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The Secret Search for the Missing Map of Columbus

By Rand & Rose Flem-Ath

A 1960 Memo to President Eisenhower Aimed at Locating the “Lost World Map of Columbus” Here, Verbatim, Is the Message Which Revived a Centuries-Old Quest To: President Dwight D. Eisenhower From: Charles H. Hapgood Professor of History Re: THE PIRI RElS WORLD MAP OF 1513 AND THE LOST MAP OF COLUMBUS Memorandum For several centuries scholars have been searching for the lost map of Christopher Columbus. The map is referred to by Colum­bus’ contemporaries, and by the historian Las Casas, as one he used to navigate…

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Mystery Under the Ice

BY LEN KASTEN

Will We Find an ‘Oasis’ Beneath Antarctica’s Lid? Beneath thousands of feet of ice, Antarctica is home to a vast warm water world which may contain a thriving “oasis of life.” According to a dramatic report released in December by National Geographic News (http://news.nationalgeographic.com), Antarctica is not a barren polar desert, after all, but, indeed is a rich, complex envi­ronment where rivers larger than the Amazon link a series of “Lake districts,” which may teem with mineral-hungry microbes. For others, the possibilities could be much…

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Atlantis and the Neanderthals

BY COLIN WILSON

Charles Hapgood, an American professor of history, became convinced in 1989 that a civilization, ‘with high levels of science,’ had existed at least 100,000 years ago. In the mid-1950s, Hapgood had written a book called Earth’s Shifting Crust, to which Einstein contributed an In­troduction, arguing that the whole crust of the earth undergoes periodic ‘slippages,’ one of which in 9500 B.C. had caused the North Pole to move from Hudson Bay to its present position. And in 1966, his Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings…

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Bracing for a Carrington Event

The year 1859 was a unique triple-header for science. In November, Charles Darwin published the bible of evolutionary biology, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life.  The previous summer, a less famous Englishman, Joseph Prestwich, for the first time confirmed a geological relationship with manmade objects—Stone Age flint tools found among rock strata at the valley of the Somme, in France—thereby correctly dating them to antiquity. Although the birth of evolutionary…

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Mammoths Blasted from Outer Space Recently reexamined bison remains and wooly mammoth tusks in both Siberia and Alaska bear unmistakable evi­dence of being blasted by debris from outer space. In a report, which the BBC called “Startling”, to a November meet­ing of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, scientists offered detailed evidence that holes in the animal bones were caused by high-speed collisions with tiny fragments coming from meteoric impact explosions of some kind. The fragments are magnetic and made of a combination of…

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Ice Ages Brought About by Earth’s Tilt Could the greatest cause of climate change be, not human activity as we have been led to believe, but, in fact, the tilt of the Earth’s axis? The idea is not new, but now a respected Harvard Earth Sciences researcher says he has proven that it is true. If he is right, climate scientists everywhere may need to go back to their computers, inconvenient or not. Professor Peter Huybers has used state-of the-art computer models to prove that…

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The Enigma of the Polar Dinosaurs New evidence that large dinosaurs once roamed near the south pole is presenting some challenges to official paleon­tology. How could animals once associated with temperate-to-tropical climes find their way into regions thought to be so very cold? The answer, at least according to scientists at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, meeting recent­ly in Texas, was they were fat, very fat. According to Thomas Rich, curator of vertebrate paleontology at Australia’s Museum of Victoria in an interview with London’s Daily…

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ANCIENT GENIUSES The Boskops Defy Conventional Wisdom The astounding African Boskop skulls are getting some new attention these days. Neuroscientists Gary Lynch and Richard Granger have produced a book, Big Brain, which makes the case that a now extinct race of hominids was smarter than we are—virtual geniuses by comparison—with an average IQ of about 150. First discovered in 1913 by farmers near Boskop, a town in South Africa, the skull fossils—of which the fragments of several have been found—possess a cranial capacity perhaps 25…

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Could Global Warming Cause a Pole Shift? For those more worried about a pole shift than global warming, a new study may help to consolidate their concerns. Researchers now think global warming could cause a pole shift. Geophysicists at the university of Toronto say they have studied the possible effects of the collapse of a large por­tion of the Antarctic ice sheet and concluded that it would shift the axis of the Earth itself. In an article published in February in the journal Science, the…

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Putting Atlantis in its Place

BY WILLIAM B. STOECKER

In his dialogues, Plato said very clearly that Atlantis was in the Atlantic (hence the similarity in names) beyond the Pillars of Hercules and described the Mediterranean as a relatively small, closed-in body of water. But that hasn’t pre­vented a great many writers and researchers from postulating that it was located almost anywhere except where Plato said it was. People have suggested that it was actually in the far northern Atlantic, or the Sahara Desert. A more rea­sonable suggestion is that the legend actually refers…

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