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10 Jul 2014
Sea Henge mark 2

It seems there were two timber henges discovered at Holme on the Norfolk coast. The New Age druid demonstrators made a lot of fuss about the removal of the first one (now preserved in a museum setting) and yet there was another one out there all the time, in its watery grave. Inroads by the sea are hastening its disappearance - and the kind of ending that would have occurred if the first henge had not been saved (as the demonstrators wished).

10 Jul 2014
Human evolution

At http://phys.org/print323596759.html ... scientists have revised the timeline of human origins after it was found Homo erectus sometimes overlapped their assumed ancestors by several hundred thousand years. This sounds an awfully long time but it is worked out from dating geological deposits and therefore may be subject to some revision itself in the future. Be that as it may it would seem to cast doubt on the evolution from one to the other - but that is not the outcome.

10 Jul 2014
The Little Ice Age and the Sun

At http://phys.org/print323856790.html ... there is a report on study that derives from an ice core section. It was analysed for various chemical traces in a laboratory (several cores from different locations on Antarctica) and the results are said to be an accurate and precise recontruction of historic volcanic sulphate emissions - in the southern hemisphere.

10 Jul 2014
Nicola Tesla

Nicola Tesla is one of those people very often sidelined in life but almost worshipped after his death. There is a review of him at www.livescience.com/45980-nicola-tesla-biography.html ... and it seems Tesla most famously invented AC - in opposition to Edison's DC. Tesla's AC was eventually adopted in spite of all the money and influence that Edison was able to throw at his preferred system. AC was simply more reliable.

10 Jul 2014
Fire from the Sky

Yes, it seems fire can rain out of the sky - that is what mythology appears to be saying - go to www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2014/07/02/burning-questions-2/ ... another exciting post by Rens Van Der Sluijs. The universality of myths involving fire raining out of the sky is remarkable. Was it actual fire - or great heat as in blast (an exploding bolide). The Egyptian goddess Sekhmet, a variation on Isis and Hathor, specifically caused fire to fall out of the sky - somewhat like the Indian goddess Kali.

10 Jul 2014
Black Hole Fireworks

At http://phys.org/print323585559.html ... a remote galaxy has a bright light on show, which appears to emanate from a black hole at the heart of the galaxy. It is said that energetic jets blasted from the black hole of the Messier 106 galaxy are heating up gases and making them glow - and the jets are spewing out gases, as energy, with power. We seem to be moving from a position where black holes eat cosmic gases to a position where it rejects said gases and spews them out. Perhaps they don't taste so nice and munchy anymore.

10 Jul 2014
Spanish magic

At http://phys.org/print323592013.html ... a fly Spanish instrument, the IMaV magnetograph, has recorded how flux tubes are formed and evolve on the Sun. These are the building blocks of solar magnetism. It is a canny instrument designed to understand more about the Sun's magnetic field, the solar cycles, and sun spots.

9 Jul 2014
What was Silbury Hill built to imitate?

An article in Current Archaeology 293 (July/August 2014) (see also www.archaeology.co.uk) makes the point that Silbury Hill sits at the head of the Kennet River - which joins the Thames at Reading. Although modern maps have the head of the Thames near Lechlade, but might this be regarded as one of several tributaries. It asks, perhaps Neolithic people saw the Kennet as more properly a continuation of the Thames, rather than the long loop that goes by way of Oxford. They go further and say, Silbury Hill was positioned in a special landscape.

9 Jul 2014
Blick Mead update

Blick Mead, overlooking the river Avon, is also the feature of an article in Current Archaeology 293 (see once again, www.archaeology.co.uk - but remember the articles in the current issue are not uploaded to the web site for several weeks afterwards, otherwise people would not buy the magazine). The Mesolithic period remains (prior to 6000BC) were found beneath what became an Iron Age hillfort - Vespasian's Camp (a bit of antiquarian speculation as it long pre-dates the Roman general and emperor of that name).

9 Jul 2014
Noctilucent in the News

At http://spaceweather.com of July 4th 2014 (you will have to scroll down) we have a nice image of noctilucent clouds and a short explanation. They have been particularly common across Europe in recent days, beginning on July 3rd. The northern horizon was filled with electric blue ripples, coils, and tentrils of light. These clouds are said to be caused by meteor smoke, forming at the edge of space 83km above the surface of the Earth, where sun light strikes the small icy crystals left behind by nature.