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2 Jul 2018
Suffolk Neolithic Trackway

At https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/28/health/neolithic-site-uncovered-windf... ... brought to you by CNN - but is this fake news? Plans to build a super windfarm have come up with an archaeological site of unusual depth - deep in the heart of Suffolk (eastern England). Most prominent in this news release is the Neolithic trackway - dated at 2300BC. There was also the skull of an auroch (4000BC) as well as pottery from various periods, buildings (or their outlines), lots of bones, coins and various other interesting bits and pieces.

2 Jul 2018
Validating Einstein

In Electric Universe circles we hear a lot about Einstein being wrong about this and that - and the failure of his theories (and the weakness of gravity and all that). At www.scientificamerican.com/article/einsteins-greatest-theory-validated-o... .... which is saying something quite opposite. Astrophysicist Tom Collett set out to disprove Einstein, he assures us, but instead found corroboration. He set up an experiment to test one aspect of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity (first published in 1915).

1 Jul 2018
Recycling Plastics

A report published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation claims it is the effort to recycle plastics that has caused the marine plastic litter crisis - another own goal by the Green Blob. Good job they don't play football. Most of the plastic waste in the oceans is said to originate from countries in Asia and Africa - but here is the nub. What happens to your plastic packaging when you discard it in your recycle bin? European countries ship huge quantities of waste into Asia waste management schemes (and streams) - for the holier than thou act of recycling.

1 Jul 2018
Oumuamua Again

At www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/mysterious-interstellar-visitor-comet-fl... ... Oumuamua, the so called interstellar visitor claimed to be passing through our solar systme, a cigar shaped space rock, is being re-classified as a comet rather than an asteroid - as tell tale gas emissions have been detected (or theorised). Scientists have continued to watch Oumuamua as it passes towards the edge of the solar system and they have been able to refine its trajectroy. It appears to be moving too fast for gravity alone and something else is helping to propel it.

1 Jul 2018
Wine and Soils

I can remember attending a talk by a geologist some years ago now which concerned the geology of wine growing - and how soil and geology affected the flavours in the grapes. It was a fascinating talk and we all got to taste a glass of wine - which didn't actually prove anything either way. At https://phys.org/print449227859.html ... apparently Bloomberg has got hold of this idea and popularised the geology of wine - and various media wine writers are in on it as it adds a different dimension to the hype and mystique they can create around different wines (and their flavours).

1 Jul 2018
Magnetism detected in old supernova remnant

At https://phys.org/print449465943.html ... for the  first time astronomers have directly observed the magnetism in the remnants of a supernova. Apparently, it is 50 times weaker than a fridge magnet - measured from a distance of 1.6 million trillion kilometres. The story is published in the Astrophysical Journal (June 29th 2018). The supernova is said to have exploded 30 years ago and material expelled by the blast, as well as the shock wave, have been travelling outward through the gas and dust that surrounded the star.

1 Jul 2018
German Stonehenge Link

At www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/rituals-performed-german-stonehenge-may-... ... which concerns an article published in Antiquity journal (the archaeological journal that is a mirror on the world beyond the shores of Britain). The impetus for this new  thinking seems to be the genetic discovery of folk movements across Neolithic and Bronze Age Europe - which may have introduced new ideas into Britain from the continent (including the idea of henges, a circle composed of a ditch with bank).

28 Jun 2018
Yellowstone Wolf

Wolves were re-introduced to the Yellowstone National Park in the mid 1990s and have generally received a good press (especially in TV wildlife programmes and in the media in general). The elk of the park are their chief prey animal and it was thought the re-introduction would alter their behaviour - creating a 'landscape of fear' as the saying goes (the wolf controlling elk numbers etc) - see www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180622104544.htm ...

28 Jun 2018
Modern Human Dilemma

At https://phys.org/print449151180.html ... as the argument on what constitutes a modern human heats up and the date to be assigned to their migration Out of Africa we now have another spanner in the works (or sort of as these are old humans with modern human embellishments.

28 Jun 2018
Cockatoo

An image of what looks like an Australian cockatoo has led to the claim that the Islamic world was trading along the northern coast of the southern land mass in the medieval period. This is not impossible of course as Islam became embedded as the religion of the larger Indonesian islands at around this moment in time. However, it is also known that the Chinese were sailing such waters - umtil the 14th century (when it chose to isolate itself from the outside world).