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30 Jul 2010
Dunes on Titan

NASAs newsletter, at www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/ July 29th says the mystery of dune patterns on Titan might have been solved. Dune patterns flow in the opposite direction to the wind. Huge dunes sweep across vst sand seas at mid latitudes on Titan and the ridges generally run from E to W, in the opposite direction. It is thought the wind must in some way switch direction on occasions.

30 Jul 2010
A trawl of recent archaeology - small in themselves but fatter in the round.

Trevor Palmer has provided the response by Bob Porter on the Yahoo New Chronology Forum to the Science article on Bayesian C14 dating and its implications for Egyptian chronology - which were very little (see In the News a week or so ago). Bob Porter noted the Science article gave no references for the origin of the material tested - although at one point it does mention seeds from a foundation deposit of Hatshepsut's temple at Deir el-Bahri but no other details are provided.

29 Jul 2010
Earthquakes in Space

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/07/27/space-quakes/ and www.physorg.com/print199554868.html 'Spacequakes Rumble Near Earth' (with video clip, on both sites). Researchers making use of NASAs five THEMIS imaging spacecraft have discovered what they call 'space quakes' which are then described as 'space weather' with the 'punch of an earthquake'.

29 Jul 2010
Magnethydrodynamics

Magnethydrodynamics is the subject of a web site at http://mysite.du.edu/~jcalvert/phys/mhd.htm which it is claimed is 'closely related' to plasma dynamics. It involves the dynamics of matter moving in an electromagnetic field, especially where currents established in the matter by induction  modify the field. It involves conducting fluids, liquid and gas, but differs from plasma dynamics.

29 Jul 2010
Impact craters on the Moon

Go to http://cosmictusk.com/moon-to-earth-new-lro-lunar-crater-analysis-has-potential-to-revise-impact-frequency-for-terrafirma/ ... by comparing modern images of the surface of the moon with images collected by Apollo missions in the 1970s it has been found five new craters have appeared in the past 40 years.

29 Jul 2010
Marden Henge update

The Guardian says archaeologists peeled back a thin layer of turf covering the henge which has miraculously escaped being ploughed up over the last 4,500 years and were astounded to find the undisturbed original surface just as it had been left when the people had tidied up after the ceremonial or community meal described a couple of days ago.

29 Jul 2010
Donkeys and the Royal Society

At www.eurekalert.org/pub_release/2010-07/uof-adi072810.php there is a report from a paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society on the domestication of donkeys which claims mobile pastoral peoples required animals that could survive the dry landscape of the Sahara over 5000 years ago.

29 Jul 2010
Sidon

The Daily Star (of the Lebanon - not the red top with the big thingies) (see www.dailystar.com.lb July 28th) says a British Museum delegation to the Lebanon announced it had discovered significant archaeological remains at Sidon during what is their 12th year of excavations. The finds are important chronologically, it continues, as well as for what they are, as various successive historical eras have been unearthed, as far back as 5000 years ago. It doesn't say when a report will be published.

29 Jul 2010
Homo erectus

At www.nature.com/news.2010/100728/full/news.2010.377.html there is a news report issued by Nature on attempts to date, both geologically and historically, a cache of Homo erectus fossils discovered in the 1930s, together with 25,000 vertebrate remains, in Java. Homo erectus in Indonesia potentially lived until the Late Pleistocene at the same time as Homo sapiens inhabited other parts of the world. An expedition back to the site has been made and the bone bed reopened and extended.

29 Jul 2010
The Dead Sea Scrolls

Is this another important discovery - or rather, interpretation (see http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/07/100727-who-wrote-dead-sea-scrolls/ July 27th. The mystery is solved according to the headline - but is it? New clues suggest the scrolls my have been the textual treasure of a number of groups that were hidden away during a time of war between Jews and Romans.