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7 Nov 2014
Going back to Comet Siding Spring's brush with Mars

Not a lot of information has come out of NASA on the recent close passage to Mars by Comet Siding Spring. However, at www.spaceweather.com on November 7th (scroll down if necessary) you will find a short bit taken from a NASA press conference. It resulted in a heavy meteor shower with an origin in the comet - and this is described as the highlight. A few tons of comet dust were deposited on Mars. A human sitting on the surface of Mars might have seen thousands of shootings stars per hour - a veritable meteor storm.

6 Nov 2014
Vanuatu

The volcanic island of Vanuatu in New Caledonia is prone to earthquakes and is positioned near an ocean trench - or fault. Scientists and geologists from New Zealand's James Cook university have discovered Vanuatu is not all it seems. Apparently, the volcanism is laid down on top of an ancient fragment of the Australian continent - which is situated 2200km away. Similar pieces of stranded continent exist in other parts of the world - in the Indian Ocean for instance, and Iceland (and various other locations in the Atlantic and other oceans).

6 Nov 2014
How the Sun works

At http://phys.org/print334398305.html ... we have an ultra violet image taken by the IRIS mission showing a network of solar jets. The journal Science has several articles on the IRIS discoveries - even though it only began in 2013. Intermittent small scale jets have been detected which appear to provide the energy behind the solar wind.

6 Nov 2014
Assyrian retraction

At http://phys.org/print334402312.html ... an article in the journal Climate Change claims drought was responsible for the decline of the Assyrian Empire in the second half of the 7th century - beginning in around 657BC. Within 5 years of that date the political and economic stability of the empire had eroded resulting in rebelllions and civil wars. However, the region was used to bouts of drought and these are recorded from all the previous centuries as Assyria grew in importance. As climate scientists, or climate researchers, they have a particular agenda.

5 Nov 2014
Apophis

At http://phys.org/print333876505.html ... in 2029, the asteroid Apophis is due to pass within 35,000km of the Earth - which is fairly close. What effect will it have? Well, a computer simulation by space scientists suggests that Earth's gravity will cause landslides - on the asteroid. The assumption behind the model is that gravity is the most potent thing to take into consideration. What if Apophis is accompanied by several smaller object in resonant orbit with the asteroid. How might it cope with Earth's magnetosphere?

5 Nov 2014
Big Wave in Oman

At www.timesofoman.com/News/42136/Article-Mega-wave-hit-Omans-coast-4-500-y... ... which is roughly contemporary the 2300BC event (nuances in dating methodology, changes as a result of calibration etc). The tsunami wave washed over a village that has recently been subject to archaeological research and it seems to have shifted large amounts of sand and human detritus, such as charcoal from fire pits. Bivalve shells with both sides of the shell intact have been found stranded onshore, a sure sign of a tsunami wave as humans would have broken them apart to get at the insides.

2 Nov 2014
Geography and Climate Change

at www.geocurrents.info/physical-geography/eco-authoritarian-catastrophism-... ... which is a review of a book written by some bigwigs in the Climate Change community and a geography teacher is left stunned by what he read. The book has the title, 'The Collapse of Western Civilisation' and is a quite an astonishing work to be sponsored by academia - but we live in strange times. I don't need to say anything - the reviewer says it all.

2 Nov 2014
Clouds and Climate Models

A new paper by John McLean of the James Cook University (Australia), a professor of physics, has appeared in the open access journal Atmospheric and Climate Sciences - see www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2014/10/30/mclean-on-clouds.html

1 Nov 2014
Sand dunes on comet

 

This is an image from Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by the Rosetta spacecraft. Sent in by member Gary Gilligan it shows sand dunes on the surface of the comet - go to the link where you will see a succession of images, www.outerplaces.com/universe/technology/item/6469-stunning-results-image...

1 Nov 2014
Flint Mines

At www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/10/2014/small-clue-to-neolithi.... ... where we learn about flint mines that dwarf those of Grimes Graves in East Anglia. The flint mines in Bavaria are 8m deep but there are 20,000 mining shafts. The Late Neolithic Cham culture (3400-2700BC) existed for a brief period of time but appear to have traded extensively by using the Danube and its tributaries.