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24 Oct 2015

The evolution of the alphabet is a tease with contrarian views that oppose the consensus view that it emerged in the early years of the Iron Age. It is discussed in the 2015 edition of the Journal of Near Eastern Studies in an article by Ben Haring of Leiden University in the Netherlands.The ABC (aleph-beth-gimel) sequence was favoured by the Phoenicians who passed it on to the Greeks (together with the alphabet itself). However, in Late Bronze Age Ugarit (in what became Phoenicia) the ABC sequence is found on cuneiform tablets - and so too is the Halalam sequence.

23 Oct 2015
zircons, moon, life

Robert Farrar sent in this link to ... durable crystals known as zircons are used to date some the earliest and most dramatic cataclysms that occurred in the solar system including a super collision that is thought to have produced the Moon. This was somewhat prior to another big event involving a hypothetical mass bombardment of the Earth and the Moon by meteors, comets and asteroids. All this is safely dated 4 billion years ago.

23 Oct 2015
Einstein and Delft

At ... a paper in Nature (Oct 22nd 2015) seems to undermine Einstein who said nothing moved faster than light. The Delft experiment involved two electrons trapped inside two different diamond crystals - 1.3km apart.

23 Oct 2015
black hole rethink

At ... the recent announcement that an eleven year search had failed to find the gravitational waves from two black holes in the process of merging has provided a bonus - a rethink on black holes.

23 Oct 2015
cracking codes

At ... as far as codes, or undecyphered scripts are concerned, the Indus script has kept a few brians busy over many years. One thousand settlements once covered 800,000 square km of what is now Pakistan and NW India, a well developed urban culture with a population of around a million people (an estimate). Most of these settlements were villages but there were five cities, such as Harappa and Mohenjo Dara.

20 Oct 2015
dinosaurs Utah

Palaeontologists have discovered a cliff side in Utah full of dinosaur fossils from the Triassic. Preliminary findings were presented at a conference in Dallas in October (2015) - see

19 Oct 2015
atmospheric weather patterns

At ... for a long time the prevailing view has been that climate variations in the Atlantic region are due to ocean circulation, the so called Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation which carries warm water north in the upper layer of the ocean and cold water south in lower layers of the ocean, part of the so called ocean conveyor belt. In text books you will find graphics describing how it works and numerous peer review articles have been written on the subject.

19 Oct 2015
another NEO on way

At ... an asteroid is due to pass close to the earth at some 1.3 lunar distances on October 31st (2015). It was discovered less than two weeks ago by the Pan-STARRS array in Hawaii. NASA says it does not present a threat and will fly past the Earth with no problems. 

16 Oct 2015
solar blast waves

At ... US and German researchers have discovered a new solar phenomenon, blas waves in the Sun's atmosphere accompanied by particle emissions rich in helium-3. The waves may accelerate particles into space, it is theorised - and the research paper is published in Astrophysical Journal (Oct 2015).

The discovery was made using data from STEREO (a solar observatory that travels around the Sun) in combination with ACE (which orbits close to Earth and detected the particle stream).

16 Oct 2015
getting earlier

Out of Africa has more problems - see ... and the acrobats necessary to keep the politically correct meme alive and kicking is quite amusing. The latest torpedo is that modern humans have been found in China between 80,000 and 120,000 years ago - which will cause some alteration in the mapping of human migration. The Out of Africa theory is that all humans are descended from a pristine version of the human tree that first came to fruition in Africa. Subsequently, these modern humans left Africa 50,000 years ago.