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  • Jupiter Has Taken a Massive Meteor Hit (So Earth Didn’t Have To)

    09/12/2012 2:41:21 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 9/12/12 | Jamie Condliffe
    On Monday, Jupiter took a massive hit from a meteor, which was spotted by amateur astronomers based in the US—and if previous evidence is anything to go by, it could have saved Earth from a massive collision in the process. Dan Peterson of Racine, Wisconsin, was gazing at Jupiter on Monday when he saw a bright, white flash on the surface of the planet. When he posted his observation online, another astrophotographer, George Hall, discovered he'd unknowingly captured the massive explosion on video. Turns out it was probably a meteor striking the surface of the planet—and you can watch the...
  • SOON AND BRIGGS: Global-warming fanatics take note – Sunspots do impact climate

    09/11/2012 6:07:27 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | September 6, 2012 | justthefactswuwt
    From the The Washington Times – By Willie Soon and William M. BriggsScientists have been studying solar influences on the climate for more than 5,000 years.Chinese imperial astronomers kept detailed sunspot records. They noticed that more sunspots meant warmer weather. In 1801, the celebrated astronomer William Herschel (discoverer of the planet Uranus) observed that when there were fewer spots, the price of wheat soared. He surmised that less light and heat from the sun resulted in reduced harvests.Earlier last month, professor Richard Muller of the University of California-Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project announced that in the project’s newly constructed...
  • Tutankhamun's death and the birth of monotheism

    09/10/2012 6:16:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 5 September 2012 | Jessica Hamzelou
    ...says Hutan Ashrafian, a surgeon with an interest in medical history at Imperial College London. Tutankhamun died young with a feminised physique, and so did his immediate predecessors. Paintings and sculptures show that Smenkhkare, an enigmatic pharaoh who may have been Tutankhamun's uncle or older brother, and Akhenaten, thought to have been the boy king's father, both had feminised figures, with unusually large breasts and wide hips. Two pharaohs that came before Akhenaten -- Amenhotep III and Tuthmosis IV -- seem to have had similar physiques. All of these kings died young and mysteriously, says Ashrafian. "There are so many...
  • Are Democrats Really the "Pro-Science" Party?

    09/10/2012 2:29:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 93 replies
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | September 10, 2012 | Alex Berezow and Hank Campbell
    A narrative has developed over the past several years that the Republican Party is anti-science. Recently, thanks to the ignorant remarks about rape made by Rep. Todd Akin, the Democrats have seized the opportunity to remind us that they are the true champions of science in America. But is it really true? No. As we thoroughly detail in our new book, "Science Left Behind," Democrats are willing to throw science under the bus for any number of pet ideological causes – including anything from genetic modification to vaccines. Consider California’s Proposition 37, which would require genetically modified food to carry...
  • The great flood legends - ancient misreadings of the fossil record?

    06/21/2004 7:49:48 AM PDT · by aculeus · 64 replies · 1,338+ views
    Antiquity ^ | June 2004 | Richard K. Jeck
    Over the past two decades there have been renewed attempts to search for remains of Noah's ark and to discover evidence of the biblical Flood itself. In the early 1980s, several expeditions led by an American astronaut and others ascended Mt. Ararat, the legendary resting place of Noah's ark in northern Turkey, in an unsuccessful search for remains of the ark. More recently, evidence has been reported that the Black Sea may have formed suddenly about 7500 years ago by break-through flooding from the Mediterranean Sea (Ryan & Pitman 1998; Ballard 2001). These authors speculate that this natural disaster (for...
  • Human Impact Felt On Black Sea Long Before Industrial Era

    09/08/2012 6:13:53 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | September 4, 2012 | Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst
    In the delta's early stages of development, the river deposited its sediment within a protected bay. As the delta expanded onto the Black Sea shelf in the late Holocene and was exposed to greater waves and currents, rather than seeing the decline in sediment storage that he expected, Giosan found the opposite. The delta continued to grow. In fact, it has tripled its storage rate. If an increase in river runoff was responsible for the unusual rapid build up of sediment in the delta, says Giosan, the question is, "Was this extraordinary event in the Danube delta felt in the...
  • Coral links ice to ancient 'mega flood'

