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11 Aug 2016
Ancient Tsunami

At http://phys.org/print390032709.html .... work on the M4/M5 junction just outside Bristol (south Gloucestershire) has revealed a couple of bone beds going back 200 million years ago. A Kentucky undergraduate at the University of Worcester analysed samples taken 25 years ago (when the motorway junction was built or upgraded) and she has discovered they were not caused by a single flooding event, as previously deduced, but by more than one transgression event.

11 Aug 2016
MACHOs

At http://phys.org/print390034843.html ... has a star cluster ruled out MACHOs - and put to bed the idea that black holes lurk in galactic halos? We are told, 'we can't detect light in these objects - but this now adds to the gravitational pull of galaxies' ... which is part and parcel of the search for dark matter.

11 Aug 2016
A kinder hump back

A nice piece of observation by a marine ecologist doing work for NOAA - evidence that humpback whales drive off orca pods attacking other marine species. Orcas will attack the young of humpback whales so there is no love lost. However, they appear to thwart killer whale attacks on sea lions, harbour seals, sunfish and gray whales, if they get the chance. The article was published in the August issue of Marine Mammal Science (2016). See http://phys.org/print390029961.html

11 Aug 2016
Venus was habitable

This is a good one. It now seems you can so anything with computer simulation. At http://phys.org/print389947158.html ... modelling has shown Venus could have been habitable, 715 million years ago.

9 Aug 2016
Early Farmers

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/summer-2016/article/population-boom... ... domesticated plants and animals are part of everyday life but they represent a unique change in the way of life of humans, allowing large numbers of people to live in one place. How did farming take off in the Americas - 5000 years ago? In this study it was preceded by a population boom, they claim, which led, relentlessly, to a shortage of food as there were more mouths to feed.

9 Aug 2016
Small Reactors

Could every town have its own small nuclear reactor - see www.climatechangenews.com/2016/07/27/could-every-uk-town-have-a-small-nu... ... as an alternative strategy to building large and expensive nuclear plants such as Hinckley Point. The nuclear industry see the UK as a spearhead as we are getting perilously close to regular black outs. However, looking at it from a non partisan view I would think the security issues would be a major problem - and one of the commenters says much the same thing.

9 Aug 2016
Tintagel Palace

Two takes on the same discovery. The newspaper likes the Arthurian angle and dallies a bit - www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/king-arthur-castle-cornwa... ... and www.medievalhistories.com/luxury-tintagel-early-medieval-period/ ... the excavations in July came across buildings, it is thought, dating to the 5th century AD (or roughly contemporary when Gildas when writing his missive, The Ruin of Britain).

8 Aug 2016
Chinese Flood

This is the famous flood of the yellow emperor Yu that is being talked about, dating back to around 4000 years ago. It is mentioned by Paul Dunbavin in The Atlantic Researches and by Moe Mandelkehr in The 2300BC Event (as well as various other catastrophist authors), but most importantly emperor Yu sits at the very beginning of the Xia dynasty. To put it into context Xia ran contemporary with Middle Kingdom Egypt and Middle Bronze Age in the Levant and Mesopotamia.

7 Aug 2016
Another one bites the dust ...

At http://phys.org/print389515752.html ... in a discussion of fossil vultures we are tolt they disappeared alongt with other meg-fauna from N America, SE Asia and East China during the Pleistocene extinctions (variously between 40,000 and 12,000 years ago).

7 Aug 2016
The guts of Ceres

At http://phys.org/print389507947.html ... some tens of thousands of photographs of Ceres were returned by NASAs Dawn spacecraft - but none of them could peer inside the asteroid. However, scientists were able to measur the gravity of Ceres and the results are published in the journal Nature (August 2016). It seems the interior of Ceres is not as dense as the Earth - or the Moon (or even the asteroid Vesta that Dawn visited prior to Ceres). Does this mean Ceres was once a comet?