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12 Feb 2020
Rectangular Sun

Yes, this is really a picture of the Sun, as seen over the ocean near Rio de Janiero - see (February 10th 2020) ....

12 Feb 2020
Horses in Cave Art

In New Scientist, 23rd November, 2019, we had 'Horses reigned supreme among Stone Age artists' which is something of a conumdrum (but you wouldn't think so). In the 1990s Georges Sauret compiled a database of Palaeolithic European art - from mainly Spain and France. The images date between 12,000 and 30,0000 years ago. About 30% of the images were of horses - and they seem to have had a special status. Whereas lions, mammoth and bears were drawn in profile with the heads to the left, horses are most commonly drawn with the heads orientated to the right.

12 Feb 2020
Stone Boomerang

A University of Waikato (New Zealand) researcher, Fiona Petchey, has been helping archaeologists track the movements of Lapita people through the Pacific (the forerunners of the Polynesians). These are the island groups of Samoa, Fijii and Tonga. A site in Samoa has added 400 years - taking it back to 2800 years ago. However, she also found an anomaly in the C14 calibration curve, currently in use for dating shells. She says it is out by 200 to 300 years at certain points in the past, resulting in large errors in calendar ages.

13 Feb 2020
Greenhouse Gases

Interesting post at Pierre's web site - ... Earth's atmosphere is made up of 78% nitrogen and 21% oxygen = 99%. In other words, according to mainstream climate scientists of the alarmist kind there are just 1% of greenhouse gases (such as co2). Nitrogen and Oxygen are said to not absorb infrared radiation yet some scientists have actually been saying they do radiate IR - since 1944.

13 Feb 2020
Novel Brain Signal

This comes courtesy of Anne Marie de Grazia. I haven't noticed it on mainstream but it was published in the journal Science so it must have slipped my gaze. It is also research done on the continent. Go to ... the newly discovered brain signal that may be a key to being human.

13 Feb 2020
Phoenician Sailors

At ... the lyme online refers to Lyme Regis and Uplyme in Dorset (for overseas readers) and is situated on the Jurassic coastline. The story also has significance for the UK as Phoenicians are thought to have plied their boats to Cornwall (and elsewhere). The magnet here was tin, which was an important component of bronze alloy (copper and tin). Cornish tin was traded far and wide and the Phoenicians played an important role.

13 Feb 2020
Zealandia Deformation

Time for a spot of geology. At ... an emerging mainstream consensus view suggests gases, and in particular carbon gases, released by the Siberian Traps, an enormous upwelling of volcanic lava, contributed to a global mass extinction event 254 million years ago. New research seems to have provided a spoiler, putting a damper on the now popuar explanation. Basically, the authors of the new paper are saying that volcanism was a major catalyst - but something extra was at work.

15 Feb 2020
Grains in the Wrong Place

At ... cereal grains dating back 5200 years ago (3200BC) have been discovered in the eastern Altai mountains (on the China side). The Altai mountains in southern Siberia (central Asia if you like) regularly crop up in discoveries of fossils of Neanderthals and Denisovans but now we have evidence people were moving cereal grains, and planting crops, across Eurasia earlier than previously thought - more properly as far north as they were discovered.

15 Feb 2020
Galactic Cosmic Rays

At ... the Atacama Telescope Array in Chile has been looking at Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. They found a chemical footprint in Titan's atmosphere that indicates that cosmic rays with an origin outside the solar system affect chemical reactions in the formation of nitrogen bearing organic molecules. This is the first observational confirmation of such a process and what is true of Titan is probably ture of other bodies in the solar system.

15 Feb 2020
Ghost People

At ... Another ghost population indicated by genetics. This time it is in Africa - and concerns the ancestors of West African Bantu (or that is how I took it). Archaic  hominins added variety to African genes it would seem, in a carbon copy of European and Asian genes. However, these are different - and peculiar to Africa (although ultimately we are all connected at some point or the other).