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26 Jun 2016
Neoproterozoic

At http://phys.org/print385967844.html ... supercomputers on the trail of dark matter is the headline.

26 Jun 2016
Measuring a black hole

The black hole concerned in this instance is at the heart of the Milky Way galaxy, our very own. At http://phys.org/print385979471.html ... we are told that at the heart of the Milky Way there is a supermassive black hole - which is quiet. However, it is faint - probably because it is not accreting material, unlike some way out in the universe which have been captured on modern telescopes. It is also faint, we are told, because it is shrouded in dust and clouds of gas.

26 Jun 2016
Expanding Pluto

We have an expanding universe, the possibility of an expanding earth, and expanding planets in deep space - and now we have the possibility that Pluto is expanding. That sounds a bit crazy as it is not all that big - but scientists have noticed signs of stress on Pluto's surface that might mean there is internal pressure cracking the crust as a result of expansion. At www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2016/06/23/evidence_suggests_pluto_may... ...

23 Jun 2016
Plate and Saucer

Plate Tectonics wasn't always accepted without question. There was a time when some geologists were more than a trifle sceptical. A paper published in 1972 illustrates some of the problems inherent within the new theory - go to www.jstor.org/stable/30059314?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents ... Objections to Continental Drift and PlateTectonics.pdf

23 Jun 2016
Water Planet

More evidence of the dominance of water on our planet - see https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/scientists-glimpse... .... and the missing words to that are 'without water'. A study in June's issue of PNAS provides evidence that proteins are folded by smaller water molecules. Protein molecules fall into particular shapes to enable biological reactions - but they can't fold themselves. Water molecules are able to do that for them - and the process has been observed (it would seem).

23 Jun 2016
Cretaceous Warming

One feature of geology that seems to have become entrenched in recent years is the idea that during the Cretaceous era global warming was rampant. Initially, this was theorised in order to explain trees growing on Ellesmere Island and other unlikely places where it is dark for almost six months of the year. It also explained the apparent semi tropical habitat that appears to have prevailed in southern Britain, and so on. At http://phys.org/print385836787.html ... this is expanded to inlcude palms growing in Canada and lily pads within the Arctic Circle etc.

23 Jun 2016
Expanding Planet

A real life expanding planet has been found - who says an expanding earth is out of the question? Go to http://phys.org/print385792115.html ... Expanding planets have been known about by astronomers for nearly 20 years (but nobody seems to have told the geologists). What causes them to expand is a mystery. The planet in question appears to be a giant gas type similar, shall we say, to Jupiter. Can gas giants expand but rocky ones not so?

23 Jun 2016
sugary meteorites

Sugars in meteorites - go to http://phys.org/print385786331.html ... a paper published in PNAS (June 2016) has been looking at carbonaceous meteorites - so called chemical time capsules. It is assumed they formed at the beginning of the universe (following Big Bang). Researchers from NASA have analysed sugar acids and sugar alcahols in meteorites. The paper describes the research and its conclusions

23 Jun 2016
Magnetic Pigs

At http://phys.org/print385809691.html ... some fish have evolved the ability to live on land, such as blennies. One can see fish adapting in an environment of seasonal water holes or streams that dry up in high summer. Sme of them of course bury themselves in the mud at pond and lake bottoms - waiting for the rains to come round again. On islands the situation differs and it seems blennies can live in water and on dry land - which is quite remarkable.

22 Jun 2016
stone age Gobi

At http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,410066,archaeologist-many-tho... ... life flourished not just in the Gobi but in the Mongolian Gobi (and the Altai mountain region). The Gobi is the second largest desert in the world - but that was not always so. Nowadays, where only nomadic people live on the fringes of the Gobi, the region was full of humans and abundant wildlife (anaimals and vegetation).