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24 Nov 2018
Wood Pellets

This is one of those things where you just have to wonder where they are coming from - and quite how their brains work. It seems the Green Blob have been embarrassed about the amount of co2 involved in bulk carriers bringing wood pellets from Carolina to power stations such as Drax in Yorkshire - and are aimlessly swinging their arms (and their mouths) in several different directions. Earlier in the week there was a report that people were seriously trying to make the bulk carriers (and all shipping) less co2 dependent, even to the really weird idea of bringing back sails.

24 Nov 2018
Levallois Flake Technology

At https://phys.org/print461827831.html ... scientists from Australia and China and the US have published a study in the journal Nature (19th November 2018) which purports to show humans with the ability to make stone tools in the Levallois fashion go back to 170,000 years (at least) in East Asia. This is of course contrary to the Out of Africa theory where Levallois technology only reached that part of the world around 50,000 years ago. Is this another nail in the coffin of the multi culti propaganda masquerading as serious science?

18 Nov 2018
Dyaks

At https://phys.org/print461583534.html ... the Antarctic Circumpolar Current helps keep the southern continent frozen we are told. It is the strongest ocean current on the planet - stretching from the surface all the way down to the sea bed and entirely encircling Antarctica. It does however have a major bottleneck where it has to funnel its water between the West Antarctic peninsular and Tierra del Fuego.

18 Nov 2018
Tenea

At https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2018/11/13/lost-ancient-city-buil... ... another legacy of the Trojan War is the city of Tenea, first settled by prisoners brought over from Troy (or that is the urban myth). It was located south of Corinth on the neck of land connecting mainland Greece to the Peloponessian peninsular. The city is said to have prospered. However, when the Romans invaded and captured Corinth in 146BC Tenea, it is said, was left unharmed - as the Romans claimed descent from the Trojan, Aeneas.

18 Nov 2018
Silica in Space

Robert sent in this interesting link - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6398599/All-glass-Earth-... ... (and www.cardiff.ac.uk/news/view/1371708-glass-made-from-exploding-stars ... ) ... all the glass in the world comes from exploding stars (supernovae). More properly, from sand - as silica sand is what glass is made from (and don't forget the flint and chert, which is a silica). Sand, and therefore glass, has its origin in the hearts of dying stars that exploded during a supernova event (s).

18 Nov 2018
Lakes on Mars

Here is the article to go with the story about rain in the Atacama desert - overflowing crater lakes caused canyons to be cut out on Mars (go to https://phys.org/print461597820.html ...). We are told that billions of years ago water flowed freely across Mars. Former rivers erupted into craters, forming lakes and seas. Sometimes these lakes became so filled with water they overflowed - creating catastrophic flooding events. They go on to sugegst that catastrophic geological processes may have played a major role in shaping the landscape of Mars.

17 Nov 2018
Climate Change Indus

At https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6385185/Climate-change-l... ... we have a post sent in by Gary. The same story is at https://popular-archaeology.com/article/climate-change-likely-caused-mig... ... but with a bit less hype (although it is the authors who are actually stressing the climate change and comparing it to the modern day). Strangely, they seem to think that modern migration from Africa and South America is due to climate change rather than economics.

17 Nov 2018
Pristine Tombs

At https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMjdZfpElwA ... news of the discovery of some pristine 5th dynasty tombs at Saqqara, the necropolis of Memphis, from around 2500BC (in old money). Two sarcophagus have yielded mummified scarab beetles. The tombs lie in a buried ridge that has only been partly uncovered.

17 Nov 2018
Aurora Energy

At https://phys.org/print461478434.html ... the study of auroras has revealed a new way of understanding the physics of explosive energy released in space according to new research published in Nature Communications (although precisely what that might be is not forthcoming in the press release). The researchers come from Reading University and University College London. Somewhere in the huge volume of space into which Earth's magnetosphere stretches is a clue to that energy - and the authors set about finding it.

17 Nov 2018
Big News Story

The big news story this week is of course the discovery of a massive crater under the Greenland ice sheet. Both William and Gary have forwarded links to the story. At https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6389645/Nineteen-mile-wi... ... we are told a 19 mile wide crater has been discovered half a mile under the ice sheet - and it is speculated it was caused by a kilometre wide iron meteor. Of course, until the crater is actually investigated nobody really knows - and the same goes for the date it struck.