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10 Sep 2021
North Sea Ice Age

Willian sent in this link and it opens a fascinating subject. At https://news.yahoo.com/news/north-seas-hidden-ice-age-230234332.html ... a spectacular Ice Age landscape has been revealed beneath the North Sea. Deep, kilometre wide channels gouged out of the sea bed by fast flowing rivers of water - presumed to be melt water from ice. The link has images but for the best set of views go to www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-9970017/ ...

10 Sep 2021
Antikythera Mechanism

William also sent in this link. On the Antikythera Mechanism - see Current World Archaeology 108 [August/September 2021] pages 16-23 [see also https://www.world-archaeology.com ] and T Freeth et al [2021] 'A Model of the Cosmos in the Ancient Greek Antikythera Mechanism' in Scientific Reports at https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-84310-w ... It has been described as a computer. A mechanism to calculate, or compute. It is a testament to Greek ingenuity - but what was it used for?

8 Sep 2021
Polar Wander Oscillation

A Late Cretaceous 'polar wander oscillation' has been recognised - see www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-23803-8 ... where you can download the full pdf. True polar wander, or movement at the poles, is well documented for other planets and moons, but geologists are shy of saying it could happen on our planet, Earth. This paper proposes it has happened - towards the end of the Cretaceous [which witnessed the extinction of the dinosaurs]. We might then ask - did the asteroid strike cause the poles to move?

8 Sep 2021
A Lumpy Moon

William also sent in this link - www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/perseverance-captures-incredible-clip-lumpy-2013... ... Perseverance on the surface of the planet Mars, has beamed back some nice images - including one of the Mars moons.

At https://phys.org/news/2021-08-doctoral-student-volunteers-effort-quadrup... ... recruiting volunteers to look for active asteroids

At https://phys.org/news/2021-08-accidental-discovery-hints-hidden-populati... ... a hidden population of brown dwarfs

8 Sep 2021
Cynethryth

The big news of the month is the discovery of earthquake damage at Jerusalem which has been provisionally dated to the 8th century BC, mainly because Amos records a raash [in the reign of Uzziah] that rent the Temple and city. See https://phys.org/news/2021-08-evidence-ancient-earthquake-jerusalem.html ... and various other media links such as the Jerusalem Post. We are promised further details later in the month.

 

8 Sep 2021
Submerged Past Worlds

Interesting article from The Conservation - but see https://phys.org/news/2021-08-ancient-beliefs-underwater-worlds-sealevel... ... and although some of the evidence produced is very interesting it is unfortunately an article inspired by the idea of modern global warming and rising sea levels. This leads to some strange interpretation of the legendary material - even the stone alignments of Britanny which are said to originate as an attempt to stop sea levels rising by appealing to the gods.

7 Sep 2021
Missing Rocks

Robert sent in the link https://thedailyplasma.blog/2021/08/26/cracks-in-theory/ ... and https://www.space.com/grand-canyon-rock-mystery-rodinia .... the first link is to Andrew Hall who posts at Thunderbolts and the second one tells us some interesting facts about the Grand Canyon. Why are some rocks missing from the geological column? It seems they have found a way to explain away the so called Great Unconformity, which was first noted back in the 19th century. The solution found is a series of small faults - with the emphasis on small. They occurred way back beyond - Pangea.

7 Sep 2021
Balkans Farming

At https://phys.org/news/2021-09-farmers-europe-balkans-date-5th.html ... Switzerland is famous for its Neolithic lake dwellings - on wooden piles. Now, they have looked at a site in a lake in the Balkans, Lake Ohrid. The findings are in the Journal of Archaeological Science [Sept 2021]. To be more precise, the lake is in the modern state of Macedonia, and was occupied from the 5th millennium onwards. No surprise there as it was the 6200BC event that set the farmers [endemic in Anatolia] to move into Europe.

19 Aug 2021
Plasma of Bloodlines

Interesting post at www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2021/08/14/the-plasma-of-bloodlines/ ...  which is about coats of arms and heraldry in general. Symbols have been passed down through the ages. In this post by Marinus Anthony Van Der Sluijs he says such symbolism goes back into the prehistoric period. Harold Bayley said something similar in his books, several volumes, 'The Lost Language of Symbolism' which was first published in 1912 by Williams and Norgate of London. His book has been reproduced by Bracken Books [Random House] London:1996.

19 Aug 2021
The Sun flips its magnetic field every 11 years

This intriguing statement is at https://phys.org/news/2021-08-fast-solar-seasons-sun-clock.html ... the Sun flips its magnetic field every 11 years. How does it do that? A new mystery for science it would seem.