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6 Apr 2015
mining Mars

At http://phys.org/print347186224.html ...

5 Apr 2015
Why Egypt Fell

The link below is to a video of a programme on Discovery Channel some time ago. It relates the story of archaeologists seeking to understand why the Old Kingdom fell - and why eighty per cent of villages in the delta ceased to exist (suddenly and dramatically). Of course, if you look at the event from a terrestrial point of view you will reach a terrestrialised answer. In the case of the film makers the Old Kingdom of Egypt and the Akkadian Empire in what is now Iraq, fell as a result of drought.

3 Apr 2015
lava tubes on the moon

Another interesting post from www.space.com/28894-moon-lava-tubes-underground-cities.html .... no, not a reference to cities already on the moon, hiding in cavities and lava tubes, but the prospect of earthlings colonising the moon and finding somewhere safe to set up camp. Speculation is that theoretically lava tubes could exist on the moon over half a mile in width, big enough to harbour a lunar colony. They are pictured as offering a refuge from cosmic radiation, meteors, and temperature fluctuations. Sounds quite reasonable when you digest the whole story.

3 Apr 2015
new C14 technique

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/new-c14-dating-tech... .... we are informed archaeologists will be able to get dating results quicker and cheaper which will be a massive boon. At the moment c14 dating is so expensive only a few sample are ever properly dated - unless the archaeology budget has big money as a back-up. The new technique can also be used on site - without being sent to a laboratory (and having to wait for weeks to get the reply).

3 Apr 2015
dreaming of the big wave on Mars

At www.space.com/28983-ancient-mars-oceans-big-waves.html .... as it has been repeated now on many occasions the assumption is growing strength in the idea that Mars once harboured an ocean - suitably way back in the early universe. Once you come to accept there was once plentiful supply of water on the red planet, and a big ocean, you can conjure up almost anything - especially if you create a model.

2 Apr 2015
Tails of the Moon

At www.newscientist.com/article/dn27275-thye-moons-got-two-tails-and its-friends-might-too.html .... member Gary Gilligan sent in this piece he spotted at New Scientist this week. The Moon has got two tails. One is a tail of sodium gas that streams behind the Moon as she moves. The other is a tail of dust particles. Both stretch for hundreds of thousands of kilometres in the wake of the Moon.

Gary, of course, has his own views on the tails - visit www.gks.uk.com/Ram-headed-Amun/

2 Apr 2015
Tiahuanaco

At http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/entertainment/2015/03/27/bolivia-detect... ... we have all heard of Tiahuanaco, high in the Andes, and its mysterious ruins - now a buried pyramid is thought to have been discovered.

2 Apr 2015
circles, ancient texts, and fortifications

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/chinas-mysterious-s... ... strange ritual sites in NW China (spilling over into Mongolia) appear to go back to 2500BC - the same age as Egypt's pyramids and Stonehenge in the UK.

29 Mar 2015
geomagnetic events

At http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/geomagnetism-jerk-excursion-rpi-... ... we have some interesting information where science is at a boundary of knowledge and is in the process of changing its mind. The settled science, it seems, has not settled too well (an it all comes in the indomitable style of EM Smith, computer whizz kid).

28 Mar 2015
Jupiter's aurorae differs

At http://phys.org/print346495927.html ... flows of electrically charged ions and electrons accelerate along Jupiter's magnetic field lines (fountain like blue curves) ... see below

  ... which trigger aurorae. The accelerated particles come from clouds of material spewed out of volcanoes on Jupiter's moon Io. As such, there is a continuous auroral glow on Jupiter thousands of times brighter than anything caused by the solar wind on Earth.