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24 Jan 2018
Dust Storms Mars

At ... it seems like all the juicy research turns up months after space missions - and so it is with Mars. A study published in Nature Astronomy used data from NASAs Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and suggests dust storms on Mars have a direct link with gases escaping from the top of the atmosphere. The inference is that a wetter warmer ancient Mars lost its liquid volatiles by the same route - launched out of the atmosphere.

24 Jan 2018
Windy Black Holes

This story is at ... new research shows evidence of strong winds around black holes - throughout the bright outburst events. This is the point where black holes are thought to be feeding - rapidly gorging on material that has been dragged into their vicinity. This, in turn, is said to show how mass transfers to black holes and how black holes can affect the environment around themselves. The winds are hypothesized to blow away matter the black hole cannot consume.

22 Jan 2018
Update on Meteor

At ... we learn that although it was just a few feet across its speed was enough to shake the ground as it exploded above ground. It was an explosion in the atmosphere rather than an earthquake but it registered as a magnitude 2.0 seismic event according to the National Weather Service. Larry Ruff, a seismologist at the University of Michigan, said that in 35 years he had never seen an atmospheric event produce such a strong signature. It was a much smaller object than the meteor that exploded over Chelyabinsk in 2013.

22 Jan 2018
White Cuterthun

Current Archaeology 335 (January 2018) has a small piece on a massive hill fort at White Caterthun on the periphery of the Grampian Mountains in the eastern Highlands of Scotland. Go to where there is a video of an aerial excursion over the site.

22 Jan 2018
Black Holes

At ... new research challenges existing models of black holes as recent findings seem to show magnetic fields associated do not come up to scratch. However, for a different view of the nature of black holes go to ... we are told astronomers know black holes exist because they can see energetic radiation and collimated jets erupting. The latter are thought to result from matter falling into a black hole's gravity field.

22 Jan 2018
More on Keros

The full article by Colin Renfrew (which doesn't include the recent discovery of drainage channels under the surface) is available at ... see also DOI:10.5871/jba/001.187 ,Journal of British Archaeology' 17th December 2013 (as published in the same journal pages 187-2120. You can also watch a video of the discoveries on Keros at ... Renfrew is mostly concerned with the sanctuary in this paper which dates to the end of the mid 3rd millennium BC.

20 Jan 2018
Virgin Weather Station

A German blog reports that in Germany there is one weather station that is intact and unchanged for 138 years. It has never been moved nor has it been corrupted by the urban heat island effect. Moreover, it has consistenly used the same instrumentation and computation method over that 138 years. This weather station is at the St Stephens Abbey in Augsburg - NW of Munich. Veteran German meteorologist Klaus Hager says there has been considerable temperature fluctuations from year to year - because nature is constantly changing, year to year.

20 Jan 2018
Cave Men

Apparently, in Norway schools still teach pupils that in the stone age people lived in caves. I suppose the same is true in the UK and elsewhere. Go to ... smallbut ample earthen dwellings from the Mesolithic stone age in Norway were re-used over and over again - even after periods of abandonment. They were spruced up again and re-occupied. The Mesolithic in NW Europe was pretty similar in the first half of the Holocene. In Norway the Mesolithic is dated between 9500 and 4000BC.

20 Jan 2018
A wonderful wonder

Terrific story reported by the Guardian (January 18th 2018) - go to ... but don't be tempted to donate (they have a begging message on the page) as these people use an offshore acccount to avoid paying taxes. See also ...

19 Jan 2018
Mega Flints

In the news section (written by Mike Pitts) of British Archaeology magazine (January 2018) we have the discovery of a big piece of flint at Avebury (at a farm) that is one of four described as mega flints (by the archaeologists). One image shows a flint in the lap of a male that is almost as big as his torso. It is basically a core that has been used for flint flakes - but still has lots of possibilities as the material to make lots more stone tools. Its size may indicate it was at one time valued - and may even have been at one time a heirloom.