In The News

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29 Jul 2014
Saturn Aurora

NASA have released an animation of an aurora on Saturn which is fascinating to watch - a link is provided by Tall Bloke at http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/image-of-the-day-animation-of-...

26 Jul 2014
Has Voyager really escaped the heliosphere?

Lots of hype around over the fact Voyager 1 and 2 are on the edge of the heliosphere - but have they really escaped the influence of our Sun? Even Electric Universe have posts on the Voyager ! spacecraft leaving behind the solar wind. Just where is the boundary - and what kind of layers can be found on the edge of the solar system. Go to http://phys.org/print325338763.html

26 Jul 2014
Nearly toasted

At http://phys.org/print325476995.html ... we have an analysis of a solar flare in 2012 that just missed the Earth and NASA, after examining the data, are saying that we are lucky people. If the sun had erupted on week earlier the Earth would have been in direct line of fire. They are now saying it was as big as the 19th century Carrington Event. However, it missed us so we do not really know if it really would have been as disastrous as NASA are projecting. Some say the Carrington Event is overdone and overblown - but opinions vary.

26 Jul 2014
Thousands of Late Pleistocene animals in a deep cave in Wyoming

At http://phys.org/print325391913.html ... how did they all get there is the big question. The bones of tens of thousands of animals are piled at the bottom of what is a sinkhole rather than just a cave. Did they fall down into the abyss accidentally or were they chasing another animal, looking for a meal - or were they washed inside by a great wave of water.

26 Jul 2014
The Bahamas Platform

Uniformitarian geology is both weird and wonderful - at the same time. Gary Gilligan has sent in a link to www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2705916/Was-Bahamas-created-Saha... ... which begins, the Bahamas may have its origins in iron rich dust blown over from the Sahara desert. Well, a lot of dust does blow in that direction - and across southern Europe (and northern Europe less so). However, the Sahara was not a desert prior to 5000 years ago - so what is going on.

25 Jul 2014
Mount Bego

Considering that we are part of the European Union we appear to have very little news content of what is happening on the continent - even in France and Germany. This situation is also true of science - what they are doing on the other side of the Channel is largely ignored - let alone research from further afield, in other parts of the world. Allen and Delair collated a lot of data from Russia during a time the Russkis were not very popular - which was unusual. A great deal of criticism levelled at them was they used obscure sources - which encapsulates the mindset.

24 Jul 2014
The Battle of Clontarf, 1014AD

1014AD is marked by a large ammonium spike (Mike Baillie, New Light on the Black Death) and in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, a huge sea flood was responsible for killing many people in England. The latter occurred on September 28th of 1014 - and the Viking colony of Dublin appears to have largely been abandoned in the same year. Now, it would be nice to link the sea flood with the Viking abandonment of Leinster - but according to tradition, Brian Boru, High King of Christian Ireland, defeated the Vikings in April of 1014 - and the survivors fled.

23 Jul 2014
Dwarf galaxies that orbit big galaxies

At http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2014/07/dwarf-galaxies-challenge-ou... ... which stems from the discovery of dwarf galaxies surrounding the Andromeda Galaxy, orbiting it in an immense plane. Everywhere astronomers looked they saw a coherent and co-ordinated system of dwarf galaxies rotating around Andromeda. Afterwards, they looked at other galaxies and found the same thing - observable in 50 per cent of them. The very fact that dwarf galaxies are in harmony with neighbouring big galaxies seems to defy current cosmological consensus.

14 Jul 2014
Alfred de Grazia

Anne Marie has sent news that Alfred de Grazia has died. He was in his nineties.

13 Jul 2014
Amazon rainforest in the news

A piece of news that has been causing some feelings of grief can be found at http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/mysterious-earthen-rings-p... ... which is all about human made earth structures, ditches and circular formations, found in the Amazon rainforest of Bolivia, and apparently were there before the jungle - which is the mystery.