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20 Jul 2010
What is the Sun made of?

http://dcoda.amplify.on/2010/07/17/scientists-cant-agree-on-what-the-sun-is-made-of/ is an interesting web site details supplied by Gary Gilligan. Behind its blazing facade the sun is reluctant to give up its secrets. Over the last few years scientists have changed their ideas concerning the chemical make-up of the Sun. There is far less oxygen, carbon and nitrogen that previously theorised and sound waves travel through its interior and ring like a bell.

20 Jul 2010
Woodhenge in North America

www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news July 11th ... 'Diggers unearth mysteries of Fort Ancient's Woodhenge' - Fort Ancient is a massive earthwork of the Hopewell culture which flourished contemporarily with the Romans in the Old World. Woodhenge is a small part of Fort Ancient - otherwise known as the Moorehead Circle, consisting of two concentric rings of post, one being as large as 180 feet in diameter. The posts were up to 15 feet high when standing. In the centre was discovered a pit of orange-red soil.

20 Jul 2010
Peru - monumental architecture

At www.peruviantimes.com/history-of-peru-part-3-monumental-architecture/ which is part three of a series on the archaeology of Peru - between 3000 and 500BC.

18 Jul 2010
Land and Water, heat and not so heated

http://joannenova.com.au/2010/07/did-giss-discover-30-more-land-in-the-northern-hemishphere/ Frank Lansner has been tinkering with the NASA GISS dataset - trying to understand how it works, or rather, how arch AGW adherent James Hansen gets his numbers. The northern hemisphere has a ratio of 40 per cent land to 60 pere cent ocean, which is used by Hadley CRU in the UK (HadCRU at UEA).

18 Jul 2010
Supernovae - version three

www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2010/07/mistery-supernova-may-point-to-unknown-laws-of-physics/ July 16th ... Casey Kazan has been upsetting the readers at Daily Galaxy newsletter once again. He, or she, is being accused of tabloid headlines, and maybe they are right - but it draws the punters. Robotic telescopes have turned astronomers attentions towards exploding stars that seem to indicate unusual physics are taking place.

18 Jul 2010
Archaeology and Politics

AOL News July 15th asks the question, 'Is Holy Land archaeology being hyped by politics?' is a piece on the propaganda going on between Israelis and Palestinians - and archaeology is being used to score points. For example, Eilat Mazar claims she has found evidence Jerusalem was an important place in the Late Bronze Age, based on a small fragment of a clay tablet. Meir Ben-Dov, an older archaeologist, commented - it didn't tell us anything we didn't already know.

18 Jul 2010
Grooved Ware

At www.physorg.com/print198495505.html there is a story on the discovery of a hand sized piece of rock found in a quarry near the village of Over in Cambridgeshire. It date backs to the Late Neolithic period, it has been suggested, as it has a pair of concentric circles etched onto the surface, a motif typically associated with Grooved Ware art/design. The find is significant as no such rock art, for obvious reasons, has ever been found previously in eastern England.

17 Jul 2010
Planetary Tails

National Geographic July 15th http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/07/100715-alien-planet-comet-like-tail/ is a story about a planet orbiting so close to a star that its atmosphere is being blasted away, forming a gaseous comet-like tail - according to astronomers in the Astrophysical Journal of July 10th.

17 Jul 2010
A tectonic computer model

at www.physorg.com/print198495599.html July 16th ... a group of earth scientists has developed a new way to explain the global movements of tectonic plates on the surface of the earth. For example, the Basin and Range Province in Nevada was created by a plate sliding beneath the North American continent - just 30 million years ago.. This is fairly recent as far as geological time is concerned, and the paper, in Science July 16th, suggests plates in the modern world move at the rate of around a few centimetres per year.

17 Jul 2010
Magnetic Powerhouse

At http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/07/100715-science-space-mercury/ ... a flyby of Mercury revealed a huge power surge that 'we clearly do not understand' according to the story. The electromagnetic storms took place in Mercury's magnetic tail, and this forms when the solar wind pushes against a planet's magnetic field and the deformed field takes on a windsock shape. It says Mars and Venus do NOT have magnetic fields or tails - is this true?