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25 Sep 2010
Vikings and Neanderthals

At http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2010/09/long-sought-viking-settlement-to.html Sept 23rd ... further information on the discovery of the Viking settlement of Linn Duchaill, near Annagassan, 70km north of Dublin. The excavations at this site are expected to continue for years if funds allow.

25 Sep 2010
Aurorae

At www.physorg.com/print204231105.html ... we are told the Canadian Space Agency have launched an online observatory streaming the aurora borealis live over the internet, at www.asc-csa.gc.ca/auroramax No need to visit Santa Klaus in Lappland - just switch on your computer. The website will also explain the science behind the phenomenon and has an image gallery with photographs and videos from earlier sightings.

25 Sep 2010
Have they found something ... or not

At www.physorg.com/print204290256.html ... the official position is that the Large Hadron Collider has found something - but they are a bit shy on saying what it might be. However, the intepretation of what was found was vigorously challenged  during the meeting as scientists bounced suggestions off each other - so who knows?

25 Sep 2010
A peculiar case of double think in archaeology

The story is at http://heritage-key.com/blogs/owenjarus/did-uruk-soldiers-kill-their-own-people-5500/ so a certain element of scepticism might be advisable. Anyway, the story proceeds with excavations at a city in Syria, Tell Hamoukar, and a destruction layer that is provisionally dated to 3500BC (but within the window of 3500-3000BC or the end of the Mid Holocene Warm Period).

25 Sep 2010
Phobus

At www.dailygalaxy.com September 22nd ... (see also www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11378762?print=true ) scientists claim to have found firm evidence that the biggest moon of Mars, Phobus, is made from rock blasted off the surface of Mars in a catastrophic event - something like worlds in collision! The evidence comes from ESAs Mars Express spacecraft and appears to discount the old theory the moons of Mars are captured asteroids.

25 Sep 2010
Neanderthals killed off by volcanoes?

At http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/01/100922-volcanoes-eruption-neanderthals/  and as reported elsewhere, a paper in the October issue of Current Anthropology suggests that volcanic eruptions in the Caucasus and Italy coincided with the demise of the Neanderthals. Pollen and ash was analysed in sediment layers dated from around 40,000 years ago. A sterile layer was found.

25 Sep 2010
An older universe?

At www.dailygalaxy.com September 20th Casey Kazan stirs the pot by asking, could the universe be older than cosmologists think? More powerful telescopes are upsetting the standard textbook theories - there are seeming contradictions. On of them is the discoveryof a large elliptical galaxy that is very distant and dated, by rred shift analysis, to something like 10 billion years ago.

23 Sep 2010
Anasazi violence

At http://news.discovery.com/archaeology/genocide-native-americans-ethnic-cleansing.html ... is I think a regurgitation of an old story by Discovery News which has a habit of catching up a few days late - but in this instant a few months late. It probably amounts to ongoing research and excavation at the site - new season dig results. They describe the discovery of nearly fifteen thousand skeletal remains dating back to AD800.

23 Sep 2010
Out of Africa

At www.bbc.co.uk/news/science_environment-11327442?print=true Sept 2Ist ... geneticists have estimated the the Out of Africa human migration to SE Asia and Australia took place around 60,000 years ago. However, stone tools found in Arabia and India recently point to an earlier date, possibly around 80,000 years ago.

23 Sep 2010
The Raised Waters of the Exodus

At www2.ucar.edu/news/parting-waters-computer-modelling-captures-physics-red-sea-escape-route/ is a story that appeared on BBC News broadcasts and at www.physorg.com and www.sciencedaily.com and generally in lots of places that have nothing to do with religion - but hark back to a Biblical event that science has sought to downsize in the past.