New Dating Method

www.eurekalert.org March 23rd ... a new method to determine the age of ancient relics has been announced by the American Chemical Society. It will revolutionise radiocarbon dating and raises the possibility for analysing extensive museum collections that have previously been off limits because of their rarity and the destructive nature of the current C14 dating methodology. Don't expect any radical redating of Egyptian NK artefacts however or those of the Mycenaean Greeks as this is just a new way of performing radio carbon testing.

Plates and Tectonic Activity

At www.physorg.com/print188500078.html March 22nd ... a new model of the earth which took 20 years to construct offers a precise description of the relative movements of 25 interlocking tectonic plates over 95 + per cent of the surface of the planet. The model can be used to predict plate movement relative to any other plate. It is remarkably simple in a mathematical way, the research offers.

Mapping Venus

At www.physorg.com/print188466638.html March 22nd ... is another incredible piece of research. The article has a computer generated image of the surface of Venus created from radar images taken during NASAs Magellan mission during the 1990s. Peter James, a graduate student in the Earth and Planetary Sciences, has shown that plate tectonics do not seem to apply on Venus - or Mars and Mercury.

Triassic Boundary

www.physorg.com/print188488094.html March 22nd ... 200 million years ago most land on the planet was consolidated into a single continent - Pangea. There was no Atlantic Ocean and the animal world was dominated by creatures related to modern crocodiles. Their world was transformed after what appears to have been a huge catastrophe involving massive and widespread volcanic activity which in turn led to a spike in atmospheric greenhouse gases that wiped out half of the plant species and brought the Triassic to an end.

Rapid evolution?

Science Daily March 22nd ... www.sciencedaily.com/release/2010/03/100322083654.htm ... evolution can apparently proceed much more rapidly than has been thought. This is shown by Magnus Karlsson of Linnaes University. It is generally accepted that measurable evolutionary changes occur slowly, often taking 100s of generations.

Antarctic Fossils

Daily Galaxy, March 22nd (see www.dailygalaxy.com ) ... a team working in an ice free region of high mountains and dry valleys in the Olympus Range in Antarctica last summer discovered a rare trove of perfectly preserved fossils of mosses, diatoms, and astrocods - life forms usually associated with tundra conditions such as exist today on South Georgia. The climate switched from tundra to a deep freeze suddenly, it goes on.

The Magnetic Universe

http://www.australasianscience.com.au/bi2009/301Gaensler.pdf  .. from this site a pdf article can be accessed, Bryan Gaensler, 'The Magnetic Universe' - magnets are everywhere, even in lodestone, and for centuries navigation relied on the fact a compass will always point north. Migrating birds use magnetic fields and this is because the entire earth is a weak magnet.

Messenger of Life and Death

At http://cosmictusk.com/rare-bill-napier-essay-giant-comets-messengers-of-life-and-death.html ... an article by Bill Napier can be read on the Cosmic Tusk web site which was published in 'God, the Universe and Man - Why do we exist?', Patrus, Dusseldorf: 2003 (original in Deutsche).

Maya Dynasty

The Times March 20th ... see Register: Archaeology. The Journal of Anthropological Archaeology reports that scientific analysis has shown one of the Maya kings was an outsider. He came and conquered the city of Copan in the 5th century AD - founding a new dynasty that lasted for a further 400 years. The dates here are very interesting, as they coincide with blips in climate - usually manifested by drought in the Maya lands as a result of shifting monsoon patterns of rainfall.

Vikings and Celtic peoples

The Copenhagen Post March 19th (www.cphpost.dk/news/ reports on a Danish analysis of DNA from a Viking cemetery near a 1000 year old church in southern Greenland that shows a strong Celtic bloodline, according to science website www.videnskab.dk . The settlers were Nordic but they had mixed origins - or genes. These were Scandinavian and Celtic (from Britain and Ireland). The colonies in Greenland were first established in AD985 and the skeletons under study date from shortly afterwards.