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4 Sep 2019
Coopers Ferry

Excavations at Coopers Ferry in western Idahoe suggest people were living in that area 16,000 years ago. The arrival time continues to be pushed backwards . See https://phys.org/news/2019-08-artifacts-people-north-america-earlier.html ...

31 Aug 2019
Solent Archaeology

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/08/mesolithic-boat-buil... ... some years ago a boat building site going back 8000 years ago was found in the Solent - during what is known as the Mesolithic era (pre-farming). The Solent is the estuary leading into Southampton and its entrance is behind the Isle of Wight. In fact, Bouldnor Cliff is on the island and the remains were found at the foot of the cliff - most of the Solent having been robbed of its archaeology by the daily tides.

31 Aug 2019
Roopkund Lake

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/08/biomolecular-analyse... ... a study published in Nature Communications (August 2019) concerns the mysterious skeletons of Roopkund Lake in the Himalayan mountains - or foothills. It was initially thought they all died in a single catastrophic event - but analysis seems to show they died in two different events, one thousand years apart. The lake is shallow and has attracted attention due to the presence of skeletal remains of humans from what is thought to amount to several hundred bones.

31 Aug 2019
Indoctrination

The SEPP newsletter of August 17th 2019 - see www.sepp.org - focusses on Nir Shaviv, a solar physicist in Israel. He has conducted a couple of interviews for the media which were subsequently disappeared. The interviews were not at his request but were initiated by interested reporters who obviously thought all angles of a subject should be explored and not just the one so called consensus theory. The first interview was axed by the editor and was never printed but the second one, interestingly, was written up and then pulled - which is how the matter came to public attention.

24 Aug 2019
Methane Reservoir

At https://phys.org/news/2019-08-massive-methane-reservoir.html ... link forwarded by Robert (but see also https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/origin-of-massive-methane-res... ) ... which comes with some useful comments. New findings published in PNAS provide evidence of the formation and abundance of abiotic methane - methane formed by chemical reactions that do not involve organic matter. It shows that methane found on other planets and moons could well have a similar origin. It is no longer a mystery we are told. Abiotic methane exists.

24 Aug 2019
Digging a Hole

At https://phys.org/news/2019-08-heavyweight-candidate-dark.html ... according to current theory a quarter of the universe is composed of dark matter - sitting in the shadows. Its presence is determined by gravitational pull. What dark matter is made of is a complete mystery. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics have come up with a new theory - the existence of a hypothetical particle, gravitinos. Its existence follows on from a theory that seeks to explain the spectrum of quarks and leptons in the standard model of particle physics.

20 Aug 2019
Jurassic Volcanism

Robert sent in the link to www.dailymail.co.uk/science-tech/article-76363455/ ... with the comment, discharge lightning on Earth emits X-rays. It seems that if humans were able to see gamma-rays they might see the night sky would glow brighter than the daytime. This is the manner in which NASAs Fermi Gamma Ray Telescope sees our region of space. Currently, gamma-ray observations are not sensitive to seeing the shape of the Moon very clearly - or any of the surface details. It detects a prominent glow

20 Aug 2019
Jurassic Volcanism

Robert sent in the link to www.dailymail.co.uk/science-tech/article-7363455/ ... with the comment, discharge lightning on Earth emits X-rays. It seems that if humans were able to see gamma-rays they might see the night sky would glow brighter than the daytime. This is the manner in which NASAs Fermi Gamma Ray Telescope sees our region of space. Currently, gamma-ray observations are not sensitive to seeing the shape of the Moon very clearly - or any of the surface details. It detects a prominent glow centred on the Moon's position in the sky.

18 Aug 2019
Jupiter Collision

I can't keep up with the stories coming out of late about collisions within the solar system. Although Velikovsky's book had the title, Worlds in Collision, it was at the publisher's suggestion. Velikovsky did not actually envisage a collision. What he suggested was a close shave - a large cosmic object passing close to the Earth. The new story about colliding planets (this one involving Jupiter) suitably has an origin at the web site of www.newscientist.com/article/2213521-a-massive-collision-may-have-made-j... ..

18 Aug 2019
Solare Barycentre

The theory advanced by Rhodes Fairbridge in the mid 20th century appears to be on the verge of a revival, of sorts. This is the idea of a solar barycentre that affects the journey of the planets around our Sun as the latter spins on its axis and is influenced in turn by the bigger planets such as Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. A new paper by the controversial Valentin Zhakova has been published in the journal Nature - see www.nature.com/articles/c41598-019-45584-3 ...