    03/30/2012 12:44:46 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    www.physorg.com ^ | 03-30-2012 | Provided by Oxford University
    Coral off Tahiti has linked the collapse of massive ice sheets 14,600 years ago to a dramatic and rapid rise in global sea-levels of around 14 metres. Previous research could not accurately date the sea-level rise but now an Aix-Marseille University-led team, including Oxford University scientists Alex Thomas and Gideon Henderson, has confirmed that the event occurred 14,650-14,310 years ago at the same time as a period of rapid climate change known as the Břlling warming. The finding will help scientists currently modelling future climate change scenarios to factor in the dynamic behaviour of major ice sheets. A report of...
  • Biblical-Type Floods Are Real, and They're Absolutely Enormous

    09/04/2012 8:31:09 AM PDT · by Theoria · 29 replies
    Discover Magazine ^ | 29 Aug 2012 | David R. Montgomery
    Geologists long rejected the notion that cataclysmic flood had ever occurred—until one of them found proof of a Noah-like catastrophe in the wildly eroded river valleys of Washington State. After teaching geology at the University of Washington for a decade, I had become embarrassed that I hadn’t yet seen the deep canyons where tremendous Ice Age floods scoured down into solid rock to sculpt the scablands. So I decided to help lead a field trip for students to see the giant erosion scars on the local landforms.We drove across the Columbia River and continued eastward, dropping into Moses Coulee, a...
  • Do greenhouse gases warm the planet by 33°C? Jinan Cao checks the numbers.

    09/08/2012 9:49:28 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    JoNova ^ | September 7th, 2012 | Joanne
    Jinan Cao has been dissecting the nature of the greenhouse effect and a key calculation that I normally just accept without questioning. This will set a few pigeons loose, but it will be interesting to see where they land. The claims analyzed here are the oft repeated ones that the Earth’s greenhouse effect already warms us by 33°C and that a doubling of CO2 directly causes a 1.1°C rise (that’s with no feedbacks taken into account).Jinan points out that these numbers, repeated as “fact”, are merely a result of misuse of the Stefan-Boltzmann equation. If Earth is not a...
  • Staggering Number of Bones of Extinct Ice Age Animals Found in Mexico

    09/06/2012 8:24:18 PM PDT · by ForGod'sSake · 141 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 4, 2012 | Sanskrity Sinha
    Apparently, archaeologists have also found a few human skeletal remains at the excavation siteBy Sanskrity Sinha: Subscribe to Sanskrity's RSS feedSeptember 4, 2012 11:10 AM GMT More than hundred bones of animals, now extinct, that thrived over 10,000 years ago (the late Pleistocene period), have been discovered in the state of Hidalgo, in central-eastern Mexico. Remains of megafauna that lived more than 10,000 years ago in what is now the Valley of Mexico. (Photo: INAH) The discovery was made at a construction site of a wastewater treatment plant near the river El Salto in the city of Atotonilco de Tula,...
  • Asteroid #2 down; on to Asteroid #1!

    09/03/2012 11:44:43 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies
    Starts With a BANG! ^ | 8/30/12 | Ethan Siegel
    “I have announced this star as a comet, but since it is not accompanied by any nebulosity and, further, since its movement is so slow and rather uniform, it has occurred to me several times that it might be something better than a comet. But I have been careful not to advance this supposition to the public.” -Giuseppe Piazzi, discoverer of Ceres, the first Asteroid Out beyond Mars, but not quite out as far as Jupiter, a collection of thousands of rocky objects, ranging in size from pebbles all the way up to the size of Texas, lies the...
  • ‘It’s a blessing Philippines spared’—scientists

    09/01/2012 7:47:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Philippine Inquirer ^ | 09/01/2012 | DJ Yap
    The earthquake that struck off the east coast of the Philippines on Friday night packed energy “equivalent to 32 Hiroshima atomic bombs,” but a combination of factors spared the Filipinos destruction from a catastrophe, scientists said on Saturday. Director Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the 7.6-magnitude quake would have been more strongly felt had its epicenter been on land or if there was more vertical displacement of ocean water, triggering a destructive tsunami, as what happened in the Moro Gulf quake that killed thousands of people in southern Mindanao and Sulu in 1976....
  • Pompei Discovery For Swedish Archaeologists

