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1 Nov 2019
Louis A Frank

Louis A Frank was a scientist at the University of Iowa who theorised that small comets made of ice and water crashed into Earth's atmosphere to create lakes, rivers, and oceans. He interpreted small black dots found on NASA camera data (from its satellite Dynamics Explorer, as the small comets. Other scientists thought they were transmission errors.

1 Nov 2019
did an extraterrestrial impact ...

Sent in by William - go to https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/10/did-extraterrestrial... ... did an extraterrestrial impact trigger the extinction of Ice Age animals? Which is a revival of the Younger Dryas Boundary event hypothesis. The mainstream view is that an ice dam, that had wonderfully survived for thousands of years, left behind by retreating ice, held back a giant lake of cold water which burst and spilt that glacial water into the North Atlantic - cooling the ocean currents and creating the Younger Dryas.

1 Nov 2019
Solar Puzzle

The solar puzzle is of course how the Sun works. At https://phys.org/news/2019-10-overlooked-piece-solar-dynamo-puzzle.html ... where the earth model is still a dynamo, it would seem. This refers to a previously unobserved mechanism at work in the Sun's rotating plasma - a magnetic instability. Scientists thought it was physically impossible under such conditions - but it seem it is there. The effect may even play a pivotal role in the formation of the Sun's magnetic field.

31 Oct 2019
Mitochondrial Eve

At www.livescience.com/mitochondrial-eve-first-human-homeland.html ... and https://phys.org/news/2019-10-homeland-modern-humans.html ... the San (otherwise known as the Bushmen) of southern Africa carry one of the oldest maternal DNA lineages on Earth - which is not surprising. They have also been subjected to the least admixture by later humans. However, we are now told scientists have homed in on the original point at which the San emerged as modern humans, just 200,000 years ago.

31 Oct 2019
The Dinosaur Trots

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/10/jurassic-dinosaurs-t... ... Jurassic dinosaurs trotted between Europe and Africa. Dinosaur footprints in Europe and Morocco bear similarities which suggests either the two continents were closer or a shallow sea separated them.

  

28 Oct 2019
Naxos Neanderthals

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/10/191016153642.htm ... on the island of Naxos in the Aegean evidence has been found of Neanderthals - going back 200,000 years. The findings challenge long term views on human movements in the past, we are told. It seems 'scholars' believed Mediterranean islands were first occupied by early farmers, just 9000 years ago. The idea was that nobody previously had the boat handling and navigations skills required to reach those islands - even in the Cyclades.

28 Oct 2019
Close encounters of the electric kind

This story is at https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2019/10/27/close-encounter-with-a-gigant... ... on October 15th pilot Chris Holmes encountered lightning crackling around his aircraft - 35,000 feet over the Gulf of Mexico (near the Yucatan) when a super cell began pulsing with light. It wasn't ordinary lightning but a beam of light creating sprites and jets - a gigantic jet issuing forth form a thunderstorm below. He video recorded what he saw - to see it go to https://spaceweather.com/images2019/25oct19/gi_video.mov (or click link on first link) ..

27 Oct 2019
Centaurs and Humans

Robert sent in a link to https://phys.org/news/2019-10-jupiter-cradle-comets.html ... but see https://www.sis-group.org.uk/news/centaurs.htm ... where the same subject has already been on the News. The study concerns huge comets known as centaurs orbiting beyond Jupiter. The inference is that a lot of smaller comets also inhabit that region of the sky and are regularly kicked into a new orbit taking them into the inner solar system on a journey around the Sun (until they are finally broken up into streams of dust that litter near space).

26 Oct 2019
Iron Pyrites

This is a peculiar one - and comes courtesy of https://phys.org/news/2019-10-shelf-life-pyrite.html ... where we are informed the glacial cycles of the last couple of million years - a succession of cold periods interspersed with warm interglacials - may have an origin in the weathering of pyrite rocks. For knowledge of what pyrite actually is go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyrite ... where we are told the mineral pyrite (also known as iron pyrites and quite commonly found in geological formations, including sediment layers). It is also known as fools gold and can form crystals.

26 Oct 2019
Fossil Trove Colorado

This one is quite good and has even been picked up by Clark Whelton (on his email list). At https://phys.org/news/2019-10-fossil-trove-life-fast-recovery.html ... and concerns a fascinating fossil bed being investigated in Colorado which is said to date from not long after the K/T boundary event (which with a bit of twitching might even be said to have been laid down at the same time).