"We contain multitudes" (1 & 2)

The evidence is growing fast: there is more to our genetic make-up than just "the product of two biological parents and a one-time roll of the genetic dice." We contain others. From the lowly, indestructible tardigrade seemingly widely raking in any DNA coming along, to mammals and human females, who harbor DNA of their sons and older brothers in their brains.
Madonna & child Simon Vouet ca 1639, France

(2) Some women truly have men on their brain

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(1) Tough little tardigrade is loaded with foreign DNA

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The tangible proof of earthquake lights

earthquake light japan 1966
They were said to be the stuff of legends, not to be paid credence to: earthquake lights. Their occurrence is now proven by the existence of veins of glass running through rocks, resulting of extreme heating caused by underground electric currents...

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Alfred de Grazia: Man's Divine Mirror

Alfred de Grazia, bust by Evelio Delgado Gomez of Teneriffe, Spain.
No god is the same to any two people, nor to any two sects. This is a psychological fact, akin to saying that no two people share the same experience. It would be a more definitive statement if the gods existed in no other realm except the minds of people. It also relates to the fact that no two delusions or hallucinations are alike, although especially when a group happens to hallucinate the same image - an angel, say, or unidentified flying object - the description may be close, and when a mass of separate hallucinations is analyzed statistically, one does obtain averages and types.

"Something unusual seems to be coming at us from the stars..."

Dr Ruth Dwyer, professor of History of Arts and Film at Mc Master's University in Canada, has discovered in the mosaics of Ravenna a contemporaneous visual record of the 536 AD comet and ensuing catastrophes which attended the early part of the reign of emperor Justinian. This comet was none other than Halley's, a piece of which smashed into the Indian or Pacific Ocean.

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Doggerland to be digitally repopulated

Seahenge, Norfolk
Seahenge in Norfolk, an early Bronze age structure, at the edge of the lost lands of Doggerland 

Archaeologists, molecular biologists and computer scientists will work together to digitally re- construct a prehistoric country approaching the size of Ireland that, following climate change after the last Ice Age, was covered by rising sea levels and now lies beneath the North Sea.

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Hot explosions, cool Sun

The Sun is more unpredictable and mercurial then we thought. Next to solar eruptions – powerful eruptions of particles and radiation occuring in its outer atmosphere – there occur also explosions in the cooler layer beneath: in many places, magnetic energy accumulates and discharges within a few minutes in heat-eruptions of up to 100,000 degrees Celsius.

Earliest modern European had a close Neandertal ancestor

jawbone of Oase Man, modern human with a recent Neandertal ancestor

Neandertals contributed on average one to three percent to the genomes of present-day Eurasians. Researchers have now analyzed DNA from a 37,000 to 42,000-year-old human mandible from Oase Cave in Romania and have found that six to nine percent of this person’s genome came from Neandertals, more than any other modern human sequenced to date. Because large segments of this individual’s chromosomes are of Neandertal origin, a Neandertal was among his ancestors as recently as four to six generations back in his family tree...

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A hardware store for the Neandertal

Biface, scrapers, borers and piercer – the Neandertals did not have a very large tool kit. But it appears that they were very discriminating when it came to chosing stones. Quarzite had proven itself to them to be especially strong and hard-wearing. And quartzite is precisely what was found - and is still to be found – on the Ravensberg mountain in Troisdorf, near Bonn (Germany.)

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Nepal earthquakes associated with disturbances in the ionosphere

Nepal earthquake 2015

The earthquakes of April 25, 2015, of an intensity 7.8 on the Richter Scale, and of May 12, 2015, of an intensity of 7.3, brought widespread destruction and caused close to 10,000 deaths. They might help us to develop early warning systems. The behavior of the atmosphere and of the ionosphere prior to the earthquakes have been analyzed by Dmitry Ouzounov, Sergey Pulinets and Dmitry Davidenko, with remarkable results.

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550,000 year old human tooth found in Tautavel, France

Valentin Loescher & Camille Jacquey

Older by 100,000 years than the famous Tautavel Man, a 550,000 year old human inciser has been found on the same site by two young French volunteers, 16 and 20, on a Summer dig.

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C02 emissions are ruining C14 readings

toy airplane (wood)

CO2-emissions from automobiles, factories and power-stations are robbing scientists of an important instrument which they use to determine the age of objects. The Radiocarbon dating method is losing its validity, announces Heather Graven of Imperial College in London.

