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4 May 2020
Why people didn't get the plague

Actually, the title is wrong. Why people do not seem to have suffered the same dramatic effects of the Black Death in earlier incidents of bubonic plague. One can see that with the current corona virus outbreak that new forms of virus can occur that are more devastating the  earlier one. Does this mean bubonic plague is a virus comparable to covid 19? Who knows. We require more data. At ...

30 Apr 2020

At .... the story of Mulan, who disguises herself as a man to fight for the Chinese emperor, may have been inspired by real life woman warriors. These were the Xlanbei, an ancient semi nomadic people from Mongolia and NE China. Now, actual physical evidence of them may have been uncovered. Three skeletons of Xlanbei women have marks on their bones that suggested they not only routinely rode horses but used the bow as a weapon.

28 Apr 2020
Big Rock

On its way on Wednesday, a big rock passing by - see April 28th 2020 ...

28 Apr 2020
milk and cheese and all things creamy

At ... study traces the spread of early dairy farming across western Europe. This is down to the new technique of chemically analysing food residue on pottery - in this instance fragments of pottery from the Early Neolithic period. The study in Nature Communications ( ) has concentrated on traces of dairy products found on 80 per cent of the pottery fragments looked at, lots of which came from the Atlantic coast of Britain and Ireland.

28 Apr 2020
Downright Weird

This is one of those quotes that might haunt the interviewee. At ... in this study we are told new findings suggest the laws of nature are behaving in a 'downright weird' way. This is because they are not as constant as previously believed - which means this is yet another piece on the discovery that the universal constant seems to be annoyingly inconstant (see earlier posts on the same subject). This appears to be particularly true of the outer fringes of the cosmos. It is also directional.

28 Apr 2020

This post was prompted by a question from a member of SIS - what is the progress and current thinking on the Meghalayan? Well, they are still discussing it I suppose, with no agreement as yet. I suspect many geologists are quite happy with the designation of the Holocene without carving it up into smaller segments. The idea of the Meghalayan Age first raised its public face at the IUGS conference of July 2018 (the International Union of Geological Sciences). It caused a bit of a stir at the time but this has since subsided.

26 Apr 2020

At ... this is about an iron meteorite find in Oregon, the so called Willamette meteor. The local Indian tribe, the Clackamas, called it Tomanowos - the visitor from heaven. One would suppose with a name like that one of their ancestors had witnessed it falling out of the sky. It seems logical as there were no geology courses or students back in the day. However, in this post that is not so. We are told instead that 4.5 billion years ago Tomanowos was the core of a proto planet that never quite made it.

25 Apr 2020
Venus Super Rotation

At ... atmospheric tidal waves maintain the super rotation speed of Venus - courtesy of Hokkaido University (Japan). The tidal waves are formed from solar heating on the planet's day side and cooling on its night side. See also ...

25 Apr 2020
Frogs in Antarctica

At ... the discovery of the earliest known modern amphibians in Antarctica suggests, once again, a warm and temperate climate prevailed in the Antartic peninsular - prior to separation from Gondwana Land. The frog fossils date from the Eocene period, 40 million years ago. Geologists found evidence that ice formed across the Antarctic peninsular prior to the break up - but in this new study it would seem the fossils contradict that idea (or the ice was temporary).

23 Apr 2020
Interstellar comet Borisov

At ... ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, has disovered some unusual things about interstellar Comet Borisov, late last year (December 2019). They observed the  chemicals stored inside the comet that is thought to have originated in another solar system. See ... and ... where it seems ALMA detected two molecules in the gas ejected from the comet - hydrogen cyanide and carbon monoxide.