dairy good

Over at http://notrickszone.com/2015/10/18/now-dawning-on-the-washington-post-sc... ... Pierre Gosselin is on one of has favourite grouses, having a pop at dietary guru Ancel Keys (now long dead). He was apparently responsible (one of many) for demonising dairy products such as milk, eggs, butter and cheese etc. His views took the medical world by storm, as they say, and traditional breakfasts rich in animal fat went out of the window.

solar storms

It seems Swedish researchers at Lund and Uppsala universities are saying a rapid increase of radioactive carbon in tree rings at 774/5 and 993/4AD are due to some very big solar storms. They say that have found corresponding increases for the same periods in ice cores. As a result of this they say this means they can rule out other sources for the injections.

long time tsunami

pretty impressive piece of rock on the island of Santiago in the Cape Verde Islands. It is the result of a tsunami wave caused by the side of a volcano blowing out on the nearby island of Fogo. It took place 70,000 years ago - it is thought. See www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/10/traces-of-an-ancient-mega-ts...


The evolution of the alphabet is a tease with contrarian views that oppose the consensus view that it emerged in the early years of the Iron Age. It is discussed in the 2015 edition of the Journal of Near Eastern Studies in an article by Ben Haring of Leiden University in the Netherlands.The ABC (aleph-beth-gimel) sequence was favoured by the Phoenicians who passed it on to the Greeks (together with the alphabet itself). However, in Late Bronze Age Ugarit (in what became Phoenicia) the ABC sequence is found on cuneiform tablets - and so too is the Halalam sequence.

magnetic stars

At http://phys.org/print364733015.html ... astronomers have discovered stars are strongly magnetised. Using a technique known as astroseismology, where sound waves generated by turbulence at the surface of stars is used to probe their inner properties.

again, and again

Yes, the claim that stone age humans had the ability to bring about the demise of Ice Age animal life is up and running once again. At http://phys.org/print364718233.html ... new data presented at the conference of the Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology in Dallas in October (2015) has provided the spark to trot out the theory once again. Apparently, the fact that early Aborigines were living in Australia prior to the extinction event between 40 and 27,000 years ago is all they needed to point the finger.

comets and extinctions

On a similar theme, at http://phys.org/print364584736.html ... according to a study in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Michael Rampino (a geologist) and Ken Caldeira (ecologist) claim mass extinctions can be linked to known craters over the last 260 million years (including the Chicxulub crater in Yucatan). Specifically, they set out to show a cyclical pattern over the studied period with both impact craters and extinction events juxtaposed close to each other every 26 million years of time.

the Halloween asteroid

At http://phys.org/print364646245.html ... the asteroid will pass Earth on October 31st, just at about the date of traditional Halloween and Diwali celebrations. It has already earned the title Halloween asteroid but at www.space.com/30902-spooky-halloween-asteroid-may-be-comet.html .. a whole new identification might be about to come to light as one distinct theme of the Clube and Napier hypothesis is that a comet with an orbit of between 3 and 4 years came close to earth near Halloween (at some interesting points in history and prehistory).


At http://phys.org/print364704390.html ... new research seems to indicate bubonic plague has bedevilled human populations for much longer than consensus has allowed, even as early as the 4th and 3rd millenniums BC (and possibly even earlier when they get to research back further). The migration of people during the Bronze ages has been fingered as one of the culprits.

good co2

The Swiss are innovative. At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/co2-capture-plant-to-enhance-... ... the Swiss intend to capture co2 from the atmosphere which will then be used as a greenhouse gas - in real greenhouses. The idea came about as co2 increases the rate of vegetable growth, and market gardening is the ideal place to get rid of the co2 that is captured out of the  air.