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31 Mar 2012
Domesticating cattle ... and the Wrangel Island mammoths

At ... there are over a billion cows in the world today but a paper in Molecular Biology and Evolution claims there were just 80 head of them at the start of the Holocene - all on the basis of DNA extracted from cows at one archaeological site in Iran.

30 Mar 2012
The Sun is turning ...

The Sun is still active and that large sunspot cluster will rotate towards the Earth later during April. It is still spitting CMEs apparently - see video at ...another web site also has an interesting video and discussion - see

30 Mar 2012

At    the legend of Naymlap, founder of a dynasty in ancient Peru, begins with his arrival in a fleet of balse rafts. He came with an idol made from green stone and installed it in a palace he built and went on to live a long and peaceful life. Eventually, he died and his followers regarded him as a god and expected him to return - but of course, this never happened.

30 Mar 2012
Foot bones ... unclean?

The unlikely web site, Small Business Newswire, ... has a Harvard archaeologist say that he had obsered during excavations in the Levant many foot bones of sheep, goats and cattle near ancient sanctuaries - particularly during the Middle Bronze IIB-C period. Does this mean hooves and feet of animals were in some way regarded as unclean? The idea is not exactly opposite to the Bible.

30 Mar 2012
The Sun and life on Earth

At Pierre Gosselin's blog ... scientists from Japan's Okayama Univerity claim the Sun influences coral reefs while at ... claims that low activity on the Sun in recent years has shifted the Gulf Stream.

29 Mar 2012
Lyres in the Celtic past

At ... at a cave on Skye a small burnt and broken piece of wood is exciting archaeologists. It is part of the bridge of a lyre - and it dates to the first millennium BC. The 'expert' consulted by the BBC reporter, from Cambridge University, appears to be surprised by this - that complex music, song and poetry could have existed in the darkest moments of the Iron Age period.

29 Mar 2012
Comets ... Halley as Jupiter

At ... is Comet Wild2 subject to space weathering, is the question being asked, but it is a reference to a rusty red colouration on its surface. Microfocus Spectroscopy has shown Wild2 has been bombarded by particles in the solar wind and by micrometeorites for a long time, depositing grains of iron and reddening the surface (or that is the current thinking).

29 Mar 2012
Lightning and free neutrons

At ... after a quarter of a century of denying Russian research, scientists in the West have at last acknowledged lightning can cause free neutrons. As they have been in denial for so long it is no surprise they are saying these are soft neutrons - not the big strong neutrons that will cause them sleepless nights. However, they have opened the drawbridge, EM Smith counters, and a lot of new ideas will flourish.

29 Mar 2012
Astro-archaeology .. it's still breathing, just

At ... it seems researchers at Nottingham Trent University have been looking at the Gardom's Edge standing stone, a 4000 year old slab of stone in a triangular shape as if it is pointing at something. It is just a couple of metres tall but the monument's striking right angle slants up towards the geographic south. The orientation and inclination of the shape it aligned to the altitude of the Sun at mid-summer.

29 Mar 2012
Electric Saturn and Cracking Ice Cap

At ... Cassini looks at Saturn's nightside aurora and its electric current system (with images) while at ... news that the West Antarctic peninsular ice shelf is cracking up - from NASAs 'Operation Ice Bridge' (utilising 40 years of satellite data). The paper was published in the Journal of Glaciology but see also