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16 Jan 2018
Ice Veil

Anyone who can remember Isaac Vail's idea of a vast ring of ice around the earth (that subsequently collapsed leading to lots of water falling out of the sky)will be surprised to learn, if they had been sceptical of the idea, that Saturn's rings in an image beamed back by the Cassini spacecraft, are a translucent ring of ice and rocks draped around the gas giant. See www.space.com/39324-saturn-rings-make-veil-of-ice.html

16 Jan 2018
Plankton Dispersal

Dating the 100,000 year Ice Age cycle depends on oxygen isotope changes in plankton shells taken from the sediment cores of the ocean bottoms. At https://phys.org/print434815829.html ... we learn about a study published in the journal Nature Communications (January 4th 2018) that found that the age of plankton and the strength and direction of currents are key to how they are dispersed in the oceans - more so than water temperature, salinity, and nutrient availability.

15 Jan 2018
Peter Warlow Vindicated

First of all, please note global warming has just got to the Sahara - see https://phys.org/print434971022.html ... global warming has just got to the Sahara - for the second year in a row. Global warming is getting everywhere (see satellite image below) ...

15 Jan 2018
Head up a Black Hole

At http://dailycaller.com/2018/01/12/mike-rowe-destroys-woman-who-wanted-hi... ... Funny old world. Apparently, if you do not studiously follow the mainstream in science you should be shut up and and sacked. In taking the Michael out of his virulent critic he was able to call the bluff. He had made the point that black holes have never been proven and are basically a hypothesis. He was immediately targeted by an irate blogger and accused of being anti-science (among other things). Have a read - and a smile.

15 Jan 2018
Iron Throne

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/winter-2018/article/cheops-pyramid-... ... is there an iron throne in the newly discovered chamber of Cheops pyramid? This refers to the discovery by Japanese researchers of a large void at least 30m in length within the pyramid. Speculation is mounting that an iron throne may exist in the newly discovered chamber - or roof space. A throne of Cheops mother, Hetepheres, has been found - made of cedar wood covered in sheets of gold and faience.

15 Jan 2018
Hoxne Hoard

See https://smithsonianmag.com/history/search-lost-hammer-led-largest-cache-... ... the story of how a lost hammer in a field led to the discovery of the Hoxne Hoard in Suffolk. The farmer went and got hold-of a metal-detector-to search for a hammer that he had lost but found a cache of Roman coins and Roman silver. Why had it been buried?

6 Jan 2018
As Is

There were 485 scientific papers published in 2017 that support a sceptical position on climate alarmism. Is the climate consensus crumbling? See http://notrickszone.com/2018/01/04/485-scientific-papers-published-in-20... ... or as is (alarmism still flourishes). Doubt is being cast on the idea co2 emissions are the control knob of climate - and on the efficacy of the those models. The 485 papers affirm the position that there are significant limitation and uncertainties inherent in our understanding of climate and climate change.

5 Jan 2018
Saturn's Rings

Robert sent in the link https://crev.info/2018/01/official-saturns-rings-young/ ... from January 3rd. Cassini's experiment, the Cosmic Dust Analyser, has found the micrometeorite flux of Saturn's rings is 'inconsistent with an old age' and they are estimated at between 150 and 300 million years ago. In other words, they could be much younger. The link favours a much younger age.

5 Jan 2018
20,000 years ago plus

At https://phys.org/print434179901.html ... excavations at a site in Alaska have found genetic lines of early Native Americans that may have entered N America more than 20,000 years ago. The findings are published in the journal Nature (January 2018). It is though they arrived from Siberia and continued to have contacts with Siberia for a considerable period of time - finally losing that contact at the end of the Ice Age. The Bering Land Bridge is touted as their route of entry - but equally they could have arrived by boat.

2 Jan 2018
co2 and Plate Tectonics

At https://cosmosmagazine.com/geoscience/plate-tectonics-the-hidden-key-to-... ... Cosmos is an Australian mainstream science magazine which often has interesting articles on a variety of subjects. In this one it provides an overview of the Plate Tectonics theory - which is worth digesting. It begins with a quote from Carl Sagan, well known to people of a certain generation (the 1960s). Earth lies in the Goldilocks zone - that allows water to exist in a liquid form and the supposition form this is that water allows life to thrive.