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10 Apr 2020
Dating Pottery

At ... a revolutionary new method for dating pottery has been developed at the University of Bristol. Of course, pottery has always been a useful tool as pottery styles vary from one period to the next. However, not always as not all pottery is distinctive. Archaeologists relied on C14 instead - particularly when it comes to older periods such as the Neolithic. The new method is a re-application of C14 as it involves using fat compounds from food residue in pottery.

11 Apr 2020
Plasma Sun

At ... researchers at the University of central Lancashire unveil the highest ever resolution images of the Sun - and provide a clue on what it shows. Its outer layer is filled with incredibly fine magnetic threads which are themselves filled with extremely hot million degrees plasma. The ultra sharp images were  taken by NASAs High Resolution Coronal Imager. It can pick out structures in the Sun's atmosphere as small as 70km in size - or 0.01% of the Sun's surface.

11 Apr 2020

Doubting Thomases are thinking the unthinkable. At ... a new study by the universities of Bonn and Harvard question fundamental principles of cosmology. Since Big Bang it is thought the universe has expanded considerably. Until recently it was thought it was increasing in size in all directions - what astronomers call isotropy. Cosmological truths are founded on this assumption, we are told. It is possible that they are all wrong - all the assumptions, the actual bedrock of cosmology.

11 Apr 2020
Ostriches and Monkeys

Sent in by Robert. AtlanticAt ... ancient teeth from fossilised monkey discovered deep in Amazonia - as far west as Peru. It is said to show ancient primates crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Africa. Not on boats of course but on vegetation rafts. Did they? South American monkeys are thought to have evolved from African monkeys - but quite how this occurred is the biggie.

12 Apr 2020
Migration then and then

At ... the movement of humans into the Indian subcontinent looks at the routes they might have taken - by coastal hugging or coming from the NW or the NE. Interestingly, India would have had a substantial population during the Late Glacial Maximum as it was a long way from the poles.

From the Tata Institutue of Fundamental Research. Prehistoric journeys are the theme and the apparent evidence they have survived into regional tribal groupings in the modern world.

13 Apr 2020
Canaanite Temple at Lachish

At ... a Canaanite temple destroyed at the end of the Late Bronze age has been unearthed at Lachish. The media pieces goes on to compare it with the conquest of Joshua - a view that is well out of date. The old idea that a conquest occurred at the end of the LB period is repudiated by Merenptah's mention of Israel somewhat earlier - and clearly they had been around for some time. It is also assumed to be a temple of Baal the weather god.

13 Apr 2020
Backwards Facing Armageddon

William sent in this link - ... Armageddon is in the Revelation of John, the last book of the Bible. It is a play on the name of the city of Megiddo - which was destroyed on a number of occasions, mainly because it is near an active fault system and earthquakes have been fairly common in the historical past. In the Bible it is the apocalyptic site of a great battle but in this piece it is way back when, way back further than 10,000 years ago - way back to the Younger Dryas boundary event.

14 Apr 2020
Here it goes

Comet Atlas has fragmented ... now evidently true ( April 14th ) ....

   ... around the world amateur astronomers are witnessing the falling apart.

15 Apr 2020
Black Hole Conundrum

Stolen from the Tall Bloke - the headline that is. Nice video - see ... a video ofa supermassive black hole spewing a brilliant jet of particles (derived from ...). The blog author rightly asks - how does visible material escape from somewhere that nothing is supposed to escape from?

15 Apr 2020

The corona virus episode has exposed an inconvenient fact - see ... the inconvenient truth is that green activists have overhyped levels of pollution created by diesel cars, leading to politicos falling over themselves to be virtuous and bringing in new laws and taxes. The over hype worked of course, as it ever does. Politicos want to please - but its always the same minority they please. All a bit sad.