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13 Apr 2020
Backwards Facing Armageddon

William sent in this link - https://eos.org/articles/armageddon-at-10000-bce ... Armageddon is in the Revelation of John, the last book of the Bible. It is a play on the name of the city of Megiddo - which was destroyed on a number of occasions, mainly because it is near an active fault system and earthquakes have been fairly common in the historical past. In the Bible it is the apocalyptic site of a great battle but in this piece it is way back when, way back further than 10,000 years ago - way back to the Younger Dryas boundary event.

12 Apr 2020
Migration then and then

At https://popular-archaeology.com/article/movement-of-early-humans-into-th... ... the movement of humans into the Indian subcontinent looks at the routes they might have taken - by coastal hugging or coming from the NW or the NE. Interestingly, India would have had a substantial population during the Late Glacial Maximum as it was a long way from the poles.

From the Tata Institutue of Fundamental Research. Prehistoric journeys are the theme and the apparent evidence they have survived into regional tribal groupings in the modern world.

11 Apr 2020
Plasma Sun

At https://phys.org/news/2020-04-images-reveal-fine-threads-million-degree.... ... researchers at the University of central Lancashire unveil the highest ever resolution images of the Sun - and provide a clue on what it shows. Its outer layer is filled with incredibly fine magnetic threads which are themselves filled with extremely hot million degrees plasma. The ultra sharp images were  taken by NASAs High Resolution Coronal Imager. It can pick out structures in the Sun's atmosphere as small as 70km in size - or 0.01% of the Sun's surface.

11 Apr 2020
Doubts

Doubting Thomases are thinking the unthinkable. At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/04/10/doubts-about-basic-assumption-for... ... a new study by the universities of Bonn and Harvard question fundamental principles of cosmology. Since Big Bang it is thought the universe has expanded considerably. Until recently it was thought it was increasing in size in all directions - what astronomers call isotropy. Cosmological truths are founded on this assumption, we are told. It is possible that they are all wrong - all the assumptions, the actual bedrock of cosmology.

11 Apr 2020
Ostriches and Monkeys

Sent in by Robert. AtlanticAt https://phys.org/news/2020-04-ancient-teeth-peru-hint-now.html ... ancient teeth from fossilised monkey discovered deep in Amazonia - as far west as Peru. It is said to show ancient primates crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Africa. Not on boats of course but on vegetation rafts. Did they? South American monkeys are thought to have evolved from African monkeys - but quite how this occurred is the biggie.

10 Apr 2020
Dating Pottery

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2020/04/revolutionary-new-... ... a revolutionary new method for dating pottery has been developed at the University of Bristol. Of course, pottery has always been a useful tool as pottery styles vary from one period to the next. However, not always as not all pottery is distinctive. Archaeologists relied on C14 instead - particularly when it comes to older periods such as the Neolithic. The new method is a re-application of C14 as it involves using fat compounds from food residue in pottery.

9 Apr 2020
Saturn's Atmosphere

Robert sent in this link to https://phys.org/news/2020-04-saturn-atmosphere-hot.html .... What makes Saturn's atmosphere hot? The same question can also be aimed at Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune. The atmospheres of the gas giants are at least as warm as that of the earth - yet they are situated much further away from the Sun. New analyses of data from Cassini indicated one explanation that may have traction. Auroras at the poles of those planets = electric currents triggered by interactions between the solar wind and charged particles from Saturn's moons.

7 Apr 2020
Lambing

It sems HH Lamb was probably correct as far as how warm it was in the 1930s. He lived through the 1930s and was actively researching climate - in the past as well as in his own time. At https://notrickszone.com/2020/04/06/a-new-1796-2013-greenland-reconstruc... ... we have a new study that shows greenland temperatures were warmer in the period from the 1920s to 1940s than they are today. It used data from 1796 to 2013, Wangner et al at https://doi.org/full/10.1029/2019PA003692 ....

7 Apr 2020
Breaking Up

At https://spaceweather.com (April 7th 2020) we learn that Comet Atlas may be breaking up - before it gets anywhere near the Sun. New data from astronomers around the world show that it is now dimming - a fading transient. Another dud it would seem. It is also thought to be a fragment of a much larger comet - possibly related to the Great Comet of 1844. We shall have to wait and see if there is another outburst. Another problem is the quiet Sun. No mass ejections of plasma. There was a sun spot of the new cycle the other day but it was a bit of a squib - didn't amount to much.

5 Apr 2020
Ammonium Salts

At https://astrobites.org/2020/04/04/nitrogen-67P/ a case of missing nitrogen on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P) as relayed back by the Rosetta Mission. Comets are thought to produce information on the early days of how our solar system came into being - the building blocks if you like. The comet is a Jupiter class. One f the first results of the Rosetta Mission, back in 2014, came from its dust mass spectrometer. It measured an average nitrogen to carbon ratio much lower than the solar N/C value - which was a surprise if not a puzzle.