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31 Dec 2014
Cappadocia, Kirbet Kerak, and the mystery of the Tutankhamun mummy

A new underground city has been found in Cappadocia, in the eastern part of what is modern Turkey - see www.hurriyetdailynews.com/massive-ancient-underground-city-discovered-in...?

An early urban centre near the Sea of Galilee is being explored by archaeologists. This is Kirbet Kerak, a city that dates back at least as far as 3000BC. It was contemporary with the Old Kingdom of Egypt, with links even as early as dynasty One.

30 Dec 2014
Forbush Decrease

A sudden decrease in cosmic ryas bombarding the Earth's atmosphere has coincided, accidentally or otherwise, with a week or so of very cold weather> On December 21st ground based neuton monitors detected a sudden decrease in cosmic radiation - http://spaceweather.com December 29th - and this was due to three CMEs thrown out by the Sun, over the previous 48 hours, sweeping awy, broom like, many of the cosmic rays normally in the vicinity of the Earth. The CMEs did not engage with the Earth or its atmosphere - they swept on by (sweeping up the cosmic rays in the process).

24 Dec 2014
Venus is still mysterious

At http://phys.org/print338201746.html ... we have one of those schoolboy visions of Venus which is mostly hypothetical but written as reality. Venus is horrible! It sucks, we are told - but sucks what? It's as hot as an oven (actually, an awful lot hotter than an oven) and atmospheric pressure is 90 times that of the Earth. It rains sulphuric acid. It is a lethal place as far as humans are concerned - so no bus stops for spaceship tours on Venus. We won't be visiting the place in a hurry.

24 Dec 2014
Mesolithic Stonehenge

At the site of Blick Mead near Amesbury, close to the earthwork known as Vespacian's Camp, we have a site that is revealing new information all the time. It overlooks Salisbury Plain and Stonehenge and has locked in a remarkable bit of history. David Jaques of Buckingham University has a career unfolding just from what has been preserved at Blick Mead. Charcoal from the site has been C14 dated and reveals the site has been continuously occupied over a period of three to four thousand years - by people with a Mesolithic culture (a reference to the micro blades they used).

24 Dec 2014
Energy systems

At http://phys.org/print338190635.html ... is about thermoelectric power plants that seek to harvest the ocean waves by pumping cold water up through a heat exchanger

24 Dec 2014
Geology is a fascinating science subject

At www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/when-texas-was-bottom-sea/ ... is one of those imponderables. Guadelupe Peak, the highest mountain in Texas, looks across the jagged spine of El Capitan, which looks almost like the prow of a great ship rising out of the ground. The road to El Paso is in the plain below and Guadelupe Peak, and indeed, the Guadelupe Mountain range, are full of fossils. They go way back to when they were under the sea, forming part of a reef system that was some 400 miles in length.

23 Dec 2014
Horse Head

The Horse Head nebula as once seen and diffused by NASA

but here it is again, diffused by infra red

see http://phys.org/print338453527.html

23 Dec 2014
Polar Stratospheric Clouds

    these beautiful cloud formations are visible inside the Arctic Circle, floating in the lower stratosphere at 25km high - and they are full of colours. Go to http://spaceweather.com December, 2014, for lots of images of aurorae, meteors, and noctilucent clouds etc. It is thought polar stratospheric clouds are formed by sunlight shining through tiny ice particles.

23 Dec 2014
Sizzling Sun

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-440 ... we have this picture of the Sun

X-rays streaming off the Sun. This is the first picture of the Sun by NASAs nuclear spectroscopic telescope array (NuSTAR). It was designed to look into deep space in order to study x-rays from black holes and supernovas etc. It was launced in 2012 but only now has it been turned around to focus on the Sun.

23 Dec 2014
Unravelling String

At www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/string-theory-about-unravel-180953... ... the String Theory hypothesis has been around for 30 years - and nobody has really been able to get to grips with it. Is it real ... or is it the product of being too clever by half?

This link provides a fascinating glimpse into all those high expectations associated with super strings and elaborate mathematical calculations. One suspects the theory will survive enthusiastically until all the excited young students of the time are living off a pension and swallowing statens.