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8 Jun 2014
Dinosaur Days

Here's one for the kiddies - and the twinkle in the eyes. Chinese researchers have come across a cache of hundreds of pterosaur eggs - flying reptiles with wing spans up to 12m across. It seems they lived in colonies - much like some modern birds. Rooks spring to mind, and budgerigars in Australia. See http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/first-3d-pterosaur-....

8 Jun 2014
Ancient Aberdeen

We've had evidence of a long occupation at Inverness and now a similar discovery has been found at Aberdeen - see http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/bronze-age-settleme...

Early Bronze Age pottery, at least 4000 years of age, and evidence of continuous occupation down to the Iron Age, have been found during construction work at a park and ride facility. The site promises to be a bonanza - and proper excavations are now set to take place.

8 Jun 2014
Lakes in N America in the Late Pleistocene

This is another example of the uniformitarian mind. The findings, however, should not be dismissed - as they are telling us something. The story is at http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/scientists-solve-my... ... and scientists solving mysteries is very often a PR tactic used by universities releasing details of research. In this instance, the mystery is how ancient lakes in N America grew enormously in size at the peak of the last Ice Age 20,000 plus years ago.

6 Jun 2014
Colliding Planets

I think I might have done this story before - but due to another published paper. At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/06/05/when-worlds-collide-study-says-our... ... we learn that a new bout of measurements of oxygen isotopes provides what is claimed to be evidence that the Moon was formed after a collision between the Earth and another, large, planet sized body. The theory is this occurred 4.5 billion years ago - Science journal (6th June, 2014) (see also http://phys.org/print321195253.html).

6 Jun 2014
Chinese Global Warming

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/06/05/chinese-study-implies-that-the-mod... ... is this another instance of Chinese science overtaking Western science. The latter has become bogged down in peer review and political shenanigans, contrary science suppressed and heretics ostracised. Are the Chinese making another Great Leap Forward and leaving the West floundering in their slipstream.

6 Jun 2014
The cusp of cold fusion technology

At http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/lenr-year-of-answers/ ... 2014 is likely to be important for Cold Fusion (Low Energy Nuclear Reactors or LENR) according to www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-01/15/cold-fusion-moves-into-mainstream  ... but strangely, since January it has all gone a bit quiet (so has Wired overhyped). First we have the Cyclone engine developed by Cyclone Power Technologies in the US. This can run on virtually anything - from oil, gas, biomass, powdered coal, or even by waste heat or solar collectors.

6 Jun 2014
Landscape fires in N America at the end of the Pleistocene

At http://cosmictusk.com/big-burn-north-american-great-plains-underlain-by-... ... George Howard provides the full paper to read (published in Nature Geoscience on May 25th, 2014. It is five pages long and derives from the University of Wisconsin. Basically, it is telling us the transition from the Pleistocene to the Holocene is characterised by contintental wide wild fires. See the image above - the Brady layer in the Midwest.

6 Jun 2014
Mycenae flints and flakes

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/06052014/article/archaeologists-exc... ... surprisingly, the lower city of Mycenae has never properly been investigated. This is the town outside the citadel with its Lion Gate and huge walls. The lower town was also enclosed by a wall and it appears to have been laid out in a purposeful fashion.

6 Jun 2014
Magnetic fields and black holes

This story is at http://phys.org/print321105310.html ... a new study of supermassive black holes has found magnetic fields play a prominent role in proceedings. This was actually predicted and amounts to a confirmation of theory. It goes on to say that in the dozens of black holes so far surveyed (what are thought to be black holes to be more correct) the magnetic field strength matched the force produced by the black hole gravitational pull.

4 Jun 2014
Big Earth

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-171 (see also www.nasa.gov/kepler and http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/). A rocky planet weiging 17 times as much as the Earth but just over twice the size is the latest anomaly to cause some surprise to the consensus satisfied set. Know as Kepler 10c, we are told such a world should not exist - even, could not possibly exist (until it loomed out of the telescope). The thinking went - the gravitational force of such a massive body would accrete a gas envelope during formation and baloon the planet into a gas gaint similar to Neptune or Jupiter.