy January 25th ... several leading astrophysicists believe there was no Big Bang to bring the universe and time into existence. Instead, they think we are trapped in a thin membrane of space-time embedded in a much larger cosmos from which neither light nor energy can escape - apart from gravity. Accordingly, dark matter is just the rest of the universes that we cannot see because light cannot escape. Neat.

9 Feb 2010
Wolves

Science Daily July 5th 2007 ... although this is an old story it is never the less interesting. Apparently, wolves in Alaska became extinct at the same time as the mammoths and some other large mammals. It seems the region was re-colonised by grey wolves in the Holocene, from a southern species that slightly differed in anatomy. This raises the issue of overkill and Clovis people. Why would Clovis people exterminate the wolf from Alaska - and is there any evidence of Clovis people that far north.

4 Feb 2010
Silbury Hill, and other archaeological news

Gazette and Herald, February 2nd ... letters that were archived over 200 years ago seem to suggest Silbury Hill may originally have been constructed around a huge pillar - or tree trunk. Letters written in 1776 and stored in the British Library describe a 40 foot pole which once stood at the centre of the hill - when it was much smaller, little more than a large mound. When the hill was built up to its present size the tree trunk was buried in situ as on separate excavations a long cavity was found or fragments of oak timber within a cavity.

4 Feb 2010
Douglas Keenan

www.informath.org ... the on-running web site of Dougls Keenan has some interesting articles including one on C14 dating and tree rings. Douglas Keenan has also been in the news of late in a dispute with Queens University Belfast over access to tree ring data. He wants this data specifically for global warming purposes which is not exactly what it was compiled for - or indeed used in the past. Queens have refused access, for whatever reason, one being that the tree ring unit closed down when Mike Baillie retired a few years ago.

4 Feb 2010
Astronomy and Space

University of Buffalo News June 11th 2002 ... this is interesting though an old post. Research has squeezed evidence out of ice cores to show that sun spots have an affect on climate. Sun spots coincide with strong solar activity - such as we had around the turn of the millennium at the height of the AGW apocalyptic scaremongering. The research found that ice cores also include evidence of dust in the atmosphere (volcanic, cosmic, wind blown etc) and when this happens global temperatures are lower.

4 Feb 2010
Anthropology

The Guardian January 22nd ... Israel is to fund a genetic study to determine if there is a link between the lost tribes of Israel and the Pashtun peoples of southern Afghanistan and its borders. The Afride tribe has been chosen for the study, many of whom live in northern India. Afride has been linked rather speculatively to Ephraim, while another tribe, the Yusufzai, are said to derive from Joseph.

4 Feb 2010
Chronological Matters

Biblical Peoples and Ethnicity: An Archaeological Study of Egyptians, Canaanites, Philistines and Early History, Atlanta, Society of Biblical Literature: 2009 ... an in-depth study of the different groups associated with Palestine at the end of the Late Bronze Age and the beginning of the Iron Age. The chronology is conventional but this is an important study of a period of history often misrepresented by historians. It concerns the actual origins of Israel.

4 Feb 2010
Space Anomalies

Science Daily January 20th ... MIT professor Richard Binzel has examined what influence Earth might have on asteroids - which appear to be substantial. He has determined what happens when an asteroid comes within a certain range and found that the Earth causes, what he describes as 'seismic shaking' of the asteroid, an attempt to understand what is happening. The shaking, he says, is strong enough to bring regoliths to the surface, creating the kind of meteorites that regularly fall through the atmosphere of the Earth.