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18 Jan 2011
Bringing the Mammoths back to life

At www.physorg.com/print214406296.html ... scientists aim to use mammoth skin and muscle tissue excaated from the Siberian permafrost to bring a mammoth back to life - via the womb of a modern elephant. If they succeed they intend to study its genes - and its ecology. What might they discover? Were mammoths a temperate climate animal or an Arctic species adapted to the cold conditions of the Ice Age?

18 Jan 2011
Lions in the Ice Age

William Burroughs in Climate Change in Prehistory (Cambridge University Press: 2005) describes some cave paintings at Chauvet drawn with charcoal and of unusually clear draughtsmanship. They depict animals that the artist(s) saw in the habitat around them and surprisingly they are of species more common in a warm world - such as a pride of lions. Quite apart from the material used to execute them it is the fact they depict species more suited to a savannal environment than the edge of a massive ice sheet.

15 Jan 2011
Tree Ring Study

At www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2011/1/14/new-tree-ring-paper.html there is a post on an article in New Scientist of January 14th commenting on a paper by Buntgen et al that was actually published in Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.1197175.htm ).

13 Jan 2011
Holes in the Sun

At www.physorg.com/print214040011.html there is an image of the Sun taken on January 10th in extreme ultra-violet light that captures a dark covered hole (below). Coronal holes are areas on the surface of the Sun associated with open magnetic field lines  that head out into space. They are the beginnings of the solar wind.

13 Jan 2011
Thunderstorms and Anti-matter

This story was sent in by two members, Gary and Lawrence, having picked it up from two different sources, being www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/11/01/lightning-antimatter-physics/ and http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/ January 11th.

13 Jan 2011
Ice Ages - some speculation

At www.sciencebits.com/ice-ages there is an article by Nir Shaviv, a youngish scientist, if his picture is up to date, that has been making waves the past few years. He sees a connection between solar activity and the terrestrial climate as the solar wind varies in strength and effects the amount of cosmic rays reaching earth from outside the solar system.

13 Jan 2011
Iceland Volcanoes

At the Modern Survival blog it is being suggested the Katla volcano on Iceland, the really big one, is displaying signs of activity. A ring of earthquakes on the western rim of the Myrdalsjokull glacier may indicate Katla is rumbling underneath. This subject has not reached the ears of mainstream media and the continuing problems that Russian ice breakers have been having in trying to rescue fishing boats and factory ships in the Arctic is also ignored - in spite of the fact that 500 lives are at risk.

13 Jan 2011
Camelot and Famine.

At www.archnews.co.uk/featured/4616-did-famine-destroy-camelot/ there is an interesting piece on South Cadbury Castle (hereafter assumed to be Camelot) where excavators have shown it was re-occupied in the Late or post-Roman period. However, by 600AD the site was abandoned - and the question addressed is why. There is no evidence of a destruction layer as such, anything that might be attributed to warfare or aggression, ostensibly by incoming Anglo-Saxons. Its abandonment is considered perplexing.

12 Jan 2011
Black Holes, the Big Bear and Planck

NASA, at www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-010&cid=release_2011-010 are saying the Planck Mission has mapped thousands of dusty coccoons where it is thought stars are forming as well as some huge clusters of galaxies. Planck, a European ESA project with contributions by NASA has the aim of detecting light left over from the Big Bang - or what lies between us and the cosmic microwave background.

11 Jan 2011
A rocky planet and a solid core in the heart of the moon

NASA news at www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-007&cid=release_2011-007 of a rocky planet one and a half the size of the earth - outside the solar system (see also www.nasa.gov/kepler and http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/