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4 Mar 2020
Plants and Humans in Sync

Who is making use of who. A fascinating post at .... the co-evolution of plants and humans as an extension of co-evolution of plants and animals acting in concert to help the plants reproduce by seeds and nuts, and later, by fruits. This is not just using insects to pollinate (and how does evolution instigate this) but to actually spread seeds far afield (and in the case of humans to cultivate and tend). It's remarkable - as if plants are blue printed to influence insects and animals in some kind of way.

4 Mar 2020
Gary's choices

Here we have several link sent in by Gary. At ... China's rover vehicle has been peering into the far side of the Moon - going down as deep as 40m by using ground penetrating radar. The top layer consists mostly of fine dust - or regolith. Between 12 and 24m deep the soil is coarse with large rocks embedded in it (stones to you and me) and between 24 and 40m deep it is composed of alternating layers of coarse and fine soil.

6 Mar 2020
Mars Molecules

At ... (see Astrobiology journal - ) ... organic compounds known as thiophenes are found on earth resident in coal and crude oil, for example - even in truffles (a fungi wild pigs are keen to root out). Now, thiophenes have been found on Mars - which might be consistent with life on the red planet (bacterial in nature). On the other hand they may have arrived via meteors or comets (life from space perhaps, aka Hoyle and Ramasinghe).

6 Mar 2020
Water, wetness, everywhere, but

As a result of changes in the jet stream there have been continuous downpours across Britain and Ireland - as well as Germany and Denmark and anywhere else unfortunately in the path of it's switch to the south, placing a well populated swathe of countries within its trajectory. However, we learn that one particular corner of Britain has either been extraordinarily lucky, in spite of being on the edge of the Atlantic, open to stormy weather and rain clouds built up over the ocean, or has it managed to put in place a system to address excessive water.

6 Mar 2020
Rapid Sea Level Rise in the Atlantic basin

One for the scrap book. Snow mass, in the northern hemisphere, is greater than the 1982-2012 average (see ... which means it must be colder - at least on average, over the last 7 years. However, climate models are still running hot.

7 Mar 2020
Hammam destruction matrix

The Hammam excavations newsletter has revealed some interesting facts about the destruction of the MB city. For example, yesterday they were photographing the remains of two skulls (for documentary purposes) and described them  - or rather, described what was left of them. This was mainly upper dentition. However, it is teeth that are the most rewarding parts of the skull to examine as they may contain DNA and are just the thing for analysis. One of them was 70 per cent complete but missing its lower jaw. The other skull was much more fragmentary but did have its upper jaw.

9 Mar 2020
Syrian village melted by airburst

At earliest-syrian-village-melted-by-cosmic-hell/ ... where crg stands for the Comet Research Group ( ) .... Abu Hureyra in northern Syria is the site concerned, one of the first sites associated with the beginnings of crop cultivation. However, found among the cereal grains and splashed on buildings and the houses of people was melt glass - formed at extremely high temperatures. So high in fact they would have melted a Range Rover or a Cadilllac within a minute. That is very hot and way above human capabilities.

9 Mar 2020
Did hydrogen spark the origin of life

At ... researchers have focussed on hydrothermal vents under the oceans in their search for the origins of life on Earth. At least, over the last forty or so years, that has been the case. And it still is it would seem. The vents emit hot water containing minerals from deep underground - including lots of hydrogen gases and carbon dioxide (co2 gas). The latter is vital for life it would seem. Funny that it is demonised by the climate change folk.

10 Mar 2020
A Sea Level Problem

At .... the problem is the mainstream theory to account for sudden drops or rises in sea historical sea levels. For instance, continental shelf systems, including the one beneath the Bering Sea (see image below), was dry land during the Late Glacial Maximum.

11 Mar 2020
Half Hour Shorter

At ... ancient mollusc shell shows days were half hour shorter 70 million years ago- slap bang in the end of Cretaceous impact event (depending on how you interpret the sedimentary layers laid down as a result of the impact event). The date of the mollusc shell is the intriguing point as it would have lived prior to the Chicxulub asteroid strike (however you wish to date those sedimentary layers, uniformitarian or catastrophist).