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23 Jul 2020
Earliest Americans Yet

At https://anthropology.net/2020/07/22/new-archaeological-evidence-of-the-f... ... the evidence comes from a cave in Mexico. New archaeological evidence of the first Amricans dated to 33,000 years ago. Two major papers in Nature concern the excavation of 1900 stone tools from sediments in a cave. They were dated in two ways. Firstly by carbon dating (and Bayesian methodology) and by optical stimulated luminescence. Two separate strata were found.

23 Jul 2020
Magnetic Fields in the Universe

At https://phys.org/news/2020-07-cosmic-magnetic-field-galaxy-ngc.html ... spiral galaxies have sprawling magnetic fields. The process of how they aquired them is not understood. However, a new study claims galaxy wide magnetic fields are in some way connected to supernova explosions and even to star formation. When evaluating the data beamed back from NGO4217, a galaxy which resembles the Milky Way, they found an X shaped magnetic field structure extending far out of the galaxy disc. In addition, they also found a helix structure and two large bubble structures.

23 Jul 2020
Group Think

Anthropology is a funny field of science. Lots of waffle. At https://popular-archaeology.com/article/the-shamans-world/ ... shamanism dates back to an early stage of humanity, we are told (quoting Eliade, 1964). Is this clever stuff or are they getting their bootlaces in a mix. It sounds like clever stuff and it is certainly erudite. However, it occurred to me that it highlights the different way in which a catastrophist, including a Velikovskian, might interpret mythology as opposed to the great and the good.

22 Jul 2020
Breaking Plates

At https://phys.org/news/2020-07-idea-earth-outer-shell-broke.html ... In this article we are told that it is well understood that volcanoes and earthquakes can be explained by the 50 year old theory of Plate Tectonics. This theory claims earth's outer shell, or lithosphere, is subdivided into plates that move relative to each other, concentrating most tectonic activity along the plate margins. Surprisingly, we are then told, the scientific community have no firm concept on how plate tectonics began.

22 Jul 2020
Venus Volcanoes

I thought  it was already recognised that volcanoes on Venus were a source of its anomalous heat. That heat was used by Velikovsky to suggest Venus was a young planet - and had not yet cooled down. The idea Venus suffers from runaway global warming as a result of Venusian greenhouse gases, such as co2, has been accepted for a number of years. It seems even the presence of volcanoes on Venus did not cause a second thought. Apparently, mainstream insisted they were inactive. That sounds like not facing up to the facts, an all too common attribute nowadays.

20 Jul 2020
Update on Storegga

Clarification on the recent piece from the Daily Mail. The actual study does not mention climate change at all and has been inserted by the Daily Mail journalist, or an editor. It may of course have been inserted by whoever released the press story to the media. The full paper can be read at www.mdpi.com/2076-3263/10/7/270/htm ... The event has nothing to do with climate change and is purely a geological phenomenon.

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.