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17 Mar 2018
Denisova SNA

At https://phys.org/print440339145.html ... the discovery of fossils belonging to a new group of people, the Denisovans (in central Asia) a few years back has led to some DNA linkages to modern people - but only in a small way. The first link was to Austronesian people - such as the inhabitants of New Guinea. DNA links have also been found in southern Asia in general - but now we are told the biggest genetic signature is among the East Asians (China, Korea, Japan etc).

17 Mar 2018
Garnet

The assumption is that Plate Tectonics is a fact at https://phys.org/print440354779.html ... which must also pertain to the origin of garnet. This mineral or rock is said to help us understand how subduction takes place. As one plate moves under another one water is squeezed out of minerals to lubricate earthquakes and fuel volcanoes (or so we are told). A spectroscopic investigation of garnet containing fragments of quartz is said to have explained the puzzle.

16 Mar 2018
Canaanite Tomb

At https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/03/megiddo-armageddon-dna-royal... ... an undisturbed tomb near a Bronze Age palace has been unearthed at Megiddo. The city dominated a strategic pass on a major trade route from 3000BC to the 20th century AD. It overlooks the Jezreel Valley and various military clashes have occurred in the vicinity - not least that of Thutmose III. Megiddo is currently being excavated by Finkelstein and Mario Martin (with Matthew Adams from the US). Palaces, temples, walls etc from both the Bronze and Iron ages have been uncovered.

16 Mar 2018
A Purple Steve

   ... The thin ribbon of purple light can be seen with the green aurora in the background - apparently some distance behind the purple Steve. What causes the purple colour? The image comes from the Alberta Aurora Chasers - and one Notanee Bourassa (who was photographing in the garden with his children). The phenomenon is known as a Steve - see https://phys.org/print440264089.html .... Steve is what it is called in a study at Science Advances (March 2018).

16 Mar 2018
James Mellaart

At www.livescience.com/61989-famed-archaeologist-created-fakes.html ... we are told that James Mellaart faked several of his finds at Catal Huyuk and may even have had a forgers workshop (of a kind). He created some of the ancient murals and went on to forge documents recording inscriptions found at Beybag, a nearby Turkish village. The story  came about as a result of Eberhard Zangger, himself a somewhat controversial figure, who had apparently been duped into accepting as genuine some documents passed to him by Mellaart (and written in the Luwian tongue).

15 Mar 2018
Galaxies Spin like Clockwork

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/astronomers-discover-galaxies... ... Astronomers discover that galaxies spin like clockwork, and are in tune with each other. Regardless of whether a galaxy is big or small if you sit on the extreme edge of its disc it would take around a billion years to go all the way round, we are told. By using simple maths you can demonstrate all galaxies of the same size have the same average interior density. You won't find a dense galaxy rotating slowly and a lesser densiity one slower.

15 Mar 2018
Shale Oil and Gas

The existence of shale oil and gas in rocks of different periods must have an origin somewhere in the natural world - unless it is abiotic. At https://phys.org/print440145555.html ... we learn that a massive volcanic flare-up during the Cretaceous era was responsible for some of the deposits. Other deposits such as the Marcellus date to the Ordovician era. Why volcanoes became so active is another problem.

15 Mar 2018
Comet X-rays

At https://phys.org/print440153496.html ... scientists say they have solved the mysteroy as to why comets emit x-rays. Comets are regarded as cold objects whilst x-rays are normally associated with hot objects such as the sun or stars in general. However, in the solar system comets interact with the solar wind - and plasma. This creates a bow shock behind the comet. The key is therefore the Sun. The solar wind creates plasma turbulence and in turn this causes the electrons to become highly active and in this the bow shock plays a role, causing particles to speed up.

12 Mar 2018
Electro Blobs

William sent in this link - www.space.com/39942-africa-blob-earth-magnetic-flip.html ... via www.yahoo.com/news/m/3c650b63-eaf4-3a81-98b7-774fdfd5725b/ss_an-electro-... ... an electro magnetic blob under Africa may be telling us a flip in the magnetic field is brewing. New research using clays vessels used in cleansing rituals by Iron Age farmers shows that over the last 1500 years an electromagnetic anomaly has waxed and waned. Think about that.

12 Mar 2018
DNA change

William also sent in this link - www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/nasa-astronaut-spent-space-now-different-dna-twi... ... NASA used astronaut Scott Kelly and his twin brother in  a space experiment - in order to study space effects. The results were surprising. It seems a brief spell on the international space station was enought to change the genes of one of the twins - not by a great orde of magnitude, but enough to say for sure that this occurred.