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23 Jan 2021
Black Hole SLABs

At https://phys.org/news/2021-01-scientists-black-holes-stupendously-large.... ... whilst small to medium size black holes continue to remain invisible cosmologists are now putting forward the idea there are stupendously large black holes lurking out there in space, now known as SLABs in shorthand. These are envisaged to grow much larger than run of the mill 'supermassive' black holes which appear to link in virtually all galaxies. These are thought to reside in the heart of galaxies, in the galactic nuclei - the bulls eye.

23 Jan 2021
European Scots

Lateral thinking at the Scotsman media outlet - or is that vertical thinking [see www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/new-stone-age-immigrants-fr... ]. This is a new look at the onset of the Neolithic in Scotland as a result of some Scottish genetic research. Farmers arrived in Scotland, roughly around 4000BC [but it could have been a bit earlier]. They appear to have replaced or absorbed the former inhabitants, a hunter gatherer society - as is known to have occurred elsewhere across Britain and Ireland.

23 Jan 2021
Nitrogen on Earth

Another study seeking to explain an anomaly. Did the nitrogen on earth have an origin in the rocks that make up the crust. See https://phys.org/news/2021-01-earth-nitrogen-locally-sourced.html ... it is thought by astrophysicists, and constrained by cosmologists, that proto planetary volatile elements were separated into two reservoirs. The inner solar system material is thought to have had a lower nitrogen content than the outer solar system, mainly because it is thought the rocky planets and the environment they grew up in was just too hot for volatile elements to survive.

23 Jan 2021
Cursus on Arran

The Scotsman also has news of the unexpected discovery of a cursus monument, a kilometer in length, found on the Isle of Arran - see www.scotsman.com/heritage-and-retro/heritage/new-stone-age-discovery-of-... ... the cursus monument is better known from southern Britain, and from lowland locations rather than upland ones. The cursus at Stonehenge springs to mind. More and more of these are being found by the use of LiDAR, and this one is no exception.

23 Jan 2021
Woolly Mammoths Lived On

Gary also sent in this link to the discovery that mammoths and horses may have carried on living in North America much later than the end of the Pleistocene. See for example www.thegwpf.com/climate-extinction-theory-faces-extinction/ ... one of the most popular reason for the extinction of the woolly mammoths and other large herbivores, and the so called megafauna such as giant cave bears and giant ground sloths, has perhaps been overplayed by the climate lobby, and their scientist supporters.

23 Jan 2021
Big Dinosaurs

William sent in a link via Yahoo to this story but we can also read it at https://phys.org/news/2021-01-gigantic-dinosaur-unearthed-argentina-larg... ... Agentinosaurus was found in 2012 but another huge specimen is currently been excavated that may be even bigger. It is now being claimed this is the biggest creature ever to 'walk' the earth, even larger than the blue whale. In the marine environment, and unable to walk, the blue whales can grow up to 33m in length. We are told Argentinosaurus was 36.5m in length, from its nose to the tip of its tail.

17 Jan 2021
Medieval Drought part 2

This is bracketed under catastrophism as the 14th century famines and plagues were catastrophic. It is also assigned to catastrophism as a lot of this information is not deemed as valid by mainstream who look the other way. Whatever was going on in the so called drought of AD1302 and 1307 [see part 1, Jan  12th] it was not necessarily a drought in a textbook sense as it did not involve hot weather in the way that recent droughts in California and Australia were. It came during a period in which the average global temperatures had fallen. Alpine glaciers had been growing.

16 Jan 2021
Geological Resequencing

At https://phys.org/news/2021-01-geologic-history-written-garnet-sand.html ... the eastern edge of New Guinea was or is a plate boundary it is thought and has therefore captured a bit of geological interest, not least because of location in a tropical region. The idea is implanted in the theory that New Guinea and Australia are a single plate [with a few bitty bits tacked on] and moved enmasse from a former Gondwana location, formerly attached to India, and Antarctica, and moved northwards to kick up against the Asian plates.

16 Jan 2021
Presumed Supernova

At https://phys.org/news/2021-01-mistaken-identity-presumed-supernova-rever... ... here we have mainstream backtracking on itself. Astronomers thought they were looking at a supernova but oddly it appeared to recurr on several occasions. This was not just mysterious it more or less imploded the idea that supernovas are stars exploding at the end of their lives. That is  surely impossible, and therefore some othere explanation was sought. In this research paper we are solemnly informed the flaring up was caused by a supermassive black hole.

16 Jan 2021
Imhotep's Tomb

Links sent in by Gary who has some interesting ideas on Egyptian iconography and history. As far as I can tell this story is only at the Express which is not the most reliable of sources if their scare stories on weather is anything to go by. However, Gary drags in Baldrick, or rather Tony Robinson who has began a new series on Egyptian tombs on Channel 5. Details on this are available at www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/tony-robinson-makes-incredible-4000-13647760 ... which partly compliments Gary's link to the programme at https://www.channel5.com/show/egyptian-tomb-hunting/ ...