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27 Aug 2010
A new paper on nanodiamonds at the YD boundary

At we have news of a new paper due to be published by the Journal of Glaciology by Kurbatov, Mayewski and Steffensen et al which presents evidence for a prominent peak in nanodiamonds in a narrow layer of ice in Greenland ice cores that date just prior to the YD boundary event. A direct link to the article will be available in due course.

27 Aug 2010
Late Pleistocene Notts

The Independent and the daily Mail August 26th  (see also ....) excavations preceding road widening on the A46 in Nottinghamshire have found Iron Age and Roman remains - and flint tools and flint knapping debris dating back to 11,000BC (shortly before the Younger Dryas event). The A46 at this point follows the line of the Roman road known as the Fosse Way.

27 Aug 2010
Maya archaeology updates

At August 26th .... it is claimed archaeologists are near to finding out why the Maya abandoned their cities - in the 9th century AD. It was very rapid it seems - pottery and tools were left behin, and grinding stones used to mill corn. The interior of houses appeared to suggest people had left quickly - leaving behind some of their belongings. We know when they went, it continues, as many of them still live in the north or along the coast.

27 Aug 2010
Archaeology in the Western Desert

At ... Yale University press release. Egyptologists have barely explored the western desert, an expanse the size of Texas, but recently some intrepid archaeologists with links to Yale have been tracking back along old roads crossing the desert, fanning out from Thebes. They have found a lost pharaonic complex with administrative buildings, garrison quarters, and small industries and workshops.

26 Aug 2010
Panspermia - some cold water

At is a post on panspermia, 'The Panspermia Paradox' (August 19th) ... the notion of panspermia, the transfer of viable organisms between planets and even star systems is discussed from what appears to be a neutral position. Planetary surface material such as dust grains and rocks is continually being shipped around moons and rocky planets in the solar system or ejected by comets and asteroids.

26 Aug 2010
Magnetic Monopoles

At the io9 website ( ) there is a feature, ask the scientist. In this instance, it is Physicist David Sparks who poses as teacher and knowledge bringer, and the question asked is, what happened to magnetic monopoles? Are they still out there in space?

26 Aug 2010
Mammoths, and other sturdy beasts with big stomachs

There is an unusual posting at August 24th .. on the mammoths and what they might mean for climate change.

26 Aug 2010
Digging for Britain; August 26th

BBC 2 'Digging for Britain' 26th August ... looked at various archaeological sites from Creswell Crags to the Beaker people - and surprisingly, they moved around a lot. Unsurpringly, this occurs between 2300 and 2000BC (but you need to read Moe Mandelkehr's articles in SIS journals on what might have been going on then to understand why). However, what caught my attention was the Neolithic farm and various associated buildings.

25 Aug 2010
Another henge found ... near Letchworth

BBC News August 24th ... archaeologists have discovered a henge near Letchworth in Hertfordshire. It would have been visible from another henge on what is known as the Western Hills. Henges tend to occur in clusters so there may be others not far away. This one was discovered by an aerial photograph that revealed an extensive ring of chalk fill which had been ploughed out and on the ground it was not discernible. Archaeologists dug out a couple of trenches and found the remains of the encircling chalk bank - which had massive ditches inside and out.

25 Aug 2010
Solar Flare and radio-active elements on earth

At ... researchers at Stanford have discovered a link between solar flares and the inner life of radio-aactive elements on earth, which sparked a hunt to find out why as it was important for the wellbeing of space walking astronauts of the future. The radioactive decay of some elements on earth seemed to be influenced by activity within the Sun - but why? It is generally thought the decay rate of radioactive materials is a constant.