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Astronomy: Reminder of Halley's comet: Asteroid 2004 MN4 may hit earth in 2029


News came in yesterday that a newly discovered Asteroid, named 2004 MN4, may be on a collision course with earth.The collision is expected for April 13, 2029, about 24 years from now. It started with a Torino scale of 2, and was upgraded to 4 within the day. Initially, the probability was 1:233, then upgraded to 1:63, and at the time of writing this article, it is at 1:45.

Biography: Ibn Al-Baytar إبن البيطار


Abu Muhammad Dia' al-Din Abdullah ibn Ahmad ibn Al-Baytar al-Maliqial-Andalusi أبو محمد ضياء الدين عبد الله بن أحمد بن البيطار المالقي الأندلسي. (b. 575 A.H./1179 C.E. d. 646 A.H./1248 C.E.). He was a famed physician, herbalist, pharmacist, and botanist.

Pseudoscience: Lots of it around ...


There is a lot of pseudo science around, and one have to be careful and be able to discern what is true (or plausible) and what is not.For a definition of pseudo science, see the Pseudo Science article in Wikipedia. A good article on how to detect pseudo science can be read at Web Exhibits, and is titled Seven Warning Signs for Bogus Science. You can also read on Pseudo Archeology.

Ancient Egypt Revisionism, Pseudoscience, and absurdities


Many hoaxes, absurd claims and pseudoscience have been forumlated around Ancient Egypt. From aliens build the pyramids, to alternative chronologies, to claims that all what we known about Egypt is wrong. One good site that debunks many of these claims is Catchpenny. For example, some have claimed that the inscriptions in the temple of Abydos are actually ancient helicopters. Giving rise to all absurd theories about Egyptians being much more advanced technologically, to the claims that aliens visted them!

Pseudoscience: Alien Archeology and Ancient Astronauts


Those who watch TV channels that delve into pseudoscience -- such as The Learning Channel (TLC) -- or love to visit fringe theory web sites, must have encountered Erich von Daniken or his web site.Von Daniken's theory is that ancient astronaut aliens visited Earth several times, and interacted with several civilization. The traces of these visits are everywhere, from ancient Peru to ancient Egypt.


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