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23 Mar 2018
Out of Africa

Chris Catling, in World Current Archaeology 88 sets his eye on recent DNA research. In issue 85 he drew attention to the lack of a consensus among archaeologists over the dates for the evolution of modern humans and the first Out of Africa migration (as new finds were pushing dates earlier and earlier). In issue 88 Professor Israel Hershkovitz of Tel Aviv University was involved in the the discovery of a jawbone in a cave on Mount Carmel dating back 177,000 years ago.

22 Mar 2018
cooling weather

At http://notrickszone.com/2018/03/19/since-2008-0-24c-of-extra-warming-has... ... this should cause consternation but sadly won't. Since 2008 some 0.24 degrees C of 'extra' warming has been added to NASA GISS 1910-20000 global temperature graph. It is all part of the progarmme of cooling the past to make it appear the present is warming. At some point or other it will reach crunch time - but that is for the future. Somebody else's problem.

22 Mar 2018
DNA home truth

I was looking through a press release at https://phys.org/print440836060.html ... which is about the genomes of five late Neanderthals that lived between 39,000 and 47,000 years ago. They contributed DNA to modern human ancestors which is okay - so far. We are then told the Neanderthals overlapped with the arrival of modern human, which is partly based on the fact that modern humans have a small amount of Neanderthal DNA (so they must have overlapped, must they not?). Did they? Did late Neanderthals pass on their genes to modern humans by mating with them - which is the nub of the issue.

22 Mar 2018
Red Star

William sent in the link https://phys.org/print440830205.html ... evidence that a red star disturbed the prehistoric solar system is the premise of a paper in Monthly Notes of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters (March 2018). It is somewhat like the Rupert Holms Star Core Zeus hypothesis (he is giving a talk at the 2018 SIS AGM and speaker meeting in April) but in this instance, rather than a remnant fragment of a supernova we have a dim red star (which is also binary with a brown dwarf) that brushed our solar system - back in the day.

22 Mar 2018
Chinese touch ups

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180319220955.htm ... 115,000 years old bone tools found in China -quite sophisticated in technique. They were used to modify stone tools. These are known as soft hammers and were primarily used to retouch or re-sharpen stone tools.

At www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-43314886 ... confirmation St Albans abbey church was built by the Normans in the 11th century ADF. Remains of the original apse, going back to 1077, have been unearthed during construction work on a new visitor centre.

19 Mar 2018
Dinosaur Footprints

At https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/australia-s-jurassic-park-leave... ... at Walmadany in Western Australia there are dinosaur footprints - in their hundreds. They are preserved in the Kimberley sandstone. They have also been known to the local Goolarabooloo people for generations, regarding them as bird like tracks (giant birds). Not only are there footprints but impression of cycad plants. These are said to be the tail feathers of Marala, a being in Goralabooloo creation mythology, likened to an enormous emu.

19 Mar 2018
geomagnetic storm

   at http://spaceweather.com/ (March 19th 2018), captured from Marup in Denmark by Rusian Merzlyakov, a geomagnetic storm at the vernal equinox.

18 Mar 2018
Exomoons and Planet Scatter

Jovan sent in the link www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/exoplanets/the-fate-of-exomoons-w... ... and once again we are back into mainstream worlds in collision. The title is 'The Fate of Exomoons when Planets Scatter' - planets interacting with each other on rogue orbits are thought to be a common phenomenon of our early solar system and therefore by extrapolation, other star systems as well. After all there are a lot of exoplanets out there. What happens to the moons when planets interact with each other?

18 Mar 2018
Extrapolating

Extrapolating seems to be the name of the game nowadays - and was probably ever thus. The whole gist of the climate alarm is based on models that extrapolate trends in the 1990s - an uptick in warming. The fact such trends do not continue to trend is by the way - studiously ignored. Reputations have been hung on such trends continuing - and by damn they will be seen to continue to go up (by what ever means is necessary to make that so). We have another example of extrapolation at https://www.sciencenews.org/article/ancient-climate-shifts-may-have-spar... ...

18 Mar 2018
Stephen Hawking

Lots of tributes to Stephen Hawking out there after his recent death, last week. He is well known for his work on black holes for example. In the link at https://phys.org/print440413851.html ... we are told black holes were the remnants of supermassive stars that had fallen in on themselves, contracting to such a small size that gravity became so strong even light cannot escape. Hawking filled in some of the holes in the theory. Why do black holes exist? Answer. Because gravity exists and the speed of light is not infinite.