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24 Aug 2019
Methane Reservoir

At https://phys.org/news/2019-08-massive-methane-reservoir.html ... link forwarded by Robert (but see also https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/origin-of-massive-methane-res... ) ... which comes with some useful comments. New findings published in PNAS provide evidence of the formation and abundance of abiotic methane - methane formed by chemical reactions that do not involve organic matter. It shows that methane found on other planets and moons could well have a similar origin. It is no longer a mystery we are told. Abiotic methane exists.

24 Aug 2019
Digging a Hole

At https://phys.org/news/2019-08-heavyweight-candidate-dark.html ... according to current theory a quarter of the universe is composed of dark matter - sitting in the shadows. Its presence is determined by gravitational pull. What dark matter is made of is a complete mystery. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics have come up with a new theory - the existence of a hypothetical particle, gravitinos. Its existence follows on from a theory that seeks to explain the spectrum of quarks and leptons

20 Aug 2019
Jurassic Volcanism

Robert sent in the link to www.dailymail.co.uk/science-tech/article-76363455/ ... with the comment, discharge lightning on Earth emits X-rays. It seems that if humans were able to see gamma-rays they might see the night sky would glow brighter than the daytime. This is the manner in which NASAs Fermi Gamma Ray Telescope sees our region of space. Currently, gamma-ray observations are not sensitive to seeing the shape of the Moon very clearly - or any of the surface details. It detects a prominent glow

20 Aug 2019
Jurassic Volcanism

Robert sent in the link to www.dailymail.co.uk/science-tech/article-7363455/ ... with the comment, discharge lightning on Earth emits X-rays. It seems that if humans were able to see gamma-rays they might see the night sky would glow brighter than the daytime. This is the manner in which NASAs Fermi Gamma Ray Telescope sees our region of space. Currently, gamma-ray observations are not sensitive to seeing the shape of the Moon very clearly - or any of the surface details. It detects a prominent glow centred on the Moon's position in the sky.

18 Aug 2019
Jupiter Collision

I can't keep up with the stories coming out of late about collisions within the solar system. Although Velikovsky's book had the title, Worlds in Collision, it was at the publisher's suggestion. Velikovsky did not actually envisage a collision. What he suggested was a close shave - a large cosmic object passing close to the Earth. The new story about colliding planets (this one involving Jupiter) suitably has an origin at the web site of www.newscientist.com/article/2213521-a-massive-collision-may-have-made-j... ..

18 Aug 2019
Solare Barycentre

The theory advanced by Rhodes Fairbridge in the mid 20th century appears to be on the verge of a revival, of sorts. This is the idea of a solar barycentre that affects the journey of the planets around our Sun as the latter spins on its axis and is influenced in turn by the bigger planets such as Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. A new paper by the controversial Valentin Zhakova has been published in the journal Nature - see www.nature.com/articles/c41598-019-45584-3 ...

16 Aug 2019
Jet Stream Antics

At https://phys.org/news/2019-08-jet-stream-aircraft-turbulence-climate.html ... climate change is according to a new study having an impact on the jet stream. Mind you, our August weather patterns seem to confirm this as it is wet in the UK and Ireland at the moment (and across a band of northern Europe). However, in the study in Nature (Aug 2019) the jet stream is said to be 15 per cent more skewed. In other words, it is further south than it was in the 1990s nd 2000s.

15 Aug 2019
Jehu and Jehoram

Important paper ar AOSIS (ISSN: 2072-8050 or go to https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i3.5326 ... from the department of Old Testament Studies, faculty of theology and religion, University of Pretoria in South Africa. Authors given are Lerato Mokoena and Esias Meyer.

14 Aug 2019
magnetic flips

Gary sent in a cluster of links. For example, at www.space.com/lava-flows-earth-magnetic-field-reversal.html ... which concerns magnetic pole flips and associated volcanism. We are informed the process was much slower then previously envisaged. To arrive at this conclusion they used data from fossil lava flows.

14 Aug 2019
Tardigrades

Garys also sent in this link to www.theguardian.com/science/2019/aug/06/tardigrades-may-have-survived-sp... ... which appears to be another manifestation of journalistic alarmism - humans setting loose life on the moon (and perhaps not a desirable form of life). The Israeli Beresheet probe, a lander, crash landed on the moon's surface - and it was carrying a cargo of tardigrades.