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12 Feb 2019

At ... there are a succession of interesting articles. These cover a variety of subjects but all have a connection with Malta - such as Tectonic Rotation (the movement of land during big earthquakes); ancient remains on Lampeclusa, an island geologically linked to Malta by an extensive series of grabens of neotectonic origin; prehistoric mass burials in Scotland; and the Eddy Cycle. This all hinges on his book reviewed a couple of years ago on the Maltese temples - which appear to go back deep into the 4th or possibly even the 5th millenniums BC.

12 Feb 2019
Parting View

Robert sent in this link to ... which explores possible Electric Universe causes for the shape of Ultima Thule as new images beamed back seem to contradict the early images as the New Horizons spacecraft approached the space rock in orbit way beyond Pluto. See also ... Ultima Thule is a variation of Moqui Marbels according to the first link. It has turned out to be fairly flat - unlike the initial images. See also ...

11 Feb 2019
Ice Age Animal Trove

Douglas Palmer reports in Down to Earth 106 (February 2019) the discovery of mammoth and rhinoceros remains in Cambridgeshire - during road works upgrading the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon. While excavating gravel from a pit near Fenstanton digger driver Darren Hickman found a mammoth tusk and the ice age bones ... in the base clay area. Present amongst the bones, including  skulls were woolly rhinoceros (adapted to the cold) along with rhinoceros usually found in warmer climes.

11 Feb 2019
High Sea Levels 6000 Years Ago

This information is derived from a study, Oliver and Terry 2019, published in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology and Palaeoecology (see ... ). Basically, oyster evidence affirm that sea levels were up to 3.8m higher (in Thailand) 6000 years ago (roughly around 4000BC).

Oyster remains have been found encrusted in rocks 2.5 to 3.8m above the present mean sea level (a series of stranded shore lines).

10 Feb 2019
T. Rex

At ... Tyrannosaurus Rex had a flexible skull structure. Different bone modules led to a highly flexible muzzle that aided in tearing apart prey animals. The study is published in Scientific Reports (February 2019). The name means something like tyrant lizard - named because of his impressive teeth and head. See DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-37978-8

10 Feb 2019
Dusty First Intermediate

Willliam sent in this link - ... the Akkadian empre was felled by dust reads the media blurb, a meaningless headline. The actual abstract at https:///www.pnas.orgh/content/116/1/67 is little better as the lead author doesn't want to go out on a limb and says something almost daft, the idea that climate affected ancient civilisations is provocative (or words to that effect). Facts must always take priority. If dust played a role that is a fact.

10 Feb 2019
Asteroids and Meteors

William sent in the link to ... astronomers have discovered an asteroid looping the loop through the 'inner solar system' on an exotic orbit - code for an unexpected orbit. In fact, its orbit is centred almost entirely within the orbit of Venus. From a Velikovsky point of view this is interesting - for some people. Its actual existence hints at potentially many more space rocks are moving around in uncharted regions close to the Sun. The Zwicky Transient Facility detected the asteroid in January this year (2019).

10 Feb 2019
Salt and Stars

At ... ALMA observations have revealed sodium chloride (common salt) surrounding a young star. Salts have of course been found previously - in what are regarded as old and dying stars. Astronomers will now be looking more closely at the chemistry of other stars. How common is salt in the universe? Potassium chloride has also been observed in the same star. They are speculating these salts come from dust grains that collided and spilt their contents. See the preprint edition of the study as www.arxiv.ogr/abs/1901.04489

10 Feb 2019
Greenland Temperatures

Oh dear. Scientists have discovered the Vikings enjoyed a warm Greenland. Archaeology has been telling us that for quite some time as Viking farms have been revealed by melting ice. At ... were medieval Vikings baking in 50 degrees summer weather? Presumably this is fahrenheit rather than celsius - and let's face it, 50 degrees F is not very warm. Then it is Greenland - just down the road from the pole. The press release doesn't allow us to see the broader picture, parking their bus at the medieval period.

9 Feb 2019
Collimated Jet

At ... a highly collimated bipolar jet seen rising from the Red Square Nebula surrounding one of the stars. The study can be accessed at ... for more information. The jet appears to be externally ionised. It consists of a pair of segments on either side of the host star- separated by gaps. The calculated speed of the jet is around 500km a second. Attempting to explain the phenomenon the authors propose two hypotheses.