I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, whether you had big plans for Labor Day or otherwise. I had no particular plans, but it was still a most enjoyable weekend. Quite suitably for the unofficial end of summer, it was SUPER HOT on Monday followed by MUCH COOLER today.
I took dogs to the park, more dogs to the park, and yet more dogs to the park — that was Saturday and Sunday — and made lots of good things to eat and wrote the first part of a story set in the world of THE CITY IN THE LAKE. I’m having fun with it
This week let’s start on a broad scale:
I do enjoy mysterious astronomical phenomena.
Astronomers have picked up a series of mysterious signals emanating from a tiny dwarf galaxy three billion light years away – and scientists cannot rule out the possibility they were produced by an alien civilization….“Possible explanations for FRBs range from outbursts from rotating neutron stars with extremely strong magnetic fields, to more speculative ideas that they are directed energy sources used by extraterrestrial civilizations to power spacecraft.”
Three billion light years sounds like a pretty safe distance, just in case.
And, at quite a different scale, we also have this:
An ice-free corridor between the Americas and Asia opened up about 12,500 years ago, allowing humans to cross over the Bering land bridge to settle what is now the United States and places beyond to the south. History books have conveyed that information for years to explain how the Americas were supposedly first settled by people, such as those from the Clovis culture….At least one part of the Americas was already occupied by humans before that time, however, says new research on the skeleton of a male youth found in Chan Hol cave near Tulúm, Mexico. Dubbed the Young Man of Chan Hol, the remains date to 13,000 years ago….“Scenarios of travel by boat along the Pacific shoreline, the ‘Kelp Highway,’ must be taken seriously, but alternative migration routes by boat from Europe along the Greenland ice margin or via Antarctica are also possible, though highly speculative,” lead author Wolfgang Stinnesbeck of the Institute of Geosciences at Heidelberg University said. “If travel by boat is correct,” he added, “then likely camp sites are now set underwater due to the early Holocene rise of sea level.”