The Golden Warrior

At - the grave of a Scythian warrior whose torso was covered in gold has been found in Kazakhstan - dating from some time in the first millennium BC. It was one of a group of seven burial mounds and contained a large amount of gold and bronze objects. Whether these were of local manufacture or loot from raiding parties is not mentioned.

Marden Henge

BBC News July 19th (accessible on their website at ) reports on a Neolithic building found at Marden Henge near Devizes.

Han Kloosterman

At George Howard's web site ... this was originally written for an American Geophysical Union meeting at Acapulco in Mexico in May, 2007. It has already been mentioned on In the News, a couple of months ago, and I have posted it once again as it has accumulated an exchange of emails at the bottom of the article  which includes a discourse about Velikovsky.

Grooved Ware

At there is a story on the discovery of a hand sized piece of rock found in a quarry near the village of Over in Cambridgeshire. It date backs to the Late Neolithic period, it has been suggested, as it has a pair of concentric circles etched onto the surface, a motif typically associated with Grooved Ware art/design. The find is significant as no such rock art, for obvious reasons, has ever been found previously in eastern England.

Archaeology and Politics

AOL News July 15th asks the question, 'Is Holy Land archaeology being hyped by politics?' is a piece on the propaganda going on between Israelis and Palestinians - and archaeology is being used to score points. For example, Eilat Mazar claims she has found evidence Jerusalem was an important place in the Late Bronze Age, based on a small fragment of a clay tablet. Meir Ben-Dov, an older archaeologist, commented - it didn't tell us anything we didn't already know.

Supernovae - version three July 16th ... Casey Kazan has been upsetting the readers at Daily Galaxy newsletter once again. He, or she, is being accused of tabloid headlines, and maybe they are right - but it draws the punters. Robotic telescopes have turned astronomers attentions towards exploding stars that seem to indicate unusual physics are taking place.

Land and Water, heat and not so heated Frank Lansner has been tinkering with the NASA GISS dataset - trying to understand how it works, or rather, how arch AGW adherent James Hansen gets his numbers. The northern hemisphere has a ratio of 40 per cent land to 60 pere cent ocean, which is used by Hadley CRU in the UK (HadCRU at UEA).

Earth's collapsing atmosphere

At there is a report on a paper at Geophysical Research Letters June 19th which says there was a contraction of the  thermosphere during the deep solar minimum of 2008-9. It is known to cool and shrink when solar activity is low - but in this instance, the collapse was almost 3 times greater than low solar activity by itself can explain - from their mathematics.

Asteroids and near earth objects

At George Howard has placed a New Scientist video of a flight across the Tunguska impact site in Siberia, with some close-ups of Lake Cheko which he thinks resembles a Carolina Bay.

Magnetic Powerhouse

At ... a flyby of Mercury revealed a huge power surge that 'we clearly do not understand' according to the story. The electromagnetic storms took place in Mercury's magnetic tail, and this forms when the solar wind pushes against a planet's magnetic field and the deformed field takes on a windsock shape. It says Mars and Venus do NOT have magnetic fields or tails - is this true?