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2 Sep 2017

At ... William sent in this one. A Roman city off the NE coast of Tunisia with streets, monuments, and tanks used to produce garum (a fermented fish based condiment) has been found by archaeologists - submerged. The suggestion is that it was overwhelmed by a tsunami - which begs the question, then why did it remain submerged? Earthquakes in the Mediterranean are common and many classical Greek and Roman towns and cities on the coast were subject to tectonic subsidence - a more likely explanation than a tsunami wave.

2 Sep 2017
Clever Chappies

Neanderthals, it would seem, invented the first adhesive (known to archaeology) - see ... Neanderthals, it seems, were nothing like their cave men image. Indeed, they were quite bright and are now being entertained as the inventors of adhesives as used in fixing tools on a haft. Adhesive residue has been found on stone tools going back 200,000 years ago.

4 Sep 2017

Quite apart  from modern political symbolism rainbows have in the past also been appropriated for dubious reasons. For example, they once had a deep religious significance as they were viewed as a divine sign from God to Noah to signal the end of the Flood event. Isaac Newton was heavily criticised by some factions of the establishment when in 1704 he shone a light through a glass prism to show that when light was bent it split into its component colours - the spectrum of the rainbow.

6 Sep 2017

Lots of media buffs are getting really excited about Irma and the prospect of a catastrophic brush with Florida. It's down to CAGW - the oceans are getting warmer leading to more horrific hurricanes. This doom mongering comes on top of Harvey which drenched Houston and the Texas coast with extraordinary torrential rain fall. How to take advantage of weather events to drive an agenda - see ... and do read the comments (or browse them).

8 Sep 2017
Famine and ill weather

Geoffrey Parker, in 'Global Crisis:Wars, Climate Change and Catastrophism in the 17th Century' on page 480, turns his attention to Australia - and the Aborigines coping with drought and lack of food. Australia had one of the lowest population densities in the world as it is predominantly dry. Only in the SE and SW corners is there a temperate climate with fertile soils. Desert and semi arid outback covers two thirds of Australia.

9 Sep 2017
Sun spots and flares

At ... it seems the recent Near Earth Object that sailed within 4.4 million miles of the Earth in late August had two moons - or two objects in tow. Other NEOs are known to have moons - or closely orbiting smaller cosmic bodies. Are these in resonance with the large body and if so do they represent a greater threat?

9 Sep 2017
early humans

It has been something of an anomaly that some Neanderthal remains have been dated less than 30,000 years ago - as far as a catastrophist explanation for their demise is concerned. At ... revised dating, using a new methodology making use of bone collagen, has now placed Neanderthal remains in a Croatian cave as occurring prior to 30,000 years ago. The problem at this point in time, as said on other occasions, is that between 40 and 30,000 years ago there was a massive plateau in C14, which is what has been causing the conflicting dates.

9 Sep 2017
Cockatoos and Wild Dogs of ...

At ...  a clever cockatoo. It was able to bend a pipe cleaner in order to retrieve a small out of reach basket with a handle from out of a glass tube out of reach of its claws or beak.

9 Sep 2017
Moons of Uranus

William sent in this link to ... where researches from the University of Idaho and Wellesley College say they have found evidence two pairs of moons orbiting Uranus are on a collision course. The paper has been uploaded to the arXiv preprint server - see

11 Sep 2017
Hurricanes and the Sun

William sent in a link to ... the TPOD by Stephen Smith discusses solar eruptions and how they may impact with weather events on Earth - such as hurricanes. It asks - is it a coincidence that Hurricane Katrina (Aug 29th 2005) and Hurricane Rita (Sept 23rd 2005) occurred on either side of a large X-flare. We might ask - why would weather on Earth be affected by the solar wind 'before' a major flare had arrived to impact the atmosphere. It would seem a coincidence is more likely.