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7 Apr 2017
Transient Events in History

At https://phys.org/print410606948.html ... researchers from Kyoto University and Japan's National Institute of Solar Research have used historical records to garner a better insight into the patterns of past solar events and their impact on the earth (such as intense aurorae). Japanese and Chinese documents (no mention of Korean examples of a similar nature) have enabled them to reconstruct a chronology. The study is published in 'Space Weather' (April 2017). For example, an early Japanese record of aurora sightings describes a prolonged event in AD1204.

7 Apr 2017
How to concoct a false narrative

At http://notrickszone.com/2017/04/06/scientists-reveal-how-man-made-global... created-via-data-manipulation-dismissing-the-sun/ ... the headline to this blog post is - scientists reveal how man made global warming is created via data manipulation and by dismissing the sun from their models.

6 Apr 2017
Fluting Flint

At https://phys.org/print410541003.html ... it seems Clovis Points, which are fluted, are still a problem for archaeology. What was the reasoning behind the fluting of flint points? Clovis points date from around 13,500 years ago - and disappeared at the Younger Dryas boundary. The flute is the groove chipped off the base of the point, on both sides. It seems that this thinning action, rather than weakening the points, actually is able to make the point more powerful in that it is able to withstand and absorb the shock of colliding with a hard object, such as the bones of a prey animal.

6 Apr 2017
King Solomon's Mines

At http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/king-solomon-mines-bible-timn... ... it seems archaeologists came across some donkey manure dating back 3000 years ago, preserved in the arid environment of the Timna Valley. It had accumulated in an ancient mining camp at the back of a mesa like sandstone formation known as Slaves Hill. They were probably pack animals used to transport the metal and ores - and bring in supplies to the miners. The area is peppered with copper mines and smelting sites (where the ore was heated and the metal extracted).

6 Apr 2017
Corded Ware Culture

At https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-04/fos--smt040217.php ... the period, 2300-2000BC was not just one of turmoil and upheaval, with evidence of site destruction far and wide, including earthquakes and perhaps atmospheric explosions of meteors, it was also one of migration and plague. This is too early for most books on historical epidemics to mention (they usually begin with the Bible or Roman records) but we have seen previously that plague or epidemics were a feature of the period around 3000BC also.

5 Apr 2017
Rossby Waves

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2017/04/02/waves-on-sun-give-nasa-new-in... ... discusses what might cause coronal mass ejections from the Sun - as they contribute to space weather. See also www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170330142242.htm ... where research finds a commonality between weather on earth and space weather. On earth weather appears to react to changes in the jet streams which blow air in narrow currents around the world - somewhat like Rossby waves, movements fueled by the planet's rotation.

5 Apr 2017
Mars and Trojans

At https://phys.org/print410429403.html ... sent in by William, an unusual story concerning the orbit of Mars and some mini planets (known as Trojans). These are really asteroids and they all share a common ancestry we are told in what had once been a single body. In other words they are the remains of a mini planet - rather than a succession of mini planets in themselves. Their origin is millions, if not billions, of years ago - we are also told. The reason they have been targeted as all belonging to a single cosmic object is their make -up, displaying heavy signs of olivine.

5 Apr 2017
blood in amber

At https://phys.org/print410453784.html ... blood preserved in amber, the fossilised red blood cells of monkeys.

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/new-research-dispr... ... Palaeontologists have used skulls to delineate how much movement certain animals had in their necks - such as birds, dinosaurs, alligators etc.

5 Apr 2017
Pleistocene Indonesia

The idea that modern humans in SE Asia, in the Holocene, were more advanced than Pleistocene predecessors, has taken a bit of a knocking - as a result of research by the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (see https://phys.org/print410447018.html ). The discovery of cave art, said to go back up to 40,000 years ago, on the island of Sulawesi, and various tools etc, seems to show that Ice Age humans were as advanced as those in India and elsewhere.

5 Apr 2017
Little Ice Age ping pong

At last, a study that recognises that low sun spot numbers are not entirely the whole story when it comes to the Little Ice Age - see https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/04/04/rethinking-the-little-ice-age/ ... Professor Mike Lockwood from Reading University has published a paper in Astronomy and Geophysics which says the overall shift in climate temperature were quite small. These are average temperatures. Hence, although sometimes it was bitterly cold other times it was fairly warm.