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11 Jul 2020
Plate Tectonic Change

At https://phys.org/news/2020-07-plate-tectonics-rewrites-history-earth.html ... plate tectonics research rewrites the history of earth's continents, we are told. Or is it a bit of jiggery pokery with the hypothesis - playing around at the edges instead of jumping in full throttle. Curtin University has found some evidence to suggest the earth's first continental assemblage was not formed by subduction as in a modern plate tectonics manner. It was created by a different process, is the claim, contradicting the generally accepted idea.

11 Jul 2020
Polynesian Voyaging

At https://anthropology.net/2020/07/08/polynesians-contacted-native-america... ... lots of speculation on the part of Polynesian contact with the Americas has been the norm for a number of years. It seems that the science has finally caught up with common sense. It has been obvious, for example, that the Polynesian adoption of the sweet potato as a dietary staple must have come about as a result of contact with the Americas as that is where the sweet potato originated and where it was domesticated, in the foothills of the Andes.

11 Jul 2020
40.000 Years Ago, or thereabouts

Now for the big scruncher. A bit of old hat perhaps but it paints a catastrophic picture in the period when the Neanderthals disappeared. See for example https://phys.org/news/2011-05-neanderthals-died-earlier-believed.html ... the Neanderthals died out nearer 39,000 years ago even though some fossil bones have been dated as young as 29,000 years ago. This new finding revolves around a refined method of C14 carbon dating and implies that Neanderthals and Modern humans never interacted with each other in Europe.

15 Jul 2020
electric tomatoes

Gary sent in the link to https://phys.org/news/2020-07-electrical-tomato.html ... it seems the soil beneath our feet is alive with electrical signalling. These provide signals among plants, such as tomatoes planted in rows, which have been detected by a professor of electrical and computer engineering. Is it plant communication? What are they telling each other. Well, it would seem that mycorrhizal fungi plays a role. Fungi is a very old life form. Gardeners are encouraged to add mycorrhizal fungi when planting trees and shrubs in order to assist in root growth.

15 Jul 2020
Masada Investigations

Gary also sent in this link to https://aeon.com/essays/decoding-the-ancient-tale-of-mass-suicide-in-the... ... the Masada mystery. Decoding the tale of mass suicide as described by Josephus. Have archaeologists exploited this  ancient tale of mass suicide for political ends? The jury is out. The story goes back to AD73 and the demise of 960 Jewish zealots as a result of suicide. They did this to avoid capture by the Romans is the claim, fearful perhaps of a long drawn out execution, or slavery. The tale is told by Josephus - but did it happen.

15 Jul 2020
Auntie Antics

Here we have a graphic illustration of how the BBC does climate science. We've endured their political shenanigans over Covid 19 and the pure theatre of their opposition to Brexit but surely their incessant bigging up of climate doomsterism is the ultimate in self indulgence. The full weight of BBC propaganda is all too obvious but this story takes the biscuit. A dunking biscuit. It seems Willie Soon got a missive by an editor of an upcoming programme on BBC television - where the outcome has been decided before it starts.

15 Jul 2020
Lava Tubes

At https://phys.org/news/2020-07-lava-tubes-exploration-priority-worlds.html ... why lava tubes should be a priority when visiting other planets. When magma comes out of the innards of the earth it flows as lava - liquid rock. The process has created some unusual land forms, such as lava tubes. These can be large affairs and several km in length. The Kazamura Cave on Hawaii is 46 miles long. Lava tubes seem to have formed on the moon - and on Mars. Several thousand cave entrances have been catalogued,  many of which may be lava tubes. NASA has been busy with a camera.

16 Jul 2020
Point Sources

Over the past ten years a number of studies have detected what is thought to be an excess of gamma ray radiation at the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The source and the reasons why are unknown. Various explanations have been offered, which include dark matter annihilation, or a population of 'point sources' (sources of energy). It seems it is now being suggested we have a new kind of cosmic object - dim point sources. A new phenomenon in which to hang the excess gamma ray radiation. Hey presto ! Excess disappears, Equilibrium resurrected.

16 Jul 2020
Tumuli in the Pacific

An archaeological mystery. Tumuli in the islands of New Caledonia - courtesy of the latest issue of Popular Archaeology - see https://popular-archaeology.com/article/the-mystery-of-the-tumuli/ ... We are talking about mounds rather than tumuli as the latter term is usually applied to grave mounds (although Ordnance Survey maps have tumuli for any mound unexcavated which the surveyors have spotted, which may include windmill mounds for example. On the face of it tumuli is probably the right terminology in spite of what the author of the press release says.

16 Jul 2020
Mezmaiskaya Cave

The Mezmaiskaya cave is important as far as Neanderthals are concerned, and their replacement by modern humans - see https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/03/five-new-ancient-genomes-tell-us... ... five new genomes tell us about Neanderthal tribes. The Mezmaiskaya cave offered shelter to Neanderthals for thousands of years. The cave is located near Russia's border with Georgia in the Caucasus. No evidence of mixing with modern humans was found. The two groups are separated by a catstrophic layer of ash. At https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mezmaiskaya_cave ...