Magnetic anomaly 8th century BC

At ... a huge spike in the geomagnetic field of the Earth is inferred pottery found in the 8th c entury BC kingdom of Judah. What might cause that?

Black Hole Burp

At ... black holes feed on large discs of gas we are told but sometimes black holes eat too much of the stuff. They are then induced to burp out a burst of ultra fast wind (something like getting rid of the gripe in a baby) - which they call outflow. The study is published in Nature (March 2nd 2017) but the press release was issued by the University of Maryland. What the paper is about it the observation by scientists of an outflow event they think is emitted from a black hole.

Human Continuity

A study in the journal Science (see ) concerns two archaic skulls uncovered in Xuchang in central China which appear to contradict some embedded ideas on the pristine origin of modern humans (wherever they might be found). The two skulls are dated back to 100,000 years ago but present a mosaic of features that seem to support regional continuity. Similarities exist with early modern humans across the ancient world - such as large brains and lightly built cranial vaults with modest brow ridges.

Sun, volcanoes, and earthquakes

Interesting discussion going on at ... which was prompted by recent volcanoes on Hawaii and at Etna in Sicily, among other things. See also ... where some 35 volcanoes are said to be erupting right now or have recently done so, and dozens of others are stirring. See the comments at Tall Bloke as they are interesting. See also ...

Genetics versus Archaeology

At ... we have a hands on collision between archaeologists and historians with geneticists. One reason this has occurred is that both sides work in isolation from each other. There is a lot of archaeological evidence for a Viking invasion in the 9th and 10th centuries AD but this is not necessarily what geneticists have found. We even had Viking kings - and large parts of England were once part of Greater Denmark.

Flint Sickles

At .... brush huts, grass bedding, charred grains and lots of stone tool have been unearthed by the Sea of Galilee, going back 23,000 years ago (deep into the Late Glacial Maximum). The idea that farming began just 12,000 years ago, in the same general region, is questionable - or is it? The end of the Ice Age came with upheavals in the landscape which included the catastrophic burial of human remains (in France, as a good example).

Moon, Plates, Cracks

At (sent in by Jovan Kesic) ... references various studies such as a Nature Geoscience article'When and How Did the Moon Form?'. It seems that no one idea ticks all the boxes according to Kelly Beatty of Sky and Telescope. We have one huge collision and an opposite theory of multiple small impacts - but worlds in collision is the theme of both.

A Blobby

The EU response to the glowing blob. See

Then we their response to a crash between two clusters - see

Dust and Mammoths

At ... sent in by Robert Farrar. Once again a Creationist web site goes where others fear to tread and the issues raised are interesting from a Catastrophist point of view. Some of the mammoths died as a result of asphyxiation we are informed. Of course, very few mammoths did survive in a nearly intact form and those that did must have been buried pretty quickly.


At ... the study of ancient skulls in the Americas seems to suggest there were multiple migrations, which contrasts with what the study of genes has been telling us. Genetic research seems to show a remarkable conformity in the original settlers of the Americas - so is genetic research really at the cutting edge if skull shapes seem to weigh against it? It may be due to limited sampling of genetic material and the bigger the data base becomes the more variety will be found.