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12 Feb 2010
Chumash archaeo-astronomy?,8599,1960661,00.html  February 9th ... a tree in California was carved with astronomical signs representing constellations, it is alleged. The scorpion tree, a gnarled oak in the Santa Lucia Mountains, has the image of a six legged lizard meticulously scrawled across it's trunk, nearly 3 feet in length and topped with a rectangular crown and two large spheres. It belonged to the Chumush, it is thought, as they were responsible for similar painted rock art elsewhere in California.

12 Feb 2010
Latest Archaeology news from the horses mouth

Current Archaeology March 2010.

Rising sea levels are not a recent phenomenon it would seem as the seabed off the coast of the Orkney island of Darnsay has been investigated by a team led by the University of Aberdeen and they have discovered stone buildings and walls, as yet undated. What is intriguing is that some of the finds may be connected to an early chapel as it is known to have formerly been part of a larger complex. It now sits on what seems to be a disappearing shoreline - yet northern Scotland is supposed to be bouncing back from the Ice Age. The sebed around the Orkneys could be littered with human structures according to a geophysicist on site. Study of sediments show that Orkney only reached present sea level at 2000BC, and considerable coastal change has taken place since that time (as elsewhere around the coasts of Britain).

12 Feb 2010
Plasma and Fractal web sites provides a brief history of the study and recognition of plasma in space - going back to Farady and Maxwell. When Kepler and Newton formulated their theories very little was known about electricity, hence their models rely on gravity and inertia. Mainstream theories have not changed too much from the basics and it is assumed space is electrically sterile. The site then goes on to look at the psychology of science - belief is known to have a profound affect on perception.

12 Feb 2010
Comet Encke and a tail story

RIA Novorosti July 26th 2009 ... according to Russian scientists, in Moscow and St Petersburg, the Tunguska event was caused by cometary material that collided with the earth. The blast was caused by the earth passing through part of the tail of Comet Encke. This is the comet that Clube and Napier saw as a relic of their giant comet that entered the solar system in the Late Pleistocene period. The scientists claim the incredible power of the explosion can be explained by significant differences in the electric potentials - or the charge of Comet Encke and the Earth.

12 Feb 2010
The Sphinx and the Pyramids

The Smithsonian Magazine has an interesting article, Uncovering secrets of the Sphinx. It obviously will not satisfy more extreme revisions of history and is open to a good deal of criticism but here is how it goes. The Sphinx was created from a block of limestone after it's surrounding stone had been quarried away to build i) the Sphinx temple, ii) the  Pyramid of Khufre, and iii) the Valley Temple. Almost certainly they were built as one single project with a common aim - the Sphinx being an integral part of the pyramid complex.

12 Feb 2010
Hobbits and small brains.

Science Daily January 30th ... is the brain of the Hobbit too small is the question being asked. Research from a team at Cambridge and Durham universities have challenged the idea that hominid and primate brains tended to get bigger over the course of evolutionary time. They showed that in some primate species brains did evolve to become smaller - in marmots and some lemurs. The Hobbit was no more than 3 feet in height and appears to have lived on Flores Island in Indonesia until 13,000 years ago.

12 Feb 2010

New Scientist (online version) January 26th ... an article speculates that Darwin's ideas were only a part of the story of evolution. Darwin's explanation may apply only to recent history of life on earth whereas in the deep history of the earth evolution may have differed in some respects. At the root of the idea is overwhelming evidence for horizontal gene transfer - in which organisms aquire genetic material horizontally from other organisms around them rather than vertically from their parents or ancestors.

11 Feb 2010

Science News at has a story that pops up on other sites and blogs such as about people migrating from NE Asia to North America at various times during the Holocene. The story is about an intrusion that passed all the way across Alaska and northern Canada and ended in Greenland.

10 Feb 2010
Climate Tidbits

Science Daily January 2nd ... it is now being claimed Swiss glaciers were melting faster than modern times as recently as the 1930s/1940s warming phase. A couple of years ago Jim Hansen was forced to admit that 1934 was warmer, or as warm as 1998. Three years in the 1930s were as warm as current temperatures (see archive for story) but this was confined to the US - i.e. it was GISS data that was found to be faulty and for some reason it never went further than that.

9 Feb 2010
Smoke and Fire

Science Daily ... a paper in Journal of Natural Products claims fire and smoke play a significant role in the rebirth and regeneration of forest and grassland. Smoke seems to affect and promote the germination of seeds of many species following landscape fires. A chemical component in smoke produced from burning plant material has been isolated - and is responsible for the rapid growth that takes place after fires.