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31 Mar 2016
Indian board games

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/land-bridges-linkin... ... where we have an exercise based on an assumption. This is that India was once an island that was formerly attached to Antarctica and Australia and like the latter it travelled over millions of years across what is now the Indian Ocean to bump into Asia. It was an almighty bump as it involved that part of Asia folding over and over to create the Himalayan Mountains.

31 Mar 2016
drumlins

Drumlin hills, shaped like upturned boats, are an Ice Age land form, well known in geology. However, the use of satellite images and LiDAR (ground penetrating radar from aircraft flying over regions of interest) has shown up the surface of our planet in great detail - and is springing surprises. Drumlins are often found in clusters, sometimes in their hundreds and thousands (mainly in Canada although drumlins also occur in Europe, even as far south as Ireland). They are thought to be footprints of the Ice Ages.

31 Mar 2016
social engineering

An unusual source has broken into the CAGW debate with a diatribe against unmentioned hedge fund managers (better left unmentioned as they have big bucks to throw around) suggesting the hype is driven by an anti-capitalist clique that at the same time is able to manipulate capitalism to play their games. Worth reading if only to get another perspective. It sounds like a conspiracy theory - but is it possible it could be authentic. Only you can decide. Go to www.investors.com/politics/editorials/another-climate-alarmist-admits-re...

27 Mar 2016
Bisti Badlands

  ... the Bisti Badlands are located in New Mexico. At www.smithsonianmagazine.com/travel/these-massive-rock-formations-look-ju... ... we learn the Badlands have pillars of eroded sandstone rock and weird formations that look as so fragile that a blustery wind might blow them over. The giant cracked eggs are on the ground - but they are also entirely geological in origin.

27 Mar 2016
March Comet

The March comet is in the news - at http://phys.org/print378114038.html ... http://phys.org/print378112389.html ... and http://phys.org/print378112444.html ... but there is little to report. Both sections sailed right on past the Earth with apparently no effect at all. The comet is green ...

27 Mar 2016
Beefy

Ian Botham, nickname Beefy, famous for routing an Aussie cricket team virtually single handedly in one day of a Test Match in the 1980s, using both bat and ball, and one of English cricket's finest moments (although the Aussies had their revenge on many other occasions) is taking a long overdue swipe at the champagne swilling charity workers running the bird organisation, the RSPB.

26 Mar 2016
Not So Old

At http://phys.org/print378052215.html ... we are told that some of the moons of Saturn, such as Rhea, may in fact be just 100 million years old. The figure of 100 million years is fabricated by modelling - so we may assume there is a possibility the orbits of these moons can be calculated even closer to our time. Having said that it is a move in the right direction, in that every change in the solar system is not automatically dated 4 billion years ago.

26 Mar 2016
Oppenheimer

Stephen Oppenheimer has written at least three very controversial books - and they all involve genetics (and his version of genetic interpretation). In this instance we are having a look at his theory regarding the peopling of Britain and Ireland, and the idea of an Ice Age refuge area in Iberia and SW France (and the possibility that Basques may represent a survival of those people).

24 Mar 2016
not surprised but shocked

At www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/2016/03/22/pluto-may-hav... .... we learn that NASA scientists are still puzzling over Pluto - and data is still arriving from the mission. Lots yet to come. Here is one quote, 'what the data revealed did not surprise us. It shocked us'. It seems Pluto once hosted liquid lakes and rivers.

24 Mar 2016
modelling

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/news/2016/3/23/modelling-gravitational-waves/ ... NASA tells you how to create a model to demonstrate gravitational waves travelling through space time using gelatin, marbles, a mirror and a laser pointer.