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30 Mar 2017
Warm Weather

At www.spaceweather.com March 30th 2017 ... we are told the stream of solar wind, a CME event, has continued into a 4th day and we may note the weather has got considerably warmer over that time. I got sun burnt today (on the face) working on the allotment - yet it is still March (and it was decidedly cold a week ago). It seems the CME has pumped a lot of heat and energy into the earth system. A similar thing happened in March a couple of years ago - following another coronal hole directly facing the earth.

30 Mar 2017
Aussie Dino Tracks

At https://phys.org/print409803872.html ... tracks of at least 21 different dinosaurs have been found on a stretch of remote coastline in western Australia ...

26 Mar 2017
Potent Coronal Hole

At www.spaceweather.com (March 25th) we are told a potent coronal hole is facing the earth and sending out a stream of solar wind that will arrive on March 25th and last for a few days. We may not have had many sun spots recently, a veritable dearth of them in fact, but coronal holes are something different. It is spewing out a flowing stream towards our neck of the woods, as seen by NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory, which provided photographs of the event horizon. How will it effect Earth's climate system?

26 Mar 2017
Claude Blot

Claude Blot's ideas often appear at the New Concepts in Global Tectonics web site and online journals - see www.ncgt.org. He pops up at www.everythingselectric.com/claude-blot/ ... which provides some history on this French geophysicist. In the 1960s he said that earthquakes transferred energy upwards from deep inside the planet (and were not produced near the surface as in Plate Tectonics theory).

26 Mar 2017
Historical Bexits

At https://oxbowdbbc.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/offas-dyke-the-brexit-dimension/ ... which is guest post by Keith Ray on plans to preserve Offa's Dyke (used as a recreation source by long distance walkers). It's an arduous walk, in places, and some stages are long winded between stopping points (signs of human habitation with a jug of beer or a bed for the night). Nevertheless, lots of people do it - and apparently, enjoy the experience (blisters and all). In this article, we go back to Offa himself, the contemporary of Charlemagne, king of the Franks.

26 Mar 2017
Danes

Danish Vikings - why they moved to England - see http://sciencenordic.com/why-danish-vikings-moved-england/ ... as many as 35,000 Danes decided to seek pastures new in the 9th and 10th centuries AD (a sort of re-enactment of the Anglo Saxon invasions - with an origin in Denmark and NW Germany).  They were interested at first in portable treasures - especially gold and silver owned by the Church. After a while they settled and established the Danelaw - a sizable chunk of eastern England. Canute was king of England and king of Denmark.

26 Mar 2017
Fudge

At http:///www.everythingselectric.com/venus-models/ ... it seems that mainstream views on the heat generated on Venus are changing. The greenhouse theory was applied to the planet and most notably this was championed by Carl Sagan. It seems Venus doesn't conform to the idea of runaway warming as the polar regions are 70 degrees cooler than expected. The polar atmosphere is not as dense as expected - between 20 and 40 per cent less dense than theory dictated. Then, there are all those volcanoes ...

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.