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28 Jan 2015
Origins of the Solar System

The Gordon Research Conference on the Origins of Solar Systems is due to meet from June 28-July 3 2015 at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA, an interdisciplinary meeting bringing together scientists from the fields of meteoritics (meteors), astrophysics, planetary science, extrasolar planets (or exo-planets) and the earth sciences. There are 32 invited speakers and 9 discussion leaders who will talk about the latest research findings - http://meteoriticalsociety.org

28 Jan 2015
Gypsy Origins

This post came about as we have Roma gypsies camped out in Hyde Park, opposite the big hotels on Park Lane, having arrived on our shores via the EU open doors policy of movement across Europe. Who are they and what are their origins?

27 Jan 2015
another submerged forest, this time in the Wash

The Wash is a geographical feature in case anyone reading this is not aware of UK topography. It adjoins the Fens, a vast tract of marshland (now drained) on the North Sea coast, and when Dogger Land was in existence this whole area would have been at a higher elevation to the sea level of the period. There is plenty of evidence, geologically, that the Fens, during most of the Holocene, were high and dry.

27 Jan 2015
more important than Stonehenge

In 'The Scotsman' of 27th July 2014 prehistorians are on record as saying that discoveries made at the Ness of Brodgar on Orkney are more important than Stonehenge, describing it as an 'Egypt of the North' - all good stuff but the site is hard to access from the main population centres of the UK. Ceremonial mace heads, polished stone axes, flint knives, human figurines, remarkable pottery, and those Neolithic buildings that seem to dwarf the stone circles of the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness (also part of the complex).

27 Jan 2015
Willie Soon

Willie Soon and Sally Baluinas upset the Green Blob some years ago by writing a peer reviewed article in a climate journal that claimed the Sun controlled the Earth's climate rather than a trace gas, co2. It might seem obvious to most people that the Sun is the controller of the climate on Earth - but not it seems to those of the CAGW faith. You may also wonder why an astrophysicist's views are dismissed but social scientists and people with a degree in English Literature, for example, are lauded as all-knowing of how the climate works - but that is the state of play.

26 Jan 2015
weibel filamentation instabilities

At http://phys.org/print341136762.html ... cosmic magnetic fields is the subject here and something called 'Weibel filamentation instabilities' - a plasma instability present in homgenous, or nearly homogenous. electromagnetic plasmas. It has attracted a fair amount of theoretical interest from plasma physicists and this news release follows the publication of a paper in Nature Physics published in January (2015). Laboratory produced weibels appear to conform to the hypothesis of magnetic field origins and growth.

26 Jan 2015
wormholes in heaven

At http://phys.org/print341045140.html ... evidence is said to exist that our galaxy could be a huge wormhole - but not everyone would agree (even physicists). The paper is in the Annals of Physics and the idea is to rethink dark matter. They can't see the stuff but apparently they can map how much dark matter is in the Milky Way. The following remark is somewhat revealing, 'obviously, we are not claiming that our galaxy is definitely a worm hole but simply that according to theoretical models this hypothesis is a responsibility.

23 Jan 2015
Rosetta ... provisional assessments

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2015-029 ... NASA writers are telling us that Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko is gushing water vapour into space - and it has been increasing in volume. The image below was taken in November and faints jets can be seen (via photo enhancement).

           

23 Jan 2015
Rosetta in 'Science'

At http://phys.org/print341155255.html ... the journal Science, January 23rd, has published four articles on the Rosetta Mission - so get down to WH Smith's. Mind you, they are still saying the comet is composed of ice, dust, and space debris, a left over of the early days of the solar system. The lens they are looking through may not have changed too much but they are dealing with lots of new information. Describing the visual outline of the comet they say it is roughly the shape of a rubber duck, two lobes connected by a thin neck.

22 Jan 2015
another binocular comet

Comet Lovejoy is currently visible in binoculars as a greenish blob approaching the Pleiades, east of Orion. We now have a second comet that has sparked into brightness - Comet Finlay. The TV doctor's namesake can be seen with binoculars in Aquarius, very close to its brightest star. This is located in the SW area of the night sky - for more information go to Http://phys.org/print340879696.html ...