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30 Aug 2016
cosmic rays

At www.spaceweather.com August 29th 2016 ... the 'Earth to Sky Calculus' experiment (using helium filled balloons) has been monitoring cosmic rays in the stratosphere above California. There has been a 13 per cent increase since 2015. This appears to coincide with a quieter Sun - less sun spots = less solar wind flaring = less solar radiation to deflect incoming cosmic rays from space (beyond our solar system). Cosmic rays, we are told, can seed clouds - so are we in for cloudy, and by implication cooler weather in the coming months?

29 Aug 2016
Fossil Whales

Fossil whales in the Ica Desert of Peru - in sedimentary rocks dating 9 million years ago .... .... go to http://phys.org/print391254364.html ....   

28 Aug 2016
Venus and Jupiter conjunction

A fantastic picture by Yuri Beletsky of the conjunction of Venus with Jupiter this holiday weekend (28th to 30th August 2016). Enjoy. Clark Whelton posted news on the upcoming event but www.spaceweather.com... (August 28th) came up with the photo sent in by Yuri. It was taken from the Atacama Desert in Chile.

28 Aug 2016
Mars and Water channels

Mars and water channels as highlighted in a post this week prompted William Thompson to point out that Donald Patten predicted something like this decades ago. Patten's books are freely available on the Internet - and can be purchased second hand at a snip. Surprisingly, he anticipated a number of facts that have since emerged via the space age - and water on Mars was one such thing. In Velikovskian studies as opposed to 'catastrophist figures of stature' Patten is very much under valued.

27 Aug 2016
Lewis Mumford

OJ Haugen suggested reading Lewis Mumford's 'Technics and Human Development: the myth of the machine' written way back in 1966. It is still relevant today as it succinctly puts into perspective the limitations of archaeology. He asks the question, what exactly do we know about Stone Age people and Early forms of humanity. Archaeologists retrieve pieces of knapped flint and the occasional stone axe or hammer stone and out of such odds and bits anthropologists and others create a storyline - but is it only part of the story. Mumford thought so.

25 Aug 2016
Sewing with Denisova

Stitching a hole in their shirts may have been a problem ovecome by the Denisova contemporaries of Neanderthals. These people lived in central Asia before the 40,000 year watershed when Europe was colonised by modern humans (and some of them came here by way of central Asia which adds another dimension). A bone needle has been plucked out of sediment on the floor of the Denisova cave in the Altai Mountains, complete with a carefully drilled eye hole.

25 Aug 2016
Planet and Star

The BBC pundits were full of it today (Thursday the 25th) and the science correspondent had on his 'very serious' face mask as he read out the script on prime time news. The story is all over the net but try this one for a change ... http://astronomynow.com/2016/08/24/potentially-habitable-planet-discover... ... which is basically the discovery of what is thought to be a planet orbiting the nearest star to our Sun, at a similar distance that is again thought to pose the possibility of life on the exo-planet.

24 Aug 2016
Bell Beaker enclosure

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/08/160809095145.htm .... the discovery of a circular earthwork enclosure in southern Spain, dating to the Bell Beaker period (2600-2200BC) is interesting as we don't know yet that it has anything to do with the Beaker Folk. Excavations unearthed bones, sherds, jewelry etc. It is unclear if the sherds of pottery come from bell beakers or the C14 dates have provided the link. The site consists of concentric circular trenches cut into segments at regular distances. In the centre was a deep round hole 19m wide.

23 Aug 2016
Supernova

At http://phys.org/print391077030.html ... the signature of a supernovae has been found in deep ocean cores from the Pacific Ocean. German scientists have had their findings publishd in PNAS (August 2016) and they have dated the supernova to 2.7 million years ago at what is thought to be the boundary of the Pliocene with the Pleistocene. The interesting point they make is that supernovae material continued to rain down on the earth for 800,000 years. Is this a relic of uniformitarian dating methodology?

23 Aug 2016
Rings

Speaking of rings (yesterdays post) the same subject is uncannily the feature of an article today at Universe Today (see http://phys.org/print391077112.html ). It is an interview with Kevn Gill who does computer enhancement imaging. His latest work is on Daphnis, a moon of Saturn, embedded in one of the rings. In the past he has made models of Earth with a ring system and what Mars might have looked like if it had vegetation and surface water.