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19 Aug 2018
Mini Mammoths

Sent in by Robert - two posts at the Daily Mail online site - www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6054483/Frozen-mammoth-carcass-u... ... and www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6055207/New-species-pterodactyl-... ... to which Robert comments, 'new pterodactyl and mini mammoth found. Interestingly, both are at sites of 'mass kill' events ....'.

19 Aug 2018
Dating Thera Eruption

At https://popular-archaeology.com/article/dating-the-ancient-minoan-erupti... ... courtesy of the University of Arizona (dendrochronology unit). An attempt has been made to resolve discrepancies between archaeological and radiocarbon methods of dating the eruption of the Thera volcano by tying up in knots the timeline of ancient Egypt, Crete, Greece, Turkey and the Levant.

18 Aug 2018
Vertigo

Sent in by Robert. An interesting post at https://crev.info/2018/08/one-wrong-handed-amino-acid-can-cause-vertigo/ ... yes, one amino acid gone awry can cause vertigo. How does this happen? It is down to chirality - how life ended up with one handed (chiral) building blocks such as amino acids and sugars, when both are just as likely to form by the laws of physics. The author claims it is an unsolved mystery in the study of life sciences - because proteins cannot work without 100 per cent one handed. Electricity may of course play an undefined role.

18 Aug 2018
Laziness Extinction

From the edge of credulity comes this offering - laziness helped lead to the extinction of Homo erectus (see www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/anu-lhl080918.php ... or is this a bad press release. Researchers at the Australian National University claim Homo erectus went extinct, in part, out of laziness. This is based on archaeological findings from the Early Stone Age. Basically, the claim is they failed to advance tool techniques - which remained pretty basic. In fact, it is mainly random stones that represent all we know of Homo erectus culture.

18 Aug 2018
K/T boundary event again

This subject was sent in by several people including Jovan and William but Robert has gone straight to the source of the sauce in an article at www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/09/dinosaur-extinction-debate/... ... the controversy over the K/T boundary event in which both sides have had an acrimonious relationship since the Alvarez theory was adopted as mainstream science. That is the gist of the article - but is there a political angle the magazine is trying to push? As I don't read The Atlantic I have no idea.

18 Aug 2018
Water vapour and ice crystals

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/08/15/strange-events-earths-upper-atmos... ... a strange event - earth's upper atmosphere is creating glowing clouds.

16 Aug 2018
Easter Island Again

Sent in by William. At https://phys.org/print453352412.html ... a new investigation into Easter Island (2300 miles off the coast of Chile). This is where society is supposed to have imploded as a result of over exploitation of natural resources. A new article in the Journal of Pacific Archaeology begs to differ. They say the Jared Diamond theory is over stated as evidence from the carving of the stone heads and their erection appears to have been a joint effort - indicating mutual appreciation of different roles in society.

16 Aug 2018
Early IPCC reports

The Canadian climate scientist, now retired, Dr Timothy Ball, has a guest post at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/08/12/the-major-change-in-the-global-wa... ... which discusses differences in the IPCC reports of 1990 and 1995 - which is going back a bit - but then he has been involved in the global warming debate for a long time (as a working climate scientist as well as a retired denier of global warming).

16 Aug 2018
Psalms

At www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/ancient-cultures/ancient-near-eastern-... ... which refers to an article in Biblical Aarchaeology Review, 'Egyptian Papyrus Sheds New Light on Jewish History' ... (July/August 2018 issue BAR). Papyrus Amherst 63 is written in cursive Egyptian demotic script but also combines this with Aramaic. It has only recently been translated and it seems to be a forerunner of Psalm 20 - and two other psamls not in the Bible.

16 Aug 2018
Medieval Ivory

At https://popular-archaeology.com/article/lost-norse-of-greenland-ivory-tr... ... courtesy of the University of Cambridge. The Viking colonies on Greenland were major settlements by the 12th century and Greenland even had its own bishop. However, later, by early 15th century, the Norse had vanished - leaving behind their ruined houses and farms. At first climate change was blamed as colder weather and sea ice around Iceland made it difficult to cope with sea voyages back and forth to Scandinavia.