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24 Dec 2016
Roman Santa

At this time of year we always get articles out there on the Christmas star or on the pagan roots of the festivities and this year there has witnessed a regurgitation of quite a bit of this kind of stocking filler in the dead tree press and online. At one of the more interesting web sites, although there are too many adverts which seem to clog it up, www.ancient-origins.net/history-ancient-traditions-harking-back-ancient-... ...

24 Dec 2016
Newgrange Roof Box

At www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/newgrange-sun-trap-may-be-onl... ... where we are told the roof box or sun trap in the passage tomb of Newgrange may only be 50 or so years old as the tomb was subject to some Ministry of Works restoration, kind of thing. It also goes back to one archaeologist, we are told, who happened to be the tutor of the complainant, Michael Gibbons. Martin Brennan is not mentioned - but you would not expect an archaeologist to mention him in any case.

24 Dec 2016
Lost Biblical Texts

At www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.716368 ... many scholars think the Bible was consolidated by the end of the 5th century BC but almost no manuscripts from that period survive. Why? The material on which books and documents were written, such as papyrus and leather, are perishable. The same if true of the Phoenicians. They spread the alphabet around the Mediterranean basin yet virtually nothing of their writings has survived. The same goes for the Egyptians. All we have left are hieroglyphs on temples and in tombs.

23 Dec 2016
Fusion energy

At http://phys.org/print401535144.html ... the generation of fusion energy utilises the fusion reaction that occurs inside a high temperature plasma. To do that plasma is confined in a magnetic field, see ...

   ... and computer simulation is being used to understand the behaviour of plasma in the quest to develop commercial fusion energy. Research is ongoing.

23 Dec 2016
Walls and Plants

At http://phys.org/print401623030.html ... archaeologists from the University of Birmingham and the Egypt Exploration Society, along with Egyptian comrades, have discovered a wall dating back to the Old Kingdom. The wall protects a number of OK tombs - yet to be explored. The tombs are of pharaohs and pharaohs provincial officials, from the MK as well as the OK, and are situated near modern Aswan.

23 Dec 2016
Wind Up

At www.express.co.uk/news/weird/743609/Canada-Hudson-Bay-gravity-science-La... ... this story is weird in all kinds of ways - and so are some of the other stories at the same link. Supposedly, there is an area of 'anti-gravity' situated in the region of Hudson Bay. It is also supposed to have been noticed as long ago as the 1960s - but lots of weird things were being mooted at that time. One suggestion is that it is a convection hot spot. These are located in the Mantle of the earth and pull down the edges of plates as they collide with each other.

22 Dec 2016
More Scepticism

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/12/19/a-bad-day-for-younger-dryas-comet... ... is one of those headlines that seem to say the debate is over and the Younger Dryas boundary event did not involve a cosmic detonation in the atmosphere. A bad day for the younger dryas comet theory - which seems to refer to disagreements over nano diamonds and what they are (a technical dispute if you like). Either the nano diamonds are real - or they are not.

22 Dec 2016
Having a Laugh

Sometimes the arguments are unintentionally funny. Others are incredibly out on a limb. CAGW alarmism is like that and this is one of the reasons why most people do not take it seriously - as well as the lack of the warmth that we were promised. At http://phys.org/print401133850.html ... we are told global warming is happening even when the weather is cold outside the office window. A study in PNAS claims there are more places in the world where temperatures are hotter than there are places where it is just as cool as it ever was.

22 Dec 2016
Galapagos Chain

At http://phys.org/print401459494.html ... the Galapagos islands are home to some unusual plants and animals that show it must have been isolated from the mainland for a considerable period of time - but for how long? A new study alleges they have cracked it. They can pinpoint when all the biology was set in motion.

18 Dec 2016
To Find Life

The quest of NASA is to find water on Mars - and therefore to find evidence of life. Curiosity Rover has been analysing the ground as it travels across the face of Mars, discovering clay and minerals in the  process, and boron. On earth boron is associated with ground water.