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15 Nov 2017
Climate Conference keeping warm on fossil fuels

At https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/how-green-deleg... ... which takes us to a an investigative journalist who discovered the current Global Warming conference in Bonn (but hosted by Fiji) uses fossil fuels to heat the conference hall - diesel generators in fact. This comes on top of all the air flights generated to get to the venue - using fossil fuels. You can't make it up. These people are so up themselves they are upside down in logic.

14 Nov 2017
Moving Mountains and Lightning on the big scale

Two videos you might like to watch - sent in by Gary and Robert. Lightning strikes over the US - spreading over several States. An unfolding pattern but on a grand scale, spreading several hundred miles across. The moving mountain is really fascinating. Go to http://mclarage.blogspot.co.uk/?view=classic#!2017/10/lightning-definitely-not-local-phenomena.html ... and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gDRycpT2Rs&t=904s

14 Nov 2017
Saudi Stone Structures

Robert also forwarded this link - www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5077063/Aerial-images-closest-ta... ... and https://www.livescience.com/60918-aerial-images-reveal-saudi-arabia-ston... ... the story was aired a few weeks ago on the News section. Hundreds of stone structures dating back thousands of years ago dot the deserts and plains of the Middle East and North Africa. Some are on a huge scale but only from a birds eye view - and only aerial images display the geometric nature of some of them.

14 Nov 2017
Pylos Combat Agate

These links were forwarded by Chris and Laurence - one at www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171107092910.htm ... and the other at www.sciencealert.com/bronze-age-greek-sealstone-pylos-combat-griffin-war... ...

9 Nov 2017
The Square and Compass

I expect many thousands of people have enjoyed a pastie and a pint at the Square and Compass public house in Worth Matravers on the Isle of Purbeck, over the years. Lots of walkers for example, as there is a nice walk on narrow paths with hedges thick with primroses and wild garlic in the spring, leading eventually to the cliffs and a fine view of the Jurassic Coast. The pub is also popular with geologists and it seems a new species recently found has been named after the landlord of the Square and Compass - a nice touch. See https://phys.org/print429258235.html ...

9 Nov 2017
Antarctic Volcanoes

There has been lots of talk about volcanoes beneath the West Antarctic peninsular and now we seem to have proof - see www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2017-291 ... as a NASA study adds evidence that a geothermal source (a mantle plume) lies deep under Antartica's Marie Byrd Land. This may thus be able to explain why the West Antarctic peninsular has been unstable recently, in direct contrast to the large block of Antarctica which has stubbornly remained very cold and surrounded by lots of sea ice.

9 Nov 2017
Palaeolithic Farming

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/fall-2017/article/crocodile-bites-a... ... which is much as many have suspected. Cut marks on animal bones do not necessarily imply the use of stone and bone tools by early hominids. Many examples of human tool use may have nothing whatsoever to do with humans, or their earlier ancestors (such as Lucy). Some may be giant bite marks - inflicted by crocodiles, or big carnivores. These are often explained as primary evidence of butchering of carcasses using stone and bone tools.

7 Nov 2017
Killer Floods

William sent in this link to Nova films. This one is about Killer Floods - go to www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/earth/killer-floods.html .. for the moment only a trailer of the movie is available but Gary has forwarded a link to a You Tube video on the programme - go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbEoNujXyS0

4 Nov 2017
Step Pyramid

A 4600 year old step pyramid has just been uncovered in Egypt - see www.scientificamerican.com/article/4600-year-old-step-pyramid-uncovered-... (link provided by Jovan). It once stood 43 feet high, one of seven scattered but similar pyramids from the same period, of almost identical dimensions. The new pyramid, at Edfu, is new just 16 feet high having been robbed of its stone blocks and as a result of weathering over the centuries. The similarities between the seven pyramids are said to be amazing but for some reason by the 5th dynasty these pyramids had been abandoned.

4 Nov 2017
Neutron Star Collision

Worlds in Collision becomes ever more popular with astrophysicists and astronomers and is basic to the gravitational wave theory currently getting a lot of attention - colliding neutron stars and merging black holes. Apparently, a nearby neutron star collision could cause calamity on Earth - but think of all that gold and platinum it would produce. Even merging black holes would be a disaster, if they occurred too close to our galaxy - and that old bugbear, a supernova event would also be deadly. How near is near?