Utah water fowl

I don't suppose water fowl are too common in the Great Basin, although there are some lakes, relics of much larger bodies of water. The environment is generally dry but in the past it has been quite wet - enough rain to form lakes. Even at 12,000 years ago water fowl (ducks and geese etc) were definitely on the menu of hunter gatherers - see http://westerndigs.org/12000-year-old-camp-found-in-utah-may-have-expert... ...


At http://phys.org/print389866610.html ... evidence is mounting that neutrinos are the key to the universe's existence, according to a news release from Imperial College in London. It includes Japanese research as well as the team from Imperial and revolves around differences in the make up of neutrinos and anti-neutrinos. Basically, they have divided the particles into tau, muons and electrons, but what differs between neutrinos and anti-neutrinos is the rate of change, from muon to electron.

Tintagel Palace

Two takes on the same discovery. The newspaper likes the Arthurian angle and dallies a bit - www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/king-arthur-castle-cornwa... ... and www.medievalhistories.com/luxury-tintagel-early-medieval-period/ ... the excavations in July came across buildings, it is thought, dating to the 5th century AD (or roughly contemporary when Gildas when writing his missive, The Ruin of Britain).

Small Reactors

Could every town have its own small nuclear reactor - see www.climatechangenews.com/2016/07/27/could-every-uk-town-have-a-small-nu... ... as an alternative strategy to building large and expensive nuclear plants such as Hinckley Point. The nuclear industry see the UK as a spearhead as we are getting perilously close to regular black outs. However, looking at it from a non partisan view I would think the security issues would be a major problem - and one of the commenters says much the same thing.

Early Farmers

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/summer-2016/article/population-boom... ... domesticated plants and animals are part of everyday life but they represent a unique change in the way of life of humans, allowing large numbers of people to live in one place. How did farming take off in the Americas - 5000 years ago? In this study it was preceded by a population boom, they claim, which led, relentlessly, to a shortage of food as there were more mouths to feed.

Chinese Flood

This is the famous flood of the yellow emperor Yu that is being talked about, dating back to around 4000 years ago. It is mentioned by Paul Dunbavin in The Atlantic Researches and by Moe Mandelkehr in The 2300BC Event (as well as various other catastrophist authors), but most importantly emperor Yu sits at the very beginning of the Xia dynasty. To put it into context Xia ran contemporary with Middle Kingdom Egypt and Middle Bronze Age in the Levant and Mesopotamia.

fossil DNA

At http://crev.info/2016/08/fossil-dna-stuns-geologists/ ... the link is provided by Robert Farrar and concerns an open access paper in the journal Geology that documents the existence of DNA in ocean bottom sediments up to 1.4 million years of age. Not sure if this is a straw man argument but the claim is that scientists expressed surprise - as DNA is not supposed to last that long. However, it was preserved in bottom sediments, under water, and this might be a mitigating factor.

Green Games

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/the-us-renewable-fuel-standar... ... is a bit of old fashioned investigative journalism by Marita Noon and Christine Lakatos. Those with special access (crony capitalists) and influence (lobbyists) have cashed in on various green energy programmes and benefited from the mandates by politicians,  the rules as set and the regulations confirmed. Its a huge scheme - with huge profits.

The guts of Ceres

At http://phys.org/print389507947.html ... some tens of thousands of photographs of Ceres were returned by NASAs Dawn spacecraft - but none of them could peer inside the asteroid. However, scientists were able to measur the gravity of Ceres and the results are published in the journal Nature (August 2016). It seems the interior of Ceres is not as dense as the Earth - or the Moon (or even the asteroid Vesta that Dawn visited prior to Ceres). Does this mean Ceres was once a comet?

Another one bites the dust ...

At http://phys.org/print389515752.html ... in a discussion of fossil vultures we are tolt they disappeared alongt with other meg-fauna from N America, SE Asia and East China during the Pleistocene extinctions (variously between 40,000 and 12,000 years ago).