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25 Aug 2017
Wild Sheep

At https://phys.org/print422623388.html ... wild sheep lived and thrived in the Black Desert region of eastern Jordan in the Late Pleistocene. To be exact, during the warm period separating the end of the Late Glacial Maximum and the onset of the cold Younger Dryas climatic period, known in Europe as the Bolling and Alleroed warm periods. The research is published in the Royal Society's Open Science journal and the field evidence was recovered by the University of Copenhagen.

26 Aug 2017
Babylonian Maths

William sent this one in. It is also in various other places such as https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2017/08/24/mathematical-mystery-of-ancie... ... and https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/08/25/3700-year-old-babylonian-tablet-r... ... where we learn a clay tablet that has lain undecyphered for many years has now been solved by a team from New South Wales University in Australia.

26 Aug 2017
x-ray supernovae

At https://phys.org/print422704328.html ... scientists have detected x-rays from what appears to be a type 1a supernova. Exploding stars are an interesting phenomenon and we are told astrophysicists do not fully understand them. Astronomers like supernovae as they are thought to be caused when a white dwarf star undergoes a thermonuclear explosion, as they have a high degree of brightness. This allows them to calculate how far away from Earth they are and aid in the mapping of the universe. However, not all supernovae play ball ... ....

28 Aug 2017
Comet Asteroid

At https://phys.org/print422864597.html ... a comet that became an asteroid. Comet Blanpain was first seen and recorded in 1819 - but subsequently disappeared. In 2003 astronomers discovered a small asteroid still orbiting along the former path of the comet - which appears to be the gassed out core of the comet. The gas and dust that was left behind by the comet is still there - the Phoenicid meteor shower (from the constellation Phoenix).

28 Aug 2017
Seeds and Pollen

Seeds and pollen collected by archaeologists in Ohio are turning out to be quite important. Maize was domesticated in Mexico and did not become an important crop in Ohio until about AD90. The first farmers in the region go back 5000 years and they relied on local plants such as sumpweed, goosefoot, may grass and little barley etc. These plants are clearly associated with the mound builders (Adena and Hopewell cultures) - see www.dispatch.com/news/20170820/archaeology-ancient-seeds-pollen-show-ohi...

2 Sep 2017
Humans in America

At https://phys.org/print423323399.html ... analysis of skeletons from a cave in the Yucatan peninsular of Mexico has proven settlement of humans in the Americas goes back into the Late Pleistocene period - or prior to the Younger Dryas event. Mexico is 4000 miles away from the Bering land bridge (but see also www.seeker.com/culture/archaeology/the-oldest-known-human-remains-in-the... ). The cave is now under the sea as a result of sea level changes in the early Holocene period.

2 Sep 2017
Saturns's Rings

The big story of the week is that Saturn's rings may be a relatively recent fixture. Gary sent in the link to www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4836376/Saturn-s-rings-just-100-... ... It was assumed Saturn's rings go back to the early solar system, we are told, which belies the objectivity of relying on an assumption as this one was a false flag. It seems the rings of Saturn formed much more recently - the late dinosaur age is suggested, 100 million years ago.

2 Sep 2017
Curving Sprite

At http://spaceweather.com (August 31st, 2017) we have this image ...

2 Sep 2017
Black Hole Anomaly

Sandia National Laboratory has conducted a hands on experiment that appears to contradict another assumption - and this concerns the X-ray spectra from the vicinity of black holes (see https://phys.org/print423147374.html). The experimental results were published in the journal Physical Review Letters and came about as emissions directly from black holes cannot be observed. We see emissions from surrounding matter before it is consumed into the accretion disc.

2 Sep 2017
Dinosaur Colours

A well preserved nodosaur with skin scales, shoulder spikes, and skin colour has been written up at www.cell.com/current-biology/pdf/S0960-9822(17)30808-4.pdf (or www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(17)30808-4 )... and www.cell.com/cms/attachment/210607284/2081442662/mmc1.pdf

The links were sent in by Robert who also included another one at www.icr.org/article/10194 ... which is a condensed version of the story from a Creationist angle ...