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14 Jul 2019
Amino Acids and Enzymes

At ... peptides, which are a chain of amino acids, are an essential element of all life on Earth. They form the fabric of proteins which serve as a catalyst for biological processes. However, it is thought they require enzymes to control their formation from amino acids. This is described as a chicken and egg problem - how did the original enzymes come into being.

14 Jul 2019

The big archaeology story for some people has been the discovery of what is claimed to be the Biblical settlement of Ziklag - go to ... archaeologists from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Israel Antiquities Authority, together with the MacQuarrie University in Sydney, Australia, think they have discovered the Philistine town of Ziklag, near Kiryat Gath, associated with King David in the books of I Samuel and II Samuel.

14 Jul 2019

A completely preserved lily was found in calcareous sediments of a former lake in NE Brazil dating back, it is said, to 115,000 years ago (in the early Cretaceous). Go to ... It is in fact a member of the lily family (which is fairly broad, including for example the diminutive lily of the valley). It is nothing like your modern garden lily. Its roots, flower, and stem are perfectly preserved, and 40cm in length.

14 Jul 2019
Grazing Animal Dispersal of Grains and Seeds

This is an interesting story at ... many of the grains, including quinoa, amaranth, the millets, hemp, and buckwheat, have traits that indicate they co-evolved to be dispersed by large grazing animals. During the Pleistocene there were great herds of ruminants and these directed the ecology over most of the surface of the earth (or that is the assumption made). As such, they brought into being evolutionary changes in plants.

16 Jul 2019
Sanctuary at Naxos

This story is at Anne-Marie de Grazia's web site - go to ... an uninhabited island 10km from Naxos in the Aegean has a 4600 structure that is likened by archaeologists to a sanctuary. Quite what that might mean in real life is one of those imponderables as sacntuary and ritual are often used when people don't really know what the function of something might be.

17 Jul 2019
SE Asia Humans

At ... SE Asia was crowded with archaic human groups long before modern humans turned up - going back 50,000+ years ago. This is according to a new study in PNAS. The theory is now that the ancestors of modern humans living in the area met and genetically mixed with the various archaic groups by reason they have left behind a small genetic signature. We may note the smallness of that signature is convenient as it allows the Out of Africa mantra to be defended.

19 Jul 2019
Expansion of the Universe

At ... we have mysterious radio bursts - first discovered in 2007. Since then 100 or so have been announced - fast and bright flashes of radio waves issuing from space. What they are has yet to be determined.

19 Jul 2019
Bottomonium Particles

One for the birds. At ... a few millionths of a second after Big Bang the universe was so dense and hot that quarks and gluons (that make up protons, neutrons and other hadrons) existed freely in what is known as the quark-gluon plasma. All hypothetical of course. Apparently, they aim to recreate this situation at the Large Hadron Collider (and some early results are said to be promising) via high energy collisions of heavy ions of lead.

22 Jul 2019
3D Quantum Spin

At ... apparently, there is no way to prove that a three dimensional 'quantum spin liquid' exists. Physicists have come up with another way to persuade their fellows of such a discovery - single crystals of cerium zirconium pyrochlore that contained the right kind of stuff to qualify as the first 3D version of the long sought after state of matter.

24 Jul 2019
The Greek Pyramid

As canny readers will have observed from images of the previous post on the Greek pyramid in the Aegean Sea there was certainly no pyramid itself (or a building resembling a pyramid) but the pyramid was the island itself. It looked like a pyramid - or nearly so. No pointy top of course and no topping of a thunderbolt/meteor. It was the island that resembled a pyramid which was enhanced by the use of white marble that was brought by sea from Naxos, around six and a half miles away. In fact, 10,000 tonnes of white marble was brought to the island.