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2 Mar 2015
snails, humans, and wheat DNA

Snails are often collected during archaeological excavations as they can provide evidence of the environment - species variety by species variety. For example, they were a useful source of data in the recent Stonehenge Riverside Project. However, there is evidence some human groups ate snails as part of their regular diet. Eating snails may have a link with catastrophes - such as landscape fires. It seems that people living in SW France, in the foothills of the Pyrenees, may have developed a taste for snails and reared them as a delicacy, taking them with them on their travels.

1 Mar 2015
co2 is warming the planet ... oh no it isn't

This is a tale of two takes on a single paper in Nature journal (Feb 25th 2015) and the press release can be read at ... where scientists using 'incredibly precise' spectroscopic instruments in Oklahoma and Alaska have 'observed' an increase in co2 and the greenhouse effect on the surface of the Earth for the first time - but what did they really see? We know there has been an increase in co2 (all those Chinese coal fired power stations) but where did the extra heat at the surface come from?

27 Feb 2015
Big Bang Black Hole

Yes, shortly after Big Bang, a mere 900 million miles away, a huge quasar formed - with a central supermassive black hold for company - go to

27 Feb 2015
Fossil Swim Tracks

At ... we are told the end of Permian mass extinction event may even have wiped out marine worms and other burrowing creatures that make holes in the mud on the bottom of the sea. This appears to be an extinction too far - on the face of it. The researchers came to this conclusion as in the following era, the early part of the Triassic, massive reptiles had evolved, and their tracks are preserved in rocks in modern day Utah.

27 Feb 2015
Jewish fortunes in the Exile and beyond

   This is an image of a clay tablet with cuneiform writing, as practised in ancient Babylonia. The said tablet is one of over a hundred in the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem. They document the lives and religious continuity of Jews in the Exile. Although many returned to Judah after the Persian king gave them permission many of them did not - not until modern times.

27 Feb 2015
more on those mysterious holes appearing in permafrost in Siberia

At ... more on the mysterious craters in Siberia. Global warming is blamed.

Huffington Post - complete with all the scaries and some really weird comments.

24 Feb 2015
Tall el-Hammam

This is a photograph of the tell, Tall el-Hamman, which may be identified with Biblical Sodom, destroyed by a cosmic event of some kind. It is huge. Apparently, this year's dig is proceeding well but news releases will follow towards the end of the digging season. This site is a potential bomb shell. If actual evidence of destruction by bolide is found it will open up a can of worms. Catastrophism will rear its ugly head and leer over the shoulders of the uniformitarians and laugh heartily.

24 Feb 2015
Big Bang water cracker

At ... the question as to whether water is abundant in the universe has been on the mind of scientists for a long time now. Calculations using computer models have now entered the fray - and it is being suggested that it is possible there is a lot of water out there in space.

24 Feb 2015
climate change and out of africa

Seems like two consensus theories are now in a head lock, being used as a battering ram in support of each other. Gary Gilligan forwarded the link - ... and is the result of research being done in Oman in SE Arabia where Out of Africa folk have been desperate to find evidence of early human movement. Most of the Arabian peninsular is out of bounds to archaeologists.

23 Feb 2015
chalk erratics

An article in February's Down to Earth (geology magazine), issue 90, ISSN 0969-3408 ... concerns discoveries in chalk quarries over the years. Most finds are never reported. It is only the odd quarrymen who will bring attention to an oddity, and inform a geologist. In turn, most academic geologists rely on others to do the dirty work, and in spite of this there are a surprising number of erratics in museum collections (donated over the last 100 or so years).