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11 Jun 2019
Minch Basin Crater

At ... some time ago geologists came across evidence of an archaic impact event in NW Scotland but where the crater was situated eluded them. Not now it seems they have found it - 15 to 20km west off a remote part of the Scottish mainland, buried beneath both water and younger rocks, in the Minch Basin.

11 Jun 2019
The late third millennium BC in the southern Levant

At ... urban settlements in agriculturally productive valleys and plains in the southern Levant broke down between 2500 and 1950BC (contemporary with the First Intermediate Period in Egypt). In some places life continued as if nothing much had happened. For example, Tall al-Hammam in the Jordan Valley thrived during EBIV. The late 3rd millennium BC is coeval with the end of the EB period in the Near and Middle East.

10 Jun 2019
Round Up

Round Up begins with horses - engraved on a stone. At ... archaeologists in SW France have found a slab of sandstone at an ancient Palaeolithic camp site engraved with a couple of horses. They are remarkably life like and a testimony to the artistic skill of stone age people. No date has yet been put on the stone.


10 Jun 2019
Herd of Dinosaurs

This promised to be fascinating, a headline claiming a herd of dinosaurs had been discovered in an opal mine in New South Wales. Turns out it was four, two juveniles and two adults - a small family group. Go to ... and ... the paleontologists were stunned by the sheer number of bones found - presumably broken and jumbled. It is described as the first 'herd' of dinosaurs found in Australia (interpretation, a cache of more than one individual).

10 Jun 2019
Earth's Mantle is Magnetic

At ... which is derived from ... most scientists have thought in terms of the Earth's magnetism powered by materials in the core or crust. A new study published in the journal Nature differs. Hematite, a common iron oxide, retains it magnetic qualities even at very high temperatures. Hence, the Mantle is magnetic as well. Unsettled science is action.

10 Jun 2019
Radio Emission Bridge

Interesting one at ... an article in the journal Science by an international team describe how they found a ridge of radion emissions joining two galaxy clusters - a sort of bridge between the pair. Prior studies had shown that some galaxy clusters have magnetic fields - and the research was intent on seeing how this works.

10 Jun 2019

At ... Dr Ferenc Mark Miskolczi was an astrophysicist working for NASA. Part of his job was to analyse radiosonde data and his curiosity led him to find an empirical observation. He published and continues to stand by his findings. However, they did not go down very well with climate scientists (or the bigwigs at NASA). Sceptics were not too impressed either and the major problem is that his writings are very dense and full of mathematics.

10 Jun 2019
Planktonic Blooms

This is an interesting piece of research as it has been suggested the chalk formations have a connection with planktonic blooms - but what might have caused such huge blooms. A study at Stanford University shows how hydrothermal vents fuel massive phytoplankton blooms - see for example ...

9 Jun 2019
New Genes

At ... how do new genes and functional proteins arise and develop? This is an important question to answer as far as evolutionary biology is concerned. In the latest piece of research the idea of new genes and protein arising from randomised DNA sequences has been explored. How does 'nothing' turn into a function affecting a small advantage that is favoured by natural selection?

9 Jun 2019

At .... Helike was a famous Greek city that sunk into the coastal mud of the Gulf of Corinth in 373BC during a terrible earthquake. According to Paulinus in the 2nd century AD the sea advanced together with the earthquake and the wave dragged down Helike with all its people. Apparently, tectonic forces are periodically pulling the Peloponesse peninsular apart from the mainland. Today, the Gulf is 100km from Corinth to Patras (E to W) and 20km wide (N to S).