Magnetic pulses

Very low frequency magnetic pulses have been observed in the run-up to earthquakes since the 1960s. Now, geophysicists claim they have discovered how rocks produce magnetic pulses - go to ... the new model, it is hoped, will target regions of the crust at immanent risk. However, it is acknowledged it is not entirely certain if rocks produce magnetic pulses when there is no earthquake. It is a developing theory.

Lakes in N America in the Late Pleistocene

This is another example of the uniformitarian mind. The findings, however, should not be dismissed - as they are telling us something. The story is at ... and scientists solving mysteries is very often a PR tactic used by universities releasing details of research. In this instance, the mystery is how ancient lakes in N America grew enormously in size at the peak of the last Ice Age 20,000 plus years ago.

Ancient Aberdeen

We've had evidence of a long occupation at Inverness and now a similar discovery has been found at Aberdeen - see

Early Bronze Age pottery, at least 4000 years of age, and evidence of continuous occupation down to the Iron Age, have been found during construction work at a park and ride facility. The site promises to be a bonanza - and proper excavations are now set to take place.

Dinosaur Days

Here's one for the kiddies - and the twinkle in the eyes. Chinese researchers have come across a cache of hundreds of pterosaur eggs - flying reptiles with wing spans up to 12m across. It seems they lived in colonies - much like some modern birds. Rooks spring to mind, and budgerigars in Australia. See

Magnetic fields and black holes

This story is at ... a new study of supermassive black holes has found magnetic fields play a prominent role in proceedings. This was actually predicted and amounts to a confirmation of theory. It goes on to say that in the dozens of black holes so far surveyed (what are thought to be black holes to be more correct) the magnetic field strength matched the force produced by the black hole gravitational pull.

Mycenae flints and flakes

At ... surprisingly, the lower city of Mycenae has never properly been investigated. This is the town outside the citadel with its Lion Gate and huge walls. The lower town was also enclosed by a wall and it appears to have been laid out in a purposeful fashion.

Landscape fires in N America at the end of the Pleistocene

At ... George Howard provides the full paper to read (published in Nature Geoscience on May 25th, 2014. It is five pages long and derives from the University of Wisconsin. Basically, it is telling us the transition from the Pleistocene to the Holocene is characterised by contintental wide wild fires. See the image above - the Brady layer in the Midwest.

The cusp of cold fusion technology

At ... 2014 is likely to be important for Cold Fusion (Low Energy Nuclear Reactors or LENR) according to  ... but strangely, since January it has all gone a bit quiet (so has Wired overhyped). First we have the Cyclone engine developed by Cyclone Power Technologies in the US. This can run on virtually anything - from oil, gas, biomass, powdered coal, or even by waste heat or solar collectors.

Chinese Global Warming

At ... is this another instance of Chinese science overtaking Western science. The latter has become bogged down in peer review and political shenanigans, contrary science suppressed and heretics ostracised. Are the Chinese making another Great Leap Forward and leaving the West floundering in their slipstream.

Colliding Planets

I think I might have done this story before - but due to another published paper. At ... we learn that a new bout of measurements of oxygen isotopes provides what is claimed to be evidence that the Moon was formed after a collision between the Earth and another, large, planet sized body. The theory is this occurred 4.5 billion years ago - Science journal (6th June, 2014) (see also