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11 Feb 2014
Is the Moon fading away?

Not perhaps fading as moving away - go to http://phys.org/print310978191.html ... the Apollo astronauts and Soviet Russian'Moon Rovers' left various things behind on the visits to the moon - including reflectors. These are now being used to bounce laser beams at them in order to measure the distance between the moon and earth and if it varies. According to the results, it may well do. Whether this is a pecularity of the orbit of the Moon or something else is the nub of the debate.

11 Feb 2014
Dark matter might not exist!

Welkl, we've had Hawking's 'Black Hole that don't exist' - go to www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2014/02/dark-gravity-dark-matter-might-not... ... which involves Hongcheng Zhae of St Andrews University, and a team of astronomers at Scotland's best. They have come up with a hypothesis that thinks the Milky Way galaxy might have collided with the Andromeda galaxy 10 billion years ago. This implies our understanding of gravity is flawed. Zhao wonders if an unknown force is acting on dark matter.

11 Feb 2014
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11 Feb 2014
Footsteps in the Tide

At http://anthropology.net/2014/02/07/oldest-hominin-footprints-found-outsi... ... is a report on the discovery of human footprints at Happisburg in Norfolk, going back, it is believed, to 850,000 years ago.      Ther research was headed by Nick Ashton of the British Museum.

11 Feb 2014
Why is it raining so much?

This year has been very cold in N America and very mild in parts of Europe. In Britain and Ireland we have had persistent and continuous rain, so much so the aquifers are so full they are overflowing, and rivers can't drain the water into the sea fast enough. Yes, the tragedy of all this is that all that water will end up in the Atlantic Ocean - not in a reservoir. There might be a drought in the summer.

10 Feb 2014
Floods and Quangos

At www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2014/2/10/follow-the-money.html and www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2014/2/10/alas-smith.html we get a flavour of the argument - and its a perfect environmentalist driven train crash, but the politicos are squirming too - go to http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/somerset-floods-the-fingerpoin... ... which is nice to see. However, what has been going on at the Levels is described by a local scientist - go to www.waterpowermagazine.com/features/featurefloods-on-the-somerset-levels...

9 Feb 2014
Smacking Mars

Space rock hit Mars on a regular basis. At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-037 ... we have a crater 100 feet in diameter at the centre of radial burst (see also http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17932) which happened some time between July 2011 and May 2012 (see also www.nasa.gov/mro).

9 Feb 2014
Fossil Whales

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140205103701.htm ... research by a student at the University of Otago in New Zealand took him to California, to a geological formation in San Francisco Bay. He has managed to piece together, with some help, 21 mammals, including dwarf baleen whale, double tusked walrus, porpoises and dolphins, and a fossil whale, an early relative of the Minke. Published in the journal Geodiversitas (2014), the fossils are said to date back 2 million years ago, when the water off shore from California were warmer.

9 Feb 2014
Ice Age mammals and their feeding habits

One of the big problems uniformitarians have is the diet of Ice Age mammals. We've all heard of those mammoths that were found with grasses, sedges, and buttercups in their stomachs but it seems that is not enough - it is too temperate perhaps. Hence, the search has been on for an Ice Age diet befitting the tundra and the permafrost zone - and here we have another hypothesis at www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140205133252.htm ...

9 Feb 2014
Iron working in the pre-Roman period

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/ancient-iron-workin... ... this story caught my eye because a friend of mine has discovered severa bloomeries in what is nowadays an isolated woodland environment on a high slope above a valley in the Chilterns. In the Bronze and Iron ages this valley would have been lined with farms, and in the Roman period it is known there was a string of villas all the way along the valley bottom.