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Blood-red flint tools - souvenirs of Doggerland?

tools of red flint from Heligoland

Archaeologists wonder about the blood-red stone-tools from the North Sea Island of Helgoland. The oldest finds are 12,000 years old – and were dicovered over 300 km away from the island. 

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Gunnar Heinsohn's latest: How come so many Roman elements made it into the Viking Age?

coins roman and viking

How could Scandinavian and Baltic peoples of Antiquity and Late Antiquity fail to adopt sails, ports and breakwaters when there were countless experts from Europe who could teach them, and even low-value Roman coins spread throughout their territories? How could these peoples, after 700 CE, become the world‘s uncontested master seafarers when – after the lethal and irreversible fall of Roman civilization – there was nobody left to teach them? How could they understand classical  Latin and create items of Antiquity and Late Antiquity – which they imitated perfectly, right down to the chemical fingerprints of Roman paints and glass pastes – when they did not even have ancient strata beneath their habitats from which they could dig up and copy the material culture of Rome? (.../...)

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Drought-control and weather management through ionization systems

Sergey Pulinets, a leading scientist in the field of monitoring atmospheric precursors of earthquakes has derived from this specialty an understanding of the effects of atmospheric ionization on the weather, and is promoting the use of new technologies of ionization systems to control precipitation and, especially, to overcome droughts, such as are presently striking California. 
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Neanderthal jewels and fashions (2)

neanderthal dyed scallop shell

The Spanish Neanderthalers evidently produced the dyes out of red and yellow pigments, which they must have collected intentionally. One especially aesthetic container used a colored spondylus gaederopus shell, of a kind which, much later, during the late Stone Age, would have a widespread use as a means of payment. Already Neanderthals seem to have been attracted to their many colors and ribbed surfaces. Scientists surmise that dye which they contained were used for possibly large body paintings (..../...) 

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Neanderthal jewels and fashions (1)

neanderthal jewel of white-tailed eagle talons from Krapina Croatia

Recent studies and discoveries credit the Neanderthals with the making of the oldest jewels known and with a passion, wide-spread over space and time, for wearing bird feathers, preferably dark colored. A set of eight white-tailed eagle talons, formerly linked in a chain and worn as ornament, dated to 130,000 years ago, have been found in Croatia.  

"These talons provide multiple new lines of evidence for Neandertals’ abilities and cultural sophistication. They are the earliest evidence for jewelry in the European fossil record and demonstrate that Neandertals possessed a symbolic culture long before more modern human forms arrived in Europe."

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Moon, Mars, impacts and collisions

Moon ripped out of Earth
She is Earth’s faithful companion in space. But how did Earth acquire such honor? Did Earth capture her? Were they both formed together, in the same time? "Neither, nor," according to a team of German astronomers.The Moon has been ripped out of Earth during a collision with another celestial body. Proof is in the isotopes...
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Read: Alfred de Grazia: The ruined face of a classic Beauty - Homer, Velikovsky and Moon rocks from the "Apollo" missions (1984)

Impact melted half of Mars -The Northern side is flat, the Southern side is embossed with mountains and volcanoes: the irregularity of the surface of Mars has long been a mystery to scientist. Now there a possible explanation is emerging. - 
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Are super-magnetic fields competing companions of Black-Holes?

Scientists from the University of Göttingen in Germany have detected for the first time the existence of very strong magnetic fields immediately next to a supermassive Black Hole. Thanks to observations using the Hubble space telescope, among other instruments, they were able to demonstrate the existence of magnetic fields of 200 million Gauss very close to the central Black Hole of a quasar distant by four billion light-years. To give an order of comparison: magnetic fields on Earth are measured in the range of one Gauss.
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A Celtic tomb of the 5th cent. BC excavated in Champagne

Acheloos greek river god on cauldron in tomb of Celtic prince in Lavau

Since October 2014, archaeologists of the French INRAP (National Institute for Preventive Archeaological Research) have been excavating a 5th Century BC Celtic royal tomb near Troyes. Finds so far have been spectacular. 

