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8 Feb 2019
Panama Geology Again

Loks like a case of a dog with a bone. At ... mainstream don't seem to want to abandon their cherished views on North America crashing into South America - but some geologists are being stubborn. This is another story about the isthmus of Panama. How did it come into being. In a study in Scientific Reports we are told that not only were tectonic process involved but volcanoes also played a significant role. Mainstream opinion is that it formed 2.8 million years ago as the Caribbean plate bumped into the South American plate.

9 Feb 2019
Collimated Jet

At ... a highly collimated bipolar jet seen rising from the Red Square Nebula surrounding one of the stars. The study can be accessed at ... for more information. The jet appears to be externally ionised. It consists of a pair of segments on either side of the host star- separated by gaps. The calculated speed of the jet is around 500km a second. Attempting to explain the phenomenon the authors propose two hypotheses.

9 Feb 2019
Giant Impact

William sent in the link to ... astronomers have found fresh evidence for significant planetary disunity within a single explanet system suggesting, they theorise, that giant high speed collisions are partly responsible for planetary evolution. The impacts in question are posited to have occurred in Kepler -107 (an exoplanetary system discovered five years ago). However, giant impacts are thought to have had a fundamental role in shaping our own solar system - and the moon is possibly the result of such an impact.

9 Feb 2019
Eat the Fat not the Greens

At ... hot on the heels of the UN bleating about cattle and sheep raising as ecologically irresponsible and we should all be going vegan comes along this study which seems to confirm the former hyperventilations were all flannel and no substance. Meat on the bone is lacking in the UN procrastinations but it is the fat within the bone that is the subject of the study. It seems a taste for fat provided early humans with the nutrition to develop bigger brains - see Current Anthropology (February 2019).

10 Feb 2019
T. Rex

At ... Tyrannosaurus Rex had a flexible skull structure. Different bone modules led to a highly flexible muzzle that aided in tearing apart prey animals. The study is published in Scientific Reports (February 2019). The name means something like tyrant lizard - named because of his impressive teeth and head. See DOI:10.1038/s41598-018-37978-8

10 Feb 2019
Dusty First Intermediate

Willliam sent in this link - ... the Akkadian empre was felled by dust reads the media blurb, a meaningless headline. The actual abstract at https:///www.pnas.orgh/content/116/1/67 is little better as the lead author doesn't want to go out on a limb and says something almost daft, the idea that climate affected ancient civilisations is provocative (or words to that effect). Facts must always take priority. If dust played a role that is a fact.

10 Feb 2019
Asteroids and Meteors

William sent in the link to ... astronomers have discovered an asteroid looping the loop through the 'inner solar system' on an exotic orbit - code for an unexpected orbit. In fact, its orbit is centred almost entirely within the orbit of Venus. From a Velikovsky point of view this is interesting - for some people. Its actual existence hints at potentially many more space rocks are moving around in uncharted regions close to the Sun. The Zwicky Transient Facility detected the asteroid in January this year (2019).

10 Feb 2019
Salt and Stars

At ... ALMA observations have revealed sodium chloride (common salt) surrounding a young star. Salts have of course been found previously - in what are regarded as old and dying stars. Astronomers will now be looking more closely at the chemistry of other stars. How common is salt in the universe? Potassium chloride has also been observed in the same star. They are speculating these salts come from dust grains that collided and spilt their contents. See the preprint edition of the study as www.arxiv.ogr/abs/1901.04489

10 Feb 2019
Greenland Temperatures

Oh dear. Scientists have discovered the Vikings enjoyed a warm Greenland. Archaeology has been telling us that for quite some time as Viking farms have been revealed by melting ice. At ... were medieval Vikings baking in 50 degrees summer weather? Presumably this is fahrenheit rather than celsius - and let's face it, 50 degrees F is not very warm. Then it is Greenland - just down the road from the pole. The press release doesn't allow us to see the broader picture, parking their bus at the medieval period.

11 Feb 2019
Ice Age Animal Trove

Douglas Palmer reports in Down to Earth 106 (February 2019) the discovery of mammoth and rhinoceros remains in Cambridgeshire - during road works upgrading the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon. While excavating gravel from a pit near Fenstanton digger driver Darren Hickman found a mammoth tusk and the ice age bones ... in the base clay area. Present amongst the bones, including  skulls were woolly rhinoceros (adapted to the cold) along with rhinoceros usually found in warmer climes.