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27 Feb 2016
mainstream catastrophism

Seems like mainstream catastrophism is getting closer and closer to the age of human kind. At http://phys.org/print375517399.html ... we have 'multiple cosmic impacts' at 790,000 years ago - and the consequences were 'dire' we are told. At a localised level there were earthquakes and fires taking place over hundreds of kilmeters - and tsuname waves caused by some of the objects landing in the seas. Dust and gases were ejected into the atmopshere blocking out sunlight and lowering surface temperatures.

27 Feb 2016
swimming dinosaurs

The idea of swimming dinosaurs has become popular recently, an idea deriving from footprints left behind which tend to show just the front or rear footfalls but not both front and rear at the same time. Various sets of footprints, after the initial claim, have been added to the accumulating idea that dinosaurs could swim or wade, but just what kind of environment is envisaged during the Jurassic. In the UK, if you go by geological theory, half the country was underwater with numerous sand bars and estuarine locations, in a climate very close to that of modern Florida.

25 Feb 2016
getting round a problem

At http://phys.org/print375467925.html ... getting round the problem of a gamma ray burst being detected at the same time as the hypothetical merger of two black hole has not vexed mainstream for too long - just a couple of days it would seem. We now have a black hole swalling a massive star - and spitting out a gamma ray burst.

At http://phys.org/print375441286.html .... we have a little history of 'globular clusters' - don't know what they are then read the link. The role of Charles Messier is interesting.

25 Feb 2016
another giant

At http://phys.org/print375349033.html ... glypodonts, like all armadilloes, originate from a common ancestor around 35 million years ago. The glypodont is a very large version of the armadillo and lived during the Late Plaeistocene - at the same time as giant elephants, giant grould sloths, giant elk and deer, and giant forms of lots of other animals. At the end of the Ice Age all these large mammals became extinct - why? Why did they grow to such a large size? It is almost reminiscent of the Jurassic era - when small dinosaurs of the Triassic became larger versions of the same animal.

25 Feb 2016
expanding charon

Nice one here. You have heard of the expanding universe and the expanding earth theory but now we the claim the moon of Pluton, one Charon, has expanded - and caused the surface to fracture and crack (see http://phys.org/print375129748.html

Meanwhile, at http://phys.org/print375347863.html ... astronomers have discovered a spectacular tail of gas more than 200,000 light years across, coming from a nearby galaxy. Do galaxies have tails like comets - on a much larger scale?

25 Feb 2016
fired hill forts

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/winter-2015-2016/article/some-iron-... ... we've heard of the vitrified forts of Scotland where timbers were set alight to partially melt stones and rocks but now it seems archaeologists are thinking in terms of this practise being quite common - on the continent and even in northern England. However, in southern Britain hill forts are usually made of earth ramparts with ditches, and presumably this was common on the continent as well.

25 Feb 2016
magnetic eyes

Yes, you read that right - magnetic eyes. At http://phys.org/print375443736.html ... dogs and primates can sense the earth's magnetic field - with the help of their eyes. In animals cryptochromes controlo the body's circadian rhythms - and the same is true of bacteria and other living things. The magnetic field is used by many animals to orientate and navigate - especially among birds (pigeons spring to mind). A magnetic sense has been found in some insects, fish, reptiles, birds and various other animals but apparently this ability is absent from humans, we are told.

25 Feb 2016
Zanzibar

At http://phys.org/print375437395.html ... alathough the subject of this article is environmentalism and scare mongering about rising sea levels and the extinction of animals, we do learn an interesting fact. Zanzibar only became an island roughly 11,000 years ago. Large animals such as zebra, buffalo and water buck were common but when they were cut off from the mainland they died out - or that is the assumption. It is thought rising sea levels were responsible but is that the whole story. It sounds a little trite. Zanzibar is very close to the equator.

25 Feb 2016
humanity absolved

A few weeks ago I posted a story about a mammoth graveyard in Siberia where a village had been built on top without anyone  realising what lay underneath their houses - initially. At the excellent site (lots of pictures( http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0214-paleothithic-m... ... where the idea that some of the carcasses had been butchered because stone tools had been found, ostensibly tools for cutting hides and flesh rather than for killing them, and in a minority as well.

20 Feb 2016
broken spoke

Has a spike being put in the spoke of the gravitational wave announcement? At http://phys.org/print375096388.html ... It seems NASAs Fermi telescope detected a Gamma Ray Burst coming from the same point as the Gravitational Wave. The idea is being played down by mainstream as the black hole merger is supposed to have swept the area around the bigger hole clean and therefore nothing would have existed, such as an exploding star, to cause a Gamma Ray Burst.