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2 Sep 2010
Moab

Associated Press September Ist ... archaeologists have found an Iron Age temple in Jordan believed to date back to the Kingdom of Moab. Figurines and clay vessels have been found but the nature of the rituals has yet to be defined. The interest in the site will arise when evidence of contact with the outside world is found - Assyria, Egypt, the Babylonians etc. It seems Moab was primarily located laong the spine of mountains and hills on the eastern side of the Dead Sea - not far from modern Amman (which presumably has a link with ancient Ammon).

2 Sep 2010
Bronze Age surgeons

New Scientist 2775 August 31st ... the discovery of what looks like a scalpel at an Early Bronze Age settlement at Ikiztepe in Anatolia (dating between 3200-2100BC). The site consisted of single storey houses made of logs of wood with a courtyard and oven in front. The scalpels are thought to have been used for surgery rather than ritual as some skeletons found in a graveyard exhibit evidence of skulls being cut open as if with a surgical instrument.

1 Sep 2010
No nano diamonds at YD boundary ....

Embedded resistance to the YD boundary event is evident in the post at www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100830152530.htm (see also www.physorg.com ), a report on a paper published in the August 30th issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science by Tyrone Daulton, Pinter and Scott et al. They say they could find no evidence of nanodiamonds in YD boundary material - and this means the impact hypothesis has lost it's sparkle.

1 Sep 2010
... yes, there are nano diamonds at the YD boundary event, preserved in ice on Greenland.

This is a paper by Kurbatov, Mayewski, Steffensen, West, the Kennetts, Bunch, and others which can be downloaded free in full text from http://cosmictusk.com August 31st. Recommended reading. Basically, a small layer of free nanodiamonds in very high abundances implies an unprecedented influx of extraterrestrial material  that occurred over the last glacial episode. From that layer nanodiamonds and hexagonal diamonds (lonsdaleite) of the order of many times grreater than background levels in adjacent younger and older ice.

1 Sep 2010
A funny looking crater on Mars

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100827082326.htm .... Orcus Patera is a mysterious elliptical depression near the equator of Mars, some 380km by 140km in a NNE - SSW direction. It has a rim that rises up 1800m above the surrounding plain while the floor of the depression is some 400 to 600m below the surrounding landscape. It doesn't fit into any currently accepted pattern - impact or volcanic

1 Sep 2010
Jupiter's radio emissions and dark energy?

An interesting post by Casey Kazan who continues to rattle the cage at www.dailygalaxy.com and posted on August 31st 'Do Jupiter's radio emissions hint that dark energy may not exist?' ... the cosmic microwave background as tracked by the WMAP satellite shows a pattern of ripples that underpin the idea the universe is composed of dark matter and dark energy. Researchers at Durham Univesity think they have found a flaw in the data - starting with WMAP observations of the planet Jupiter.

1 Sep 2010
The Antarctic of the Past

At http://io9.com/5626068/new-evidence-that-it-was-once-possible-to-sail-across-antarctica/ is a strange title as it gives the impression a paper with a lead author from the British Antarctic Survey was referring to the continent of Antarctica dissected by a waterway - when in fact they were saying no such thing.

31 Aug 2010
sun spots ... can stretch the sky ...

New Scientist August 27th ... sun spots may play a role in small fluctuations in the time it takes the earth to rotate on it's axis. The exact length of the day varies - tides and winds also affect the rotation but now it seems so do sun spots. It is suitably dressed up in uniformitarian glamour wear as they are talking about fractions of a second, supposedly as a result of an abundance of sun spots - or the lack thereof. The question thus might be asked - what hails in the result of a very large solar flare?

31 Aug 2010
The henge in Herts again

See www.culture24.org/ August 30th ... (subsection, history and heritage - some pictures of the dig). The bank surrounding the ploughed out henge has managed to preserve some deposits in the ditch, by infill, and in the bank itself. These display evidence of burning before deposition suggesting a burnt offering, an apparently universal activity, or a cremation (another phenomenon not unrelated). The henge lies at the head of a shallow valley facing NE.

31 Aug 2010
K/T boundary event - a compromise?

BBC News August 30th ... the K/T boundary event, it seems, involved more than one meteorite, or asteroid strike, according to a new study in the journal Geology by Professor David Jolley at Aberdeen University. The Boltysh Crater in the Ukraine was first reported (in the west) in 2002 and scientists have now examined pollen and spores of fossil plants in the layers of mud that have infilled the crater. They found that immediately after the impact ferns quickly colonised the davastated landscape.