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1 Jan 2017
antibiotics

Fascinating post by Dr Wile at http://blog.drwile.com/?p=15423#more-15423 ... we have all succombed to the reasoning put abroad in the media and by earnest people in the health industry warning us about the danger of indulging in too many antibiotic treatments. We have all been constantly bombarded with the claim that over use of antibiotics is leading to the mutation of bacteria resistant to antibiotics and eventually they will overcome them and make the use of antibiotics obsolete - but do the biologists agree with this populist argument?

1 Jan 2017
Big One

At http://nypost.com/2016/12/29/massive-anomaly-lurks-beneath-ice-in-antarc... ... this is the Big One - in more ways than one. It comes just as the Thunderbolts people are telling us craters have origins in electrical phenomena, even the one at Chicxulub that is supposed to have killed off the dinosaurs. A large and mysterious anomaly is hiding beneath the frozen waste of Wilks Land in Antarctica. It is 151 miles across - and has a minimum depth of 2700 feet. Some scientists are thinking in terms of a giant asteroid crater - twice the size of Chicxulub.

1 Jan 2017
Iron Age Knossos

nAt www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/21698-minoan-civilization-capital-knosso... ... contrary to what most people think, that Knossos was severely affected by the Thera volcano and limped on towards the end of the Bronze Age, it seems that Knossos did not disappear - but thrived even in the Iron Age (in spite of what might have happened to bring the LB age to an end). It has all the hallmarks of a civilisation reasserting itself after a natural disaster - the nature of which is poorly understood.

1 Jan 2017
Ocean Acidification

It is thought ocean acidification might become the next doom mongering scare story if CAGW is 'Trumped' in the coming months. It might be useful to learn something about it and going to http://notrickszone.com/2016/2/29/the-ocean-acidification-narrative-coll... ... for example a paper by Weil et al (2015) published in the Journal of Geophysical Research looks at ocean acidification and contradicts much of the doom mongering song sheet.

24 Dec 2016
Roman Santa

At this time of year we always get articles out there on the Christmas star or on the pagan roots of the festivities and this year there has witnessed a regurgitation of quite a bit of this kind of stocking filler in the dead tree press and online. At one of the more interesting web sites, although there are too many adverts which seem to clog it up, www.ancient-origins.net/history-ancient-traditions-harking-back-ancient-... ...

24 Dec 2016
Newgrange Roof Box

At www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/newgrange-sun-trap-may-be-onl... ... where we are told the roof box or sun trap in the passage tomb of Newgrange may only be 50 or so years old as the tomb was subject to some Ministry of Works restoration, kind of thing. It also goes back to one archaeologist, we are told, who happened to be the tutor of the complainant, Michael Gibbons. Martin Brennan is not mentioned - but you would not expect an archaeologist to mention him in any case.

24 Dec 2016
Lost Biblical Texts

At www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.716368 ... many scholars think the Bible was consolidated by the end of the 5th century BC but almost no manuscripts from that period survive. Why? The material on which books and documents were written, such as papyrus and leather, are perishable. The same if true of the Phoenicians. They spread the alphabet around the Mediterranean basin yet virtually nothing of their writings has survived. The same goes for the Egyptians. All we have left are hieroglyphs on temples and in tombs.

23 Dec 2016
Fusion energy

At http://phys.org/print401535144.html ... the generation of fusion energy utilises the fusion reaction that occurs inside a high temperature plasma. To do that plasma is confined in a magnetic field, see ...

   ... and computer simulation is being used to understand the behaviour of plasma in the quest to develop commercial fusion energy. Research is ongoing.

23 Dec 2016
Walls and Plants

At http://phys.org/print401623030.html ... archaeologists from the University of Birmingham and the Egypt Exploration Society, along with Egyptian comrades, have discovered a wall dating back to the Old Kingdom. The wall protects a number of OK tombs - yet to be explored. The tombs are of pharaohs and pharaohs provincial officials, from the MK as well as the OK, and are situated near modern Aswan.

23 Dec 2016
Wind Up

At www.express.co.uk/news/weird/743609/Canada-Hudson-Bay-gravity-science-La... ... this story is weird in all kinds of ways - and so are some of the other stories at the same link. Supposedly, there is an area of 'anti-gravity' situated in the region of Hudson Bay. It is also supposed to have been noticed as long ago as the 1960s - but lots of weird things were being mooted at that time. One suggestion is that it is a convection hot spot. These are located in the Mantle of the earth and pull down the edges of plates as they collide with each other.