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23 Apr 2018
Sun Mystery

There was an outbreak of auroral displays on Friday the 20th April - across the Canadian border and lighting up Illinois and Indiana (and many other States). The display was caused by an inteplanetary shock wave according to http://spaceweather.com (April 23rd) - but there is a mystery. The shock waves are supersonic disturbances in the solar wind which cause discontinuities in the speed, temperature, and density of the plasma. During periods of high solar activity these are routinely delivered to Earth by corononal mass ejections (CMEs) - explosions on the Sun.

22 Apr 2018
Global Warming White Stuff

  ... it has been a bad winter right across the northern hemisphere. In japan they hae walls of snow 56 feet high (and tourists are flocking to see them). The image is from NOAAs polar orbiting satellite. It is a composite picture from 14 fly-overs of the North Pole.

20 Apr 2018
Diamond from the sky

Another otherworldly theory - at https://phys.org/print443181994.html ... the diamond from the sky may have come from the 'lost planet' (but they are not talking about Planet X or 9). In this instance the theory is that the solar system was full of planets, proto planets, or wannabe planets very early on (4.5 billion years ago). The diamond was in a meteorite found in the Nubian Desert of the Sudan and was created under extreme pressure.

20 Apr 2018
Ptolemy III

Aty www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-10/fe-vel101317.php ... around 245BC Ptolemy III of Egypt had the Seleucid empire on the run but for some unknown reason decided to turn around and head back to Egypt. Actually, we do know why - civil unrest had broken out in the Nile Valley. What we do not know is why? One reason might be volcanoes, it is conjectured - leading to a significant drop in global temperatures. An article in Nature Communications (Oct 2017) links the eruptions to the end of Ptolemy's war - and with a series of violent uprisings that racked Egypt.

20 Apr 2018
Ancient Civilisations

An article at https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/international-journal-of-astrobi... ... the Silurian hypothesis has been aired this month - considering how geology erodes over millions of years would it be possible to detect an industrial civilisation in the geological record - which is an interesting point. However, if catastrophism was at play surely some hint of an industrial complex would have been preserved along with fossils etc.

19 Apr 2018
Philistines

At www.haaretz.com/archaeology/MAGAZINE-ancient-records-indicate-philistine... ... (July 2017) as reported by Ariel David. It is claimed that recent research may indicate the enigmatic Philistines may have been a native Near Eastern population group rather than invading Aegean pirates (as mainstream would have us believe). As such, they can hardly be blamed for the LB destructions in the Levant, Anatolia, and the Aegean etc. The Philistines are traditionally bound up as one of the so called sea peoples.

19 Apr 2018
Freezamageddon

Sea ice in the Arctic has surged since early March - see http://notrickszone.com/2018/04/17/arctic-freezageddon-sea-ice-volume-su... ... which is derived from a Japanese blogger but see the Danish site http://ocean.dmi.dk ... basically, the there was an immense increase in Arctic sea ice in March and April which caused the down tick to reverse and shoot back upwards. February was mild in the Arctic - if you can call temperature below freezing point mild (or even hot as the alarmists were claiming).

18 Apr 2018
Virions

At https://phys.org/print442742348.html ... the subject is viruses, the most abundant form of life on Earth. These are outliers in the search for life on other planets. Now, astrobiologists are being urged to do the research more thoroughly. The humble virus is integral to life on Earth - a disease causing agenb (but is it as simplistic as that?) Viruses are entities where genomes replicate themselves inside living cells. They can transfer from one cell to another. Viruses comprise the whole reproduction cycle - and use living cells to reproduce.

18 Apr 2018
Arctic Ice Shelf

An article in Nature Communications (April 2018) suggests that a Eurasian ice sheet did not extend into the Arctic Ocean during the Late Glacial Maximum. This is distinctly different to an earlier glaciation event where an ice shelf larger than Greenland once existed in the Arctic Ocean, so big it has left its evidence of existence on the sea bed - particularly on the Lomonosov Ridge. Scour marks from glaciation seem to show the ice shelf rested directly on the sea bed - much like the Greenland glacier of today.

18 Apr 2018
Mass extinction events and dinosaurs

At https://phys.org/print443093224.html ... not only were dinosaurs eliminated by a catastrophic event at the K/T boundary 66 million years ago but they evolved into a successful species after the Permian mass extinction event 245 million years ago. Now we are being told but dinosaurs were but one of several successful species for around 13 million years - until another extinction event, 232 million years ago. After this event dinosaurs were able to expand very quickly. It is known as the Cernian Pluvial Episode.