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24 Nov 2014
Tibet

Humans have been present on the high Tibetan plateau for at least 20,000 years and permanent villages have been there since 3200BC. Solid evidence of growing crops such as millet, barley and wheat is found from 1600BC onwards, which is remarkable as the plateau is between 2500m (8200feet) and 3400m (11,154 feet) in altitude. Even more remarkable is the fact that wheat and barley are crops more usually identified with western Asia rather than eastern Asia. Is this evidence of migration? (see http://physorg.com/print335713806.html).

24 Nov 2014
A boulder that was swallowed by a lot of clay

At http://phys.org/print335727974.html ... builders in Everett, Washington State, came across the boulder 30 feet beneath the ground - a rather large pebble

24 Nov 2014
Rosetta Update

At http://phys.org/print335689483.html ... the spacecraft is still orbiting the comet but is not in contact with the probe. However, it is able to continue with its own research, gathering data. In the long term it is hoped that Rosetta will be around long enough to witness the development of the comet's coma - as it get closer to the Sun.

24 Nov 2014
Baker's Hole

Baker's Hole at Ebbsfleet in Kent is an old chalk quarry situated next to a big railway station on HS1 and contains sediments going 250,000 years ago - which include Palaeolithic remains (Neanderthal). Stone tools, mammoth teeth and fossilised bones of deer, bison and lions have already come to light. See http://phys.org/print335608632.html

23 Nov 2014
Solent archaeology washing away in the tides

The Mesolithic community discovered by a team of divers off Bouldnor Cliff on the Isle of Wight is being eroded away - by the actions of the tide. Previously it had been a buried and unknown feature on what is now the sea bed. In the Mesolithic period, or rather, prior to 6000BC, the Solent was dry land - through which a river flowed on its way to the sea at an undisclosed location deep in the English Channell. The story can be found at http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/11/solents-stone-age-v...

23 Nov 2014
vitrified forts in Scotland

Euan Mackie in an article, 'Can European Prehistory Detect Large Scale Natural Disasters?' came up with an interesting solution to the mystery of the vitrified forts of Scotland. Various strange ideas have been aired to account for them but the simplest solution is very often the most likely. For example, archaeologists were fond of suggesting that the wood was set alight at the point of building them, supposing they were a sort of design feature. The idea was mostly ditched when it became clear vitrification involved actually weakening the structure.

22 Nov 2014
an environmentalist on the climate scam

At https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2014/11/climate-scams-melt... ... a marine biologist and environmentalist disagrees with the Green Blob - see also http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2014/11/22/walter-starck-the-climate-scam... ..... which is lifted from Quadrant. An interesting perspective, not unlike that of the sceptics - but destined, I would think, for oblivion, drowned out by the media and the politicos who are convinced they have a holy like crusade to keep down temperatures.

20 Nov 2014
What Gravity did for us

We all know what the Romans did for us - they created the border between Scotland and England. What did gravity do for us? It saved the universe according to a new scientific paper - see http://phys.org/print335524004.html It's all about Big Bang dynamics, the Higgs Bosun particles - and the expansion of the universe.

20 Nov 2014
The Sun and Lightning

At http://phys.org/print335609396.html ... we are told the Sun may be playing a part in the generation of lightning strikes on Earth by temporarily bending the Earth's magnetic field and allowing a shower of energetic particles to enter the upper atmosphere. Researchers from Reading University have been looking at this for some 5 years and their findings have been published in the journal Environmental Research Letters (this month).

20 Nov 2014
the big land slip in the big country

At http://phys.org/print335611854.html ... and sent in by Gary, the same story is at www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2841829/The-largest-landslide-Earth Researchers-reveal-ground-really-did-Utah-21-million-years-ago-shifting 55-MILES-minutes-killing-path.html ... which has more pictures and a map that refuses to load on to this page. This is a geological story that has changed over the years, variously dated 21 or 22 million years ago and previously thought to be a series of land slips that took place over a long period of time.