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13 Aug 2018
Super Highway

In Science Reports (August 2018) we have dinosaur tracks found in Alaska - see https://phys.org/print452768549.html ... and now it is proposed Alaska was the gateway to the New World for the dinosaurs (and now where have we heard something like that). This is an interesting idea because if it is true it may indicate the Earth's topography was quite different in the dinosaur era. If Alaska was joined at the hip to Siberia and the Atlantic was much narrower than it is now (as Plate Tectonics might dictate)  what might that imply? A smaller Earth.

13 Aug 2018
Aboriginal Genetics

I've put this under archaeology as we don't have a genetics thread. It could equally come under anthropology - accept that we are dealing with the hard sciences (rather than the whimsical) - but see https://phys.org/print452844655.html ... A PNAS study (August 7th 2018) starts off with the premise, or so it would seem, that Aborigines arrived in Australia 50,000 years ago. Why do they do that as archaeologists have been pushing back the date of their arrival further and further back in time?

12 Aug 2018
Space Weather

Space weather is the term used to describe interactions of the solar wind with the Earth's magnetosphere. Nothing to do with climate. At https://phys.org/print453099984.html ... NASA have launched twin satellites to study the Van Allen belts - and the way the solar wind is deflected by earth's magnetosphere. Later, the programme will be expanded to cover all the effects - it is hoped. Meanwhile, the Japanese already have a satellite, launched in 2016, exploring the Van Allen belts.

12 Aug 2018
Migration Routes

Migration routes into the Americas from Siberia are discussed in a new paper in the journal Science Advances (August, 2018) - see https://phys.org/print453017515.html ... The idea of a land route between the Cordillera ice sheet (along the western mountain ranges) and the main ice sheet (further east) went out of focus a couple of decades ago. It seems it is now back on the agenda and people may have migrated along the coast - and on a route between the ice sheets thought to have covered a good deal of northern America.

10 Aug 2018
Comet Flop

At http://spaceweather.com (August 4th, 2018) Comet PanSTARRS was supposed to become a naked eye object in August as it swooped past Mercury - but its not going to happen. Instead, the comet is thought to be close to disintegration. All of the flambuoyant activity took place in July - and August is turning out to be a damp squib (once again). Is the Electric Universe comet model not living up to expectations?

Meanwhile, at https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2018/07/30/stirling-engine-test-sets-lon... ... according to the Wiki a stirling engine is a

10 Aug 2018
Talking Hominins

At https://popular-archaeology.com/article/the-last-hominin-standing .. the last hominin standing - modern humans. This is a useful study and quite interesting but it suffers from certain assumptions. For example, it is assumed the equatorial zone has never shifted - and global topography was little different to that of today. Understandable assumptions one might say - but worth bearing in mind as the authors conclude modern humans differened from other manifestations of humanity by being more adaptable to extreme climates (as in deserts and polar regions).

10 Aug 2018
Perseids

At http://spaceweather.com (August 6th, 2018) the annual Perseid meteor shower is under way. Each year the Earth passes through a stream of debris left behind by the passage of Comet Swift Tuttle. At its peak up to 100 meteors an hour are expected.

10 Aug 2018
Krakatau Big Bang

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2018/08/04/earthquakes-can-systematicall... ... a big earth quake can generate after shocks (or a succession of earthquakes in the same general location) - but it can also generate earthquakes on the opposite of the planet.

9 Aug 2018
Eta Carinae

Sent in by William - bizarre rogue planet discovered wandering in our galaxy - see https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/08/04/bizarre-rogue-planet-discovered-w... ... a rogue planet without a star roaming the Milky Way just 20 light years away. A study published in the Astrophysical Journal claims it has an incredibly powerful magnetic field 4 million times more powerful than the magnetic field of the Earth. Further, it is able to generate powerful auroras - without the necessity of a sun to send forth plasma plumes.

9 Aug 2018
Tsunami Mass Burials

At https://phys.org/print452330358.html ... mass burial sites in the Pacific, Mediterranean, and in Scotland were possibly related to catastrophic tsunami waves, according to research published in the Journal of Archeological Method and Theory. Tsunamis are not usually considered when archaeologists are confronted by large mass graves - even on the coast. That is the nature of the beast - catastrophism is generally out of bounds.