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17 Jan 2018
Black Death Pandemic

Two stories on the Black Death - one at ... and ... at the first one we learn about analysis of thousands of skeletons. Genetic material from infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and the plague leave fossil traces of themselves in human teeth. A molecular fossil record was used to build a genetic profile of Yersinia pestis - the organism behind bubonic plague. The research team were able to trace the disease back to the Stone Age - which was a surprise.

18 Jan 2018
Havre Eruption

Robert sent in this link at ... a deep ocean silicic volcano erupted under the waves 5 years ago but hardly anyone noticed. In 2012 the Havre volcano in the Kermradic arc (new Zealand) erupted with rhyolite magma and was only recognised from a pumice raft seen in satellite imagery. Since then mapping, observations, and sampling by submersibles have provided lots of information. The lava came out of at least 14 vents in the ocean floor at depths of 990 and 1220m.

18 Jan 2018
Michigan Meteor

At (17th January 2018) we learn that a meteor exploded over Michigan with a sonic boom and a bright flash of light over the Great Lakes region. The shadow cast by the fireball was brighter than the full moon - indicating the meteor penetrated fairly deep into the atmosphere. According to USGS the explosion may have caused a magnitude 2.0 earthquake - not a very strong earthquake but as far as it is known, from not a very big meteor. What might a really big bus sized meteor have done if it had penetrated deep into the atmosphere?

18 Jan 2018

At ... Zahi Hassan announced (January 16th 2018) that excavations in the Valley of the Kings where the tomb of Tutankhamun's wife may be located is about to commence. The excavation is near the tomb of Ay, the short term successor of Tutankhamun. Radar images seem to show a tomb entrance way 16 feet below the surface. Ankhesenamun as later married to Ay - sealing his right to the throne. He was quickly replaced by the general Horemhab.

18 Jan 2018

At ... the cave of Niaux was never used as a dwelling but it has a lot of cave paintings. Anne Marie provides the history leading up to a proper investigation of the cave and its heritage. The mountain itself is riddled and hollowed out by a network of caves but in one large gallery there are over 10 figures and representations, 55 of which are bovine and 29 equine. The vast cavity, 45m high and shaped like a nave, has exceptional accoustic qualities. The least murmur or noise is repeated and amplified as an echo.

18 Jan 2018
Chesil Beach

I posted a story on the Chesil Beach a few years ago but now Gary has sent in a link to his web site that some readers may find interesting - go to ... I suppose if you take Velikovsky literally when it comes to stones falling out of the sky one might visualise Chesil Beach in Dorset as one such place where they might have landed - but there are an enormous number of stones there. However, this is not to dismiss Gary's article as it has a lot of information about the stones he has gleaned from various sources.

19 Jan 2018
Mega Flints

In the news section (written by Mike Pitts) of British Archaeology magazine (January 2018) we have the discovery of a big piece of flint at Avebury (at a farm) that is one of four described as mega flints (by the archaeologists). One image shows a flint in the lap of a male that is almost as big as his torso. It is basically a core that has been used for flint flakes - but still has lots of possibilities as the material to make lots more stone tools. Its size may indicate it was at one time valued - and may even have been at one time a heirloom.

19 Jan 2018
A Lonely Black Hole

At ... the odd behaviour of a star led to a second look - and a third. It was decided something was disturbing its orbit - and the researcher opted for a black hole. Not any old black hole but a lonely black hole. It was hiding behind the star, it is alleged. However, digging deeper we learn that they expected to find black holes in this globular cluster as that is what theory said so. Globular clusters are supposed to breed black holes - yet none have been found in association with them until now (and even then it is guesswork).

19 Jan 2018

At ... international study identifies the process of rock formation by meteor strikes (or nuclear blasts). Nice headline but coesite is a polymath of silica that only forms under extremely high pressure -ten thousand times greated than normal atmospheric pressure. The presence of coesite indicates either that the material has pushed up through earth's crust from the Mantle - or that a comet or meteor struck the site. Lightning bolts as perceived by EU people are not mentioned.

19 Jan 2018
Titan Sea Level

At .... using Cassini data Cornell astronomers have created a topographical image of Titan. It revealed several new features - such as mountains (no higher than 700m so perhaps better to describe them as hills). Two locations in the equatorial region are depressions. Titan also has three seas (on the surface) and they have a common sea level (just like the Earth). They are measuring Titan's geoid - the shape that the surface would take under the influence of gravity and rotation.