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20 Feb 2017
American Pie

An American Pie might imply a mixture of fillings. Whilst this is obviously true of the last couple of hundred years, to be sure, it is also true of the earliest humans to reach the Americas according to a new linguistics study - see www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170216133249.htm ... linguist anthropologists (a bit of a mouth full) have applied technology (simulation) to the early inhabitants of the Americas - and this has popped out the news that there was a complex pattern  of settlement, contact, and migration over a long period of time.

20 Feb 2017
Ceres organics

NASAs Dawn space mission has found evidence for organic material on asteroid (or dud comet) Ceres - see https://phys.org/print406465509.html ... the material was detected near a crater and the study is in this month's Science journal (February 2017). Carbonates and clays have also been discovered. The organic material is part of the stuff of life - but apparently not evidence of life on Ceres.

20 Feb 2017
Lost Continents

You've heard of Atlantis (sinking into the sea) and Gondwanaland, even perhaps the lost island continent of Mu - now we have Zealandia - see https://phys.org/print406523221.html

An area encompassing New Caledonia and New Zealand, ninety four per cent of which is currently submerged, appears to be a lost continent (implying it consists of crust rather than sea bottom basalt). It even has mountain chains.

20 Feb 2017
Electric Geology

Interesting post on lightning under the ground and how it might affect geological features at the surface - see www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2017/02/16/the-maars-of-pinacate-part-two/ ... or to think about. It was inspired by a recent mainstream study.

13 Feb 2017
anthropocene mathematics

New paper by a couple of academic climate scientists from Australia and Sweden is given a going over at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/02/13/claim-0-7c-century-is-exceptional/ ... but read the comments below to find out more about how it was done - smoothing the data over the last 7000 years (obliterating highs and lows of temperature spikes). One guy compares this to comparing the speed of sea level rise as the tide comes in twice a day with the average rise over the last year or more. What is the purpose of the smoothing? That is all you need to ask.

12 Feb 2017
video of black hole

At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2017/02/spectacular-star-cluster-reveals-e... ... a spectacular star cluster reveals elusive black holes hiding inside a dense cluster of stars. Watch the video of the black hole in its hidey hole - or the flash of energy that is thought to be a black hole. They can even provide an estimated date for the star cluster - 12 billion years old. One option if link does not work is to go to www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2017/02/ and then scroll down to the story, spectacular star cluster etc.

12 Feb 2017
Qantir

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/monumental-buildin... ... Qantir, the ancient city of Pi-ramesse, is affected by urban growth. This has hastened some archaeology in the areas most prone to overspill from the local village and a large building, thought to have been a palace, has been unearthed. 

12 Feb 2017
Bluebells and Garlic Mustard

This sounds very much like a regurgitation of a post from a couple of years ago - a bit of botanical doom mongering by the alarmists. At https://phys.org/print405944353.html ... a study in Global Change Biology (which sounds very much like an environmentalists bean feast sort of magazine) has come out with the same old (same old) witterings of the past decade or so - plants are flowering earlier because it is getting warmer (and this just must be detrimental to life on the planet and we are all going to die).

12 Feb 2017
Earthquakes

The journal of New Concepts in Global Tectonics continues to publish the kind of earth science other journals do not touch. It's a bit like SIS journals in that respect - although the latter originated as a pro-Velikovsky organ. At www.ncgt.org/newsletter.php (click on the December 2016 issue) we have several articles on earthquakes and earthquake prediction. As such, they radically depart from the mainstream position that earthquakes are all to do with moving plates. These involve acoustic emissions (Giovanni) and high frequency electromagnetic radiation (Levashov).

12 Feb 2017
Dinosaur collagen

This story was at Dr Wile's blog a way back. At https://phys.org/print405956660.html ... dinosaurs are mostly known from fossilised bone but last year palaeontologists claimed they have now found collagen in a rib from 195 million years ago - which caused a bit of a stir as proteins were not supposed to survive for that long a time. An article in Nature Communications (Feb 2017) re-examines the issues involved, particularly the survival of soft tissue.