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14 Jul 2014
Alfred de Grazia

Anne Marie has sent news that Alfred de Grazia has died. He was in his nineties.

13 Jul 2014
Amazon rainforest in the news

A piece of news that has been causing some feelings of grief can be found at http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/mysterious-earthen-rings-p... ... which is all about human made earth structures, ditches and circular formations, found in the Amazon rainforest of Bolivia, and apparently were there before the jungle - which is the mystery.

13 Jul 2014
Solar energy, Venus waves, and thermal maps of asteroids

At http://phys.org/print324263317.html ... a NASA funded mission to study the Sun's energy output. Solar irradiance changes over the Sun's 11 year cycle and probably changes over longer periods of time as well. The launch takes place on Monday 14th July.

13 Jul 2014
Amazing Ammonites

This story is at www.livescience.com/46715-why-ammonites-went-extinct.html ... you'd think they would already know as it was about the same time an asteroid struck the Earth - but apparently that is not enough as ammonites were such a successful sea animal and had existed for millions of years. Hence, scientists have pondered the whys and wherefores and come up with an explanation - they were too successful and had adapted to specific niches in the environment. When the asteroid strike caused mayhem in the natural world those niche ecosystems disappeared - and do did the ammonites.

13 Jul 2014
Looking at fossils

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/dam-construction-tu... ... you'd think the environmentalist brigade, so fond of blocking dam building in the third world, would baulk at the idea of dam building in Silicon Valley - where the huge profits from the electronic gadget industry are funnelled into CAGW organisations and preachers of the one true message to mankind. Well, the Greens in California have allowed a dam to be updated - against earthquakes. It makes common sense of course - but does it make Green sense? Not sure about that one.

10 Jul 2014
co2 magic dust

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/c02-burp-helped-tri... ... we are told a team of scientists have discovered some CAGW fairy dust - a giant burp of co2 from the North Pacific Ocean that triggered the end of the last Ice Age, 17000 years  ago. According to the theory, as that is what it is, a change in ocean circulation helped trigger the co2 burp. No explanation is offered as to why the ocean circulation changed - although of course there are plenty of theories for this out there as well.

10 Jul 2014
Sea Henge mark 2

It seems there were two timber henges discovered at Holme on the Norfolk coast. The New Age druid demonstrators made a lot of fuss about the removal of the first one (now preserved in a museum setting) and yet there was another one out there all the time, in its watery grave. Inroads by the sea are hastening its disappearance - and the kind of ending that would have occurred if the first henge had not been saved (as the demonstrators wished).

10 Jul 2014
Human evolution

At http://phys.org/print323596759.html ... scientists have revised the timeline of human origins after it was found Homo erectus sometimes overlapped their assumed ancestors by several hundred thousand years. This sounds an awfully long time but it is worked out from dating geological deposits and therefore may be subject to some revision itself in the future. Be that as it may it would seem to cast doubt on the evolution from one to the other - but that is not the outcome.

10 Jul 2014
The Little Ice Age and the Sun

At http://phys.org/print323856790.html ... there is a report on study that derives from an ice core section. It was analysed for various chemical traces in a laboratory (several cores from different locations on Antarctica) and the results are said to be an accurate and precise recontruction of historic volcanic sulphate emissions - in the southern hemisphere.

10 Jul 2014
Nicola Tesla

Nicola Tesla is one of those people very often sidelined in life but almost worshipped after his death. There is a review of him at www.livescience.com/45980-nicola-tesla-biography.html ... and it seems Tesla most famously invented AC - in opposition to Edison's DC. Tesla's AC was eventually adopted in spite of all the money and influence that Edison was able to throw at his preferred system. AC was simply more reliable.