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29 Jul 2010
Swarms of black holes and small rock earth like planets in the Milky Way galaxy

At July 28th there are two interesting stories. The first concerns the claim the Milky Way is rich in small rocky earth like planets (with a video clip of the sky in support of the text). Hence, there are lots of earth like planets out there which might harbour life - which explains why Martin Rees, elsewhere, the Astronomer Royal and Royal Society bigwig, was confident that life would be found in the not too distant future.

28 Jul 2010
Indonesian Geology

At there is a new intepretation of the Banda Arc, a giant 1000km long 180 degree curve in eastern Indonesia which has never been adequately explained. In fact, there has been considerable controversy about how to explain the feature - its origin and evolution. A paper in Nature Geoscience sets out to do just that, using a computer simulation or model.

28 Jul 2010
The Romans in Wales

We know the Romans had a big presence in South Wales as the Welsh inherited a number of loan words from Latin but the discovery of a villa near Aberystwyth has come as a surprise to archaeologists according to the Daily Telegraph. As Aberystwyth sits on a nice estuary with a flat hinterland and was an ideal location for contact with Ireland the surprise is somewhat puzzling - but there you are.

27 Jul 2010
The Dark Age Illuminated ? July 26th ... reports on Canadian excavations at Tell Tayinat in SE Anatolia (previously mentioned on In the News). This story is all about a temple uncovered on the tell which has yielded lots of artifacts and a distinct layering suggesting continuous occupation over a long period of time. The oldest occupation is dated to the 12th and 11th centuries BC - it doesn't elaborate on why this is so, and the project has now reached the late 8th and early 7th centuries BC (again, no reason why is given).

27 Jul 2010
Law Code July 26th ... press release by the Hebrew University. A Law Code with parallels to the Code of Hammurabi has been found written on fragments of a cuneiform tablet dating back to the Middle Bronze Age. They were found in a new excavation taking place at Hazor which will be interesting to keep an eye on. The latest discovery, it is said, opens an interesting avenue for possible further investigation of a connection between Biblical Law and the Code of Hammurabi.

26 Jul 2010
Kamil Crater July 25th ... reports on a National Geographic story about a fresh crater found in Egypt. The Kamil crater was initially identified during a survey of satellites images on Google Earth. It is thought the crater is no more than a few thousand years of age - 147 feet wide and 52 feet deep. It has been calculated that a 4 and a quarter feet wide iron meteor smashed into the desert - and survived almost intact (without burning up).

25 Jul 2010

'The X-Galaxy: A Cosmic Radio Mystery Solved' is a post on July 22nd at in which radio images from the X Galaxy (how it is notated in article) show a bright pair of jets pointing from L to R and a fainter more distant line of radio emissions running in a different direction. There are in fact a class of X-shaped galaxies, so called because of the outline of their radio emissions and not by their actual shape.

25 Jul 2010
Where did Time come from?

At July 22nd we also have a piece with the title, 'Did we inherit Time from an earlier universe?' (which includes a video clip). A team of physicists studying the cosmic microwave background, light emitted when the universe was a mere 400,000 years of age, have claimed our view of the early universe may contain the signature of a time before the Big Bang. Their discovery may help explain why we experience Time moving in a straight line from yesterday into tomorrow.

25 Jul 2010
Lawrence Dixon and plasma in space

New Scientist July 24th page 39-41 says that in order to shield astronauts on the journey to Mars from solar wind radiation you simply put a magnet in the spacecrapft and this will create a shield round the spacecraft and keep the particles out. A second beauty is that they have found areas on the moon where the surface is protected by a shield, the shielded areas are lighter than the main surface, a spacecraft accidentally flew over one and its instruments registered the lack of charged particles. Lawrence adds, it seems the EU and plasma is winning in unexpected ways.

25 Jul 2010
Marden Henge Hog Roast

The Independent July 24th ... David Keys reports on the latest find at Marden Henge near Devizes - the remains of dozens of pigs that had been consumed in what is thought to have been a ceremonial or seasonal feast. Also, the remains of a large timber structure, possibly a temporary affair in which the ceremonial meal was eaten as the pig bones were found in the ground around the building. The building overlooked the river Avon which may be significant as the Avon continued south towards Durrington and the Stonehenge avenue.