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10 Nov 2019
Mammoth Trap

William sent in the link to www.yahoo.com/news/researchers-didnt-think-humans-attacked-175224059.html ... which concentrates on the fact that scientists, until now, didn't think humans targeted mammoths as a food animal - although among European archaeologists this seems to be a given. At https://phys.org/news/2019-11-huge-trove-mammoth-skeletons-mexico.html ... the focus is on the trap - or what is thought to be a human prepared trap. It contains 800 bones and is situated at Tultepec, just outside Mexico City.

10 Nov 2019
Expanding the Universe

Scientists are expanding the universe it would seem - via state of the art technology and technique. See https://phys.org/news/2019-11-scientists-refine-quickly-universe.html ... what we have is another measurement of the Hubble Constant - recently made uncertain by several studies that have come up with different rates of expansion. The concept of an expanding universe was put forward by Edwin Hubble in the early 20th century. He found that galaxies were moving away from each other - so the story goes.

9 Nov 2019
Voyager 2

At https://phys.org/news/2019-11-voyager-interstellar-space-scientists-plas... ... interstellar space - scientists detect plasma density jump as Voyager 2 moved from the solar system to beyond. The inference is that outer space has a higher density level of plasma - or that is the thinking of researchers in a paper in Nature Astronomy (Nov 2019) - although one might argue it is the bubble around the solar system that is dense (I suppose). There is definitely a boundary at the outer reaches of the solar system - as experienced somewhat earlier when Voyager 1 passed through.

9 Nov 2019
Europeans migrate to levant

This seems a strained theory as they do not actually have evidence of this happening but reason it might have happened - and anything can happen of course. William sent in the link - see for example https://phys.org/news/2019-11-reveals-humans-migrated-europe-levant.html ... where it is clear, and the idea revolves around accepting the various C14 dates of Neanderthal remains undertaken in Europe and the Levant. These are somewhat ambiguous as archaeology has shown that modern humans always follow Neanderthals and it is a false assumption to think they overlapped.

9 Nov 2019
The Universe is a Sphere

I quite like this one. At https://phys.org/news/2019-11-planck-space-observatory-universe-sphere.html ... researchers from the universities of Manchester, Rome and Paris have sparked a debate amongst cosmologists by claiming data from the Planck Space Observatory suggests the universe is a sphere - it is not flat (or oblate like a pizza on a plate) as most cosmologists have supposed -as at Big Bang light expanded out in a straight line (or lines). The findings are published in Nature Astronomy (see https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-019-0906-9 ... ).

4 Nov 2019
The Bahamas

At https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/37061/the-bahamas/ ... from NASA Eareth Observatory - east of Florida large swathes of the ocean glow peacock blue. They are this irridesence due to their shallow depths. The under water terrain is hilly and the crests of some of those hills comprise the islands of the Bahamas. In 2009 clear skies allowed NASAs Aqua satellite to take the picture below ...

4 Nov 2019
Escape from Model Land

At https://judithcurry.com/2019/10/29/escape-from-model-land/ ... letting go of the phantastical mathematical objects and achievables of model land can lead to more relevant information  in the real world ...

3 Nov 2019
Forest of Dean

In the thick of it inside the Forest of Dean, lots of tall grass and trees and wild pigs, a LiDAR survey has turned up a ring cairn - see www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-gloucestershire-50208092/ ... It is 80 feet in diameter with a 5m wide (or 16 foot) rubble bank (with as many as 10 white limestone standing stones peaking out of the top of the bank. They are currently around 3 feet high - so nothing overwhelming - but situated on the very top of the bank. Ring cairns have survived mostly in upland areas and have probably been ploughed out in the lowland zone - so this find is important.

1 Nov 2019
Louis A Frank

Louis A Frank was a scientist at the University of Iowa who theorised that small comets made of ice and water crashed into Earth's atmosphere to create lakes, rivers, and oceans. He interpreted small black dots found on NASA camera data (from its satellite Dynamics Explorer, as the small comets. Other scientists thought they were transmission errors.

1 Nov 2019
did an extraterrestrial impact ...

Sent in by William - go to https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/10/did-extraterrestrial... ... did an extraterrestrial impact trigger the extinction of Ice Age animals? Which is a revival of the Younger Dryas Boundary event hypothesis. The mainstream view is that an ice dam, that had wonderfully survived for thousands of years, left behind by retreating ice, held back a giant lake of cold water which burst and spilt that glacial water into the North Atlantic - cooling the ocean currents and creating the Younger Dryas.