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22 Jun 2018
C14 and DNA

 a nice interesting article at https://popular-archaeology.com/article/new-technique-provides-accurate-... ... a new technique provides an accurate dating method as far as ancient bones are concerned. As migration has recently become a topical issue (with genetic studies), especially in the peopling of Europe, something other than C14 is required to date human bones in a reliable fashion. They think the answer has been found. C14 is usually the weapon of choice - but is not always able to date bones accurately. Plateau events also pose a problem.

22 Jun 2018
Declining Insects

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/06/20/study-bugs-hate-light-at-night-mo... ... the reason this has popped up on WattsUp is the fact that the researchers claim light pollution is a bigger factor than climate change for the ongoing decline in insect numbers. The interesting theory is advanced by scientists at a German institute of Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries (where one have thought the climate change meme would have taken precedent). They discovered a sharp decline in flying insects as a result of light pollution.

22 Jun 2018
Ice Man still a source of research

At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/p-stf061318.php ... continuing study of the ice amn found in a melting glacier in the Alps a few years ago has found a different dimension to write about - his use of stone tools. The ice man dates back to around 3200BC (although now backdated by IntCal2013 a bit earlier). His stone tools were made of chert - a form of flint. It seems they originate from different locations in what is now the Trentino region of Italy. For the full paper go to http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0198292

16 Jun 2018
98.989%

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/06/14/good-news-99-989-of-the-antarctic... ... this is a bit of taking the Michael. Climate Change alarmists are telling us, via the media and a recently published paper, that the Antarctic ice sheet is melting (or is about to melt). It is losing ice in the billions of metric tons according to the media - using data from satellites. Apparently, it lost 2720 billion metric tones of ice between 1992 and 2017 (mainly from the West Antarctic peninsular).

16 Jun 2018
Whale Bone Artifacts

At https://phys.org/print448179407.html ... large scale whale hunting goes back to the 6th century AD we are told, according to a new study in the European Journal of Archaeology (2018). Museum collections in Sweden contain thousands of Iron Age board game pieces - most of which were made from the bones of whales. In addtion, all the pieces come from the Right Whales. This gained its name as the 'right' whale to hunt down as it swims slowly, close to shore, and contains so much blubber it floated after being harpooned.

16 Jun 2018
Moon and Water

Another story that won't go away - the moon and water. At https://phys.org/print448192072.html ... Japanese scientists have found the mineral mogonite in a lunar meteorite found in the Sahara. Mogonite requires water to form and reinforces the belief water exists on the moon ...

  

14 Jun 2018
Rocks and Nitrogen

Sent in by Jovan. At www.scientificamerican.com/article/mystery-of-earths-missing-nitrogen-so... ... mainstream considered nearly all the nitrogen ins soils came directly from the atmosphere, sequestered by microbes and dissolved in rain. Environmentalists, on the other hand, claim nitrogen mainly leaches from farm fields with an origin in nitrogenous fertilisers. However, it would seem there is another important source of nitrogen in soils - and therefore in run off into streams and rivers. Nitrogen that leaks out of rocks.

11 Jun 2018
Jelly Fish Sprites

Storms and lightning over central Europe produced a spectacular display of sprites - see http://spaceweather.com (11th June 2018). Some 250 sprites were seen in just four and a half hours from the vantage point of the Czech republic (looking across the Hungarian Plain). The jelly fish sprites (see below) were very large - at the same time there was strong cloud to ground strokes inside a convective storm.

 

 

11 Jun 2018
Warmish Greenland

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180604151150.htm ... the preservation of flies in mud on Greenland show that two interglacial periods witnessed a warming of the climate close to the modern ice sheet. Temperatures were somewhat warmer than today - and this is projected to have been significant. Lake muds that survived the last Ice Age (its entirety) has the remains of common flies.

10 Jun 2018
Modelling Geology

At https://phys.org/print447402256.html ... we are told it takes 120 million years for a slab of anicent sea floor to subduct to a sufficient distance into the Mantle where it can cause the core to cool. This, in turn, causes the liquid iron in the Earth's outer core to flow more vigorously - to produce a reversal of the Earth's magnetic field (courtesy of the modelling methodology). What this really says is that scientists do not like the idea of the earth's magnetic field reversing - or the core rotating faster than the outer shell (or crust).