    04/17/2005 1:36:52 PM PDT · by blam · 50 replies · 1,380+ views
    The Local ^ | 4-17-2005
    Published: 17th April 2005 11:48 BST+1 Pompei discovery for Swedish archeologists (AFP) Swedish archeologists have discovered a Stone Age settlement covered in ash under the ruins of the ancient city of Pompei, indicating that the volcano Vesuvius engulfed the area in lava more than 3,500 years before the famous 79 AD eruption. The archeologists recently found burnt wood and grains of corn in the earth under Pompei, Anne-Marie Leander Touati, a professor of archeology at Stockholm University who led the team, told AFP. "Carbon dating shows that the finds are from prehistoric times, that is, from 3,500 years BC," Leander...
  • "Korean Pompeii" Discovered on Jeju Island

    02/04/2007 4:37:27 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies · 648+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | Updated Feb.5,2007 08:51 KST | unattributed
    An archaeological site on Jeju Island is being called Korea's version of Pompeii after the ancient Roman city which was preserved by volcanic debris. Discovered in 2006, a human settlement at the Hamori 105 formation in Daejung-eup, Seogwipo-city was confirmed to have been smothered by a volcanic eruption more than 5,000 years ago. The Jeju Culture & Art Foundation collected volcanic materials that covered Hamori and sent it to an American research institute. The Foundation said Sunday that the U.S. researchers determined the debris to have come from an eruption at nearby Songak Mountain over 5,200 years ago. Local scientists...
  • New paper finds deep Arctic Ocean from 50,000 to 11,000 years ago was 1–2°C warmer ......

    08/31/2012 2:10:24 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | August 29, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Reposted from the Hockey SchtickA new paper published in Nature Geoscience finds “From about 50,000 to 11,000 years ago, the central Arctic Basin from 1,000 to 2,500 meters deep was … 1–2°C warmer than modern Arctic Intermediate Water.” This finding is particularly surprising because it occurred during the last major ice age. Horizontal axis is thousands of years ago with modern temperatures at the left and 50,000 years ago at the right. Temperature proxy of the Intermediate Water Layer of the Arctic Ocean is shown in top graph with degrees C anomaly noted at the upper right vertical axis. Note...
  • Greenhouse theory smashed by biggest stone

    03/30/2006 4:58:23 PM PST · by haole · 57 replies · 1,392+ views
    Space and Earth science : March 14, 2006 ^ | 14 March 2006 | Vladimir Shaidurov of the Russian Academy of Sciences
    A new theory to explain global warming was revealed at a meeting at the University of Leicester (UK) and is being considered for publication in the journal "Science First Hand". The controversial theory has nothing to do with burning fossil fuels and atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. According to Vladimir Shaidurov of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the apparent rise in average global temperature recorded by scientists over the last hundred years or so could be due to atmospheric changes that are not connected to human emissions of carbon dioxide from the burning of natural gas and oil. Shaidurov explained how...
  • 10,000 square miles of floating volcanic pumice found in Pacific

    08/23/2012 6:16:00 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    iceagenow.info ^ | August 10, 2012 | Robert
    Came from an underwater volcano. The New Zealand Navy announced today that they have found a patch of floating volcanic pumice from an underwater volcano floating about 600 miles off the shore of New Zealand. “The rock looked to be sitting two foot (half a meter) above the surface of the waves and lit up a brilliant while colour in the spotlight. It looked exactly like the edge of an ice shelf,” said Lieutenant Tim Oscar aboard the ship the HMNZS Canterbury.Scientists aboard the ship said the white pumice – which covers 10,000 square miles ( 26,000 sq km) –...
  • Antarctic peninsula was 1.3°C warmer than today 11,000 years ago

    08/23/2012 5:47:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | August 23, 2012 | British Antarctic Survey
    Posted on August 23, 2012 by Anthony Watts From the British Antarctic SurveyWordie Ice Shelf location within Antarctic Peninsula (Photo credit: Wikipedia) New climate history adds to understanding of recent Antarctic Peninsula warmingResults published this week by a team of polar scientists from Britain, Australia and France adds a new dimension to our understanding of Antarctic Peninsula climate change and the likely causes of the break-up of its ice shelves.The first comprehensive reconstruction of a 15,000 year climate history from an ice core collected from James Ross Island in the Antarctic Peninsula region is reported this week in the journal...
  • Ice core shows Antarctic Peninsula warming is nothing unusual--Press release flatly contradicts ...

