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1 Feb 2017
Photosynthesis

At https://phys.org/print405078446.html ... the mechanism for photosynthesis existed in primeval microbes. Will this put an end to the idea of earth as a satellite of Saturn? Thunderbolts and the Saturn Theory are like a hand and a glove but what does this study mean for the idea of solar system re-arrangement. Photosynthesis creates oxygenised carbohydrates such as glucose from solar energy, water, and co2 (carbon). It is indispensable for many species on this planet.

1 Feb 2017
Nickers in a Twist

Scientists sometimes don't do humour. Or at least the author of an article at 'The Conversation' displays a lack of humour - see https://phys.org/print405073075.html ... but does display a witless superiority complex when discussing a rather excruciatingly ludicrous claim that a rogue asteroid is on course to crash into the earth. I suppose it makes them feel good to quote conspiracy theories and then accuse the lower orders of being mentally unable to grasp the reality of real science.

31 Jan 2017
asteroid you didn't see

Whilst the media was all lathered up yesterday an asteroid passed by the earth six times closer than the earth. Go to www.msn.com/en-us/video/wonder/asteroid-whizzing-by-earth-six-tiems-clos... ... good job William was paying attention. Another fly-by that wasn't seen until the last minute.

31 Jan 2017
Microbes in Space

Gary sent in this link (aliens in the comments so beware). At www.seeker.com/atmosphere-microbes-microorganisms-balloon-life-venus-ext... ... we have a report on an experiment by students from the University of Houston. They are going to release high altitude balloons in the upper atmosphere fitted with a devilish device. This will open as the balloons reach a high enough point in the atmosphere and close on the descent. The hope is to avoid contamination of samples. They intend to reach altitudes of 18km to 50km (11 to 31 miles in old money). 

30 Jan 2017
Black Holes fighting

Black holes again - clashing black holes (what is that all about) - see www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2017/01/25/black-wreckage/ ... which is a reference to the wreckage left behind when two galaxies collide and the black holes at their hearts merge forcefully together (see earlier posts on the black hole subject). NuSTAR was launched by NASA in 2012 and one of its roles is to look for x-ray flashes out there in the deep universe.

30 Jan 2017
plasma behaviour

At www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2017/01/27/at-any-scale/ ... we have further clarification on plasma behaviour which is useful as we lead up to our speaker meeting in April which will be addressed by Bob Johnson. This time the issue is the so called 'fast radio bursts' - fast release of energy that lasts just a few milliseconds. Obviously, this was an unknown until the advent of recent instruments. Blink and you would miss them.

30 Jan 2017
Gobi Desert was Wet

The Gobi desert is nowadays the second largest desert in the world and suffers from a drastic lack of rainfall. It wasn't always so. Go to http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,410066,archaeologist-many-tho... ... Polish archaeologists are getting like Polish plumbers as they are popping up all over the world. Are they doing archaeology at a reduced rate?

30 Jan 2017
Polish and the Taurids

At http://scienceinpoland.pap.pl/en/news/news,4128a3,taurids-can-be-a-sourc... ... Back in the 1990s David Asher of the Armagh Observatory studied the Taurids as part of his work on a doctorate. He noted that sometimes observers reported on Taurid maximums (higher density than at other times) that contained a large number of very bright meteors.

30 Jan 2017
Auroch with dots

  ... this is a piece of art from a rock shelter in the Pyrenees which is thought to date back to 38,000 years ago - about the time it was all going wrong for megafauna in Australia and Neanderthals and big mammals in Euroasia. You can just make out an auroch - a large bull with horns. What connection might worship, or portrayals of the bull in rock art have to do with the Taurids (the bull in the sky)?

30 Jan 2017
Earth Rings

If earth had rings, the title of a You Tube video. Moe Mandelkehr thought earth may well have had a temporary ring around it as the theme is strong in mythology. See www.youtube.com/watch?v=CItDiuBWP5I