In The News

Welcome to our "In the News" page, featuring summaries of Internet news, relevant to Catastrophism and Ancient History.

Show Titles only | Show summaries

Datesort icon
12 Feb 2021
Hunting Sharks

At www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-indigenous-groups-brazil-h... ... why did indigenous peoples in Brazil hunt shark? The full works. Tiger sharks, great whites and hammerhead sharks. Not only did they eat the meat but they used the teeth as arrow tips - and razor blades. From 8000 years ago up to the modern era, the 1500s AD, these people hunted sharks like others hunt for haddock - or blue fin tuna.

12 Feb 2021
Plasma Rain

Amazing image at www.spaceweather.com, February 10th, 2021, of a huge cloud of solar plasma suspended above the Sun's surface. It is not stable as blobs and streamers of plasma break away and slide back to the stellar surface. However, the plasma rain drops doin't just all down, the they slide along curving lines of magnetic force. These raindrops are the size of boulders, falling from a cloud of plasma 100,000 km overhead. It was photographed by a guy with a backyard observatory in Naperville in Illinois.

7 Feb 2021
Heat of Ryugu

The Japanese space mission to the asteroid Ryugu was a success and it is now on its way to meet another asteroid even further away. When the soil samples have been restored to a laboratory in order to analyse, one of the things scientists will be looking at is the apparent heat of Ryugu, and what might be the source - see https://phys.org/news/2021-02-japan-scientists-source-high-asteroid.html ... The heat in question is the heat that altered the space rock' constitution. They idea is that it may provide some details on the origin of the universe - or even, life on earth.

7 Feb 2021
A Jurassic Rift

At www.geolsoc.org.uk/Geoscientist/Archive/July-2017/OLS-Jurassic-Brexit ... actually, the  first sign of the rift began in the Triassic but it was accelerated in the mid Jurassic. At this time a  thermal dome rose up leading to upheaval as far west as the Hebrides, although the focus of the article is really about the geology of the North Sea basin. The dome was followed, in time, by an upwelling of lava, the Rattray Volcanic region. It was located at the point of a triple junction - between Norway and Scotland, to the east of the Shetlands.

7 Feb 2021
Neanderthals in the North Sea

At www.geolsoc.org.uk/Geoscientist/Archive/June-2009/Early-migrant-fell-asl... ... this site archive is proving to be something of a treasure trove and well worth exploring with a beady eye. This time it is about the discovery of a fragment of a Neanderthal skull, caught 15 km off the coast of the Netherlands. It was buried in sediments from an extraction zone located on the Zeeland Ridge. It was found among animal remains from the Pleistocene, with some flint flakes and small hand axes typical of Neanderthal craftmanship.

5 Feb 2021
Doggie Archaeologists

According to the Indpendent dogs are now contributing to archaeology - and they have a picture of a dog to prove it, using its big nose to sniff around ancient ruins. See www.independent.co.uk/news/science/dog-archaeology-ancient-human-remains... .. and at www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeolgy/china-archaeology-medieval... ... another story, this one from western China, and a sort of buffer state between China and Tibet, back in the day. Nanzhou. The ancient ruins of a Buddhist monastery in Yunnan Province are under investigation.

3 Feb 2021
Rep G3 COVID peptide therapeutic

Rep G3 inhibits the SARS2 coronavirus induced IL-6 IL-1b TNFa & IL-9 cytokines which cause COVID-19 disease. This is a nwly developed safe and effective Covid therapy based on a synthetic peptide solution inhaled spray.

3 Feb 2021
Dust and Monsoons

William sent in a link to this story. It is about scientists trying to understand why it was greener in the Sahara during the early to mid Holocene - quite unlike the desert conditions of today. The study, in Science Advances, can be seen at https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/11/e160045 ... They first tried to model it into orbital changes of the earth as it circles the sun, in order to see why the monsoon track may have shifted, or progressively became less abundant.

3 Feb 2021
Loess Build Up

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2021/02/02/unmatched-dust-storms-raged-o... ... another story about dustg. This time, during the frozen landscapes of the last Ice Age. Huge dust storms swirled across the frozen wastes of northern Europe during the coldest periods of the last Ice Age - particularly during the Late Glacial Maximum. This is bound cup again with mainstream theory. This is that loess has on origin in winds sweeping over the tundra and lifting dust up into the air and dropping it down again, elsewhere. It is a theory.

29 Jan 2021
Sulfur on Venus

At https://phys.org/news/2021-01-purported-phosphine-venus-ordinary-sulfur.... ... in September, and posted on the News, a team in the UK claimed they had detected the chemical phosphine in the thick clouds of Venus. It was discovered via radio telescopes and surprised so called Venus experts, we are told. This is a press release, it would seem, but it does coagulate the opposite point of view. What exactly are Venus experts? Presumably, the discovery did not fit in to the idea of a runaway global warming view of Venus.