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20 Jul 2017
Dogs and Humans

Something off the beaten track. At https://anthropology.net/2017/07/18/modern-dogs-evolved-from-a-single-po... ... but a track that leads back to a catastrophist explanation - missing from the research. The author picked up on a paper published in Nature Communications last week (July 2017) but something similar was aired a couple of months ago (possibly as a pre-publication version).

20 Jul 2017
Mars

At https://phys.org/print419594557.html ... researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have been investigating the mysterious geology of Mars - the smooth landscape in the north as opposed to the cratered high elevation in the south. They are suggesting a colossal impact with an asteroid was the most likely cause, ripping a chunk out of its northern hemisphere and creating a ring of rocky debris around Mars that may later have clumped together to form the moons, Phobos and Deimos. This idea is not new and a similar asteroid impact theory was touted over 30 years ago.

19 Jul 2017
solar quiet

At https://phys.org/print419498625.html ... two researchers from Aberystwyth University in Wales have used data from NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory to look at the quiet sides of the solar corona. Most research has centred on the more active central band of the solar sphere where sun spots are more likely to occur. One thing the researchers wee looking at was extreme ultraviolet irradiance (EUV)  and they expected big differences betwen the quiet side and the active hot spots.

19 Jul 2017
Sixth Extinction

At www.media.uzh.ch/en/Press-Releases/2017/marine-Megafauna.html ... University of Zurich researchers have homed in on an extinction event around 2 million years ago when a third of large marine animals, or megafauna as they describe them, such as sharks, whales, sea birds and sea turtles appear to have gone missing. Why did they disappear? It could have had an impact on the ocean ecosystem they conclude, drawing a parallel with the role of humans in the modern world. However, the event 2 million years ago was clearly catastrophic, as they go on to show (using models as well as data).

19 Jul 2017
Shocked Quartz

HJ Melosh of Purdue University has written a paper on impact cratering - and the role of shocked quartz in determining if a meteor was involved, or not. He centres his research on shock metamorphosed minerals, such as quartz, which is thought to be a key signature of extraterrestrial impact events. Shcoked quartz, it seems, can also be created by lightning. See http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2017GL074840/epdf

17 Jul 2017
Ice Calving

Interesting video at the link below - but it seems to have brought the alarmists out wringing their hands and crying in their sleep (going by the level of comments). In spite of that the video is awesome - go to www.boomviral.net/man-sets-camera-ice-moments-later-captures-unimaginabl... ... raw nature in action. Just imagine what it would have been like when the ice sheet melted at the end of the Ice Age.

16 Jul 2017
Henry Zemel

At http://pagosaconferences.com/past-conferences/from-nineveh-to-chaco-cale... ... Henry Zemel is president of the CAENO Foundation (see www.caeno.org ) which supports historical and experimental research on the chronology of early civilisations. He has organised several conferences including 'The Origin of Writing Systems' at Peking University, 'Calendars and Years' at Notre Dame University in Indiana, and 'What's old is new again' at EKM, Karlsruhe in Germany.

16 Jul 2017
Hancock on Gobekli

Gobekli Tepe in modern SE Turkey is an impressive megalithic structure - or series of structures. They date back to the early Holocene period - some distance after the so called Younger Dryas Boundary event. After it was deemed past its shelf life the stone circles were buried in soil and and debris to form a hill - a very large mound. The current view of archaeologists is that the megaliths were build by hunter gatherers.

16 Jul 2017
Cats Brain Barrow

At www.sciencenews.org/article/copper-otzi-iceman-axe-came-from-surprisingl... ... it seems the axe Otzi the Iceman was carrying was made of copper - and it has been traced back to a copper deposit in central Italy. This is interesting as it shows metal was in use in Europe in the 4th millennium BC (contemporary with its use in the Near East during the Chalcolithic).

15 Jul 2017
Einstein Renaissance

Einstein's 1915 theory of gravitation, or General Relativity, is now a central pillar of consensus physics and science - but it was not always so. It contributes to our understanding of cosmology and how particles inter-act with each other - but this was not always so according to Alexander Blum et al in an editorial introducing a special issue on Einstein, 'The Renaissance of Einstein's Theory of Gravitation' in the European Physical Journal (2017) DOI:10.1140/epjh/e2017-80023-3 (see https://phys.org/print419072124.html ).