    08/23/2012 12:47:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    The Register ^ | 23rd August 2012 10:16 GMT | Lewis Page
    Press release flatly contradicts what boffins said New ice core data from the Antarctic Peninsula has revealed that temperatures in the region during the past 10,000 years have often been higher than they are today, and that warming of the sort seen there recently has also occurred in the pre-industrial past. The new data are derived from a massive new 364m-long core extracted from the ice sheet lying on top of James Ross Island towards the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula in the freezing Weddell Sea. The core was extracted by scientists from the British Antarctic Survey, assisted by...
  • Temperatures were warmer than today for most of the past 10,000 years

    08/23/2012 4:16:44 PM PDT · by gorush · 13 replies
    http://iceagenow.info ^ | 25 May 10 | Robert W. Felix
    25 May 10 – The revamped cap-and-trade (control-and-tax) bill that Senators Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) are trying to foist on the American public is predicated on a flat-out lie. The control-and-tax proponents would have you believe that our planet has been enduring unprecedented global warming (now coyly referred to as “climate change”), but the facts do not bear that out. Facts. Oh, those damnable facts... ...You’ll see that today’s benign climate is not even close to being the warmest on record. Not even close. Temperatures have been warmer than today for almost all of the past 10,000...
  • Star is caught devouring planet

    08/21/2012 7:36:21 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, August 21, 2012 | unattributed
    Rising temperatures near the cores of red giants cause these elderly stars to expand in size, a process which will cause any nearby planets to be destroyed... Spectroscopic analysis of BD+48 740 revealed that it contained an abnormally high amount of lithium, a rare element created primarily during the Big Bang 14 billion years ago. Lithium is easily destroyed in stars, so its high abundance in this ageing star is very unusual... The second piece of evidence discovered by the astronomers is the highly elliptical orbit of a newly discovered planet around the red giant star. The previously undetected world...
  • Kourion: The Monuments Of The City

    12/25/2004 7:32:09 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 560+ views
    Cytop Net ^ | 1998 | staff
    This private house is viewable while mounting the hill of Kourion at the left turn towards the Theatre. According to the excavators it was constructed in the late 1st or in the early 2nd century. It was remodeled in the mid 4th century and demolished definitely by the big earthquake, which occurred after the mid 4th century A.D. (365 A.C.). The ruins of this house reflect life in the city of Kourion at the moment of the demolition and all the finds are exposed at the local Museum situated in the village of Episkopi.
  • Climate and Drought Lessons from Ancient Egypt

    08/18/2012 11:29:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Thursday, August 16, 2012 | United States Geological Survey et al
    Ancient pollen and charcoal preserved in deeply buried sediments in Egypt's Nile Delta document the region's ancient droughts and fires, including a huge drought 4,200 years ago associated with the demise of Egypt's Old Kingdom, the era known as the pyramid-building time... said Christopher Bernhardt, a researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey... "Even the mighty builders of the ancient pyramids more than 4,000 years ago fell victim when they were unable to respond to a changing climate," said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. "This study illustrates that water availability was the climate-change Achilles Heel then for Egypt, as it may well...
  • RealClearScience Nails Shabby Maddow Spin on Fracking and Earthquakes

    08/13/2012 2:46:11 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | August 13, 2012 | Jack Coleman
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow engaging in "unscientific, selective reporting of the facts" -- no! This is what RealClearScience's Alex Berezow is alleging in response to a Maddow segment last week linking a series of minor earthquakes in Texas to fracking in the Lone Star State. (video after page break) Maddow's claim that earthquakes 'never' occur in east Texas undercut - by sources she citesOver a span of 40 days, between June and July, north Texas was rocked by an astonishing eleven separate earthquakes," Maddow said while showing a map of fracking sites in the vicinity of quake epicenters. Berezow describes what...
  • Explorers on the trail of Lost City of Atlantis

    10/26/2003 4:16:51 PM PST · by sarcasm · 30 replies · 1,369+ views
    Telegraph ^ | October 27, 2003 | Roger Highfield
    An expedition to the Strait of Gibraltar may solve one of the world's greatest mysteries, reports Roger HighfieldFor more than two millennia, many of the world's greatest adventurers, explorers and thinkers have sought the fabled Lost City of Atlantis.Next month, an expedition to hunt for its remains among submerged Gibraltarian islands will be unveiled at the Royal Geographical Society, London, by a renowned geologist, Prof Jacques Collina-Girard, and the leaders of the Titanic expeditions.First described by Plato in 360 BC, many have written off the story as a moralistic tale, a Utopia that was located in the mind of the...
  • Severed Hands Discovered in Ancient Egypt Palace

