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12 Jan 2021
Computing Covid 19

The recent outbreak of Covid 19 has triggered an enormous amount of new research on the various covid viral manifestations which has to be good. Of course, a lot of money is involved as a lot money, even more so, is one of the harvests. Yet, it is precisely because of these funds working overtime in the background that we may get to know much more about coronvirus and the way it spreads around the globe, and not all the conclusions will be honey in the ear of mainstream scientists. At https://phys.org/news/2021-01-scientists-entire-virus-responsible-covid-... ...

12 Jan 2021
Upper East Asia Genome

Genetic research is spreading far and wide across the world, so much so it has now reached some very remote places - see https://phys.org/news/2021-01-genome-people-asia-stone-age.html ... Actually, there is a reason why remote regions are attractive geneticists and this is that they have experienced less hybridisation with other regions and their peoples. This piece of research is really about northern Siberia as far east as Kamchatka.

12 Jan 2021
Medieval Drought

One story circulating on the Net in the aftermath of Christmas covers a new study that is said to have found evidence of severe drought in Europe between AD1302 and 1307BC. It directly preceded the wet and cold phase of the 1310s, we are told, and the great famine, in Europe, dated 1315-21, which decimated peasant populations in the decades prior to the arrival of the Black Death.

11 Jan 2021
Scythian Faces

At https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/news/faces-of-siberian-tutankhamu... ... a tomb in Tuva  with the burial of a Scythian king and his favourite concubine is extremely well preserved and the faces of the two have now been reconstructed from what is left of their skulls. The tomb goes back some 2600 years to about the time Scythian overspilled into Mesopotamia, as recorded by the Assyrians. A remnant are said to still be living in Georgia.

11 Jan 2021
Supernova

The headline at this link is, why have so few Milky Way supernovas  been observed over the last millennium? See https://phys.org/news/2021-01-milky-supernovae-millennium.html ... a mystery as our galaxy is thought to experience several supernovae each century = 3000 events over a thousand years. Yet, it is hundreds of years since the last observable supernova exploding [as far as humans recording such an event]. The lone one was back in 1604, mentioned by astronomers around the world. Or rather, it has been interpreted as a supernova explosion.

11 Jan 2021
Breatherians

An interesting one emerging from the woodwork. At https://phys.org/news/2021-01-breatharian-bacteria-breakdown-greenhouse-... ... breatherian bacteria break down greenhouse gases. Some bacteria living in soils can break down toxic gases such as carbon monoxide and methane. The study is published in Nature Microbiology [January 2021] and it brings forth just how adaptable bacteria can be, on an evolutionary scale.

9 Jan 2021
Wobbling Planet

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2021/01/08/first-detection-of-a-built-in... ... seems like Tall Bloke got his story from EOS - see https://eos.org/research-spotlights/first-detection-of-a-built-in-wobble... ... the Earth's equivalent, we are told, is the Chandler Wobble, a not exactly well understood phenomenon. According to Wikipedia, the Chandler wobblke should die down within a matter of decades, but continues, there must be an influencer that continually re-excites it. This is thought to involve the slightly oblate shape of our planet.

9 Jan 2021
Siberian technologies

At https://siberiantimes.com/other/others/features/prehistoric-people-devel... ... prehistoric Siberians developed a technique for turning woolly mammoth ivory into a playdough like material that was easily worked. Going back 12,000 years ago, ivory was fashioned into softened ivory and preserved in long bars. Ther idea was to use the raw material to carve figurines. The site, near the Yenisey river in Krasnaysk. One might disagree with the focus of this article but the ivory in question was genuine.

9 Jan 2021
Crocodiles

Do crocodiles confound evolution, the idea that life forms evolve over time. One to ponder at https://phys.org/news/2021-01-crocodiles-age-dinosaurs.html ... whilst it is probably the way the headline wording is phrased it never the less is an interesting idea as it would apply to other life forms, such as sharks. It is a fact that crocodiles outlasted the dinosaurs. Why?

6 Jan 2021
Cosmic Expansion Uncertainties

At https://phys.org/news/2021-01-uncertainties-cosmic-expansion.html ... There are different methods for determining the cosmic rate of expansion of the universe, and these have revealed precise but mutually inconveniently different results. Astronomers, or should that be cosmologists, had hoped so called gravitational waves would bring some certainty but these have also produced uncertainties, as significant as in other methods, a ten per cent level of disagreement. That seems to be quite substantial.