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30 Apr 2016
a rocky comet

At http://phys.org/print381157131.html ... a paper due out in May's Science Advances (2016) is set to claim C/2014 S3 PANSTARRS is an ancient rocky body - much like an asteroid. Comets are supposed to be icy conglomerates so is this really a comet or is it an asteroid behaving like a comet?

29 Apr 2016
super flares

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/evidence-of-solar-flares-bigg... ... refers to an article in April's Nature Communications (2016) and the possibility the Sun can produce super flares - one hundred times bigger than the Cinningham event in 1859.

See a video of the recent solar flare in action caught on video at www.space.com/32685-inside-the-heart-shaped-sunspot-plasma-s-magnetic-fl... ... a video of a big sun spot facing the Earth (from last week)

27 Apr 2016
Phil Silvia

Crowd funding is becoming an important part of research outside the box. Scientists researching mainstream subjects have no trouble being bankrolled but scientists researching less popular subjects are usually frozen out of public funds. Phil Silvia is seeking backers for his research into the destruction of Sodom. The archaeologists think that Tall el-Hammam is Biblical Sodom but the very idea is disputed by others who consider the Sodom story a myth and completely fabrication. The research has the capability to disprove this negative view.

27 Apr 2016
Sand and Gary

Gary Gilligan has an interesting article on sand at https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/guest-post-by-gary-gilligan/ ... the purity of sand seems to belie the standard explanation. The amount of sand seems to defy the geological mainstream theory. How is sand transported to create vast dunes - and then we have something like this ....

27 Apr 2016
Einstein, lightning, and Mars

At http://phys.org/print380870251.html ... does lightning on other planets send radio signals to Earth? In this instance, radio signals from exo-planets.

At http://phys.org/print380860503.html ... Einstein's theory of general relativity is being put to the test by a newly launched satellite in a French experiment. In space it is possible to study the relative motion of two bodies in almost perfect and permanent free fall aboard an orbiting satellite - or that is the theory.

At http://phys.org/print380871684.html ... new images of the surface of Mars

26 Apr 2016
journalists catching up

The Daily Mail are reporting that co2 is greening the Earth (as claimed in a recent journal article) - www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3557905/Rising-carbon-dioxide-ma... or http://dailym.ai/1qM4Q5h... scientists used satellite data over 33 years to measure leaf cover. Why anyone should be surprised by this is a mystery. Farmers pump co2 into their plastic greenhouses for one reason -to fertilise the crops and obtain higher yields.

22 Apr 2016
dinosaur frolics

At www.yahoo.com/news/dinosurs-struggled-survive-long-asteroid-hit-19233514... ... and www.yahoo.com/news/study-dinosaurs-were-declining-long-asteroid-hit-1902... ... which has been widely reported on the Web and concerns a press release coinciding with publication of a paper on the subject which appears to use geochronology to say that dinosaurs were in decline before the K/T boundary event (and the Chicxulub asteroid or comet crash).

22 Apr 2016
Atlantis in Doggerland

At www.q-mag.org/pytheas-megaliths-and-the-tides.html ... Anne Marie de Grazia has translated Jean Deruelle the author of 'De la Prehistoroire a l'Atlantide de Megaliths' in which it is hypothesized the Great Plain of Atlantis could now lie at the bottom of the North Sea. Then, Deruelle suggests the people of Atlantis were also the megalith builders.

22 Apr 2016
yiddish

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/dna-analysis-sugges... ... a dna analysis, it is claimed, has shown that Yiddish, the old language of the Ashkenazi Jews, had its origins in NE Anatolia. Yiddish was developed by Iranian and Ashkenazi Jews as they travelled the Silk Road (s). Yiddish has Iranian, Turkish and Slavic words and contains 250 words for the term 'to buy' and 'to'sell' - suggesting it was the language of merchants.

22 Apr 2016
monkey business

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/first-north-america... ... (see also www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monkeys-may-have-floated-to-north-amer...) ... is one of those stories where a new find is like a torpedo, holing a consensus theory in the midriffs. Fossil teeth of monkeys have been unearthed by the Panama Canal expansion project. It was thought monkeys crossed over from South America when the two parts of the continent came together around 3.5 million years ago.