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23 Jan 2020
Auks

At https://phys.org/news/2020-01-auks-pacific.html ... a 700,000 year old fossil bone indicates a close relative of the little auk, now confined to the North Atlantic, once thrived in the Pacific Ocean

  

23 Jan 2020
Microbial Mayhem

At https://phys.org/news/2020-01-microbial-mayhem-chicxulub-crater.html ... it was microbial mayhem in the Chicxulub crater - according to a paper published in the journal Geology (https://doi.org/10.1130/G46799.1 ) and in fact this was due to a rapid reinvigoration of microbial life in the aftermath of the asteroid strike ...

25 Jan 2020
Bush Fire Revelation

At https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/21/asia/budj-bim-australia-bushfire-intl... ... the recent bushfires in Victoria (2020) have revealed some interesting archaeology, a series of water channels created by Aborigines in order to trap and harvest eels. Actually, that is not quite true as it has been  known for quite some time. What is new is a series of further channels hitherto unattested.

25 Jan 2020
Pacific Bananas

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/01/3000-year-old-teeth-... ... 3000 year old teeth from skeletons buried in Vanuatu were analysed and microscopic traces of banana and other plants were found in calcified dental plaque. These burials were of the first settlers on the South Sea Islands - the Lapita people. It is therefore likely they brought banana plants with them in their voyages of exploration through the Pacific - or that is the conclusion reached by the researchers ...

25 Jan 2020
Heavenly Bursts of Energy

At https://phys.org/news/2020-01-riddle-heavenly.html ... Cosmic lightning is happening all around us we are told. Somewhere in the sky there is a pulse that flashes and extinguishes itself at the next moment. Such heavenly bursts are measured  with radio telescopes and have been one of the mysteries of astrophysics. They are also known as 'fast radio bursts'. It seems the frequency of these bursts actualy disposes of the standard idea they were created in catastrophic events such as novae (or supernovae come to that).

25 Jan 2020
Antarctic Geology

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/01/clays-in-antarctica-... ... change in the Antarctic from 35 million years ago is said to chronicle past climate change. That is the necessary nod of the head towards the modern equivalent of eugenics as nobody is actually going  to dig through lots of the ice cap to view the rocks beneath. The research team looked at the sea bed near Drakes Passage. This is the body of water that separates South America from Antarctica, but specifically the area between Cape Horn and the South Shetland Islands.

25 Jan 2020
Brain Turned to Glass

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79 turned the brains of one of its victims into glass, we are told - see https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/01/mount-vesuvius-blast... ... and we are talking about blast phenomena as in a big explosion - and Vesuvius went off with a bang. Blast is an intense surge of heat - and one of the features of a nuclear explosion. Archaeologists rarely encounter brain tissue but the eruption of Vesuvius killed the inhabitants of Pompeii and Herculanium, and buried them in a thick layer of ash.

2 Feb 2020
Dune Aurora

At https://spaceweather.com (January 29th 2020) we have dunes in the sky, a form of aurora rippling through the northern skies. A paper published in the AGU Advances (January 28th 2020) describes the physics behind it. Dune shaped aurorae form in a narrow altitude range, 80 to 120km above the surface of the Earth. They have a pure monochromatic wavelength. They are also a mesopheric bore - resembling an atmospheric gravity wave that springs up from the surface below and becomes caught up in a thermal waveguide 100km high.

2 Feb 2020
Cahokia Re-written

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/01/siberian-neanderthal... .... a new study in PNAS reveals that Neanderthals trekked as far north as the Altai Mountains in Siberia, carrying with them a tool kit used to kill and butcher bison and horses ...

2 Feb 2020
Meteorites from before the Sun came into being

At https://phys.org/news/2020-01-curious-curiouser-meteorite-chunk-unexpect... ... a chunk of a meteorite seems to contain interstellar material which is said to have formed before the Sun came into being (or that is the theory).

At https://phys.org/news/2020-01-outbursts-magnetar-1e.html ... concerns new outbursts from Magnetar 1E.