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16 Jan 2021
Geological Resequencing

At ... the eastern edge of New Guinea was or is a plate boundary it is thought and has therefore captured a bit of geological interest, not least because of location in a tropical region. The idea is implanted in the theory that New Guinea and Australia are a single plate [with a few bitty bits tacked on] and moved enmasse from a former Gondwana location, formerly attached to India, and Antarctica, and moved northwards to kick up against the Asian plates.

16 Jan 2021
Presumed Supernova

At ... here we have mainstream backtracking on itself. Astronomers thought they were looking at a supernova but oddly it appeared to recurr on several occasions. This was not just mysterious it more or less imploded the idea that supernovas are stars exploding at the end of their lives. That is  surely impossible, and therefore some othere explanation was sought. In this research paper we are solemnly informed the flaring up was caused by a supermassive black hole.

16 Jan 2021
Imhotep's Tomb

Links sent in by Gary who has some interesting ideas on Egyptian iconography and history. As far as I can tell this story is only at the Express which is not the most reliable of sources if their scare stories on weather is anything to go by. However, Gary drags in Baldrick, or rather Tony Robinson who has began a new series on Egyptian tombs on Channel 5. Details on this are available at ... which partly compliments Gary's link to the programme at ...

12 Jan 2021
Computing Covid 19

The recent outbreak of Covid 19 has triggered an enormous amount of new research on the various covid viral manifestations which has to be good. Of course, a lot of money is involved as a lot money, even more so, is one of the harvests. Yet, it is precisely because of these funds working overtime in the background that we may get to know much more about coronvirus and the way it spreads around the globe, and not all the conclusions will be honey in the ear of mainstream scientists. At ...

12 Jan 2021
Upper East Asia Genome

Genetic research is spreading far and wide across the world, so much so it has now reached some very remote places - see ... Actually, there is a reason why remote regions are attractive geneticists and this is that they have experienced less hybridisation with other regions and their peoples. This piece of research is really about northern Siberia as far east as Kamchatka.

12 Jan 2021
Medieval Drought

One story circulating on the Net in the aftermath of Christmas covers a new study that is said to have found evidence of severe drought in Europe between AD1302 and 1307BC. It directly preceded the wet and cold phase of the 1310s, we are told, and the great famine, in Europe, dated 1315-21, which decimated peasant populations in the decades prior to the arrival of the Black Death.

11 Jan 2021
Scythian Faces

At ... a tomb in Tuva  with the burial of a Scythian king and his favourite concubine is extremely well preserved and the faces of the two have now been reconstructed from what is left of their skulls. The tomb goes back some 2600 years to about the time Scythian overspilled into Mesopotamia, as recorded by the Assyrians. A remnant are said to still be living in Georgia.

11 Jan 2021

The headline at this link is, why have so few Milky Way supernovas  been observed over the last millennium? See ... a mystery as our galaxy is thought to experience several supernovae each century = 3000 events over a thousand years. Yet, it is hundreds of years since the last observable supernova exploding [as far as humans recording such an event]. The lone one was back in 1604, mentioned by astronomers around the world. Or rather, it has been interpreted as a supernova explosion.

11 Jan 2021

An interesting one emerging from the woodwork. At ... breatherian bacteria break down greenhouse gases. Some bacteria living in soils can break down toxic gases such as carbon monoxide and methane. The study is published in Nature Microbiology [January 2021] and it brings forth just how adaptable bacteria can be, on an evolutionary scale.

9 Jan 2021
Wobbling Planet

At ... seems like Tall Bloke got his story from EOS - see ... the Earth's equivalent, we are told, is the Chandler Wobble, a not exactly well understood phenomenon. According to Wikipedia, the Chandler wobblke should die down within a matter of decades, but continues, there must be an influencer that continually re-excites it. This is thought to involve the slightly oblate shape of our planet.