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Gunnar Heinsohn: in a nutshell - the revised chronology of the 1st Millennium AD

Gunnar Heinsohn's challenge to the accepted chronology of the 1st millennium.
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Alfred de Grazia: The Search for Lost Instinct

Alfred de Grazia Stelida Naxos 1992

Alfred de Grazia on his beach in Naxos (1992)

Identity and identification begin with the question of the self or ego. "Everyone is to himself that which he calls self," wrote John Locke, in discussing the idea of a person. The self is "an object to itself," said G. H. Mead. The reflexive form reveals "that which can be both subject and object." This is what distinguishes man from animal, he argued, rather than the alleged possession of a mysteriously endowed soul. (.../...)

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Gunnar Heinsohn's latest: Bulgaria's early medieval cities, Pliska and Preslav - were they really built to resemble 700-year older Roman cities?

Bulgaria’s urban explosion during the Early Middle Ages, which matches the scope of city building in Rome’s imperial period some 700 years earlier, takes the excavators by surprise because even Constantinople cannot not show any new building between 600 and 800 CE. Actually “nothing is known about Byzantine cities from the 7th to the 9th c. CE“ (Kirilov 2006, 181). Whilst the most powerful empire of the Early Middle Ages lacks any urban ambition, the Bulgarian newcomers boldly recreate huge Roman urban ensembles whilst the rest of Europe appears to haven fallen asleep in a dark age. It is this absolutely extraordinary, even ravenous, urban appetite of former steppe dwellers that makes the Bulgarians sensational and unique all over Europe. 

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Preslav (Bulgaria)
Preslav - ruins

Stars in Collision

Hevelius located Vul 1670 "under the head of Cygnus"

345 years after the sudden appearance of a „new star“ observed by 17th century European astronomers and visible with the naked eye, astronomers at Eso, the European Southern Observatory in Chile and the Max-Planck Institute for Radioastronomy communicated that the phenomenon then  observed had not been a „nova,“ as had been surmised for a long time, but that it had been caused by a massive and cataclysmic collision between two stars. (.../...)

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The Pyramids of Giza, the Belt of Orion and Three Volcanoes on Mars, by Emilio Spedicato

Here we consider an alternative approach to the one of Bauval and Gilbert, who claimed that the three Giza pyramids are aligned in similarity to the three main stars of the Orion belt. We show that there exists a better fitting alignment with certain three volcanos on Mars. Such volcanos were visible from Earth between 7000 and 700 BC. During that period, following ideas of Patten, Ackerman and this author, Mars approached our planet every 54 years. Our proposal is supported by the etymology of the word “pyramid” and by the existence of 54 niches, 27 on each side, along the stairs of the Great Gallery in the Cheops pyramid.

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Mithras, Jesus and Josephus Flavius, by Flavio Barbiero

Jesus as the Good Shepherd in the catacomb of Callixtus (Rome)
...There is an enormous and incredible misunderstanding about the so-called “cult” of the Sol Invictus Mithras, which is always presented as a “religion”, arisen in parallel with Christianity and in competition with it. Some historians go so far as to maintain that this religion was so popular and deeply rooted in Roman society that it very nearly won the race with Christianity.

Yet there is absolute evidence that the so called “cult” of Mithras, in Rome, was not a religion, but an esoteric organization, with several levels of initiation, which from the oriental religion had borrowed only the name and a few exterior symbols. For what concerns contents, scope and operative procedures, however, the Roman Mithras had nothing in common with the Persian god...

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Water on Earth is older than the Sun

water in the solar system before the creation of the sun bill saxton nsf aui nrao
The question of the origin of water on Earth has been dodging scientists for a long time. Did it originate in the solar system itself? Within the disk of gas and dust which rotated around the young Sun and out of which formed the planets, comets and asteroids? Or is water even older, stemming from the cold molecular cloud out of which our sun itself was born? 
New calculations have shown that a large part of water on Earth indeed originates in this molecular cloud. 30 to 50 percent of Earth’s water, declare scientists around Ilsedore Cleeves at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, is older than the sun itself.
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Cadmus and Viracocha, by Enrico Mattievich (part two)

Is there an Andean civilizing hero in pre-Colombian traditions who corresponds to Cadmus? If such a figure did exist, he would form part of the mythical and religious tales of Viracocha. (.../...)

