Various articles on science
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.
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.
Locust swarms have infested large swaths of Africa, north and south of the Sahara.Locusts have been reported as far west as the Canary Islands and Cape Verde Islands in the Atlantic, Mauritania, Northern Nigeria, Chad
One topic that gets lots of coverage in the pseudoscience circle is the so called Face on Mars.Outrageous claims on this "face" ranges from ancient astronauts, aliens to something to do with Jesus!Here are some links on the topic:
On the Mediterranean coast west of the city of Alexandria, in Egypt, there is a belt of pumice embedded in the sedimentary stone that covers the landscape there. This article describes this belt and its possible origins.
One island in the Eastern Mediterranean is Thera, now known as Santorini, and is part of the Cyclades off the cost of Greece. This island was a Minoan colony in the Bronze age.
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.
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!
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.
Many people have claimed that the current chronology of ancient history is wrong, and that it needs to be revised.
Unfortunately, those who advocate such a Revised Chronology often use unscientific methods and attempts to push things to their own view.