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22 Feb 2015
SIS Spring Meeting

Bob Johnson's talk at the SIS Spring Meeting in Watford will be . The Variability of the Sun and the Effects on Earth. In other words, what effects do CMEs have on the Earth system and the inhabitants on the surface.

22 Feb 2015
dark matter and the galaxy journey

At http://phys.org/print343503264.html ... the question is asked - does dark matter cause mass extinctions and geological upheavals? What might we make of that. Well, it is a direct statement that recognises catastrophism as a fact of the planetary past. In that way it is interesting as not so long ago they may have avoided catastrophism altogether and stuck fast to the uniformitarian model in that nothing has happened in the past that does not happen in the present.

22 Feb 2015
the small comet of no consequence that transmogrified into a bright one

At http://spaceweather.com ... track back to the page for February 19th. Here we find a story of a small comet, barely noticed, that went around the Sun and came out the other side shining brightly. A video of the transformation appears on the site.

At the same time we get the news that at the moment solar activity is very low and there are just a few small sun spots blemishing the surface.

19 Feb 2015
The year of 365AD

This is the year of a big earthquake in the central Mediterranean area, an earthquake that produced a tsunami wave that caused widespread destruction as far afield as Cyprus and Egypt. It is described graphically by the Roman historian Ammianus Marcellus - see for starters www.q-mag.org/what-happened-on-july-21-365-a-d.html

18 Feb 2015
Plumes from Mars

An interesting story at http://phys.org/print343307323.html ... plumes seen rising from Mars, high above the surface. On two occasions amateur astronomers reported the plumes. Now, NASA astronomers had a look at some old images from the Hubble telescope and they found a really big plume from 1997. Now it is being taken seriously, we may well suspect, amateurs excluded. Sccientists are actually being forced to address the issue - and what might cause the plumes. One theory is a connection with auroral phenomena.

18 Feb 2015
manganese balls on the ocean bottoms

The mystery of the balls of metals found on the ocean floor are baffling scientists, we are being told at www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2957453/What-mystery-alien-balls...

A remote camera revealed the ocean floor is littered with these metal balls, and some patches are remarkably well spread. Entrepreneurs around the world have an eye on harvesting them - and making lots of dosh in the process.

13 Feb 2015
modern civilisation is a civilisation of oil

Modern civilisation is a civilisation of petroleum. Some people think it is a simple thing to shut off the pumps and close down the pipelines and live on renewables.

13 Feb 2015
a canyon created in days

At http://phys.org/print342714242.html ... the Joumlkuka Fjoumllum river in the Joumlkuka rgljnafur canyon in Icelkand was formed in a matter of days by extreme flooding events

13 Feb 2015
a differentiated core

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/earths-core-has-a-differentia... ... seismic soundings are said to have provided new information on the nature of Earth's core. Chinese and US scientists collaborated in the project - see also http://news.illinois.edu/news/15/0109.innercore_XiaodongSong.html and www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-01/ci-mli012215.php and www.principiea-scientific.org/new-study-invalidates-kirchhofa-s-law-of-t.... Tall Bloke asks, what is the implication for geomagnetism in history.

12 Feb 2015
comets and coated ice creams

I don't know what it is with NASA news releases that compare astronomical features with food and eating disorders but here we have another one at www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?features=4480&utm ... where comets are being described as deep fried ice creams. Mind you, they are said to have a soft centre. Ostensibly, they are saying the hard surface of comets is caused by a coating - somewhat like the chocolate on an ice cream lolly (I'm doing it as well, must be catching).