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Cadmus and Viracocha, by Enrico Mattievich (part one)

Herakles slaying Hydra - Greek vase

In September 1969, an extensive article published in the Rio de Janeiro newspaper O Globo, revived a dormant topic in Brazil: the prehistoric visit of Phoenician navigators to the Brazilian coast. The story quoted Professor Cyrus Gordon, of Massachusetts’ Brandeis University, who believed in the possibility of these voyages. He visited Rio de Janeiro, interested in the Phoenician inscriptions which had been found in Brazil. Professor Gordon, a recognized Orientalist, had made important contributions to the study of the texts discovered in the royal library of Ugarit. These texts, inscribed on clay tablets, lay buried for more than 3,000 years, until their discovery by Claude Schaeffer, in 1929, at Ras Shamra, on the Syrian coast. (.../...)

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Lost forest of Doggerland found by divers under the North Sea

A British diver, Dawn Watson, who runs a Marine Conservation Society survey program called Seasearch in East Anglia, has discovered the remains of a mighty Doggerland oak forest, quite possibly flattened by Störegga tsunami, lying on the ocean floor, less than half a mile off the coast of Norfolk.

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Gunnar Heinsohn's latest: Sarmatians, Huns and Khazars - were they one and the same Confederation?

Khazar Khanate North of the Black and Caspian Seas

The origin of the 8th-10th c. Khazars is hidden in obscurity, though they are also called “Huns“ (by Theophanes the Confessor [758/60-817/818 CE] or by Moses of Kalankatuk [10th c.]). The ancestors of this ubiquituously tribute-collecting power are even believed to “have belonged to the empire of the Huns“ (JVB 2008), although they had to wait another mysterious 300 years before they could actually rule the Hunnic realm: “Very little [was known] about the Khazars – about their traditions, their funerary rites, their culture" until, in one of their fortresses, Atil, the excavators have found Hunnic-like “huts similar to yurts, which are characteristics of Khazar cities..." 

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Doggerland died at the end of Fall

mountain fern moss

...The decisive clues for the mesolithic mass death are mosses, especially  Hylocomium splendens, known today as "glittering wood-moss," or "mountain fern moss." After the tsunamis of 8,150 years ago, they were buried under sea mud so that they remained sealed up and preserved... 

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Sanchunjaton, Phoenicia and Hesiod

A reading note by Alfred de Grazia
In the 1st century AD, Philo of Byblos wrote a Phoenician History in nine volumes which he claimed was a translation into Greek from an early Phoenician writer of 1400 B.C. called Sanchunjaton, from Beirut. Philo’s work was lost, except parts of the first book, which tell a creation history remarkably similar to that of Hesiod.
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Thirty Years of Solaria Binaria

Solaria Binaria, the book, published in 1984

Thirty years ago, in 1984, Solaria Binaria: Origins and History of the Solar System, was published, together with The Burning of Troy and Cosmic Heretics, completing Alfred de Grazia's ten volume Quantavolution Series. Solaria Binaria had been written together with Earl R. Milton, in several intense work sessions between 1978 and 1983, in Washington D.C., Princeton N.J. and Naxos, Greece.

In celebration of this anniversary, for the pleasure of Electric Universe buffs and in honor of the ongoing SAPHIRE EXPERIMENT, we are offering here three unconventional readings on the thermic mechanisms powering the Sun, which are still confronting scientists with vexing puzzles...

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Gunnar Heinsohn's Latest: The Winchester of Alfred the Great and the Haithabu of his voyager Wulfstan: were they separated by 700 years?

„The voyage of Wulfstan may be considered Alfred’s own work“ (Hakluyt 1893). The most serious problem, however, with Alfred the Great’s writings on Wulftsan is neither attached to Haithabu/Hedeby (Wulfstan’s port of departure)  nor to Truso 1(Wulfstan’s destination)  but to his own capital, Venta Belgarum/Winchester. No palace, not even a small hut with a desk to translate Paulus Orosius and to write about Wulfstan, has ever been found in the capital of  Anglo-Saxon Wessex. In actual fact, there are no building strata whatsoever at Winchester in the 8th to 10th c. CE period when Haithabu and Truso had their one – and only – period of 1st millennium blossoming. Nobody knows where the Anglo-Saxon king was able to hold court... 