    08/12/2012 6:57:33 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 56 replies
    LiveScience ^ | August 10th, 2012 | Owen Jarus
    A team of archaeologists excavating a palace in the ancient city of Avaris, in Egypt, has made a gruesome discovery. The archaeologists have unearthed the skeletons of 16 human hands buried in four pits. Two of the pits, located in front of what is believed to be a throne room, hold one hand each. Two other pits, constructed at a slightly later time in an outer space of the palace, contain the 14 remaining hands. They are all right hands; there are no lefts. "Most of the hands are quite large and some of them are very large," Manfred Bietak,...
  • Ancient records shed light on Italian earthquakes (Aquila area)

    08/10/2012 4:03:44 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | Friday, August 3, 2012 | Seismological Society of America
    The rich recorded history of settlement in the area, along with oral traditions, archaeological excavations, inscriptions and medieval texts, and offer insight into how often the region might expect destructive earthquakes. But according to a new study by Emanuela Guidoboni and colleagues, the historical record on ancient and medieval earthquakes comes with its own shortcomings that must be addressed before the seismic history of L'Aquila can be useful in assessing the current seismic hazard in this area... ...the researchers combed through written records and information from archaeological excavations, covering the period from ancient Roman occupation in the first century A.D....
  • Dinosaur Boom Linked to Rise of Rocky Mountains

    08/05/2012 5:26:49 AM PDT · by Renfield · 22 replies
    Live Science ^ | 8-3-2012 | Charles Choi
    The evolution of new dinosaur species may have surged due to the rise of the Rocky Mountains and the emergence of a prehistoric inner sea in North America, researchers say. Duck-billed and horned dinosaurs flourished in North America, reaching a peak about 75 million years ago, a time known as the Campanian. For instance, one Campanian region known as the Dinosaur Park formation in what is now Canada saw seven different duck-billed dinosaur species and five horned dinosaur species emerge. A comparable region known as the Hell Creek formation in the United States from the Maastrichtian, the time that led...
  • Scafetta’s new paper attempts to link climate cycles to planetary motion ( March 2012)

    08/08/2012 12:52:53 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | March 21, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Nicola Scafetta sent me this paper yesterday, and I read it with interest, but I have a number of reservations about it, not the least of which is that it is partially based on the work of Landscheidt and the whole barycentric thing which gets certain people into shouting matches. Figure 9 looks to be interesting, but note that it is in generic units, not temperature, so has no predictive value by itself.Fig. 9. Proposed solar harmonic reconstructions based on four beat frequencies. (Top) Average beat envelope function of the model (Eq. (18)) and (Bottom) the version modulated with a...
  • Italian 'Super Volcano' May Threaten Millions: Scientists plan to drill deep below Romans'...

    08/06/2012 7:54:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    Newser ^ | Monday, August 06, 2012 | Rob Quinn
    A hidden "super volcano" near Pompeii threatens an eruption that could make Vesuvius look like a picnic, scientists warn. The Phlegraean Fields zone of intense seismic activity -- which the ancient Romans believed was the gateway to hell -- could doom millions of people in the Naples area if it erupts, Reuters reports. Scientists plan to drill more than two miles below its surface to monitor any signs of a pending eruption in the huge chamber of molten rock, but some experts fear that the drilling itself could trigger an earthquake or eruption. Areas like the Phlegraean fields "can give...
  • Mass grave in London reveals how volcano caused global catastrophe

    08/05/2012 5:20:32 AM PDT · by Renfield · 38 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-4-2012 | Dalya Alberge
    When archaeologists discovered thousands of medieval skeletons in a mass burial pit in east London in the 1990s, they assumed they were 14th-century victims of the Black Death or the Great Famine of 1315-17. Now they have been astonished by a more explosive explanation – a cataclysmic volcano that had erupted a century earlier, thousands of miles away in the tropics, and wrought havoc on medieval Britons. Scientific evidence – including radiocarbon dating of the bones and geological data from across the globe – shows for the first time that mass fatalities in the 13th century were caused by one...
  • Scientists probe link between magnetic polarity reversal and mantle processes

