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24 Jun 2018
Antique CAGW

At https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2018/06/22/late-paleocene-thermal-maximum/ ... here we have a catastrophic event that has been apprehended by climate scientists in order to create a scare story over CAGW. The late Paleocene/Eocene boundary event is supposed to be a classic case of the earth over heating. As you might expect the CAGW adherents have proposed there wasa lethal injection of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in order to account for the rise in temperatures.

23 Jun 2018
Sprite at Night

   .... this image comes courtesy of http://spaceweather.com (June 23rd 2018) a sprite above a thundercloud taken by a pilot flying to Las Vegas from London, Brian Whittaker. The green bands are not auroral in nature but air glow - caused by chemical reactions in the upper atmosphere. Whittaker comments, the sprites are really high up in the atmosphere and he has probably missed them in the past by looking downwards.

22 Jun 2018
Frozen Lightning

At http://spaceweather.com (June 20th 2018) we have frozen lightning spotted over Scotland (the island of Lewis to be exact). These are noctilucent clouds - ethereal bands that have the appearance of frozen lightning.

22 Jun 2018
Genetic Bottleneck

This one was sent in by Jovan - go to www.livescience.com/62754-warring-clans-caused-population-bottleneck.html .... males genes across Asia, Europe and Africa seem to suggest something peculiar happened between 5000 and 7000 years ago (or 3000-5000BC) in which women were left numbering 17 to 1. Obviously, this can't be strictly true unless it was a mutation of some kind (lucky fellas if that was the case). The idea of a male bottleneck at this point in time was first raised by researchers in 2015 and since then scientists have been trying to make sense of it all.

22 Jun 2018
Misbehaving Neutrinos

Also sent in by Jovan - go to www.scientificamerican.com/article/evidence-builds-for-a-new-kind-of-neu... .... the article itself is available to read at the pre-porint arXiv server but the authors have presented it to an international conference in Heidelberg in Germany. We have muaon neutrinos and electron neutrinos but what are these new ones? However, a word of caution according to one souce. The researchers are not sure the flashes of light seen are really coming from neutrinos. It is possible some unknown process is producing an excess of photons that mimic the neutrino signal.

22 Jun 2018
C14 and DNA

 a nice interesting article at https://popular-archaeology.com/article/new-technique-provides-accurate-... ... a new technique provides an accurate dating method as far as ancient bones are concerned. As migration has recently become a topical issue (with genetic studies), especially in the peopling of Europe, something other than C14 is required to date human bones in a reliable fashion. They think the answer has been found. C14 is usually the weapon of choice - but is not always able to date bones accurately. Plateau events also pose a problem.

22 Jun 2018
Declining Insects

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/06/20/study-bugs-hate-light-at-night-mo... ... the reason this has popped up on WattsUp is the fact that the researchers claim light pollution is a bigger factor than climate change for the ongoing decline in insect numbers. The interesting theory is advanced by scientists at a German institute of Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries (where one have thought the climate change meme would have taken precedent). They discovered a sharp decline in flying insects as a result of light pollution.

22 Jun 2018
Ice Man still a source of research

At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-06/p-stf061318.php ... continuing study of the ice amn found in a melting glacier in the Alps a few years ago has found a different dimension to write about - his use of stone tools. The ice man dates back to around 3200BC (although now backdated by IntCal2013 a bit earlier). His stone tools were made of chert - a form of flint. It seems they originate from different locations in what is now the Trentino region of Italy. For the full paper go to http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0198292

16 Jun 2018
98.989%

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/06/14/good-news-99-989-of-the-antarctic... ... this is a bit of taking the Michael. Climate Change alarmists are telling us, via the media and a recently published paper, that the Antarctic ice sheet is melting (or is about to melt). It is losing ice in the billions of metric tons according to the media - using data from satellites. Apparently, it lost 2720 billion metric tones of ice between 1992 and 2017 (mainly from the West Antarctic peninsular).

16 Jun 2018
Whale Bone Artifacts

At https://phys.org/print448179407.html ... large scale whale hunting goes back to the 6th century AD we are told, according to a new study in the European Journal of Archaeology (2018). Museum collections in Sweden contain thousands of Iron Age board game pieces - most of which were made from the bones of whales. In addtion, all the pieces come from the Right Whales. This gained its name as the 'right' whale to hunt down as it swims slowly, close to shore, and contains so much blubber it floated after being harpooned.