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24 Mar 2017
Dinosaur family tree changes

At https://phys.org/print409396981.html ... Cambridge University and the Natural History Museum in London have published new research which seems to show there is a need to change the family tree of dinosaur evolution.

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/courtship-behaviou... ... courtship behaviour trapped in amber.It involves three damselflies in the posture of display before a female - but died without getting lucky. How sudden was that?

24 Mar 2017
Finistere

Finistere is best known from the UK shipping forecast. At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/14000-years-old-en... ... some 40 prehistoric engravings have been found in Finistere in Britanny ...

24 Mar 2017
Space Dust

At https://phys.org/print409322936.html ... astronomers have developed a way to detect the ultra violet background of the universe. In so doing they hope to discover the missing small galaxies they think should be out there. It will also aid in the quest of mapping the universe - by modelling processes. It is quite clear UV radiation (from stars and black holes) excites the gas of the universe causing it to emit red light in a similar fashion to gas in a fluorescent tube (which is excited by visbible light). Measuring and mapping of UV radiation will refine models of galaxy formation.

23 Mar 2017
Malta Prehistory

Jovan sent in this link a few weeks ago and I've only just got around to reading it - and that is only the Introduction to the book. Michael Hughes Clarke, 'Natural Events in Malta's Prehistory' - and concerns not just the Temple building period but the Neolithic as a whole (stretching back to around 5000BC). The temple building people it is thought, disappeared in the mid to late 3rd millennium BC.

23 Mar 2017
Comets or Volcanoes

Robert sent in the links - http://crev.info/2017/03/water-theories-evaporate/ ... and https://theconversation.com/comets-or-volcanoes-scientists-are-changing-... ... which was featured in a post a while back. However, as Peter disagrees with the idea of water with an origin inside the earth it is worth repeating the subject matter - and no doubt many others are baffled by the idea.

22 Mar 2017
Water Fractals

   ... winding waterways - captured from space. This example comes from Egypt.

Physics and river flow - and fractals. The subject of a new book by Sean Fleming, 'When the Rivers Flow' (Princetown University Press) - the physical forces that water exerts on its surrounding landscape. The author uses physics to explain. See www.sciencenews.org/article/understand-rivers-let-physics-be-your-guide

22 Mar 2017
Grass

Grasses have an ability to conserve water in their leaves. They can also absorb carbon dioxide without losing any water. Grasses are well equipped to deal with rapidly changing weather and strong winds, the kind that sweep across plains, praire and steppe environments. It would be also true to say that herbivores adapted to eating rough grasses, as well as seeking out the sweet grasses.

22 Mar 2017
Mars and the K/T

Gary sent in the link, www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/mars-volcano-earths-dinosaurs-went-ext... ... the word 'about' is as big as you want to make it - and here may lie an explanation. Mars volcanoes and earth's K/T boundary event occurred at 'about' the same time. However, digging into the article we find the volcanoes were still active until 50 million years ago (and possibly much later than that) where the K/T event and the extinction of the dinosaurs is normally dated to around 65,000 years ago.

22 Mar 2017
Sun, Weather and Climate

The book, 'Sun, Weather, and Climate' (2005) by John R Herman and Richard A Goldberg is a reprint of a book originally published in 1978. It was reprinted on two occasions and published in Russian and Chinese, and seems to have become a classic of its kind, a forerunner of modern climate research. It is of great interest in the study of Earth's climate - hence the need to flag it up again (as I had a post in 2013 on the same book). William provided the link below.

22 Mar 2017
Comet 67P

It seems Comet Churyumov Gerasimenko (or Comet 67P in shorthand), the target of the ESA Rosetta Mission that dominated the astronomy news in 2015 is still fascinating scientists (now producing their write ups from the data). One outburst of dust involved a landslide on the comet. When it rounded the Sun in 2015 cliffs collapsed and ripple like features about 100m across appeared and disappeared, dust eroded and boulders rolled around on the surface. The mainstream view is that this occurred as a result of increased sunlight and warmth (affecting ices under the surface).