    08/03/2012 8:50:34 AM PDT · by Errant · 19 replies
    TerraDaily ^ | Aug 3, 2012 | Staff
    Scientists at the University of Liverpool have discovered that variations in the long-term reversal rate of the Earth's magnetic field may be caused by changes in heat flow from the Earth's core into the base of the overlying mantle. The Earth is made up of a solid inner core, surrounded by a liquid outer core, in turn covered by a thicker or more viscous mantle, and ultimately by the solid crust beneath our feet.
  • Palm trees 'grew on Antarctica' (in the early Eocene period, about 53 million years ago.)

    08/02/2012 1:05:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    BBC News ^ | 8/2/12 | Jason Palmer
    Scientists drilling deep into the edge of modern Antarctica have pulled up proof that palm trees once grew there. Analyses of pollen and spores and the remains of tiny creatures have given a climatic picture of the early Eocene period, about 53 million years ago. The study in Nature suggests Antarctic winter temperatures exceeded 10C, while summers may have reached 25C. Better knowledge of past "greenhouse" conditions will enhance guesses about the effects of increasing CO2 today. The early Eocene - often referred to as the Eocene greenhouse - has been a subject of increasing interest in recent years as...
  • Archeologists unearth extraordinary human sculpture in Turkey [ Suppiluliuma ]

    07/30/2012 8:19:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 60 replies
    Eurekalert ^ | Monday, July 30, 2012 | Kim Luke, U of Toronto
    The head and torso of the human figure, intact to just above its waist, stands approximately 1.5 meters in height, suggesting a total body length of 3.5 to four meters. The figure's face is bearded, with beautifully preserved inlaid eyes made of white and black stone, and its hair has been coiffed in an elaborate series of curls aligned in linear rows. Both arms are extended forward from the elbow, each with two arm bracelets decorated with lion heads. The figure's right hand holds a spear, and in its left is a shaft of wheat. A crescent-shaped pectoral adorns...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Ash and Lightning Above an Icelandic Volcano

    07/30/2012 2:22:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    NASA ^ | July 30, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Why did the picturesque 2010 volcanic eruption in Iceland create so much ash? Although the large ash plume was not unparalleled in its abundance, its location was particularly noticeable because it drifted across such well-populated areas. The Eyjafjallajökull volcano in southern Iceland began erupting on 2010 March 20, with a second eruption starting under the center of a small glacier on 2010 April 14. Neither eruption was unusually powerful. The second eruption, however, melted a large amount of glacial ice which then cooled and fragmented lava into gritty glass particles that were carried up with the rising volcanic plume....
  • (2012) Mayans couldn't even see their own End of Days

    12/31/2011 5:36:59 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Winnipeg Free Press ^ | 12/31/2011 | Staff Writer
    Mayans couldn't even see their own End of Days MY prediction for the year 2012, which I am told begins tomorrow, is that the world will not end. This is despite the belief that the Mayan calendar says that it will. The calendar was devised 5,125 years ago by the Mayans of Central America, a people who never had the wit to invent the wheel, but it runs out on Dec. 21, 2012. The End of Days, so to speak. If, as some seers suggest, thats an accurate prediction, you have less than a year to get your affairs in...
  • Daniel Moynihan Memo on CO2 and Warming from 1969

    07/28/2012 9:40:16 PM PDT · by Titus-Maximus · 9 replies
    Nixon Library ^ | Sept 17, 1969 | Dan Moynihan
    MEMORANDUM THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON September 17, 1969 FOR JOHN EHRLICHMAN As with so many of the more interesting environmental questions, we really don't have very satisfactory measurements of the carbon dioxide problem. On the other hand, this very clearly is a problem, and, perhaps most particularly, is one that can seize the imagination of persons normally indifferent to projects of apocalyptic change. The process is a simple one. Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has the effect of a pane of glass in a greenhouse. The C02 content is normally in a stable cycle, but recently man has begun to...
  • Archeologists find 3,300-year-old burnt wheat

