Charon's red pole

At ... surfaces vary in colour when something about them changes, due to composition and make-up (geology) and other differences (liquid and solid etc). The northern polar region of Charon, one of Pluto's companions, are much redder than the rest of it - but what is causing this?

a tale of two worlds

At ... where we have an image (below) of the white blob, or bright spot, on the asteroid Ceres - as seen by the Dawn spacecraft. It is set within the boundaries of a 57 mile wide impact crater

  there is a video of the a close encounter of the crater kind.

another Atlantis

At ... this story goes back a couple of years and is apparently dead and buried - so the conference must have been a damp squib. However, I thought it was interesting when you consider that a week or so ago we had a post on the Pantilleria Vecchia Bank between Sicily and Tunisia which may have been dry land in the early Holocene and Late Pleistocene periods.

Homo Naledi

At ... another story picked up by the media in general without a lot of thought about what was being said in the press release. The link above is an anthropology blog, and a post by one Tim Jones.

Basque origins

Not all the big discoveries are taking place in space - archaeology is having a nice plate full at the moment. At ... the Basques have usually been regarded as having the oldest European language and therefore, common sense would say they were descended from the oldest Europeans - the pre-farming population.

buried stones again

The new discovery at Durrington Walls henge can be found on most media web sites from The Guardian to the Independent. It is also at ...

C14 found wanting

At ... which is the South China Morning Post, apparently read at times by Andrew - see ... and concerns a paper in Earth and Planetary Science Letters which argues C14 dating is not all it is cracked up to be. C14 dating is unreliable in context as far as global warming studies are concerned - at dates older than 30,000 years ago.

Palaeolithic oats

At ... evidence of Palaeolithic hunter gatherers grinding oats has been found in southern Italy - a stone pestle with bits of grain still attached. The study is published in the Sept 7th 2015 issue of the journal of PNAS. The grain had also been heated prior to grinding, suggesting they were first drying the grain (as they still do in the modern world). They would have obtained a powdery flour which could have been used in a variety of ways - such as bread or porridge, or a thickener in stews or gruel.

Durrington stones

Mike Parker Pearson's Stonehenge theory has taken a bit of a tumble with the discovery of 90 buried standing stones at Durrington Walls. He theorised that Stonehenge was a place of the dead (because of its stones) but Durrington Walls, which has massive earthen banks, was designed for the living. See ...

Chelyabinsk airburst

An article in Physics Today (Sept, 2014, page 32) by David King and Mark Boslough, describes what happened when the Chelyabinsk meteor exploded in an airburst event over Russia in 2013. The article can be acessed in full at (or Mark Boslough has been criticised by some commenters over at for his treatment of the Younger Dryas impact theory.