Mega-Streams of the Atlantic

Carried by mighty streams in the North-Atlantic, the equivalent of twenty times the waters of all the rivers on Earth plunge deep into the oceanic depths. Scientists have no doubts about this. But there is a problem: nobody has yet observed these giants at work. And the longer the search, the more mysterious they appear. 
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The Ice Age Flute - the oldest music instrument ever recovered

Nicholas Conard with Ice Age Flute

The team around paleontologist Nicholas Conard has accumulated in recent years superlative Ice Age finds from the caves of the Swabian Jura. Among them, a flute dated to 35,000 BP, the oldest deliberately fabricated music instrument ever found.

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Understanding and forecasting solar eruptions

A magnetic cord emerging from the inside of the Sun is associated with the appearance of a sun spot. This structure plays an important role in the triggering of an eruption. By characterizing the transition towards an eruption, this opens the door to a forecast of solar storms which affect Earth.

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Earth's weakening magnetic field

"Swarm" satellite

Three satellites of the European Space Agency (Esa) have measured the magnetic field of Earth more precisely than ever before. For a good purpose – our defence against harmful particle storms from space has been weakening of late...

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Anne-Marie de Grazia: my encounter with a bolide

One month ago, on September 7th, the editor of Q-MAG.org was a witness to the spectacular entry of a meteorite crossing the sky above Southern France. A few hours later, an NEO asteroid grazed Earth over New Zealand and the same day, a strange crater appeared in Nicaragua... 

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Answer to Michael Baillie: Archeological Strata vs Tree-Rings: proposal for an experiment

Tree-ring-daters do not agree on the number of years that can be substantiated for the 1st millennium CE. The majority is convinced that they have 1,000 characteristic rings that prove the 1,000 years required for a millennium, confirmed down to the last second by C14 (see below). Therefore, they are convinced that scholars living after the year 1000 CE had all the instruments available to construct the chronology from 1-1000 CE as dendro-chronologists find them in their textbooks...
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See also: A Carbon-14 Chronology

bristle-cone pines irish oaks phantom years

The Controversy: Michael Baillie: Tree Ring and Radiocarbon Rebuttal of Gunnar's Phantom Time Hypothesis

To whom it may concern.
Those who discuss the’ phantom time’ hypothesis enjoy semantic games with historical documents. However, scientists have their own approach to issues of chronology.
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Gunnar Heinsohn's Latest: The Goths of the 4th Century and the Getae of the 1st Century: were they one and the same?

Since the Gothic-Getic cultures of Wielbark-Vistula and of Sântana de Mureș-Chernyakhov are contemporary, its 5,000 known sites were not annihilated by Huns (entering alliances with Goths) but struck simultaneously by the global conflagration that wiped out Rome and the ca 5,000 towns and cities (plus many of ca. 20,000 villae rusticae) of the Imperium Romanum. That devastation did not occur three times: in the 230s in Italy, in the 530s around Constantinople, and in the 930s in the Slavic Northeast (plus the Scandinavian Northwest and the Mesopotamian Southeast). Actually, we are looking at just one cataclysm that occurred, according to stratigraphy, simultaneously everywhere around the 930s CE.
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Cyprus Salt Lakes exonerate "Sea Peoples" from destroying Late Bronze Age civilizations

"...Climate shift caused crop failures, death and famine, which precipitated or hastened socio-economic crises and forced regional human migrations at the end of the Late Bronze Age in the Eastern Mediterranean and southwest Asia.”
Other evidence has been found of a climate shift in sea surface temperatures and a two degree Celsius drop around the same time in the northern hemisphere...

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Alfred de Grazia dies (Dec. 29, 1919 - July 13, 2014)

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Pity the Mourners

Pity the mourners, not the dead.
Mourning is worse than dying.
Calculating the sadness and tears, 
the forlorn reaching for the dead,
I hardly dare to die. It would be
an imposition upon friend and family.

But they ought esteem more the
trouble I take to outlive them, 
to keep them happy and chattering
about my faults:
“What silly thing will he do next?”
(Short of dying, of course,
than which nothing is worse
save the mourning that follows.)
Alfred de Grazia
From: Twentieth-Century Firesale

A Stone Ax from Doggerland - In Sight of Doggerland

Bruine Bank, an area in the North Sea, is known to fishermen for mainly two things: the excellent catch rates when the weather is cold – and the bones, mammoth teeth, and even artefacts which frequently get caught in the nets and often cause annoying tears...

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The Exact Date of the Deaths of Patroclus and Hector: Was It June 6th-7th, 1218 BC?