    07/28/2012 7:32:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Tuesday, July 24, 2012 | Sharon Udasin
    A team from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) uncovered 14 large pithoi-style bulk storage jugs filled with the wheat inside what was a storage room in a monumental, palace-like building from the Canaanite period (2,000-3,000 BCE), the INPA said on Monday. After the jars are fully exposed the researchers will transfer them to conservation and restoration laboratories. Afterwards, the palace will be covered up again until the next excavation season. Archeological excavations at Hatzor have been conducted by Hebrew University in cooperation with the INPA for the past couple of decades. In...
  • House of the Telephus Relief: raising the roof on Roman real estate

    07/27/2012 7:47:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Monday 23 July 2012 | John Hooper in Ercolano
    With several dozen rooms, the House of the Telephus Relief was "top-level Roman real estate", said Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, the director of the Herculaneum Conservation Project (HCP). It was more of a palace or mansion, thought to have been built for Marcus Nonius Balbus, the Roman governor of Crete and part of modern-day Libya, whose ostentatious tomb was found nearby. The most lavishly decorated part of the immense residence was a three-storey tower. On the top floor was a nine-metre high dining room with a coloured marble floor and walls, a suspended ceiling and a wrap-around terrace... ...the wind changed direction...
  • Kerry island structure may be due to tsunami waves in medieval times

    07/26/2012 8:31:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Irish Central ^ | Thursday, July 26, 2012 | Patrick Counihan
    Alan E Hayden, the director of more than 200 medieval excavations in Ireland, believes the grouping of islands off the Kerry coast suggests earthquake and tsunami wave style damage... The Times report adds: "A folk tale collected by a teacher in the early part of the last century offers an explanation for local place names connected to a road that ran from Dolus Head through the islands to Skellig. "The road, a pre-medieval structure, is called Bóthar na Scairte, or road of the cataclysm, and it is traceable for some distance on Valentia. In the folk tale the road and...
  • 'Myths' Are More Plausible than Fiction

    07/24/2012 8:31:13 PM PDT · by rjbemsha · 17 replies
    Daily Telegraph via Europhysics Letters ^ | 25 July 2012 | Nick Collins
    [Research] "findings support historians' belief that ancient myths ... may be based, at least in part, on real communities and people." Researchers from Coventry University analysed the texts of three ancient stories and compared the complex web of characters' relationships with the type of "social networks" that occur in real life. The results showed that the societies depicted in the stories strongly mirrored real social networks that had been mapped out by others. But modern fiction differed from the ancient myths, as well as from real social networks, in telltale ways.
  • Living In The 'Bowels Of The Earth'

    06/04/2008 2:18:43 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 140+ views
    Athens News ^ | 6-3-2008- | HEINRICH HALL
    Living in the 'bowels of the earth' In caves all over Greece, archaeologists reveal the secrets of the past HEINRICH HALL * The mythical birthplace of Zeus: the Idaean Cave, central Crete AT SOME point between AD575 and 600, at least 33 men, women and children entered a cave near modern Andritsa, southwest of Argolid, in the eastern Peloponnese. They carried a Christian cross, some money and food supplies, perhaps intending to hide from some temporary threat. They were never to see the light of day again. One by one, they died from starvation, unable or unwilling to escape the...
  • An Empire's Epidemic (Justinian Plague)

    09/18/2006 4:38:39 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies · 1,248+ views
    UCLA ^ | 5-6-2002 | Thomas H Maugh II
    An Empire's Epidemic Scientists Use DNA in Search for Answers to 6th Century Plague By THOMAS H. MAUGH II, Times Staff Writer By the middle of the 6th century, the Emperor Justinian had spread his Byzantine Empire around the rim of the Mediterranean and throughout Europe, laying the groundwork for what he hoped would be a long-lived dynasty. His dreams were shattered when disease-bearing mice from lower Egypt reached the harbor town of Pelusium in AD 540. From there, the devastating disease spread to Alexandria and, by ship, to Constantinople, Justinian's capital, before surging throughout his empire. By the time...
  • WERE THE DARK AGES REALLY DARK?

