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9 Sep 2020
Votadini on Arthur's Seat

At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8705719/ ... a hillfort on Arthur's Seat, soaring above Edinburgh but commanding a view of the Firth of Forth. The ramparts are in the process of being excavated. It is thought it was occupied 2000 years ago by the Votadini tribe, an ally of the Romans. Stone walls 18 feet thick and 4 feet in height have been uncovered, on what is an extinct volcano. Some of the land inside the hill fort was used to grow food or keep animals. Sheer cliffs drop down on one side and the wall is on the landward side of the hill fort.

 

9 Sep 2020
Blast a Black Hole

At https://phys.org/news/2020-09-blast-black-hole.html ... more properly, how to have a blast like a black hole. Researchers at Osaka University have successfully used short but powerful laser blasts to generate magnetic field re-connections inside a plasma. It has to be recognised the magnetic re-connection used is artificial as well as the plasma. The idea is to imitate them in order to learn more about them. The experiment is said to lead towards a more complete theory of X-ray emissions from the universe - and these include black holes.

9 Sep 2020
Stone Forests

At first I thought from the headline they were talking about petrified forests, but no. The stone forests (a sea of trees) are the pointy bits on mountains - in China and Madagascar for example. How they were created is the subject of another experiment, of a sort. They have puzzled geologists for some time. The research showed that flowing water carves ultra sharp spikes in land forms. Simulation is involved of course, so we may assume not every possibility was included in the experiment, such as the sort of landscape carving featured on Electric Universe videos.

9 Sep 2020
Chicxulub

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/05/26/dinosaur-dooming-asteroid-struck-... ... the asteroid that struck earth at the K/T boundary came in at an angle of 60 degrees according to a new study. This is said to have maximised the amount of climate changing gases that subsequently ascended into the upper atmosphere. It likely unleashed billions of tonnes of sulphur, blocking out the sun.

8 Sep 2020
Hezekiah Palace

At www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jerusalem/magnificent-remains-of-judaean... ... the remains of a first temple period palace has been discovered under Jerusalem's promenade. These include carved stone which seem to have been buried purposely in order to avoid total destruction. They are made of a soft limestone with decorative carvings ...

8 Sep 2020
Pot Pouri

William sent in the link to www.yahoo.com/news/mammoth-central-found-mexico-airport-222432079.html ... and Robert sent in https://phys.org/news/2020-09-mammoth-central-mexico-airport-site.html ... which is a story that hit the media a couple of months ago and was posted on the News at the time. It seems to have had another airing. The site was originally located on the shore of a lake - or what is thought to have been a lake. So far, the remains  of 200 mammoths are said to have been unearthed but the size of the site is not clear at the moment, or how many are yet to be excavated.

8 Sep 2020
Geology in Japan

At https://phys.org/news/2020-09-japan-geologic-history-discovery-metamorph... ... Japan's geological history is now in question after the discovery of metamorphic rock with microdiamonds in it. Researchers in Japan have discovered microdiamonds in metamorphic rock strata, an unusual phenomenon that is also known from the Italian Alps. They are said to form in collision  zones - one plate crashing into another. Although it is possible collisions of the cosmic kind might be inferred, but left unsaid.

8 Sep 2020
Raining Sand

This is a good one. Sent in by Gary. We have two links, https://www.space.com/37654-exoplanet-55-cranci-e-facts.html ... www.planetary.org/articles/the-different-kinds-of-exoplanets-you-meet-in... ... and here we have the different kind of exoplanets that have been discovered - orbiting other stars. Some look like planets in our solar system. Some do not. The smaller planets are generally rocky and the larger ones, it is thought, are gassified. Some may even be watery. That is the great hope. In a few short years from nothing to 4000 exoplanets are now known.

4 Sep 2020
Nebra Disc

At https://phys.org/news/2020-09-dating-nebra-sky-disk.html ... the Nebra Sun Disc has previously been dated to early European Bronze Age ....

4 Sep 2020
Black Holes and a Rusty Moon

At https://phys.org/news/2020-09-decades-evolution-spiral-galaxies.html ... a new study questions decades of research on the evolution of spiral galaxies. This might be a game changer, as they say. A new technique has been used for a fresh look at spiral galaxies. In one third of those looked at the disc beneath the bulge does not preserve its exponential profile, but instead, a central flattening, or decrease, is found.