A New Astronomical Dating for the End of the Trojan War, by Stavros Papamarinopoulos

"A solar eclipse's evolution was desbribed in the Iliad in a stepwise mode manifested in increasing gradual darkness, during a warm day at late noon; from the time of Sarpedon's death to the time of Patroclus death. We examined the solar eclipses within the time span 1400-1130 B.C. and we found that only the annular solar eclipse on 6th June 1218 B.C. observable in Troy with significant obscuration of 75.2% fits fully with the Homeric description."
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Libyan rock art Being erased by Jihadists

In the desert of the Tadrart Acacus, in Southwestern Libya, rock art dated as far back as 12,000 BC stands as witness to a rich African fauna and to human settlement long gone. Now, it is falling victim to a political catastrophe, as occupying Jihadist fighters are erasing all traces of human history in this area which they claim as their own.

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The Tsunami that obliterated Doggerland

Doggerland, now submerged under the North Sea, was the “True Heart of Europe” in the Mesolithic. It disappeared 8,000 years ago, destroyed by a tsunami triggered by the Störegga Landslide. A new computer simulation presented in Vienna is trying to get a closer view of the event. (.../...)

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Miles below ground, live the creatures of the Deep

Miles below the Earth’s surface, mysterious living beings are prospering – nobody can explain how they can survive in such depth. Genetic analysis reveals that the critters are all the same, the world over. Might they have been at the origin of life itself?
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Navigation systems of migratory birds suffer from electromagnetic fields

Electromagnetic radiation confuses migratory birds – they lose their orientation. Even weak waves can bring them off the right path.
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Gunnar Heinsohn's Latest:
(4) Charlemagne's correct place in history

  • Charlemagne coin

Charlemagne (“768-814” CE) is the most towering and intensively researched figure in all of European history. Yet, even today he still surprises even the most erudite scholars of history and archaeology. Historians are convinced that he was made Imperator Augustus on Christmas day in “800” CE. Archaeologists would not dare to deviate from that sanctified number by even one week.

However, in the most comprehensive excavations of a Carolingian residence, the palace at Ingelheim (occupied from the 8th to the 10 th c. CE), they are staggered by a building complex that – down to the water supply, and up to the roofing  – was “based on antique designs” (Research 2009), and, therefore, appears to be a reincarnation of 700-year-older Roman outlines from the 1st to 3rd c. CE. (.../...)

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The petroglyphs of Mount Bégo

80 km to the North of Nice, in Southern France, the holy mountain of the God of Thunder...
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The petroglyph sundial of Mount Bégo

Mount Bégo: an electrical mountain

Farewell, Bob Bass

The Dead from the Kirschbaum Cave
Three Burials, Three Millennia

The remains of at least seven humans, and sundry animals, domestic and wild, lay in a narrow karstic cave in Franconia (Northern Bavaria) – they date back to three different epochs: the Neolithic, the early Bronze Age and the Iron Age. Scientists are puzzled. 
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Alfred de Grazia awarded the Legion of Honor

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  • Alfred de Grazia's Légion d'Honneur

On December 29, 2013, Alfred de Grazia celebrated his 94th birthday with a gathering of mistletoe and a walk along the river Huisne. Two days later, on December 31, 2013, by Presidential Decree, he was named a Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honor, France's highest order of distinction. 

Fragment of Halley's Comet Hit Earth in 536 A.D., causing Drought and Famine

Halley's comet 1497

According to Dallas Abbott of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, a fragment of Halley's comet hit the Earth ocean in 536 AD, leaving tropical marine organisms in Greenland ice and causing widespread catastrophes.

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Earthquake lights - a new theory to explain them

Before the earth quakes, mysterious balls of light sometimes appear. Canadian scientists scrutinized this phenomenon of earthquake lights. Their explanations reach into the depths of the Earth’s crust.
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Lightning shapes mountain tops

Drakenberg lightning

Geologists Jasper Knight and Stefan Grab of Witwatersrand University (Johannesburg) show for the first time that lightning strikes causing rocks to explode play a huge role in shaping mountain landscapes in southern Africa, debunking previous assumptions that angular rock formations were necessarily caused by cold temperatures, and proving that mountains are a lot less stable than we think.

