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30 Nov 2019
Galloway Hoard

At www.scotsman.com/news/people/painstaking-clean-up-of-scottish-viking-hoa... ... a painstaking clean-up process of a Viking hoard buried in Scotland over a thousand years ago is unlocking new information on their origin. The Galloway Hoard was found on the Scottish coast opposite the Isle of Man and abutting the Irish Sea. The latter was a Viking sea way with easy access to Dublin as well as the western isles of Scotland, and Cumbria, important areas of Viking settlement.

28 Nov 2019
Red Spot False Alarm

At https://phys.org/news/2019-11-jupiter-great-red-demise-greatly.html ... reports of the demise of Jupiter's Great Red Spot are greatly exaggerated we are told. It seems visible clouds hide the true size and nature of the vortex and it is not shrinking as alleged earlier this year.

28 Nov 2019
Shining Apparition

At www.space.com/interstellar-comet-borisov-photo-keck-observatory.html ... it is interesting to see how the idea Comet 21/Borisov is an interstellar intruder has become a mainstream mantra - without any really firm evidence apart from the fact it is travelling very fast and its trajectory. Never the less, going with the flow, the comet has now started to shine brightly - just like a comet. Its tail is extending behind it to around 100,000 miles, or 160,000 km in EU speak. The comet head itself is estimated at around one mile across.

28 Nov 2019
Styracosaurus

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/11/dinosaur-skull-turns... ... a dinosaur skull unearthed in 2015 is causing a problem. It was the skull of a styracosaurus, complete with horns. The differences in the skull's left and right profiles are so extreme they appear to belong to two different animals - but clearly aren't ...

28 Nov 2019
Lion Cub Mummies

Gary sent in the link www.sciencealert.com/lion-cub-mummies-feature-in-huge-ancient-egypt-find ... Egyptian archaeologists unearthed a cache of 75 wooden and bronze statues and 5 lion cub mummies decorated with hieroglyphics at the Saqqara necropolis near Giza. Mummified cats, cobras, and crocodiles were also unearthed. They are said to date to dynasty 26 (76th century BC) ...

28 Nov 2019
Shiloh

At https://noqreport.com/2019/11/10/archaeological-discovery-shiloh-matches... ... this appears to be one to accept or to feel a trifle sceptical. An archaeological discovery at Shiloh matches perfectly with the Bible, we are told - which appears to be a corner of a stone altar. Several other recent discoveries at the site point to the same conclusion, the storyline continues. Archaeology appears to be revealing aspects of the Biblical narrative. David Rohl has of course been here already.

21 Nov 2019
Sugars in Meteorites

This story is at https://phys.org/news/2019-11-sugars-meteorites-clues-life.html ... virtually anything organic in comets and meteors is deemed to be a clue to the origin of life - without many clues on how they convert from primitive building blocks into actual building blocks. Research continues and more information is popping up all the time. Here we have an international team that say that sugars found in a couple of meteorites support the hypothesis that chemical reactions in asteroids, their parent bodies, can make sense of life's ingredients. Not everything though.

21 Nov 2019
Earth's Magnetic Song

At https://phys.org/news/2019-11-earth-magnetic-song-solar-storm.html ... ESAs Cluster mission has provided a recording of the song which Earth sings when it is hit by a solar storm. It derives from the waves generated in Earth's magnetic field. The storm itself is the eruption of electrically charged particles from the Sun's atmosphere. The analysis shows that during a collision, the foreshock is driven to release magnetic waves that are much more complete than first thought. The foreshock is inudced to release magnetic waves (see video at the link).

21 Nov 2019
Adding Up

Interesting link at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/11/19/the-measurements-of-the-expansion... ... which concerns the different measurements of the expansion of the universe that have been a feature of angst amongst cosmologists. The subject has featured in the News on several occasions. WattsUpWithThat has the benefits of lots of comments - some of them erudite and intuitive, and others quite the opposite. It seems a hundred scientists met at the University of California to try and clarify what is happening with the divergent data.

21 Nov 2019
Florida Native American Settlement

At www.thevintagenews.com/2019/11/14/florida-native-american-settlement/ ... a LiDAR survey of Florida has thrown up evidence of a huge Native American settlement on Raleigh Island - going back to between 900 and 1200AD. This  coincides with the Medieval Warm Period and we may suppose it was the changing climate around AD1200 that led to its abandonment - or possibly its capture by a hostile tribe. It was also at www.newsweek.com/ ... but the link has now gone. LiDAR once again proving to be an effective archaeological tool, especially in challenging environments.