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19 Jan 2020
A Living Fossil

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/01/living-fossil-may-up... ... a living fossil may upend a basic tent of evolutionary theory. Courtesy of a UC of San Franscisco research team. Natural selection,  it seems, also occurs at the level of the epigenome (a term that refers to an assortment of chemical annotations to the genome that determine whether, when, and to what extent, genes are activated.

19 Jan 2020
Death of the Dinosaurs

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/01/in-death-of-dinosaur... ... in death of the dinosaurs it was all about the asteroid - not the volcanoes. At last, some realism.  Yale assistant professor of geology and geophysics Pincilli Hull, and her colleagues, argue in a paper in the journal Science, that environmental impacts from massive volcanic eruptions in India (the Deccan Traps) occurred before the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary and therefore did not contibute to the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.

19 Jan 2020
Solar Flares and Scorching Gases

At https://phys.org/news/2020-01-scientists-evolving-energy-solar-flare.html ... (and see https://doi.org/10.1126/science.aax6874) ... at the back end of 2017 a massive new region of magnetic activity produced a series of potent solar flares causing turbulent space weather conditions on earth. These were the first flares to be captured, moment by moment, by the Expanded Owens Valley Solar Array radio telescope.

17 Jan 2020
Solar Minimum Consequences

Robert sent in the link www.zerohedge.com/health/why-are-volcanoes-all-over-globe-suddenly-shoot... ...

17 Jan 2020
Transparent Crystals

At https://phys.org/news/2020-01-transparency-crystals-ultrahigh-piezoelect... ... ultra high piezo electricity in crystals causes them to become transparent - is this another feature of electricity in Earth and beyond Earth. In an experiment, AC electricity was added to a ferro electric piezoelectric crystal and it caused an enhanced effect, contrary to mainstream ideas. See https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1891-y

17 Jan 2020
Phosphorus and Life

at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/01/16/astronomers-reveal-interstellar-t... .. which comes with lots of very interesting comments. Astronomers reveal an interstellar thread of one of life's building blocks - phosphorus. It is present in human and animal DNA and cell membranes  and is an essential element of life, we are told. Phosphorus is also in the food we eat - such as meat and dairy products. How it arrived on Earth is presented as a mystery that has now been solved by astronomers.

17 Jan 2020
Horses and Volcanoes

Robert sent in this link too - www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7890053/ ... which provides images from the recent eruption in the Phillippines. Robert says the gruesome images hint at the scale of catastrophism required to form fossils. In one image, below, we can see faint stratified layers in the volcanic deposit partiallly burying a horse - which gives an idea how polystrate fossils formed. Various other farm animals were also overcome by the hot ash and people seem to have fled leaving livestock behind. The horses had been used to carry tourists up to the summit for the view.

17 Jan 2020
Sea Levels

At https://notrickszone.com/2020/0/16/19-papers-published-in-2019-affirm-se... ... I could have posted this under geology but the link is to a climate sceptic site in Germany. The claim is that 19 papers were published in 2019 affirming sea level was metres higher than today between 8 and 4 thousand years ago. Pierre Gosselin says this is an onslaught of paleo climate evidence for warmer than now Mid Holocene climate. Something was distinctly different back then.

11 Jan 2020
Fearful Vikings

At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7868431/ ... we have a rather misleading header - 'mysterious Viking inscription reveals they feared climate change'. As most of modern climate  change is non-existent and in any case involves warming which is not a problem to most people, especially those living in northern Europe, it kind of trivialises what has been revealed. The inscription belongs to a period of time when real climate change was happening - the 6th century AD (otherwise known as the post Roman Little Ice Age).

11 Jan 2020
Venus Statue

Tricky one this. At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/01/discovery-of-17000-y... .... concerns the discovery of a Palaeolithic Venus figurine which is said to be 17,000 years old. It was unearthed in Romania and excited the local archaeologists at first and now might become an embarrassment. It was unearthed by two amateur archaeologists (the professionals had gone home and for some reason these two took it upon themselves to root around).