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12 Aug 2017
Lida Ajer

At ... human teeth from a cave on Sumatra has been analysed and it seems they date back over 60,000 years ago. This date supports recent findings that Aborigines were in Australia at least as early as 65,000 years ago. The evidence that modern humans, or people identified as modern humans by their teeth, has led to a revision of when these same people would have left Africa, their assumed place of origin. There are, however, some oddities in the report. The Lida Ajer cave is in the highland zone of Sumatra, a long way from the coast.

12 Aug 2017
House Size asteroid

At ... a house sized asteroid will whizz past the Earth on October 12th, we are told, well within the orbit of the Moon and not too far from the orbit of satellites going around the Earth. It will pass by at a distance of 27,300 miles, an eighth of the distance from Earth to Moon.

13 Aug 2017

Sorry about the amount of climate change posts in the last week but here we go again. At ... which features Dr Judith Curry in a YouTube interview in which she lays out the many flaws and failures of common climate science and how this highly politicised subject misleads policy makers. It is meant to. On balance, she says, I don't see any particular danger from greenhouse warming as a result of co2.

13 Aug 2017
lithosphere research

At ... researchers at the University of Southampton have been looking at the thickness of Earth's continents (results published in the journal Science) by using seismic reflections to gain a better understanding of craton boundaries. The Earth's lithosphere includes the oceans, crust, and portions below this, which sit upon the Mantle. The lithosphere includes the continents - but how thick are they? They mkae use of seismic waves generated naturaly by hundreds of earthquakes.

15 Aug 2017
Banded Iron

Gary sent in this link, ... banded iron consists of alternating layers of silica and iron rich bands ...

21 Aug 2017
Hot Spots

At ... Rice University geophysicists have developed a method that uses the average motion of hot spots to determine how fast plates are moving. Hot spots are thought to lie along plate boundaries - but not universally as some hot spots occur inside plates (rather than at margins). What does this mean?

24 Aug 2017
Natural global warming

At ... Jennifer Marohasy and co-author John Abbot, a computer scientist, have written a number of articles on global warming that are in the pipeline, the first of which has just been published by GeoResJ (presumably an Australian journal). See also ... and the ... web site. It is pointed out that experiments on the role of co2 have never been undertaken.

24 Aug 2017
variable sunshine

At ... this was also taken from PhysOrg - why does the Sun vary in brightness? The result of research - it fluctuates because of the magnetic fields on the surface of the Sun and because of giant 'plasma currents' bubbling up from the Sun's interior. Note the word currents, and welling up from the innards of the Sun. Is the idea of electricity in space taking off?

24 Aug 2017
Mars Bow Shock

At ... solar EUV (ultra violet radiation) is an important feature of the solar wind. As energetic particles of the solar wind cross space inside the solar system they are modified by cosmic objects in their path - including the planets. This pieces is also derived from PhysOrg we may note but the comments are interesting. Scientists already are aware of the bow shock, upstream of planets - like the bow of a ship (the waves that rises up at the side and behind).

25 Aug 2017
Wild Sheep

At ... wild sheep lived and thrived in the Black Desert region of eastern Jordan in the Late Pleistocene. To be exact, during the warm period separating the end of the Late Glacial Maximum and the onset of the cold Younger Dryas climatic period, known in Europe as the Bolling and Alleroed warm periods. The research is published in the Royal Society's Open Science journal and the field evidence was recovered by the University of Copenhagen.