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21 May 2019
Northern Lights

Also sent in by William - https://www.yahoo.com/news/earths-magnetic-north-pole-shifting-101845338... ... the magnetic north pole is shifting. Scientists asked themselves, could this mean the northern lights will move with the magnetic pole. Apparently not. A recent study made a computer model of the aurora and the Earth's magnetic poles using data going back to 1965. It delivered the answer that rather than following the magnetic poles the aurora seems to keep in step with what is known as the geomagnetic poles.

20 May 2019
Bald Cypress

William sent in a link to www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article230191724.html ... which has a nice video of bald cypress trees in a remote swamp. One of these has been dated to 2624 years of age. That means it came into life just as the Greeks were beginning their rise to a major civilisation, a long time ago. Nearby cypress could be even older.

 

19 May 2019
Medieval Peasant Diet

At https://phys.org/news/2019-05-reveals-menu-medieval-peasants.html ... scientists from Bristol University have used chemical analysis of pottery fragments and animals bones to shed some light on what ordinary people ate during the Medieval era in Britain. It included cheese as one might expect and stews (old fashioned pottages) of meat and vegetables (cabbage and leeks in particular). The diet was quite good and not as frugal as one might have thought. Mind you, not much there for them to get fat and uneasy on the pins.

19 May 2019
Ultima Thule again

In the same week Thunderbolts had a post on Ultima Thule we now have a story at https://sciscomedia.co.uk/new-horizons-ultima-thule/ ... in January, NASAs New Horizons spacecraft did a flyby of Ultima Thule, a distant object orbing in the outer regions of the solar system. Now, less than six months later, scientists have presented first results from the data sent back
 

19 May 2019
Ultima Thule again

In the same week Thunderbolts had a post on Ultima Thule we now have a story at https://sciscomedia.co.uk/new-horizons-ultima-thule/ ... in January, NASAs New Horizons spacecraft did a flyby of Ultima Thule, a distant object orbing in the outer regions of the solar system. Now, less than six months later, scientists have presented first results from the data sent back.

 
 

18 May 2019
More on Sodom

At https://q-mag.org/sodom-annilhilated-by-meteorite-blast.html ... in 1908 a massive blast in Siberia flattened 2000 square kilometres of uninhabited taiga forestry. Curiously, no crater was found. Scientists explained it as a meteor exploding 5 to 10 km above the surface of the Earth. An interdisciplinary team of archaeologists and scientists are now using the 1908 Tunguska event as a model to explain the mysterious ending of a thriving civilisation near the Dead Sea.

18 May 2019
Chicxulub

It is calculated the asteroid/comet that struck the Earth at the K/T boundary was about 14 km across. The Chicxulub crater has a diameter of 200 km. See https://q-mag.com/the-latest-on-chicxulub.html ... the crater is now covered by younger sedimentary material and was not spotted until 1991. Drilling on the crater took place in the 1990s, and again in 2002. It was then decided to do a fuller investigation in 2016 and the cores are now stored at the Univeristy of Bremen in Germany. The impactor created an enormous ring around the outside of the crater - and another ring inside the crater.

18 May 2019
Ichniotheriums

William sent in this link - https://phys.org/news/2019-05-newly-fossil-footprints-paleontologists-re... ... newly discovered fossil footprints force paleontologists to rethink ancient desert inhabitants. The footprints were discovered in a remote part of the Grand Canyon National Park - see for instance www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181108142448.htm ... and https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/news/newly-discovered-fossils.htm ...

17 May 2019
Jomon, Neanderthals and Mesolithic

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/05/dna-study-jomon-woma... ... a Japanese DNA study on the bones of a Jomon woman on an island north of Hokkaido has found a genetic signature in common with Koreans, Filipinos, and the indigenous inhabitants of Taiwan. However, she also showed a genetic ability to eat a high fat diet which she shares with people of the Arctic north, including Inuit. Marine mammals are very fatty and numerous bones of them have been found in Jomon contexts.

16 May 2019
North Sea Bottom

This one comes courtesy of https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/may/08/mapping-begins-of-lands-... ... a collation of 15 years research is being put together in a map of the bottom of the North Sea. Research is beginning on the finer details, dredging for evidence of human activity on what was dry land prior to 8000 years ago. Expect some surprises. Some interesting places which might produce results have been isolated from the mapping.