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The Creation of the Gods - Sacrifice as the Origin of Religion: The Book by Gunnar Heinsohn

What is a god?
How did the priesthood, and cults of bloody sacrifices come into existence?
How did our forebears arrive at fashioning images of gods in animal- human- or mixed shapes?
Were the gods sacrificed to, or did the sacrificed become gods?
How, in short, did humanity reach this first step of higher culture?

Gunnar Heinsohn's groundbreaking work in the history of religion, based on clues from anthropology, archaeology, mythology and ancient history, is made available for the first time in English, in a serialized form, in a translation by Anne-Marie de Grazia.

Now serialized in Q-mag.org

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Prof. Sergey Pulinets on predicting earthquakes through atmospheric phenomena

See also the illuminating interview of Prof. Pulinets on earthquake prediction by monitoring of ionospheric "precursors," which treats of the "earthquake-side" of the Fukushima catastrophe.

Interview of Dr Sergey Pulinets on: "A Multi-Parameter Approach to Earthquake Forecasting" (pdf and video)

New: God's Fire - Moses and the Management of Exodus

by Alfred de Grazia

Published March 2013 - 444 pages; 6" x 9"; ISBN: 978-1-60377-085-9; LCCN: 2012923934; Metron Publications

Doggerland lost

They broke off after the cold. The ice age was over, the glaciers had retreated all the way back to Scandinavia, and humans wandered Northward. Over the land they settled down on, the North Sea today swashes.

You must imagine the place as a paradise. Lakes lapping gently in the marshes, rivers winding their course through lusch landscapes of grasses and bushes. Food was a-plenty: the waters teemed with fish, birds nested in the reeds, berrybushes covered the banks. Archaeologists surmise that, until about 8,000 years ago, thousands of humans must have lived on what is today the bottom of the North Sea.

Geoscientists have now resurrected their long-gone land (.../...)

Stones Falling from Heaven

by Anne-Marie de Grazia

Reports about "stones falling from heaven" must have existed since earliest mankind. In the late 16th century, Indians of the Chaco in Northern Argentina knew of a large mass of iron which had fallen from the sky in a place which they still called Piguem Nonralta ("Field of the Sky"), which the Spanish colonialists translated aptly as "Campo de Cielo." In 1576, a Spanish governor from Paraguay sent an expedition in search of a deposit of iron, which the Indians were said to be using to make weapons. A large mass of metal protruding out of the soil was found, said by the Indians to be of celestial origin, and samples of which were taken, to be deposited, along with the records of the expedition, in the Archivo General de Indias in Seville. The area was investigated again by Spanish explorers two centuries later and the iron deemed to have formed in a volcanic eruption. Samples from these latter expeditions were sent to the Royal Society of London. It is not until the 20th. Century that the iron masses of Campo de Cielo were identified as meteoritic - and a huge meteorite it had been, adding up to close to 100 tons of matter, distributed over 26 still identifiable craters. The event, the memory of which had been preserved by the Indians, down to their toponymy, was dated back to some 4,000 to 5,000 years...(.../...)

An exploding fire-ball, as seen by Albrecht Dürer - painted on the back of Saint Jerome penitent, Fitzwilliam Museeum, Cambridge University.

Whodunit? The fall of a meteorite on the 6th of Floreal of the year 11 in L'Aigle

On the 6th day of the month of Floreal of the year 11 of the French Republic, that is April 26th, 1803 according to the Gregorian calendar, around 01:00pm, a meteorite exploded in the atmosphere above the city of L'Aigle, in Lower Normandy, and scattered some 3,000 pieces of stone over the countryside. Men and beasts got away with a memorable scare, but nobody and nothing came to serious harm.

That the meteorite of L'Aigle would remain of momentous importance in the history of science is due to the Interior Ministry deciding to dispatch, some two months after the fact, a bright young scientist, Jean-Baptiste Biot, to investigate the "moral and physical circumstances" of the event. A protégé of Laplace, Biot, who was not yet thirty, had already held the chair for mathematical physics at the College de France since the age of twenty-six.

Biot conducted his investigation with the brio of a master detective in a whodunit, and was able to demonstrate once and for all, by sheer logical deductions, based on the examination of clues and the questioning of witnesses, a fact which the science of the time had been obstinately denying: that stones of non-terrestrial origin fell from the sky.

It remains to this day one of the best documented meteoritic events.

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