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7 Feb 2016
Hasan Peker

Hasan Peker is Turkey's leading expert on Luwian heiroglyphics. In a recent London lecture (February 2016) he told of the discovery in 2015 of the top part of a stele in SE Turkey, dedicated to the goddess Kubaba. Inscribed on the back were some names of kings of Carchemish that it is hoped will fill in the gap as now stands. It mainly concerns the neo-Assyrian period yet it does seem to inhibit how far forwards revisionists might wish to move the end of the LB period.

7 Feb 2016
Playing Tricks

News on plasma fusion - see http://phys.org/print373880299.html ... and meanwhile, at www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/2016/02/04/one-of-saturn... ... according to a recent study the inner portion of one of Saturn's rings appears to be more opaque in some areas than in others - an optical illusion that makes the rings look more dense than they are.

7 Feb 2016
John Christy

Dr John Christy is one of the more clever of the climate scientists and doesn't buy into the alarmism - go to http://dailycaller.com/2016/02/02/scientist-ruthlessly-debunks-one-of-no... ... is about the way surface temperatures are measured, using thermometers sited close to heat sources. Christy says satellite data is supported by balloon data but alarmist climate scientists prefer to stick to their climate models and reject the real data.

6 Feb 2016
European migrations

An article in Current Biology 26 page 1-7 by Posth et al is interesting - see also http://phys.org/print373788881.html ... which provides a link via dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2016.01.1037 'Pleistocene mitochondrial genomes suggest a single major dispersal of non-Africans and a Late Glacial population tunrover in Europe.' Quite how, or what impelled modern humans to disperse into Eurasia and Australasia is an unknown but genetics may be able to pick up such movements, and these appear to be multiple rather than a single movement flux.

6 Feb 2016
China Moon

    At http://phys.org/print373795118.html ... some really nice images of the surface of the Moon taken by the Chinese rover Yutu and the Chang'e lander.

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/01/160129090451.htm ... we are told there was a head on collision between earth and another planet, which gave rise to the Moon. The article is in the journal Science 2016:351(6272):493DOI:10.1126/science.aad0525

6 Feb 2016
Zika

The Zika virus appears to be the latest in a long line of health 'doom mongerings' that has gone viral on social media and the internet and has been stirred and sloshed on mainstream media. It follows in the recent tradition of doom laden health scare stories such as Aids, Bird Flu, and Mad Cow Disease - and more recently the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. For a view from a mainstream party line go to http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/science-sushi/2016/31/genetically-modi... ...

5 Feb 2016
Thutmose III

At www.jewishpress.com/news/hiker-discovers-3500-year-old-egyptian-seal-in-... ....     Late Bronze age Egyptian seals are still to be picked up from the ground it would seem - a bit like Roman coins in Europe. A hiker on a trip to Karnei Hittin noticed a white object on the ground, obvious to his eye as the ground rock was black basalt.

5 Feb 2016
Tell es-Safi

At www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/artifacts-and-the-b... ... excavations at Tell es-Safi, the site of Biblical Gath, one of the famed 5 cites of the Philistines, have reached Iron Age levels and they have uncovered a horned altar similar to those described in Exodus 27:1 and I Kings 1:50 etc. It is three and half feet high and one and a half feet around each side - and is made of stone.

4 Feb 2016
moon and sun

Robert Farrar sent in links to two stories from Astronomy Now - see http://astronomynow.com/2016/01/30/phase-of-the-moon-affects-amount-of-r... ... and http://astronomynow.com/2016/01/30/understanding-the-magnetic-sun/ ...

1) phases of the moon affect the amount of rainfally. When the moon is high in the sky it creates bulges in the atmosphere. As we live in a water world this means rainfall increases, but just an insignificant amount after reading a few lines - but what would happen if the moon was closer to the earth?

4 Feb 2016
comet and magnetics

At http://www.ann-geophys.net/34/1/2016/ ... abstract of a paper by multiple authors from multiple space centres across Europe and the US. These are people looking at the data from the Rosetta Mission (as it is currently understood). It is essentially about the interactions of the solar wind with the outgassing comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. In June there was an increase in the solar wind dynamic, a burst of energy that struck the comet much like the solar wind sometimes strikes earth's atmosphere full on.