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3 Dec 2021
Saxons and Nefertiti

Gary sent in the link to ... which is a video of Francis Prior, the archaeologist, and prolific writer and former member of Time Team, speaking about the arrival of the Anglo Saxons and throwing doubt upon the idea there was a massive invasion by people in small boats. They were not dinghies of course but they would have required a bit of paddling to cross the North Sea. He makes the point there is little evidence of a mass arrival of people from the continent.

26 Nov 2021
Loss of Herbivores

At ... this is what happens when you pick up on one element of an event. The demise of ancient herbivores, called grazers, triggered a rise in ancient landscape fires. The analogy here is clearly with wildfires in California and Australia. The authors appear to accept it was due to the wild woods not being cleaned up and fallen trees and branches left as a potential source to fan fires. This, we may note, runs against the official view, tainted as it is by global warming.

25 Nov 2021

At ... Liangzhu was located in eastern China in what was then the Neolithic in that part of the world. Thye didn't use metal. A bit like Britain at the same point in time. The city thrived for a thousand years and came to an end in the 3rd millennium BC. It had an elaborate water management system but suddenly collapse according to research published in Science Advances. Liangzhu is located 160 km from modern Shanghai, both on the Yangtze river, a major artery in China, then and now.

25 Nov 2021
Cometary Ions

At ... this sounds a bit like electric comets - see for more on that point of view. This is different. It is mainstream research from Sweden. They have a history of proposing radical ideas on the aurora and the ionosphere. They have had a succession of leading scientists from Birkeland onwards. Sofia Bergman, of Umea University in Sweden, is a space physicist. Her doctoral thesis is that low energy ions were found around comet Churyumov-Gerasimanko. Remember that one. How time flies.

21 Nov 2021
Justinian Plague in England

At ... plague sceptics are wrong to underestimate the devastating impact that plague had in the 6th and 7th centuries AD, according to a new study that sets out to demolish the ideas of those historians who play light fingers with the Justinian Plague. They resort to ancient texts and recent genetic discoveries. The study says the plague may have reached England before it was first recorded in the Mediterranean.

21 Nov 2021
Snakes with Legs

At ... smaller than a grain of sand, phytoplankton are key to aquatic health. They transform organic contaminants in water into less toxic chemicals. Cup a hand full of sea water in your palms and you will literally be holding a bustling world of single cell organisms. Thousands of them. Phytoplankton float around the world's oceans, enhancing water quality. They are a basic element of the ocean eco-system.

21 Nov 2021
Global Environmental Crisis 42000 years ago

At ... geological archives are said to record multiple episodes of reversals of earth's magnetic poles but the effect on the world at large is unclear. The last major inversion is known as the Laschamp excursion, dated at around 42,000 years ago [on Bayesian methodology]. In their study a New Zealand Kauri tree was used to develop a detailed record of atmospheric radiocarbon levels across the excursion.

20 Nov 2021
Solar Eruptions

At ... new research into magnetic fields which form inside the Sun and cause violent eruptions. The idea is to predict solar flares. Mathematicians and astrophysicists from the UK and Italy have modelled the emergence of twisted magnetic fields in the solar atmosphere, and verified their models with observations. This is hailed as a breakthrough. The research is published in Nature Communications [November 2021]. However, the origin of the twisted magnetic fields are not solved, they say.

15 Nov 2021
Greenland Dinosaur

At ... a dinosaur that lived 214 million years ago in what is now Greenland is described as a long necked herbivore, a predecessor of the sauropods. In other words, it was a plant eater and Greenland, at the time, was green with vegetation. The remains belong to the late Triassic era. Therefore, possibly, they are also collateral from the Triassic-Jurassic boundary extinction event. It was at this time the super continent of Pangaea began to break apart, forming the Atlantic Ocean.

14 Nov 2021
Moons and Meteorites

At ... a Near Earth asteroid could be a fragment of our moon, according to a research paper in Nature Communications. It orbits the Sun but remains relatively close to the orbit of the Earth. However, it comes no closer than one million miles away.