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19 Dec 2014
It's 'not' an icy snowball

At www.sciencenews.org/article/rosetta-may-have-spotted-comet's-primordial-... ... the rugged terrain of Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko was the subject of a talk at the 2014 AGU annual meeting in San Francisco (December, 2014). It seems an onboard instrument has been taking some very close up photographs of the surface of the comet and this has revealed is is not a dirty snowball. Well, who'd have guessed that. More interesting, is the images also show cliffs on the comet that are 10s and 100s of metres in height - together with mysterious pits.

19 Dec 2014
typhoon capers

At www.sciencenews.org/article/super-typhoon-shoved-supersized-boulder ... we learn that the devastating typhoon that struck the Philippines in November of last year (2013)was so powerful a wave pushed a huge boulder 9m wide and 180 metric tones in weight, up on to the beach. The story is in a paper read at the December 2014 AGY annual meeting in San  Francisco (prior to publication in a suitable journal). It is said to the biggest known rock to have been moved by a giant wave of water - during a storm.

19 Dec 2014
Stonehenge axe symbols

This is an old post but worth looking at again. At www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/revealed-early-bronze-age... ... is about a laser scan of some of the sarsens that revealed a further 72 engravings, 71 of which were of axe symbols and the other one was a downturned dagger blade. Axes, it is admitted, are normally associated with storm gods. In this instance, perhaps a meteor storm as indicated by Moe Mandelkehr in his several SIS Review articles.

19 Dec 2014
Australian Aborigine stone circle

Okay, the political correct are comparing a circle of waist high stones with Stonehenge but this is Auntie - what do you expect. At www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15098959 ... the stone ring is also egg shaped, like many stone circles catalogued by Alexander Thom. It seems that Australian Aborigines were not as 'primitive' as the 'elite' formerly allowed (and read here the current Auntie view of the plebs). There was a story some years ago about Aborigine eel ponds constructed and designed to breed and semi domesticate them for later ritual use.

18 Dec 2014
Fountains of the Deep

At http://phys.org/print338021988.html ... hydrogen rich waters have been discovered deep underground in different locations around the world - including Canada, South Africa and Scandinavia. This water has a chemistry similar to that found near deep sea vents. Hence, underground water may actually be feeding the oceans. The paper is in the Dec. 18th issue of Nature and the data is derived from 19 deep mines.

18 Dec 2014
Asteroids and Meteors

At http://phys.org/print338024091.html ... below is an image of cliffs on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, processed by one Stuart Atkinson. The cliff is nearly verticle

   See also www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/Comet_67P_Churyumov-Ger...

At http://phys.org/print337934945.html ... below we have another image, this time it is of the Chelyabinsk meteor of 2013 seen leaving a trail in the sky over some houses

18 Dec 2014
Teotihuacan

The pyramids of Teotihuacan, located just outside modern Mexico City, is a vast complex that was abandoned for over 1000 years when the Aztecs migrated into the region in the 14th century AD. Archaeologists have recently found a tunnel 40 feet below the foot of the Temple of the Plumed Serpent (mentioned in an earlier post) and many artefacts were dug out of the ground. At its peak the city was home to 100,000 people - but it was suddenly abandoned around 200AD (or a bit later).

18 Dec 2014
Space Waves

NASA, on 16th December, in a news release, said that the Voyager 1 spacecraft, at the edge of the solar system, had experienced three shock waves. The third of these began as along ago as February 2014 and is still in progress as we approach 2015.

A similar kind of shock wave is produced by the Sun when it emits a coronal mass ejection, throwing out a cloud of plasma, generating a wave of energy. A video clip can be seen at www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4411. See also www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/details.php for a full list of videos on a variety of space subject.

18 Dec 2014
Bankrupting Physics

A book is now available, 'Bankrupting Physics: how today's top scientists are gambling away scientific credibility' and is written by Alexander Unzicker and Shiella Jones. It is said to debunk modern theoretical physics and at the same time also takes a swipe at the huge amounts of money used to fuel high energy particle accelerators. I wouldn't have the temerity to comment as I have not read the book - but anyone so inclined is welcome to write a short review and send it via the email link on the web page.

14 Dec 2014
Back to Front

At http://phys.org/print337590873.html ... a group of geologists from MIT and further afield claim there was a major volcanic eruption just prior to the asteroid strike that produced the Chicxulub crater in the Yucatan. Previously, the volcanism has been dated post the asteroid strike - so is this a bit of strained back to front thinking?