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30 Aug 2011
Homo erectus in Europe where he is not supposed to be

This story can be found at an interesting site with a nice name, http://averyremoteperiodindeed.blogspot.com/2011/08/170000-year-old-huma...  is all about a human skull, described by one of the people involved as Homo erectus - but at an impossible time. It was found in France in the period normally assigned to the Neanderthals - considered to be a more advanced form of Homo erectus. Is the skull a throwback or may it simply be another variant of Homo erectus.

28 Aug 2011
Peshawar antiquity

At Daily News and Analysis India - see www.dnaindia.com/print710.php?cid=1579550, there is a report of the re-discovery of the remains of a Buddhist stupa and monastery near Peshawar in Pakistan - originally excavated in 1908 but left to fall into decay thereafter. The stupa, it is estimated, was as tall as a modern 13 storey building and was built in the reign of the Kushan emperor Kanishka - in the 1st century AD. The Chinese traveller Huan Tsong visited it in the 7th century AD - and the stupa was still standing.

28 Aug 2011
Ice Age people in boats in the Mediterranean

This story comes from www.pasthorizons.com/index.php/archives/08/2011/obsidian-artifacts-point... and it seems that mariners may have been sailing the Mediterranean before the end of the Pleistocene - according to new evidence. Their mission, to find volcanic rock to make sharp cutting tools, namely obsidian (a volcanic glass). Obsidian was being extracted as early as 15,000 years ago, it is being said, between the end of the Ice Age and the beginning of the Younger Dryas event.

27 Aug 2011
Star gas

William Thompson sent the following link, http://newsinfo.nd.edu/news/25691/, which is Notre Dame University. It seems that two of its astrophysicists, N Lehner and C Hawk, have published a paper in Science (August 26th) that is important in our understanding of how stars are made - continuously. The same story can be seen at www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110825164931.htm and at www.physorg.com/print233510806.html.

27 Aug 2011
Cern CLOUD again ...

The mainstream media is either ignoring the potential of the experiment at CERN or is taking, once again, soundbites from the establishment - as if they would tell them the truth. Various critics have been dragged out of nowhere, possibly not having read the paper, and asked for their opinions. One of them claimed that clouds do not cause cooling ... because it is hot on the surface of Venus and yet there are enormous swirling clouds clogging up its atmosphere. Therefore, it seems, the Sun can't warm the earth - or something like that.

27 Aug 2011
Neanderthals and Denisovans - and genetic links to modern humans

This story can be seen at www.physorg.com/print233498054.html and at www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110825141635.htm and is derived from the journal Science - at the online Science Express, August 25th. Some modern human gene pools have derived beneficial versions of immune system genes from Neanderthals and Denisovans - this is additional to the shared DNA, from 4 to 6 per cent. The HLA class 1 immune system gene is rare in African populations and therefore could not have accompanied the migrants per the Out of Africa theory of modern human origins.

27 Aug 2011
Shorter In the News - links

At www.geneticarchaeology.com/research/Not_so_fast_--_researchers_find_that... is a report on s study published in PNAS which uses evidence from the fossil record, and therefore relies on geological dating methodology, which is based on uniformitarianism. The object is to inform us  that lasting evolutionary change takes on average a million years to take place.

26 Aug 2011
Its all in the genes

Interesting web site to browse ... www.geneticarchaeology.com, while at www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-14630012, BBC News reports on a DNA study that overturns earlier genetic research which claimed farmers displaced the indigenous Mesolithic population of Europe - or a large part thereof. The latest research now says that most of Europe's males can trace descent from Stone Age hunters (research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B). It seems the results vary depending on the genetic markers studied and different interpretations are being made.

25 Aug 2011
The CLOUD experiment

theComments on the CLOUD experiment results and a paper in Nature this week, August 25th, are somewhat revealing. Andrew Mountford, author of The Hockey Stick Illusion, at his blog www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2011/8/24/cloud-experiment-links.html sets the tone of the blogosphere flavour by running through some reactions. For example, the internet home of The Team, Real Climate, says the results don't really matter because cosmic ray levels haven't changed, while Nature, hand on heart, says cosmic rays do cause change, but ...

24 Aug 2011
Higgs bosun

Previous upbeat press releases from the CERN laboratory near Geneva have now been superceded by a hint of pessimism - see www.physorg.com/print233217858.html and www.physorg.com/print233249414.html. However, according to research director Sergio Bertolucci, if the Higgs exists the LHC experiments will soon find it. If it does not, its absence will point the way to new physics.