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24 Mar 2018
Automated Sea Vehicles

At ... advances in ocean monitoring are improving our understanding of the sea and its environment - from marine creatures to sea surface temperature changes. Rsearch ships are costly and sea conditions are not always ideal for crew and researcher alike. The Auton Naut, it is hoped, will change things, offering a cheaper alternative. The boat is propelled by a wave foil that harvests energy from the natural pitch and rolling at sea - a commercial application of wave propulsion.

24 Mar 2018
German Glacial

At ... Germany was covered by glaciers 450,000 years ago. In Britain the Anglian glaciation is dated at the same time and is most famously visible in sedimentary rocks in East Anglia. Arguments persist in how far south it reached - possibly as far as the chalk escarpment. Other theories suggest melting ice at the end of the Anglian also played a role - and this was part of the Anglian glaciation (terminal stage). One has to decide how quickly you might like the ice to melt.

24 Mar 2018
Debunking Toba

This is the title of the piece at ... it is true that catastrophism is not welcome as far as geology and human history is concerned and the fate of the Toba catastrophe is somewhat overdue if some recent studies are anything to go by. The super volcano Toba was first proposed by Stanley Ambrose - and it was popularised by Henry Harpending. In effect, it involved a genetic bottleneck at approximately 70,000 years ago that coincided with the massive eruption of the Toba volcano in Indonesia.

24 Mar 2018
Planet 9 and the Scholz star

Jovan sent in a number of links. This one is on the search for Planet Nine - go to ... Looking for Planet Nine astronomers gaze into the abyss (or that spot in the solar system that is hidden from our view). To begin with you need to go back to claims made a year or two ago that apparent motions of object beyon Neptune are being influenced by 'a very big something much further out', hidden from view save for its subtle gravitational tugs.

23 Mar 2018
Hallstatt Plateau

In the February issue of Current Archaeology we have another interesting post at 'Science Notes' (page 12) on C14 dating methodology - and how it has improved considerably over the years. This is a point studiously ignored by most revisionists but of course everything is not necessarily as rosy as mainstream would allow. The dating of bones is one field where greater success has been achieved - and part 2 of this will tell us a lot more (in the next issue of Current Archaeology).

23 Mar 2018
Farms in the Sahara

At ... researchers from Huddersfield and Italy have been in the Libyan desert and they have discovered people in the Sahara were cultivating and storing wild cereals 10,000 years ago. This was the period of the Green Sahara - and early agriculture was being practised. Hunter gatherers, it would seem, were collecting wild cereal seeds rather than farming them - but they didn't only harvest them, they also stored them. They were made into a sort of soup or porridge.

23 Mar 2018
Out of Africa

Chris Catling, in World Current Archaeology 88 sets his eye on recent DNA research. In issue 85 he drew attention to the lack of a consensus among archaeologists over the dates for the evolution of modern humans and the first Out of Africa migration (as new finds were pushing dates earlier and earlier). In issue 88 Professor Israel Hershkovitz of Tel Aviv University was involved in the the discovery of a jawbone in a cave on Mount Carmel dating back 177,000 years ago.

22 Mar 2018
cooling weather

At ... this should cause consternation but sadly won't. Since 2008 some 0.24 degrees C of 'extra' warming has been added to NASA GISS 1910-20000 global temperature graph. It is all part of the progarmme of cooling the past to make it appear the present is warming. At some point or other it will reach crunch time - but that is for the future. Somebody else's problem.

22 Mar 2018
DNA home truth

I was looking through a press release at ... which is about the genomes of five late Neanderthals that lived between 39,000 and 47,000 years ago. They contributed DNA to modern human ancestors which is okay - so far. We are then told the Neanderthals overlapped with the arrival of modern human, which is partly based on the fact that modern humans have a small amount of Neanderthal DNA (so they must have overlapped, must they not?). Did they? Did late Neanderthals pass on their genes to modern humans by mating with them - which is the nub of the issue.

22 Mar 2018
Red Star

William sent in the link ... evidence that a red star disturbed the prehistoric solar system is the premise of a paper in Monthly Notes of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters (March 2018). It is somewhat like the Rupert Holms Star Core Zeus hypothesis (he is giving a talk at the 2018 SIS AGM and speaker meeting in April) but in this instance, rather than a remnant fragment of a supernova we have a dim red star (which is also binary with a brown dwarf) that brushed our solar system - back in the day.