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28 Aug 2010
Arrows give the game away

BBC News August 26th ... archaeologists in South Africa have unearthed stone points dated 64,000 years ago which were probably arrow heads. A microscope revealed traces of blood and bone. They also found traces of a glue - a plant based resin that was possibly used to fasten them to a wooden shaft. The use of bows and arrows as a hunting tool enabled humans to kill from a distance where previously they had used ambush tactics in order to move in with spears at fairly close quarters.

28 Aug 2010
Electricity in the brain and electricity in the weather

At http://opa.yale.edu/news/article_print.aspx?id=7646 July 14th 2010, Yale University press release - scientists at Yale have a paper in Neuron which claims electrical fields can influence the activity of brain cells - the little grey cells of Monsieur Poirot perhaps? It is known that transcranial magnetic stimulation and deep brain stimulation are effective in the treatment of neurological disorders.

28 Aug 2010
Early Americas

Daily Mail August 25th ... the remains of a prehistoric child were found in an underwater cave in Mexico - dating back over 10,000 years ago. Scientists hope the skeleton will offer clues to ancient human migrations into the Americas - from SE Asia. Anthropologists think the body was placed in the cave in a funeral ceremony performed when the sea level was some 488 feeet lower than it is today.

28 Aug 2010
Near Earth Objects

At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1306555/Our-terrifyingly-crowded-solar-system/ is a short post with a video clip of the asteroids that fly close to the earth - and only those discovered by telescope. It excludes the additional near earth objects found by the WISE mission. It was compiled by astronomer Scott Manley over the last 30 years. He is a former research student at Armagh Observatory.

28 Aug 2010
Coal through the microscope

Go to http://geology.com/articles/coal-through-a-microscope.shtml where it says microscopes reveal the hidden nature of coal - made from thick accumulations of plant debris, mixed with swamp sediments. Also, coal contains a lot of charcoal - as a result of fires raging through the landscape as the coal was being formed. Now, that is catastrophic.

28 Aug 2010
Alternative energy

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100825131445.htm ... devices to capture electricity out of the air are being contemplated - like solar cells capture sunlight. However, it requires more research into lightning - and how it builds up and grows. It is known that water in the atmosphere can accumulate an electric charge and transfer them to other materials it comes into contact with - known as 'humidity-electricity'

28 Aug 2010
The Layer Cake

If this is cake it ain't got a lot of fruit. At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100825185121.htm ... research has found the North American continent is a layer cake (see Nature August 26th). Exploration of seismic factors at the interior of the earth illuminate how the continents formed. The continental land masses have been broken into pieces, joined back together, and then broken up again - but some old pieces of the lithosphere have existed over very long periods of time.

27 Aug 2010
A new paper on nanodiamonds at the YD boundary

At http://cosmictusk.com we have news of a new paper due to be published by the Journal of Glaciology by Kurbatov, Mayewski and Steffensen et al which presents evidence for a prominent peak in nanodiamonds in a narrow layer of ice in Greenland ice cores that date just prior to the YD boundary event. A direct link to the article will be available in due course.

27 Aug 2010
Late Pleistocene Notts

The Independent and the daily Mail August 26th  (see also www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1306616/Axes-Ice-Age-dating-13-000 ....) excavations preceding road widening on the A46 in Nottinghamshire have found Iron Age and Roman remains - and flint tools and flint knapping debris dating back to 11,000BC (shortly before the Younger Dryas event). The A46 at this point follows the line of the Roman road known as the Fosse Way.

27 Aug 2010
Maya archaeology updates

At www.usatoday.com August 26th .... it is claimed archaeologists are near to finding out why the Maya abandoned their cities - in the 9th century AD. It was very rapid it seems - pottery and tools were left behin, and grinding stones used to mill corn. The interior of houses appeared to suggest people had left quickly - leaving behind some of their belongings. We know when they went, it continues, as many of them still live in the north or along the coast.