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30 Aug 2015
lots of noise

Lots of noise this week as apparently Stephen Hawking has spoken on the subject of black holes - see http://phys.org/print359978825.html ... He claims he has come up with a solution to 'information loss' ... whatever that means. Other scientists were not so confident about Hawking's proposal - and the full write up has not even been published as on yet.

30 Aug 2015
cave lion

At http://phys.org/print359878549.html ... accelerator mass spectrometry has been used by Russian biologists to date the remains of a cave lion that had been preserved in permafrost conditions. The remains included fossilised bone, claw and hair. The bones weighed in at 61,000 years ago but carbon extracted from animal hair was dated only 28,700 years ago. It is suggested the different dates arise because of contaminants in the fur of the animal. Obviously, they don't like the lower date - but why?

30 Aug 2015
Homo habilis

This is a piece of tweaking the nose of the Leakey's - those avid finders of fossil humans in the African Rift Valley - see http://phys.org/print359961527.html

30 Aug 2015
Philistines and sycamores

I don't know what the fruit of sycamore trees might be - I only know the ones with seeds that we used to spin like helicopter blades when kids. Fruit was absent. However, sycamores introduced into the Levant did bear fruit of some kind and they were introduced by the Philistines - or that is the claim of a team of Israeili researchers and archaeologists - go to http://phys.org/print359978639.html

30 Aug 2015
Permian theory

At www.livescience.com/52017-catastrophic-volcanoes-caused-biggest-extincti... ... geologists working in Siberia (Russian and American) are blaming volcanics for the extinction event at the Permian boundary, a somewhat obvious discovery as they were looking at the Siberian Traps (a huge outpouring of basalt lava). What caused the volcanics is another matter.

30 Aug 2015
the title says it all ...

At http://notrickszone.com/2015/08/26/suppression-of-science-former-noaa-me... ... it seems CAGW science actively connived and went out of its way to actually ban mention of natural cycles of warming and cooling as they contradicted the idea modern global warming was something special and unique. The link has a youtube video and the accompanying comments are almost as good as the article itself.

30 Aug 2015
lonesome high spot

NASAs Dawn spacecraft spotted a tall conical mountain on Ceres

It stands 4 miles high and the perimeter is sharply defined - no rubble or debris at the base. . See http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/image-detail.html?id=PIA19631

30 Aug 2015
solar research

At http://phys.org/print359743299.html ... IRIS and Hinode telescopes and satellites - looking at the Sun. Why is the Sun so hot? Ideas being explored, filaments, Alfven etc.

 

30 Aug 2015
Rhynie Man

At www.abdn.ac.uk/news/8083/ ... the Rhynie Man carries an axe of a type associated elsewhere with animal sacrifices. He also wears a hat or headdress and has a long poined nose, big teeth, and a pointie beard. He was found in 1978 in Aberdeenshire, a six foot high Pictish stone (and carving) - see here

30 Aug 2015
big holes in Yamal

 

At http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/news/n0302-startling-changes-... ... we have giant holes created when pingos erupted after filling with gas. The craters are found on the Yamal peninsular in northern Russia and indications are that not all of them were formed in the same way. They were first noticed last year and a variety of explanations have been offered. One if over 60m deep