At www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/09/2013/genetic-link-shown-bet... ... a paper published in PLoS ONE, using DNA methodology, has shown a fairly stable population in Syria and the middle Euphrates valley right up to the Mongolian invasion in the 13th century. At this time so many people died the genetic makeup was altered. On the face of it, this ignores the role of the Black Death in the 14th century - so perhaps both events should be flagged up.
At www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/03/2013/fishtrap-evokes-powerf... ... which is a bit of a soft soap kind of reporting, nothing like a bit of environmental emotionalising, but the subject itself is interesting, an Aboriginal fish trap at Esperance in Westrn Australia consisting of a series of aligned stones across part of a tidal estuary.
At www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/catastrophic-climate-c... ... this concerns what caused the abrupt end of the thriving civilisations of the LB age which were followed by a period of contraction in which it is likely there were extremely reduced numbers of people. This particular study, published in PLoS ONE, concentrates on the archaeology of Cyprus.
At www.spaceweather.com ... Comet ISON is getting brighter and brighter as we approach the end of November encounter with the Sun. Its tail now extends 8 million km behind the nucleus - 21 times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. Not as fantastic as some of the historical comets - but enough to get astronomers fairly excited.
Here is a story of consensus science to make you blush - but not if you are feeling a touch on the toady side - go to http://phys.org/print303119993.html
Keeping to the wolfish theme at http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/dogs-likely-origina... .... another theory on the origin of the domestic dog. In all likelihood European dogs did evolve from European wolves, you might think - but it is not as simple as that as they evolved from ancient wolves (in the Pleistocene). Or that is what is implied by saying they go back 18,000 years ago. Once wolves were domesticated they interbred with each other - not with their wild cousins. As a result of that dogs evolved - with genes unconnected with modern wolves.
At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/science-on-trail-of... .... the folk tale of Little Red Riding Hood has a near global dispersal and may reflect ancient human migrations - or cultural exchanges along trade routes.
At http://phys.org/print303641255.html ... it seems geologists might have a new way to look for gold in them thar' hills - find the crater and then dig out the gold. Geologist Bob Watchorn has finally nailed down a huge impact structure in Australia after years of speculation and investigation. He has calculated that all the gold and nickel fields in Western Australia's 'eastern gold fields' fall on rings picked out by Landsat imaging.
At http://phys.org/print303673640.html ... Jupiter's red spot, is a giant vortice that is supposed to lose energy by radiating heat and is suspended between two jet streams flowing in opposite directions - which is also supposed to weaken it. The red spot manages to survive in spite of the various computer models that say it should not. Here is another one.
At http://cosmo.nyu.edu/~rj486/files/RJansson_PhD_thesis.pdf ... the magnetic field of the Milky Way. Each star in the Milky Way has its own magnetic field - like our Sun. Objects that orbit stars also have their own magnetic field - including the Earth. It is reasonable to assume each galaxy has its own magnetic field - but what is the strength of it?