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26 Aug 2010
Panspermia - some cold water

At is a post on panspermia, 'The Panspermia Paradox' (August 19th) ... the notion of panspermia, the transfer of viable organisms between planets and even star systems is discussed from what appears to be a neutral position. Planetary surface material such as dust grains and rocks is continually being shipped around moons and rocky planets in the solar system or ejected by comets and asteroids.

26 Aug 2010
Magnetic Monopoles

At the io9 website ( ) there is a feature, ask the scientist. In this instance, it is Physicist David Sparks who poses as teacher and knowledge bringer, and the question asked is, what happened to magnetic monopoles? Are they still out there in space?

26 Aug 2010
Mammoths, and other sturdy beasts with big stomachs

There is an unusual posting at August 24th .. on the mammoths and what they might mean for climate change.

26 Aug 2010
Digging for Britain; August 26th

BBC 2 'Digging for Britain' 26th August ... looked at various archaeological sites from Creswell Crags to the Beaker people - and surprisingly, they moved around a lot. Unsurpringly, this occurs between 2300 and 2000BC (but you need to read Moe Mandelkehr's articles in SIS journals on what might have been going on then to understand why). However, what caught my attention was the Neolithic farm and various associated buildings.

25 Aug 2010
Another henge found ... near Letchworth

BBC News August 24th ... archaeologists have discovered a henge near Letchworth in Hertfordshire. It would have been visible from another henge on what is known as the Western Hills. Henges tend to occur in clusters so there may be others not far away. This one was discovered by an aerial photograph that revealed an extensive ring of chalk fill which had been ploughed out and on the ground it was not discernible. Archaeologists dug out a couple of trenches and found the remains of the encircling chalk bank - which had massive ditches inside and out.

25 Aug 2010
Solar Flare and radio-active elements on earth

At ... researchers at Stanford have discovered a link between solar flares and the inner life of radio-aactive elements on earth, which sparked a hunt to find out why as it was important for the wellbeing of space walking astronauts of the future. The radioactive decay of some elements on earth seemed to be influenced by activity within the Sun - but why? It is generally thought the decay rate of radioactive materials is a constant.

25 Aug 2010

At there is a piece on archaeology in Utah some 10,000 years ago (early Holocene) which shows a distinct change in diet that may be significant. People living in a rock shelter adopted grinding stones in order to mill the very small seeds of sage brush, making a flour that was cooked into a mush - or porridge. It therefore has analogies with the adoption of oat porridge in Europe at an indeterminate point in time.

25 Aug 2010
Jupiter smacked again

At August 23rd ... we have a story that is repeated at many other internet sources but I like this one as it includes further information. Jupiter was hit again by an object, caaptured on film this time by an amateur Japanese astronomer. When he made the claim, with a an image to back it up, the Hubble space camera swang around and various terrestrial space telescopes (and no doubt amateur back window ones too) homed in on Jupiter and confirmed that an impact had probably occurred (the aftermath).

25 Aug 2010
A Sun Spot

At the website of Ciel et l'Espace, a French astronomy magazine, has published a picture of a sun spote (below)

It is the most detailed ever taken in visible light - and the website intends to publish further images. They have an origin in the US, at the Big Bear Solar Observatory, a unique location on a lake (see )

24 Aug 2010
Anti-matter going bang

At August 21st (see also BBC News) .... anti-matter can create huge explosions is an accurate statement but anti-matter meeting matter isn't actually an explosion - it is dubbed an annihilation. A space search for anti matter via a particle detector onboard the space shuttle Endeavour, is set to launch in september where it will be transferred to the International Space Station and operate over the next 18 years. The hope is that they will find this elusive property.