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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 ...

18 Jul 2020
Gary, William and Robert

Gary, William and Robert have been sending in links, often to the same stories. The next four posts are links sent in by them.

18 Jul 2020
Close up images of the sun

At www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02136-4 ... a photograph of the sun, at the closest point ever ...

 ... the image was taken by the Solar Orbiter Mission (ESA). Lots of miniature flares can be seen, a fraction of the size of solar flares that are visible from earth. The surface of the sun is a seething mess of thousands, if not millions, of flares. The combined effect is what gives the Sun its heat, it would appear, an electromagnetic process.

18 Jul 2020
Flares and Earthquakes

At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8527523/ ... earthquakes could be triggered by streams of postively charged ions ejected by solar flares on the  solar surface - according to a new study. Is this a case of pseudo science becoming mainstream science. Piers Corbyn was laughed out of court when he said something similar a few years ago. Researchers in Rome studied a link between solar eruptions and earthquakes and found within 24 hourse of a coronal mass ejection earthquakes in several locations somewhere on the earth seemed to happen.

18 Jul 2020
Storegga Tsunami Wave

The final one of four sent in by Gary, William and Robert - see for example www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8529237/ ... the claim is that new evidence has been found of a massive tsunami that drowned the southern basin of the North Sea (known as Doggerland). It followed the Storegga collapse off the coast of Norway. It has been given the title of the Storegga Slide event. An area of sea bed the size of Scotland, including a lot of sediment on the sea floor, shifted abruptly and slid into a trench system that runs down the spine of the North Sea basin, wider at the northern end.