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24 Jun 2011
Ice Age humans

A story at www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13846262?print=true seems to indicate the first modern humans, the Gravettian culture, entered Europe from the Russian plains rather than through the Balkans. Why this might be so is not discussed, as such, as the evidence comes from a cave in the Ukraine - and presumably no such early evidence yet exists in the Balkans. Still, it does give weight to the idea the steppe zone, which in the Ice Age was a band running from Iberia to NE Siberia, was an idea location for human hunters to thrive. 

24 Jun 2011
Ocean life - richness and decline

t www.physorg.com/print227957170.html ... a parcel of marine scientists, or rather, a collection of environmentalists, is warning us the world's oceans are at risk of entering a period of extinction as a result of, wait for it - a hit including pollution, acidification, ocean warming, overfishing and deoxygenation. The findings are shocking said an Oxford University chap who happens to be the scientific director of the International Programme on the State of the Oceans (oodles of tax money then).

24 Jun 2011
A hominid tooth that is 17 million years of age

Bones found in Wasden cave, a few miles west of Idaho Falls (in the State of Idaho) (see www.idahopress.com/news/state/scientist-fights-for-research-at-e-idaho-c...). Archaeologists, or palaeontologists, have never explored the caves systematically and this is a plea for funds - which are unlikely to be forthcoming. There are bones from all kinds of animals, from the size of mice to that of mammoth - and lots of bison. Mixed in with the bones are prehistoric spear and arrow points and fragments of pottery.

21 Jun 2011
Giving birth to the sea level hockey stick

Amazingly, after the mess the AGW 'Team' got themselves into over the temperature hockey stick model, climate scientists have produced another progeny - this time with sea levels (see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/06/20/manns-new-sea-level-hockey-stick-p... ).

21 Jun 2011
Update on Egyptian crowns

Over at www.gks.uk.com/egyptian-crowns-chaos/ there is an update

20 Jun 2011
Odd Mercury

Mercury isn't a bit like it was supposed to be. NASAs Messenger spacecraft shows craters on the planet that are deep and cold enought to hold frozen water - but Mercury is the rock closest to the Sun. Images of other regions indicate large eruptions have taken place - which somehow they can date to 3.7 billion years ago. When journalists or press releases express these numbers with such certainty one can't help being amused - but then again someone must have fed them the information. Craters are in fact thought to be buried beneath the lava - or basalt floor of the planet.

20 Jun 2011
The St Kilda archipelago

BBC News (see www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-13753643?print=true ) on June 17th reported on archaeologists discovering an extensive field system and terraces cut for cultivation on Boreray, a small island in the archipelago. The evidence was covered in turf and soil but is unmistakable - at some point in the past farmers lived on this small outcrop in the Atlantic which today is home just to seabirds. The St Kilda group lie some 41 miles from the Hebrides - and there is deep water between them.

18 Jun 2011
The star eaten by a black hole

This story is at http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2011/06/16/black-hole-eats-star-producing... is actually what was drawn from the appearance of a bright flash of light observed on March 25th by a camera on a satellite. The news report has the title, 'black hole eats star, producing bright gamma-ray flash'. However, in the next sentence we are led to understand it is an hypothesis to explain the bright flash of light - and a black hole has not actually been seen but merely intimated by what is thought might cause such a bright flash of light.

18 Jun 2011
Comet Hartley2 - provisional diagnosis

NASA has released preliminary information on its Deep Impact mission of November 2010 when a spacecraft flew near Comet Hartley2. It is a small cosmic body with a six and a half year orbit around the Sun and appears to eject huge amounts of dust and gas. Most of this activity, they say, is confined to one part of the comet - which they describe as a large halo of fluffy, icy grains. Chandra detected x-ray emissions - due to the impact of atoms in the solar wind with molecular gas surrounding the comet.

18 Jun 2011
Points of Climate view

At www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2011/6/16/ideological-money-laundering.html ... this story is based on some muddling around and genuine research by Steve McIntyre over at www.climateaudit.org and a reaction to it by Mark Lynas, the author of several pro-AGW books and a climate change blogger still insisting the science is right. Obviously, he reads the McIntyre blog - and also Bishop Hill as he made a comment. Lots of people who are not sceptic must read the blogs just to see where the other side is at - and Steve McIntyre hit the needle on its head.