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23 Oct 2019
Missing Heat

Not sure what to make of this one. Is hype involved? It seems that Earth does not comply with the idea of a base temperature of around 16 degrees C. See for example ... average temperature is supposed to be around 16 degrees C but it is only 14.7 degrees C. It has been something similar for the last 20 years or so - and even earlier. What is going on?

19 Oct 2019
Ancient Weather and Solar Storms

William sent in this link. A Japanese research team claims the Ancient Assyrians referred to a solar storm even between 679 and 655BC as a cuneiform tablets mention an unusual red sky. It would indeed be unusual to see aurorae that far south which means a powerful CME was involved, overloading the ionosphere - see ... The Book of Maccabees also appears to refer to aurora phenomena - in the second century BC.

17 Oct 2019
Little Ice Age Volcanism

An interesting study by Luigi Bragato and Hanspeter Holzhauser - on volcanism and cooling temperatures which create conditions for pandemics (plague, cholera and influenza), in contrast to warmer periods when there is economic expansion and a lower incidence of natural disaster and outbreaks of disease. The major claim is that volcanism can cause century wide cooling. Is the latter sentence true ? - go to ...

17 Oct 2019
Horses, and more Horses

Another good one from ... during the Late Glacial Maximum horses grazed in a forested landscape somewhat warmer than today's Arctic Alaska. In modern times the North Slope in Alaska, now north of the Arctic Circle, has a mossy tundra terrain and an absence of trees. Some 8 to 9000 years ago, the same region had both trees and many animal species that today lie 100s of km to the south.

15 Oct 2019
Tail of a comet

At (October 14th 2019) ... we have been told that Comet Borisov is an interloper - from another solar system. However, it is behaving in much the same way as any ordinary run of the mill comet. It sports a tail for example and the tail is rich in cyanide (much like most of the comets in our solar system). The comet is fairly bright, and dusty - also much like any other comet. Is it really an interloper? Prior to the advent of last year's interloper it would have been described as a comet with an origin in the Kuiper Belt.

15 Oct 2019
Religion and Younger Dryas

At ... which is of course a fascinating subject that attracted a good deal of people to the ideas of Velikovsky. What role does religion have in catastrophic events - supplication to a sky deity via ritual, recitation, and hymns etc. Even re-enactments of catastrophic events in an attempt to understand them - and why deity may have demanded the lives of so many humans (and animals).

15 Oct 2019
One for the Kiddiewinks

Young children, especially small boys, are fascinated by the likes of Tyrannosaurus Rex and here we have a new species of giant predatory dinosaur found in Thailand - the Siamraptor .. go to ...

15 Oct 2019
Golden Ratio and Skulls

We've heard a lot about the Golden Ratio in cosmic terms but now we have the golden ratio in human skulls - see ... Researchers at John Hopkins University have compared 100 human skulls with 70 animal skulls. They found the human skulls are remarkably close to the golden ratio, whereas the skulls of dogs, monkeys, rabbits, lions and tigers are not. However, the animal skulls do have unique ratios that appear to approach that of the golden ratio.

15 Oct 2019
Early Bronze Age metropolis

Not the sort of metropolis of the modern world but a town, or city if you like, with around 6000 inhabitants - dating back to early in the Bronze Age. At ... an urban complex has been uncovered in Israel as a result of road works, said in one source to be the New York of the ancient world. They hype is just that - a headline grabber. Nevertheless, it is a large site for the period and dates to Early Bronze Age IB (late fourth/early third millennium BC).

12 Oct 2019
Wrangel Island Mammoths

Mammoths lived on Wrangel Island, albeit in a pygmy form, right up to the late 3rd millennium BC - a surprising new discovery. William sent in the link to ... The majority of mammoths died out during the Younger Dryas event as a result of an abrupt switch in climate (and possibly other factors) but a few were left stranded on islands in the Arctic Ocean. It seems that in the Late Glacial Maximum these islands may have been part of the mainland (now submerged).