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13 Mar 2011
X-Flares and Quakes

At March 12th, it is said it is just a coincidence that the earthquake in Japan coincided with a geomagnetic storm - in case anyone was thinking otherwise. Earthquakes occur without geomagnetic activity and vice versa - but does that put paid to the possibility?

13 Mar 2011
Apophis - the asteroid

At we learn that astronomers are keeping tabs on asteroid Apophis as it approaches a close encounter with the earth in 2029. The position of the asteroid over the next few months will enable astronomers to study it more closely - before its orbit takes it back into the Sun's glare. That makes observation virtually impossible.

12 Mar 2011
Roman Roads

As long suspected by some people there was already a long distance road system in Britain before the arrival of the Romans. The latter was responsible for roads made of graded stones and gravels in order to take heavy military traffic but roads existed in the Iron Age - and probably before that too.

12 Mar 2011
News on the Archaeology Front, March 2011

Current Archaeology April 2011 ... has a report on the discovery of a Neolithic chambered tomb on South Ronaldsway in the Orkneys that was quarried into the bedrock to create a central passage aligned east to west. Leading from the passage was a series of cells but the tomb, like many long barrows in southern England, was decommissioned by backfilling it and sealing the entrance. The thinking behind this is unclear but is found at many archaeological sites of the Neolithic and Bronze ages.

11 Mar 2011
The Sun awakes - or is it still slumbering?

At is a reference to the present X-flare and unsettled geomagnetic conditions (details derived from A flare on March 9th, following on from the big flare in late February, is what has generated the posting, as it sent a CME towards the earth. Funnily enough, or perhaps just a coincidence, two days later we have the Japanese earthquake.

11 Mar 2011
Household Lighting and the Earth Hour

An interesting post at is all about the history of lighting houses over the last couple of hundred years. It progresses from candles to oil lamps fueled by cooking whales. The discovery of fossil oil was a reprieve for the whale but was closely followed by the discovery of electricity and the much maligned light bulb, the object of derision by more extreme elements of AGW enthusiasm.

11 Mar 2011
Dakhla and Beyond

More on the tale of Egyptian MK expeditions into the western desert (see ... The Dakhla Oasis lies 300km west of the Nile Valley and is usually thought to be Egypt's furthest outpost in the western desert.

11 Mar 2011
Greek Neanderthals and a Scottish Standing Stone

At is a story on the discovery of prehistoric stone tools found high in the mountains of northern Greece and thought to be Neanderthal. Two sites, at 50,000 and 35,000 years ago were found in the Pindos, some 250 miles NW of Athens, at an altitude of 5500 feet. Evidence was found that Neanderthals visited the wo locations over a very long period of time - thousands of years. Neanderthals roamed central and southern Europe as well as western Asia from 400,000 to 30,000 years ago.

11 Mar 2011
Plate Tectonics and Tibet

It seems we can be assured that plate tectonics can explain the peculiar geology of Tibet - which must mean some other geologists disagree. The story can be found at and concerns a paper in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters and the research involved GPS data, the mapping of fault zones, and of course, the inevitable computer analysis.

9 Mar 2011
Cosmic Rays - where do they come from?

At ... it is thought cosmic rays have an origin in distant supernova events - but is this true? An Italian physicist, at the University of Rome, in a paper in Science (March 3rd, 2011), says cosmic rays aren't actually rays, strictly so, they are fast moving particles that carry an extraordinary amount of energy and they continuously bombard the earth from every direction.