    12/10/2002 11:12:37 AM PST · by Mike Darancette · 18 replies · 1,660+ views
    tripod ^ | September, 1999 | Greg Bryant
    .... snip ... Physical Aspects Of The Dark Ages Let's first look at the onset of "the" Dark Ages in the sixth century AD. The Roman Empire was finished, nothing was happening in the sciences, and worse was happening in nature. The Italian historian Flavius Cassiodorus wrote about conditions that he experienced during the year AD 536 : "The Sun...seems to have lost its wonted light, and appears of a bluish colour. We marvel to see no shadows of our bodies at noon, to feel the mighty vigour of the Sun's heat wasted into feebleness, and the phenomena which accompany...
  • 10 Civilizations That Disappeared Under Mysterious Circumstances

    07/24/2012 7:54:00 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 51 replies
    io9 ^ | 7-23-2012 | Annalee Newitz
    For almost as long as we've had civilization, we've lost it. There are records going back hundreds of years of explorers discovering huge temples encrusted with jungle, or giant pits full of treasure that were once grand palaces. Why did people abandon these once-thriving cities, agricultural centers, and trade routes? Often, the answer is unknown. Here are ten great civilizations whose demise remains a mystery. 1. The Maya The Maya are perhaps the classic example of a civilization that was completely lost, its great monuments, cities and roads swallowed up by the central American jungles, and its peoples scattered to...
  • Greenland Ice Melt every 150 years is ‘right on time’

    07/24/2012 7:44:35 PM PDT · by Rocky · 14 replies
    Watts Up With That? ^ | July 24, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    “Ice cores from Summit show that melting events of this type occur about once every 150 years on average. With the last one happening in 1889, this event is right on time,” says Lora Koenig, a Goddard glaciologist and a member of the research team analyzing the satellite data. ----------------------------------- I covered this over the weekend when Bill McKibben started wailing about the albedo going off the charts. I thought it might be soot related. The PR below and quote above is from NASA Goddard. I had to laugh at the title of their press release, where they cite “Unprecedented...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- South Polar Vortex Discovered on Titan

    07/24/2012 5:18:07 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    NASA ^ | July 24, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: What's happening over the south pole of Titan? A vortex of haze appears to be forming, although no one is sure why. The above natural-color image shows the light-colored feature. The vortex was found on images taken last month when the robotic Cassini spacecraft flew by the unusual atmosphere-shrouded moon of Saturn. Cassini was only able to see the southern vortex because its orbit around Saturn was recently boosted out of the plane where the rings and moons move. Clues as to what created the enigmatic feature are accumulating, including that Titan's air appears to be sinking in the...
  • 2012 Doomsday: It's not just Mayan claim

    07/22/2012 11:53:23 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 76 replies
    WND ^ | July 22, 2012 | Joe Kovacs
    Countless cultures predict end-time scenario this year An author investigating ancient prophecies is again sounding the alarm about numerous predictions suggesting 2012 could be the beginning of the “end of the age” spoken of in the Holy Bible. Last year, WND reported on Tom Horn’s efforts to let everyone to know calendars besides the ancient Mayan one predict the demise of human civilization in 2012, and he claims a demonic plot bringing about the end date could be hiding in plain sight inside the U.S. Capitol. He’s now continuing his effort to publicize the matter with speeches across the nation,...
  • Migrants Poured Into Britain After Ice Age

    10/26/2003 4:46:38 PM PST · by blam · 33 replies · 724+ views
    Scotsman.com ^ | 10-26-2003 | John von Radowitz
    Migrants Poured into Britain after Ice Age By John von Radowitz, Science Correspondent, PA News Britain experienced a tidal wave of immigration as soon as the last Ice Age ended, new data has shown. Previously it was thought that Britain’s repopulation was a slow process led by a few pioneering explorers. Researchers now know that humans responded rapidly to climate change and moved into Britain en masse as soon as the ice receded. Up to 20,000 years ago a huge ice sheet extended as far south as Norfolk. Then temperatures rose rapidly, producing warming weather than we have now. Once...
  • Cassini Images Reveal Spectacular Evidence Of An Active Moon

    12/07/2005 1:03:39 PM PST · by tricky_k_1972 · 52 replies · 1,419+ views
    Space Daily.com ^ | Dec 07, 2005 | JPL, NASA
    Cassini Images Reveal Spectacular Evidence Of An Active Moon Recent Cassini images of Saturn's moon Enceladus backlit by the sun show the fountain-like sources of the fine spray of material that towers over the south polar region. Image credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute. Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 07, 2005Jets of fine, icy particles streaming from Saturn's moon Enceladus were captured in recent images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The images provide unambiguous visual evidence that the moon is geologically active. "For planetary explorers like us, there is little that can compare to the sighting of activity on another solar system body," said...