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18 Jul 2018
Rice and Water

At ... rice is grown in rice paddies - a wetland environment. Why? Plants do not like excessive waterlogging - and some plants actively dislike it. On the other hand there are plant variants that adapt to watery conditions. For example water forget me not is a variation on the forget me not. Rice, I suppose, is a grass - a variation in related grasses. In S and SE Asia periodic flooding comes with the annual monsoon season - and can last several months at a time.

18 Jul 2018
Lunar Dust, Io, and Pluto

Sent in by Robert - a new volcano on Io (recorded by the Juno mission) - got to ... Io is the most geologically active body in the solar system - and Juno is revealing new hot spots.

18 Jul 2018
Neutrino Breakthrough

These linsk came from Jovan. Many thanks. At ... and concerns the discovery of a neutrino that is  project to have been emitted from a black hole four billion years ago. It finally ended up on the Antarctic ice sheet - landing in September. A neutrino detector planted by scientists in the ice recorded its presence - with a short blue flash of light. The research is published in Science journal (July 2018).

18 Jul 2018
Dinosaur Dinners

At ... a team of scientists grew dinosaur era palnts in an atmosphere with high co2 levels which is thought to reproduced the atmospheric conditions similar to those the sauropods lumbered around in. There is a bit circular reasoning going on here as the idea higher co2 levels = higher temperatures on earth is far from a proven fact. Be that as it may the research has proved interesting as they also created an artificial fermentation system to simulate digestion of the plant leaves.

13 Jul 2018

Robert sent in the link ... (but see also ) ... new research from NASAs Cassini spacecraft's final orbits show a powerful and dynamic interaction of plasma waves moving from Saturn to its moon Enceladus. The waves are said to move onmagnetic field lines connecting Saturn directly to Enceladus - an electrical circuit between to cosmic bodiews, as the energy flows back and forth.

13 Jul 2018
Triassic Dinosaurs

At ... giant dinosaurs lived on Earth much earlier than thought. The recently discovered dinosaur graveyards in Argentina are throwing up facts not envisaged as we now have a very large herbivore dinosaur dating from the Triassic period. Gigantism originated earlier than the Jurassic it would seem. Some clarification on gigantism is necessary as it cannot occur as a gradual process - unless the Triassic has been underestimated.

13 Jul 2018
2300BC in Spain

At ... an archaeological site near Seville in Spain was occupied between 3200 and 2300BC - two dates of significance as they coincide with two major narrow growth tree ring events. Where the people arrived from in the first place is unknown - but so too is their fate as the site was abandoned between 2400 and 2300BC (the narrow growth event is dated by Baillie at 2345BC). This was a megalithic culture site - with a funerary function.

5 Jul 2018
Comet Brightness

At (July 4th 2018) ... Comet PanSTARRS, the so called Green Comet, a green blob against the backdrop of stars, has just increased in brightness - dramatically. It actually brightened sixteen fold - according to Michael Jager, an Austrian amateur astronomer (in the late hours of July 2nd).

5 Jul 2018
Comet and Oxygen

At ... molecular oxygen found on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko back in 2016 is not produced on its surface according to an analysis of Rosetta data. Instead, it must have an origin in the interior of the comet. Instruments onboard Rosetta analysed the comet's coma and revealed it had water, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and molecular oxygen. On Earth oxygen is essential for life - and it is thought to be produced by photosynthesis. It seems oxgen on Earth may also have an origin inside the planet - topped up by photosynthesis.

5 Jul 2018
Uranus in Collision

Sent in By Robert - .... the excessive tilt in the orbit of Uranus was caused by a cataclysmic collision, we are informed. This seems to have been provoked by the discovery that exoplanets can have tilted orbits. In our solar system the Earth is titled at 23 degrees and Uranus by 98 degrees - but in contrast Mercury has a small tilt, at only 0.3 degrees. The amount of obliquity affects seasonality.