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8 May 2019
Mesha stele

At ... a new reading of the Moabite Stone by a team led by Finkelstein, Na-aman, and Romer, using high resolution photography (imaging) seems to read somewhat different to earlier attempts at translation. The problem is that the stone was broken up and the text is damaged. The previous transliteration of the text claimed it mentioned Beth Dwd (the House of David) but this is now under dispute. Mesha was a contemporary of Jehoram of Israel, against whom he claims to have rebelled.

10 May 2019
Fossilising Processes

At ... a bone bed in Spain from the Lower Cretaceous is offering up fossilised remains of dinosaurs, mammals, crocodiles, pterosaurs, lizards, tortoises, and fish, which all date back 130 million years ago - at roughly the transition from the Jurassic to the Cretaceous (or thereabouts).

10 May 2019
Galaxy, Jets and Ionisation

At ... we are told astronomers have a rough understanding of how galaxies emit jets from their cores (presumably a reference to the jets emerging from what is assumed to be a black hole at the galactic core) but they also blow out winds of ionised gas - another word for plasma. There is currently no explanation for this. A study in Astronomy and Astrophysics (May 2019) starts by saying astronomers suspect every galaxy harbours a supermassive black hole.

10 May 2019
Gulf of Mexico Geology

At ...  a research paper in Scientific Reports (May 7th 2019) says that complex geology in the Gulf of Mexico contributed to the Deepwater Horizin disaster. Most commentators have, to date, concentrated on the engineering decisions that led to the bow out or the ecological consequences of the oil spill.

13 May 2019
Anglo Saxon Burial

At ... (see also ... a small bump on a patch of grass in Essex, situated between a road and a railway line, has yielded the grave of an Anglo Saxon prince which shows influence of Christianity in around 600AD, when England was supposedly thoroughly pagan. It was spotted as a potential archaeological site as early as 2003 - but things move slowly in archaeological circles.

13 May 2019
Footprint in Patagonia

At ... a human footprint that seems to shatter the peopling of the Americas mainstream song sheet. A sedimentary structure at Osome in southern Chile which is strongly associated with megafauna bones, as well as unifacial lithic tools, has what is said to be a Late Pleistocene footprint by a member of the Homo sapiens family. It is intimated that it is an hominid rather than a modern human footprint.

14 May 2019
Telescopes in Space

At .... the first image of a black hole has led to the next challenge - how to take sharper images in order to further test Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. ESA astronomers are putting together plans to launch radio telescopes in space (see Astronomy and Astrophysics May 2019). The idea is to place satellites into orbit in order to observe what is thought to be black holes. Sharper images of a black hole will provide better information in order to test Relativity (or that is the thinking).

16 May 2019
North Sea Bottom

This one comes courtesy of ... a collation of 15 years research is being put together in a map of the bottom of the North Sea. Research is beginning on the finer details, dredging for evidence of human activity on what was dry land prior to 8000 years ago. Expect some surprises. Some interesting places which might produce results have been isolated from the mapping.

16 May 2019

The European export of plastic consumer waste to developing countries is coming to an end - and no word about it from David Attenbrough or the BBC. The Greens are also keeping their mouths shut in the hope the news won't catch the attention of Joe Public, according to a press release (15th May 2019) from the ... Much of the recycled plastic from Europe ends up in the rivers and oceans of Asia.

16 May 2019
Giant Beavers

At ... giant beavers once roamed North America, alongside woolly mammoths and giant sloths. They all disappeared at the end of the Pleistocene. These beavers did not munch and crunch on wood (trees and saplings) but thier diet, instead, consisted of aquatic plants. We might wonder if these aquatic plants were themselves giants in order to accommodate giant diets. It is thought their food source would have disappeared at the end of the Ice Age (as the climate of North America became warmer).