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9 Oct 2010
Submerged lands off the coast of Wales

At www.walesonline.co.uk September 25th ... archaeologists are looking for evidence of the prehistoric past - under the water off the coast of Wales. Dry stone walling and willow fencing has been discovered on the seabed - these features are still common on Welsh hills today. Fossil forests and the discovery of drowned peat bogs have surfaced over the years and it is thought they were submerged around 6000 years ago, environmental archaeologists suggest.

9 Oct 2010
A Colliding Moon

BBC News October 6th ... Saturn's rings may have formed when a large moon with an icy mantle and rocky core spiralled into Saturn in a catastrophic encounter (many moons ago). The theory is an attempt to explain the mainly water ice composition of the rings, some 90 per cent or more. The rest is made of dust - from micro-meteoroids.

8 Oct 2010
Low Sun activity does not diminish warming effects - so it would seem

At www.nature.com/news/101006/full/news.2010.519.html ... a paper in Nature shows that recent low activity on the surface of the Sun does not correlate with cooling. In fact, the amount of visible light reaching the Earth increased which by itself was a big enough factor to lead to further warming at the surface of the Earth. Lots of people are a bit bemused as it has been the consensus view for some time that low sun spot activity equals cooling weather on earth.

8 Oct 2010
Graphene and Space Time

At www.dailygalaxy.com October 6th Casey Kazan asks - will the physics of graphene show that Space-Time is a mirage? Space time, it is thought, is a fabric that can be altered by the gravity of stars, planets, and matter - may be no more than a mirage according to Peter Horava (see earlier post in September's In the News on the subject of Relativity). The new magic ingredient of graphene may shed some light on the problem - if there is in fact a problem?

7 Oct 2010
Deep sea corals in the Mediterranean

At www.physorg.com/print205403448.html  an underwater coral reef just 40km off the coast from Tel Aviv and some 700m belong the surface has been found. At www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/04/AR20101004057 there is a four page piece on Neanderthals - and how close to modern humans in ability and strategies they seem to have been.

7 Oct 2010
Climate and Early Humans

At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-10/uol-str_1100610.php we have news of some remarkable research at Olduvai Gorge on the edge of the Serengeti Plain. It famous for its hominid remains. Geologists are now investigating the chemical composition of carbonate rocks that lie below the surface where early human fossils have been uncovered - in order to understand environmental changes.

7 Oct 2010
Volcanoes and Neanderthals - update

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101006094057.htm there is more on the October Current Anthropology paper by Golovanova and Doronichov. They think the Neanderthal demise was abrupt - a catastrophe. This involved powerful volcanic activity in western Eurasia around 40,000 years ago. It created mass depopulation - a die-off Neanderthals and many other species. Large numbers were involved.

6 Oct 2010
Troy is getting bigger ... and a new tomb found in the Orkneys

At http://heritage-key.com/blogs/ann/project-troia-bronze-age-troy-just-keeps-growing/ ... excavations at Hissarlik, the consensus location for the ancient city of Troy, have confirmed Troy VI and VII were much larger than originally thought - the citadel is just one part of the complex. A rock cut ditch Ikm long has been found south of the site and a gate has been unearthed 300m south of the citadel and dated to around 1300BC.

6 Oct 2010
The Great Attractor

Casey Kazan at www.dailygalaxy.com October 5th has a longish post. A huge volume of space that includes the Milky Way and super clusters of galaxies is flowing towards a mysterious gigantic unseen mass that astronomers call the Great Attractor. However, they cannot pinpoint exactly what or where it is.

6 Oct 2010
Graphene

At http://calderup.wordpress.com/2010/10/05/with-graphene-carbon-scores-again/ was prompted by the award of the Physics Nobel Prize this year to Geim and Novoselov for their work on graphene. Nigel Calder then lets rip into the field of 'buckyballs' and 'nanotubes' which is all about the potential of carbon as a superconductor resistant to the flow of electric currents.