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15 Nov 2017
Wine

At www.theguardian.com/science/2017/nov/13/evidence-of-worlds-earliest-wine... ... the Guardian wine drinking metropolitan set are pleased to learn that clay pottery dating back 8000 years bear the tell tale traces of wine making. This comes from Georgia, in the Transcaucasus, on the back of the discovery of winemaking in northern Iran 7000 years ago. The Georgian site was a Neolithic village characterised by mud brick housing, stone and bone tools, and the farming of cattle and pigs, and wheat and barley.

15 Nov 2017
Chicxulub and Cordillera

Researchers extracted cores from the Chicxulub crater recently - see www.livescience.com/56914-dino-killing-asteroid-may-have-punctured-earth... ... It measures 110 miles across (180km) and is situated in Mexico's Yucatan peninsular. An object 6 miles across is thought to have crashed into the Earth - and brought the dinosaur age to a close. The research was focused on taking samples from the peak ring (under 50 feet of water). Holes were drilled into the sea floor to as far as 4380 feet deep.

15 Nov 2017
A Bend in the Pacific

At https://phys.org/print429517702.html ... Hawaii sits at the end of a chain of volcanoes running across the Pacific ocean floor. In the middle of this chain there is a sharp bend of 60 degrees - which geoscientists have struggled to explain, or so we are told in the press release. Research from the University of Oslo now suggest a collision event at the edge of the Pacific plate may be to blame. They arrived at this idea by sticking closely to the orthodox song sheet.

15 Nov 2017
Climate Conference keeping warm on fossil fuels

At https://notalotofpeopleknowthat.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/how-green-deleg... ... which takes us to a an investigative journalist who discovered the current Global Warming conference in Bonn (but hosted by Fiji) uses fossil fuels to heat the conference hall - diesel generators in fact. This comes on top of all the air flights generated to get to the venue - using fossil fuels. You can't make it up. These people are so up themselves they are upside down in logic.

14 Nov 2017
Moving Mountains and Lightning on the big scale

Two videos you might like to watch - sent in by Gary and Robert. Lightning strikes over the US - spreading over several States. An unfolding pattern but on a grand scale, spreading several hundred miles across. The moving mountain is really fascinating. Go to http://mclarage.blogspot.co.uk/?view=classic#!2017/10/lightning-definitely-not-local-phenomena.html ... and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gDRycpT2Rs&t=904s

14 Nov 2017
Saudi Stone Structures

Robert also forwarded this link - www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5077063/Aerial-images-closest-ta... ... and https://www.livescience.com/60918-aerial-images-reveal-saudi-arabia-ston... ... the story was aired a few weeks ago on the News section. Hundreds of stone structures dating back thousands of years ago dot the deserts and plains of the Middle East and North Africa. Some are on a huge scale but only from a birds eye view - and only aerial images display the geometric nature of some of them.

14 Nov 2017
Pylos Combat Agate

These links were forwarded by Chris and Laurence - one at www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/11/171107092910.htm ... and the other at www.sciencealert.com/bronze-age-greek-sealstone-pylos-combat-griffin-war... ...

9 Nov 2017
The Square and Compass

I expect many thousands of people have enjoyed a pastie and a pint at the Square and Compass public house in Worth Matravers on the Isle of Purbeck, over the years. Lots of walkers for example, as there is a nice walk on narrow paths with hedges thick with primroses and wild garlic in the spring, leading eventually to the cliffs and a fine view of the Jurassic Coast. The pub is also popular with geologists and it seems a new species recently found has been named after the landlord of the Square and Compass - a nice touch. See https://phys.org/print429258235.html ...

9 Nov 2017
Antarctic Volcanoes

There has been lots of talk about volcanoes beneath the West Antarctic peninsular and now we seem to have proof - see www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2017-291 ... as a NASA study adds evidence that a geothermal source (a mantle plume) lies deep under Antartica's Marie Byrd Land. This may thus be able to explain why the West Antarctic peninsular has been unstable recently, in direct contrast to the large block of Antarctica which has stubbornly remained very cold and surrounded by lots of sea ice.

9 Nov 2017
Palaeolithic Farming

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/fall-2017/article/crocodile-bites-a... ... which is much as many have suspected. Cut marks on animal bones do not necessarily imply the use of stone and bone tools by early hominids. Many examples of human tool use may have nothing whatsoever to do with humans, or their earlier ancestors (such as Lucy). Some may be giant bite marks - inflicted by crocodiles, or big carnivores. These are often explained as primary evidence of butchering of carcasses using stone and bone tools.