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9 Jun 2019
New Genes

At ... how do new genes and functional proteins arise and develop? This is an important question to answer as far as evolutionary biology is concerned. In the latest piece of research the idea of new genes and protein arising from randomised DNA sequences has been explored. How does 'nothing' turn into a function affecting a small advantage that is favoured by natural selection?

9 Jun 2019

At .... Helike was a famous Greek city that sunk into the coastal mud of the Gulf of Corinth in 373BC during a terrible earthquake. According to Paulinus in the 2nd century AD the sea advanced together with the earthquake and the wave dragged down Helike with all its people. Apparently, tectonic forces are periodically pulling the Peloponesse peninsular apart from the mainland. Today, the Gulf is 100km from Corinth to Patras (E to W) and 20km wide (N to S).

6 Jun 2019
Ordovician Fossils

Go to ... a research paper published in The Science of Nature (2019) DOI:10.1007/s00114-019-1623-z ... 'Soft Bodied Fossils from the Upper Valongo Formation of northern Portugal'. More soft tissue fossils. This time from the Ordovician - older by far than the Dinosaur age. The Ordovician in Britain is best associated with seams of coal which infers a catastrophic event (burial of vegetation and trees in order to form coal). To preserve soft bodied tissue requires rapid burial.

6 Jun 2019
African migrationary movements

At ... ancient dna tells the story of the first herders in East Africa. A collorative study published in the journal Science (by archaeologists, geneticists and museum curators) has discovered DNA that shows herders (food producers rather than simply hunters and gatherers) moved south from NE Africa at the same time the Sahara desert was drying out.

5 Jun 2019
Arctic Ice

At ... data issued by the Danish Meteorological Institute shows that Arctic sea ice stopped shrinking 13 years ago, defying predictions made by climate scientists of the alarmist school and their models. Pierre Gosselin says this follows evidence he posted a few days ago that Antarctica's coastal stations showed cooling rather than warming - which was also a surprise to some people (but consistent with what other people have been saying for years).

4 Jun 2019
Submerged Forest at Borth

Gary sent in the link to ... a sunken forest composed of hundreds of petrified trees has emerged on a beach in Wales. It is thought Storm Hannah, back in late April, played a role in disturbing the seabed. Whatever the cause the sand on the shore has shifted to allow a view of some of the trees. It is said to be Bronze Age in date but this is a misnomer as it dates prior to the Bronze Age in Britain.

3 Jun 2019
Air Glow

At (June 2nd 2019) we have several days of reports of noctilucent clouds circling around the Arctic and providing photographers with a lot of images (which can be seen at the link). The circling process takes around 5 days as a result of a planetary wave that is driving the motion. Noctilucent clouds over Europe appear every time 5 days elapse. The noctilucent clouds are also expanding in size. The swirling is caused by a planetary wave, temperature and pressure that form in the atmosphere in response to Coriolis forces.

2 Jun 2019
How to find a mammoth tooth

This story is at ... where a 50 year old Londoner, one Alan Murphy, is the centrepiece. He is what is known in the archaeological world as a mudlark. He rummages around the muddy foreshore of the river Thames in London looking for historial material. On this particular occasion it is a tooth of a mammoth that he has found - possibly a milk tooth from a young specimen. It is almost intact with minimal damage which is remarkable if it has been swirling around in river water, tumbling amongst stones and things, for thousands of years.

2 Jun 2019
School of fossil fish

This one is remarkable - a school of fish, admittedly very small fish, are preserved in a block of limestone. They are  said to go back 50 million years ago but the fact a whole school of fish was fossilised in one event, necessarily very quickly, is astonishing as they were all still swimming in formation (at the point of extermination). The story is at ... and the post has lots of added information (of varying degrees of usefulness).

2 Jun 2019

Another story about the history and origin of apples - ... for example, last year we had some research that showed cultivated apples were disseminated into western Asia and Europe, from what is now Kazakhstan, along the Silk Road (and it made a lot of sense).