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1 Sep 2016
blowing up a storm

Gary Gilligan forwarded the link www.newscientist.com/article/2101518-giant-ancient-supervolcanoes-threw-... ... and www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3564649/the-oldest-crystal-Earth... ... two different stories, one about volcanoes and the other concerning impact phenomena but quite similar in projection.

1 Sep 2016
Stone Age Diet

It seems like Mesolithic foragers were consuming domesticated cereals  such as wheat and barley long before the early farming package reached the Balkans or eastern Europe - see http://phys.org/print391692061.html. Mind you, the dates been bandied around, 6600-6450BC, may suggest trade contacts with early farming communities in Anatolia (not so very far away). It's also possible some pioneering farmers had already entered Egypt from Asia Minor - or prospectors looking for metal sources.

1 Sep 2016
Burnswark

At www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-37194266 ... evidence of an assault on a Scottish hill fort by the Romans has been found - at Burnswark. The fort, or ditched enclosure on top of a hill, overlooks the Solway Firth and is visible for miles around.

1 Sep 2016
Reef gets bigger

At http://phys.org/print391425744.html ... the Great Barrrier Reef has grown in size due to findings by the Australian Navy. They have discovered a massive extension of the reef that exists behind the more visible Great Barrier Reef that is seen by the public at large - on the deeper sea floor. Enviros worried about the reef being in its death throes were recently shut up for a while by a survey which showed only a very small percentage of the reef is damaged by bleaching (which appears to be a recurring natural process and nothing to do with human activity).

1 Sep 2016
Sun spots and climate

At http://phys.org/print358186778.html ... sun spot numbers have come up again recently with scientists realising activity on the Sun may affect earth's climate and should be part of their modelling process. This is being done without including the role of the solar wind impacting with earth's ionosphere to any great degree - but it is a beginning. It is worth going back a few months and looking at an earlier study that updated sun spot history.

30 Aug 2016
cosmic rays

At www.spaceweather.com August 29th 2016 ... the 'Earth to Sky Calculus' experiment (using helium filled balloons) has been monitoring cosmic rays in the stratosphere above California. There has been a 13 per cent increase since 2015. This appears to coincide with a quieter Sun - less sun spots = less solar wind flaring = less solar radiation to deflect incoming cosmic rays from space (beyond our solar system). Cosmic rays, we are told, can seed clouds - so are we in for cloudy, and by implication cooler weather in the coming months?

29 Aug 2016
Fossil Whales

Fossil whales in the Ica Desert of Peru - in sedimentary rocks dating 9 million years ago .... .... go to http://phys.org/print391254364.html ....   

28 Aug 2016
Venus and Jupiter conjunction

A fantastic picture by Yuri Beletsky of the conjunction of Venus with Jupiter this holiday weekend (28th to 30th August 2016). Enjoy. Clark Whelton posted news on the upcoming event but www.spaceweather.com... (August 28th) came up with the photo sent in by Yuri. It was taken from the Atacama Desert in Chile.

28 Aug 2016
Mars and Water channels

Mars and water channels as highlighted in a post this week prompted William Thompson to point out that Donald Patten predicted something like this decades ago. Patten's books are freely available on the Internet - and can be purchased second hand at a snip. Surprisingly, he anticipated a number of facts that have since emerged via the space age - and water on Mars was one such thing. In Velikovskian studies as opposed to 'catastrophist figures of stature' Patten is very much under valued.

27 Aug 2016
Lewis Mumford

OJ Haugen suggested reading Lewis Mumford's 'Technics and Human Development: the myth of the machine' written way back in 1966. It is still relevant today as it succinctly puts into perspective the limitations of archaeology. He asks the question, what exactly do we know about Stone Age people and Early forms of humanity. Archaeologists retrieve pieces of knapped flint and the occasional stone axe or hammer stone and out of such odds and bits anthropologists and others create a storyline - but is it only part of the story. Mumford thought so.