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Contents

Archaeology

  • Plant diffusion in the pre-Columbian world
  • Did Chinese Ships Anchor off California 1000 years before Columbus found San Salvador?
  • An Olmec-Chinese Connection

Astronomy

  • Our Twin Planet?
  • Evidence that Mars is a former Moon!

Biology

  • The Itjaritjari
  • Tick-Tock: Telomeres count off the generations of a species' time on Earth
  • Stealth fish

Geology

  • The Dwarfing of island megafauna and the remarkable survival of some
  • A double-whammy for the Yucatan, but that's only part of the story

Geophysics

  • A sign? Star-of-David ice crystals fall upon West Sussex
  • Hessdalen: Valley of enigmatic lights
  • When coming events really cast their shadows before them!

Physics

  • Entangled moments

Mathematics

  • Patterns of very loosely knit prime numbers


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  • "A sourcebook of unexplained phenomena is therefore a valuable addition to a collection of scientific literature. William R. Corliss has provided this in the past with his source books of scientific anomalies in several subjects, and now he has provided it for astronomy. He has done an excellent job of collecting and editing a large amount of material, taken in part from scientific journals and in part from scientific reporting in the popular or semi-scientific press." -- "The Mysterious Universe: A Handbook of Astronomical Anomalies", reviwed by Thomas Gold, Cornell University, in Icarus, vol.41, 1980

  • "An interesting, systematic presentation of unusual weather [..] This book is recommended for a general audience" --"Corliss, William R., Tornados, Dark Days, Anomalous Precipitation, and Related Weather Phenomena, Sourcebook Project, 1983.", revieweed in Choice, September 1983
  • "..the science is necessarily somewhat speculative, but Corliss's symthesis is based on reputable sources." -- "Corliss, William R. (Compiler). Lightning, Auroras, Nocturnal Lights, and Related Luminous Phenomena" reviwed by Joseph M. Moran, Univ. of Wisconsin in Science Books and Films, Sep/Oct 1983

  • "Before opening the book, I set certain standards that a volume which treads into dangerous grounds grounds like this must meet. The author scrupulously met, or even exceeded those standards. Each phenomenon is exhaustively documented, with references to scientific journals [..] and extensive quotations" -- "Book Review: The moon and planets: a catalog of astronomical anomalies", The Sourcebook Project, 1985., Corliss, W. R., Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 81, no. 1 (1987), p. 24., 02/1987