Niaux

At www.q-mag.org/the-salon-noir-the-cave-of-niaux.html ... the cave of Niaux was never used as a dwelling but it has a lot of cave paintings. Anne Marie provides the history leading up to a proper investigation of the cave and its heritage. The mountain itself is riddled and hollowed out by a network of caves but in one large gallery there are over 10 figures and representations, 55 of which are bovine and 29 equine. The vast cavity, 45m high and shaped like a nave, has exceptional accoustic qualities. The least murmur or noise is repeated and amplified as an echo.

Ankhesenamun

At www.livescience.com/61441-search-for-king-tut-wife.html ... Zahi Hassan announced (January 16th 2018) that excavations in the Valley of the Kings where the tomb of Tutankhamun's wife may be located is about to commence. The excavation is near the tomb of Ay, the short term successor of Tutankhamun. Radar images seem to show a tomb entrance way 16 feet below the surface. Ankhesenamun as later married to Ay - sealing his right to the throne. He was quickly replaced by the general Horemhab.

Michigan Meteor

At http://spaceweather.com (17th January 2018) we learn that a meteor exploded over Michigan with a sonic boom and a bright flash of light over the Great Lakes region. The shadow cast by the fireball was brighter than the full moon - indicating the meteor penetrated fairly deep into the atmosphere. According to USGS the explosion may have caused a magnitude 2.0 earthquake - not a very strong earthquake but as far as it is known, from not a very big meteor. What might a really big bus sized meteor have done if it had penetrated deep into the atmosphere?

Havre Eruption

Robert sent in this link at https://crev.info/2018/01/hidden-volcano-comes-light/ ... a deep ocean silicic volcano erupted under the waves 5 years ago but hardly anyone noticed. In 2012 the Havre volcano in the Kermradic arc (new Zealand) erupted with rhyolite magma and was only recognised from a pumice raft seen in satellite imagery. Since then mapping, observations, and sampling by submersibles have provided lots of information. The lava came out of at least 14 vents in the ocean floor at depths of 990 and 1220m.

Black Death Pandemic

Two stories on the Black Death - one at https://phys.org/print435308864.html ... and https://phys.org/print435312986.html ... at the first one we learn about analysis of thousands of skeletons. Genetic material from infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and the plague leave fossil traces of themselves in human teeth. A molecular fossil record was used to build a genetic profile of Yersinia pestis - the organism behind bubonic plague. The research team were able to trace the disease back to the Stone Age - which was a surprise.

First Humans Europe

William sent in this excellent link - research refutes theory regarding the dispersal of humans in Europe - go to https://phys.org/print435307967.html ... and you can read the full article, if so inclined, (over 30 pages including references) by going to DOI:10.1007/s41982-017-003-5 (click on the link at the bottom of the page above). A paper in the Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology disagrees with a recent publication that postulates the first humans entered northern and central Europe as early as a million years ago - earlier than previously estimated.

Mount Etna

Robert also sent in this link - go to www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5274051/Mount-Etna-NOT-proper-vo... ... Mount Etna, an Italian geologist claims, is not a real volcano - but a giant hot spring. This is in spite of the molten rock spewed at regular intervals in what is one of Europe's most active volcanoes. However, it is also self evident it produces an  awful lot of water when it erupts - and gases. The source of the water seems to come from water rich deposits inside the Earth - as deep as the Upper Mantle.

Diamond Encrustment

Sent in by Jovan - interesting claim - go to www.livescience.com/61409-extraterrestrial-hypatia-stone.html ... a space rock known as the Hypatia Stone, is diamond encrusted. It was found in SW Egypt in 1996 - little more than pebble size but it seems to belong to no known meteor category. Naturally, some lateral thinking has been applied and it has now been suggested it formed before the solar system. The stone consists of a carbon rich matrix shot through with a variety of rare minerals.

Wrong on Jupiter

Sent in  by Robert - https://crev.info/2018/01/astronomical-theories-totally-wrong-upside/ ... which concerns a couple of admissions that have already been aired on the News. Space exploration is throwing up all kinds of discoveries many of which contradict mainstream astronomical thinking. However, astronomers generally admit they are wrong - unlike some other fields of science. They have been proved wrong on many occasions over the last 40 years or so but they are out there in space finding out new things all the time - and testing theories.

Plankton Dispersal

Dating the 100,000 year Ice Age cycle depends on oxygen isotope changes in plankton shells taken from the sediment cores of the ocean bottoms. At https://phys.org/print434815829.html ... we learn about a study published in the journal Nature Communications (January 4th 2018) that found that the age of plankton and the strength and direction of currents are key to how they are dispersed in the oceans - more so than water temperature, salinity, and nutrient availability.