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21 Dec 2010
Some results from the Large Hadron Collider

At www.physorg.com/print211983845.html ... the large hadron collider has found no signature of microscopic black holes produced in high energy proton-proton collisions. They are predicted to exist in some theoretical models that unify General Relativity with Qantum Mechanics.

21 Dec 2010
A Deep Sea waterway

At http://geology.com/noaa/sulawesi-sea/ .... this is an interesting piece of reseach as the Sulwesi Sea even during the Ice Age was a water-way and a barrier between Sunda Land, the part of Indonesia to the west that was joined up with SE Asia, and the large landmass that comprised Australia (somewhat larger than it is now) and New Guinea - and possibly the Solomon Islands too.

19 Dec 2010
All quiet on the front - the latest survey at Stonehenge has gone silent

At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1337890/ ... it's all gone quiet on the geophysical survey around Stonehenge  which just a couple of months ago was all over the media. The Daily Mail may have a story that explains why - embarrassment. There was perhaps a bit of a gaff by Vince Gaffney, the project team leader.

19 Dec 2010
Dusty Plasma ... and tribulations of an EU proselytiser

The Plasma Universe Wikipedia-like Encyclopedia has some interesting entries (see www.plasma-universe.com/Dusty_plasma/ ). This one, with the title 'dusty plasma', sets out to describe precisely what this phenomenon is - and it raises some interesting possibilities. It is apparently a combination of plasma and micrometre sized particles. Such dusty particles can be charged and combined with plasma they will behave like plasma - and even acrete into larger particles, or grains.

18 Dec 2010
The Magnetic Field of the Earth

At www.wired.com/wiredscience/2-1-/12/magnetic-copper-slag/ .... it seems that copper slag from Iron Age smelting activities at Khirbet es/Nahu in NE Jordan and from Timna in what is now southern Israel has been C14 dated to the 10 and 9th centuries BC, and a magnetic field that spike twice during the 180 years they studied, has been dated at 980 and 890BC. On both occasions the magnetic field jumped up in strength but within 20 years had fallen back down again.

16 Dec 2010
Plasma and Magnetic Fields

NASA has another story to delight - the Cassini spacecraft took images of enormous clouds of plasma periodically blooming around Saturn, moving the planet 'like an unbalanced load of laundry on a spin cycle' and words to that effect. The hot plasma, they continue, producing a repeating signature like a thump in the rotating magnetic field. The big question now being asked - why are these plasma explosions happening in such a periodic manner?

16 Dec 2010
Mars - spreading volcano

At http://specialpaper.gsapubs.org/content/470/115.abstract 'Is Tharsis, Mars, a spreading volcano?' - it is thought Tharsis Rise on Mars is spreading outwards and that has produced rifting at the summit with radial tear-fault systems associated with folding round its periphery. It is said by this geological attempt at understanding the feature to be analogous to a terrestrial mid-ocean ridge - without the corresponding subduction zones.

15 Dec 2010
Naughty Maoris

At www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2010/12/14/3092679.html ... apparently, scientists have found evidence that 40 per cent of the canopy forest in the South Island of New Zealand was incinerated around 800 years ago - and the blame is being put on the Maoris as they were unable to climb trees and pick fruit, we are told, but for some reason they are said to have preferred to dig up the rhizomes of bracken fern as they contained starch.

15 Dec 2010
Israel Antiquities Authority

For those interested in Biblical archaeology - or revisions with a slant towards the archaeology of the Levant, you may be interested to learn the Israel Antiquities Authority journal is now available to read or download in full online at www.atiqot.org.il - articles published in English as well as Hebrew.

15 Dec 2010
Prehistoric Footprints at Formby

The footprints are said to date back some 5000 to 6000 years ago, see www.archnews.co.uk/world-archaeology/uk-archaeology/4216-prehistoric-human-footprints.html and it seems a lot of amateurs have been scouring through sand dunes near Formby in Lancashire after the disovery of footprints. According to marine scientists the beaches are receding and this disperses sand and sediment and uncovers underlying layers.