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16 Jul 2016
South Downs LIDAR

BBC News also had a report of the discovery of an extensive field system on the South Downs, including beneath woodland. The LIDAR images are ground penetrating radar that are taken from overhead in light aircraft. They are often used by the Water Board for example, or the environmental agencies. In this instance the new South Downs National Park arranged for them to be made. There is also an extensive LIDAR set running along the length of the HS2 route (the high speed rail link between London and Manchester) but this is not yet at the public's disposal.

15 Jul 2016
Robinson, Robinson, Soon

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.co.uk/2016/07/13/environmental-effect-of-inc... ... you can download a full paper by Arthur Robinson, Noah Robinson, and Willie Soon. The Abstract reads ... a review of research literature concerning the environmental consequences of increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide leads to the conclusion that increases during the 20th and early 21st centuries have produced no deleterious effects upon Earth's weather and climate. Increased carbon dioxide has, however, markedly increased plant growth.

14 Jul 2016
spinning universe

At http://phys.org/print387521718.html ... a new dwarf planet discovered beyond Neptune ....

14 Jul 2016
Philistine graves

At www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.729879 ... a Philistine cemetery has been found at Ashkelon, a Mediterranean port city in the Bronze and Iron Ages. Some 150 burials are said to date from the 11th to the 8th centuries BC. The good news is that bone samples will be analysed - for DNA, radiocarbon dating, and other biological reasons. Ashkelon was situated just to the north of Gaza, a trading hub that was used by the Egyptians to sell and transport slaves, linen, and other manufactures such as papyrus.

14 Jul 2016
Gravitational Vortex

At http://phys.org/print387561473.html ... the ESAs orbiting X-ray observatory has 'proved' the existence of a 'gravitational vortex' around a black hole. The study, which included NASA data from the NuSTAR mission, has solved a 30 year mystery we are told. The theory is that as matter falls into a black hole it heats up as it plunges into doom, swallowed by the black hole. At that point of very high temperature it shines x-rays into space.

14 Jul 2016
from erectile to cavern

Homo erectus walked just like modern humans - see http://phys.org/print387534364.html ... which was proved by the discovery of footprints said to be one and a half million years of age.

At http://phys.org/print387521569.html ... archaeologists have unearthed an interesting burial in Leicester. It contained a skeleton wearing a ornamented belt in a style known to be used by Late Roman soldiers and civil administrators (who were sometimes retired soldiers). The belt contains symbols of Roman authority.

13 Jul 2016
Green Magic

For three days the earth has been passing through a fast moving stream of solar wind. The result is this ... 

  ... fantastic aurora over Antarctica. See www.spaceweather.com ... July 13th 2016

12 Jul 2016
Ordovician co2 problem

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/weathering-of-rocks... .... we are told that during the Ordovician period the amount of co2 in the atmosphere was eight times greater than in the modern world. Why then did climate not develop into runaway global warming? The Ordovician period is normally associated with glaciation.

12 Jul 2016
Space Weather

At www.spaceweather.com (July 10th) we hear that Earth is currently insdie a single speed stream of solar wind flowing from an enormous hole in the atmosphere of the sun.

10 Jul 2016
Clovis First under pressure

Give a day or two and they will give a bit. At http://vancouversun.com/news/national/aboriginal-anthropologist ... and I thought for a moment she was an archaeologist. It seems we have somebody not very keen on 'authority' or being told aboriginal history (in Canada) which is contradictory to tribal tradition. She is kicking at the wall that is Clovis First - and good luck. Can't say I have much sympathy for the Clovis First proponents but arguing from emotion doesn't appear to be too effective. So far.