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16 Aug 2018
Submerged Mesolithic sites

At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/uoh-aft080718.php ... archaeologists have been searching lakes in SE Finland looking for submerged Mesolithic period sites from the early Holocene period. There are echoes here of the Mesolithic remains on the bottom of the North Sea and under the cliffs of the Solent. During early Holocene the water levels in lakes were much lower than today - across Scandinavia. Later, water levels rose as a result of uneven land uplift.

13 Aug 2018
Budic

In Chris Catling's 'Sherds' column in Current Archaeology (Aug/Sept 2018) he makes a reference to a recent discovery at Tintagel in Cornwall. This is the name of Budic found inscribed on a slate window ledge that appears to have an affinity with the name of Boudicca, This is reminiscent of a tombstone found in Roman Cirencester back in 2015 - 'to the shades of Bodicaeia my wife who lived 27 years'.

13 Aug 2018
Quiet Sunday

At https://phys.org/print452857190.html ... on a quiet Sunday two astronomers in Australia came across a supermassive black hole. It is so big it can chomp up a mass equivalent to our Sun every two days. They found a bright point in the sky, later defined as a high redshift quasar. How they got from that to the hungry monster is not clear from the press release but we may visualise a certain amount of assumption. 

13 Aug 2018
Super Highway

In Science Reports (August 2018) we have dinosaur tracks found in Alaska - see https://phys.org/print452768549.html ... and now it is proposed Alaska was the gateway to the New World for the dinosaurs (and now where have we heard something like that). This is an interesting idea because if it is true it may indicate the Earth's topography was quite different in the dinosaur era. If Alaska was joined at the hip to Siberia and the Atlantic was much narrower than it is now (as Plate Tectonics might dictate)  what might that imply? A smaller Earth.

13 Aug 2018
Aboriginal Genetics

I've put this under archaeology as we don't have a genetics thread. It could equally come under anthropology - accept that we are dealing with the hard sciences (rather than the whimsical) - but see https://phys.org/print452844655.html ... A PNAS study (August 7th 2018) starts off with the premise, or so it would seem, that Aborigines arrived in Australia 50,000 years ago. Why do they do that as archaeologists have been pushing back the date of their arrival further and further back in time?

12 Aug 2018
Space Weather

Space weather is the term used to describe interactions of the solar wind with the Earth's magnetosphere. Nothing to do with climate. At https://phys.org/print453099984.html ... NASA have launched twin satellites to study the Van Allen belts - and the way the solar wind is deflected by earth's magnetosphere. Later, the programme will be expanded to cover all the effects - it is hoped. Meanwhile, the Japanese already have a satellite, launched in 2016, exploring the Van Allen belts.

12 Aug 2018
Migration Routes

Migration routes into the Americas from Siberia are discussed in a new paper in the journal Science Advances (August, 2018) - see https://phys.org/print453017515.html ... The idea of a land route between the Cordillera ice sheet (along the western mountain ranges) and the main ice sheet (further east) went out of focus a couple of decades ago. It seems it is now back on the agenda and people may have migrated along the coast - and on a route between the ice sheets thought to have covered a good deal of northern America.

10 Aug 2018
Comet Flop

At http://spaceweather.com (August 4th, 2018) Comet PanSTARRS was supposed to become a naked eye object in August as it swooped past Mercury - but its not going to happen. Instead, the comet is thought to be close to disintegration. All of the flambuoyant activity took place in July - and August is turning out to be a damp squib (once again). Is the Electric Universe comet model not living up to expectations?

Meanwhile, at https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/stirling-engine-test-sets-lon... ... according to the Wiki a stirling engine is a

10 Aug 2018
Talking Hominins

At https://popular-archaeology.com/article/the-last-hominin-standing .. the last hominin standing - modern humans. This is a useful study and quite interesting but it suffers from certain assumptions. For example, it is assumed the equatorial zone has never shifted - and global topography was little different to that of today. Understandable assumptions one might say - but worth bearing in mind as the authors conclude modern humans differened from other manifestations of humanity by being more adaptable to extreme climates (as in deserts and polar regions).

10 Aug 2018
Perseids

At http://spaceweather.com (August 6th, 2018) the annual Perseid meteor shower is under way. Each year the Earth passes through a stream of debris left behind by the passage of Comet Swift Tuttle. At its peak up to 100 meteors an hour are expected.