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27 Feb 2020
Giant Armadillos

At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8038783/ .... massive shellls of extinct Pleistocene armadillos have been found in Argentina. In fact, a graveyard of giant armadillos - found in a dried out river bed near Buenos Aires. Well, actually the graveyard is subject to hype as there were four of them - two adults and two youngsters (a family group that had been terminated and buried together). The link was provided by Robert once again ...

27 Feb 2020
Armageddon

At www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00510-w .... archaeology at Megiddo - Biblical Armageddon. The last battle - the last conflagration etc. The mound of the city is SE of Haifa, not far from Nazareth. The mound is composed of 20 cities (built on top of each other, very often after one of them was destroyed in a conflagration). It began life around 5000BC. In other  words, Megiddo has experienced a number of armageddons - and a final one as the mound was abandoned in the 3rd century AD. Why did it become the focal battle of Revelation?

29 Feb 2020
Geological Heat Factor

At https://climatechangedispatch.com/geologic-heat-ocean-warming/ ... one of the favourite alarmist memes is that of ocean warming - and ocean warming off the east coast of the US has been a happy hunting ground for them. Well, it seems reality is kicking in - overriding climate change dogma. The geology of the region is very interesting - in more ways than one. There is a large continental shelf system making for a fairly shallow sea off the coast  of North America. It has been dry land at various points in the geological past.

29 Feb 2020
Mega Waves

Sent in by William. At https://eos.org/articles/submarine-canyons- breed-megawaves-in-japan/ ... submarine canyons on the continental shelf system offshore of Toyama Bay in Japan seem to be involved in the huge winter waves that appear out of nowhere - up to 32 feet high. Wave after wave can batter the shoreline, all day long. The waves have been documented for centuries but scientists have been flummoxed as to how they form. The shape of the bay's peninsular allows only ocean swells from the north and northeast to travel inland ...

29 Feb 2020
Solar Storm Whales

This story comes from https://spaceweather.com (February 28th 2020) ... the surprising way solar storms beach grey whales. They strand themselves on beaches for no apparent reason. No sign of injury, or illness, and no evidence of naval sonar in the vicinity. They just seem to get lost. The answer may have been found by researchers from Duke University and Adler Planetarium. Their results are published in Current Biology. Whales seem to have an internal compass. This allows them to navigate using magnetic fields much like birds and bees and various other animals.

29 Feb 2020
Baby dinosaur and preserved DNA

One for the album, as they say. At https://phys.org/news/2020-02-cartilage-cells-chromosomes-dna-million-ye... ... and just after I had written this up Robert came up with the same link. Cartilage cells, chromosomes, and DNA, preserved in a 75 million year old baby duck billed dinosaur. How does that happen. The clue is that it gets buried very quickly - which is not on the uniformitarian agenda (except on rare occasions). It was published in National Science Review (2019) - see https://doi.org/10.1093/nsr/nwz206 ..

29 Feb 2020
Meteors and Asteroids

William also sent in a link to a video ofa fireball streaking across the sky captured by a home surveillance camera in Phoenix Arizona - go to www.msn.com/en-us/video/science/giant-fireball-streaks-across-phoenix-sk... ...

This occurred at 5.33am local time. The American Meteor Society also received reports of a meteor over Arizona.

2 Mar 2020
Australian Fossil River

At https://phys.org/news/2020-02-ghostly-massive-ancient-river-revealed.html ... which relates to an article in the journal Geology (https://doi.org/10.1130/G45915.1 ) and concerns traces of a massive river and delta that existed when Gondwana dominated the southern hemisphere. Gondwana included as one continent Antarctica, India, Australia, New Guinea etc. Geologists think the vegetation associated with this river, and in particular the delta region, may lead them to oil resources.

2 Mar 2020
Big Explosion Upstairs

I was expecting the Thunderbolts site to cover this by the weekend - but may be next week. The story is one that has hit a lot of blogs and news sources but this particular link is interesting as it comes with a lot of comments that are good and lots of comments that are not so good. Go to https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/02/28/astronomers-detect-biggest-explos... ... scientists studying a distant galaxy cluster have, it is claimed, witnessed the biggest explosion in the universe since Big Bang (a sort of mini version of Big Bang seems to be implied).

4 Mar 2020
Older Than

At https://www.gaia.com/article/turkish-archaeologists-find-site-much-older... ... excavations at Boncuklu Tarla (also in SE Turkey) have yielded 11,300 year old mini Gobekli Tepe like structures. It has three well preserved monolithic structures described as resembling those at Gobekli Tepe - but the stelae have no figurative inscriptions (unlike the ones at Gobekli Tepe). What is interesting, however, is that the new site dates just 600 years after the onset of the Younger Dryas event.