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7 Oct 2019
Black Death Genetics

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/10/ancient-genomes-prov... ... a team has hanalysed plague victims from the UK, France, Germany, Russia, and Switzerland in order to gain more info on the secondary outbreaks - from the 14th to 18th centuries AD. The Black Death itself occurred in mid 14th century and appears to display evidence of a single strain of the virus, However, there was subsequently a host of later outbreaks of the plague, some of them quite devastating.

4 Oct 2019
Younger Dryas in Africa

William sent in this link to https://phys.org/news/2019-10-hypothesis-asteroid-contributed-mass-extin... ... another discovery on the Younger Dryas impact theory. This time at Wunderdratar in the Limpopo province of South Africa. The research was published in Palaeontoliga Africanus by a team led by the University of Witwatersrand's Francis Thackeray. What they found was a platinum spike north of Pretoria. The evidence comes from a core drilled in a peat deposit, within a sample dated 12,800 years ago.

4 Oct 2019
Organic Compounds Found on Enceladus

This is one of the big stories this week - on the origin of life (are scientists are on the verge of showing us how life developed on the Earth). Go to https://phys.org/news/2019-10-compounds-enceladus-ice-grains.html ...  For an added bonus you can also go to https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/10/03/new-organic-compounds-found-in-en... ... which comes with lots of interesting comments (and an equal number of not so interesting comments). Wheat and chaff and all that.

4 Oct 2019
Steve is About

A 'Steve Storm' struck Scandinavia on 28th September rather than the expected auroral outbreak - see https://spaceweather.com (October 2nd 2019) ...

   ... a mauve ribbon of light caused by gas flaring through Earth's magnetosphere at high speed (plasma it would seem). At the same site, on Oct 1st, we had a story about a green flash on Venus ...

3 Oct 2019
Solar Corona

Below is a beautiful image of a so called coronal loop system on the Sun as seen by the ultra violet cameras on the Solar Dynamics Observatory. The image covers 50,000 miles of the Sun's surface and can be seen, again, at https://phys.org/news/2019-09-solar-corona.html ...

3 Oct 2019
Why Can't We See It

Why can't we see Planet Nine. Why is it hiding? The latest idea is that it is invisible. A black hole lurking in the outer reaches of our solar system. This one is a primeval black hole - and one of those missing black holes (small to medium). The new study is on the arxiv pre printer server - see https://phys.org/news/2019-09-planet-primodial-black-hole.html ... and https://arxiv.org/abs/1909.11090

3 Oct 2019
Cosmic Rays

A paper in Science Advances - see https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aav37693 ... uses data from a Chinese satellite system, the 'Dark Matter Particle Explorer', in order to masure cosmic ray protons up to the energy of TeV. The object of the satellite based telescope, nicknamed Wukong (the monkey king), is to study the proportions of dark matter by taking a closer look at high energy gamma rays and electrons.

2 Oct 2019
Tilted Lakes

Gary sent in this link to https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7520961/ ... archaeologists claim that a range of mysterious man made stones submerged beneath the surface of Lake Constance, on the Swiss side, are 5000 years old. They have done some exploratory C14 dating, they say, and confirm (roughly so) that they were constructed around 3000BC (or thereabouts). Do they have a connection with the drowned pile dwelling on Swiss lakes?

1 Oct 2019
Ausangate Mountain

Gary sent in this interesting link - from a couple of years ago. At www.forbes.com/sites/trevornace/2017/01/21/welcome-rainbow-mountains-per... (and see also https://theculturetrip.com/south-america/peru/articles/the-discovery-of-... ...). Ausangate Mountain in the Peruvian Andes - striped with colours ranging from turquoise and lavender to maroon and gold (or deep yellow). The mountain was holy to the Quechua people of Cusco and is still held in esteem.

29 Sep 2019
Pearls and Meteors

William sent in the link https://eos.org/articles/glass-pearls-in-clam-shells-point-to-ancient-me... ... a story I do believe I noted a few weeks back - but never mind. It is a good one and worth repeating. Researchers suggest that spherical structures, smaller than grains of sand, may be microtektites. The story describes how they reached this decision after going through various other explanations. They were found in fossilised clams in a Florida quarry back in 2006 - so this is no quick investigation. .