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24 Mar 2018
Planet 9 and the Scholz star

Jovan sent in a number of links. This one is on the search for Planet Nine - go to www.scientificamerican.com/article/looking-for-planet-nine-astronomers-g... ... Looking for Planet Nine astronomers gaze into the abyss (or that spot in the solar system that is hidden from our view). To begin with you need to go back to claims made a year or two ago that apparent motions of object beyon Neptune are being influenced by 'a very big something much further out', hidden from view save for its subtle gravitational tugs.

23 Mar 2018
Hallstatt Plateau

In the February issue of Current Archaeology we have another interesting post at 'Science Notes' (page 12) on C14 dating methodology - and how it has improved considerably over the years. This is a point studiously ignored by most revisionists but of course everything is not necessarily as rosy as mainstream would allow. The dating of bones is one field where greater success has been achieved - and part 2 of this will tell us a lot more (in the next issue of Current Archaeology).

23 Mar 2018
Farms in the Sahara

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/winter-2018/article/entomologist-co... ... researchers from Huddersfield and Italy have been in the Libyan desert and they have discovered people in the Sahara were cultivating and storing wild cereals 10,000 years ago. This was the period of the Green Sahara - and early agriculture was being practised. Hunter gatherers, it would seem, were collecting wild cereal seeds rather than farming them - but they didn't only harvest them, they also stored them. They were made into a sort of soup or porridge.

23 Mar 2018
Out of Africa

Chris Catling, in World Current Archaeology 88 sets his eye on recent DNA research. In issue 85 he drew attention to the lack of a consensus among archaeologists over the dates for the evolution of modern humans and the first Out of Africa migration (as new finds were pushing dates earlier and earlier). In issue 88 Professor Israel Hershkovitz of Tel Aviv University was involved in the the discovery of a jawbone in a cave on Mount Carmel dating back 177,000 years ago.

22 Mar 2018
cooling weather

At http://notrickszone.com/2018/03/19/since-2008-0-24c-of-extra-warming-has... ... this should cause consternation but sadly won't. Since 2008 some 0.24 degrees C of 'extra' warming has been added to NASA GISS 1910-20000 global temperature graph. It is all part of the progarmme of cooling the past to make it appear the present is warming. At some point or other it will reach crunch time - but that is for the future. Somebody else's problem.

22 Mar 2018
DNA home truth

I was looking through a press release at https://phys.org/print440836060.html ... which is about the genomes of five late Neanderthals that lived between 39,000 and 47,000 years ago. They contributed DNA to modern human ancestors which is okay - so far. We are then told the Neanderthals overlapped with the arrival of modern human, which is partly based on the fact that modern humans have a small amount of Neanderthal DNA (so they must have overlapped, must they not?). Did they? Did late Neanderthals pass on their genes to modern humans by mating with them - which is the nub of the issue.

22 Mar 2018
Red Star

William sent in the link https://phys.org/print440830205.html ... evidence that a red star disturbed the prehistoric solar system is the premise of a paper in Monthly Notes of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters (March 2018). It is somewhat like the Rupert Holms Star Core Zeus hypothesis (he is giving a talk at the 2018 SIS AGM and speaker meeting in April) but in this instance, rather than a remnant fragment of a supernova we have a dim red star (which is also binary with a brown dwarf) that brushed our solar system - back in the day.

22 Mar 2018
Chinese touch ups

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180319220955.htm ... 115,000 years old bone tools found in China -quite sophisticated in technique. They were used to modify stone tools. These are known as soft hammers and were primarily used to retouch or re-sharpen stone tools.

At www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-43314886 ... confirmation St Albans abbey church was built by the Normans in the 11th century ADF. Remains of the original apse, going back to 1077, have been unearthed during construction work on a new visitor centre.

19 Mar 2018
Dinosaur Footprints

At https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/australia-s-jurassic-park-leave... ... at Walmadany in Western Australia there are dinosaur footprints - in their hundreds. They are preserved in the Kimberley sandstone. They have also been known to the local Goolarabooloo people for generations, regarding them as bird like tracks (giant birds). Not only are there footprints but impression of cycad plants. These are said to be the tail feathers of Marala, a being in Goralabooloo creation mythology, likened to an enormous emu.

19 Mar 2018
geomagnetic storm

   at http://spaceweather.com/ (March 19th 2018), captured from Marup in Denmark by Rusian Merzlyakov, a geomagnetic storm at the vernal equinox.