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The Next Mega Tsunami is Expected in the Atlantic Ocean

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The next big tsunami may happen in the Atlantic Ocean.Studies by the Benfield Hazard Research Center have indicated that the Cumbre Vieja Volcano in the island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands has not erupted for more than three decades. If this happens, the wave hitting North America would be up to 50 meters high and surge up to 20km inland. Morocco could get up to 100 meter high waves. Brazil would see 40 meter waves.

The Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami of December 2004

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By now, the catastophic event of the December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami is about to be understood by people around the world. A magnitude 9.0 earthquake west of Sumatra caused a series of huge tidal waves (tsunamis) that hit Sumatra, Nicobar, Andaman, Thailand, Malaysia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, India, Somalia, and Kenya. Initially, the magnitude of this disaster was not understood.

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

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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

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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 ...

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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

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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!

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