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8 Dec 2018
Modelling an Extinction

The end of Permian mass extinction event was caused by global warming - see https://phys.org/print463305400.html ... fossils in ancient seafloor rocks dispaly a thriving and diverse marine ecosystem - followed by a swathe of corpses in the next screen shot of the event. Firstly, how did a thriving and diverse ecosystem become fossilised. What is the mechanism for this - as we are talking about deep water environments. What divides the thriving rocks from the rocks full of corpses. Have they realistically defined the situation or are they constructing a theory.

8 Dec 2018
Plague and Human Foible

At https://phys.org/print463398015.html ... the oldest trace of bubonic plague has been found in a passage grave in Scandinavia - going back 5000 years. The discovery was made via DNA research as archaeologists wondered why so many people died out at around the same point in time (after C14 of the bones). It seems a plague pandemic may have been to blame - or this is the theory that is gaining traction. This is interesting as we have a major narrow growth tree ring event dated at 3150BC (on the Belfast dendrochronology).

7 Dec 2018
Meteor Explosion

It seems the meteor explosion over the Dead Sea has caught up with mainstream - see https://phys.org/print463220038.html ... which begins by telling us the South West Trinity team have been excavating at Tall el-Hammam for the last 13 years (and will be back there again in the new year). The civilisation on the Middle Ghor (or Kikkar Plain) had lasted all of 2500 years and was prosperous in the MB era. It had a perimeter wall a 100 feet thick, and 50 feet high - a quite formidable defensive barrier. It had multiple gates, and towers, and all were obliterated in an airburst event.

7 Dec 2018
Dark Matter and Dark Energy

At https://phys.org/print463198725.html ... a new study unifies dark matter and dark energy into a single phenomenon, a fluid which they say possesses negative mass. If you were to push a negative mass it would accelerate towards you, we are told. Currently, cosmology does not integrate negative mass into the mainstream model of the universe so this is a distinct departure, it would seem. In addition, the current model of the universe tells us nothing about what dark matter and dark energy are like physically.

7 Dec 2018
Ichthyosaurs

At https://phys.org/print463211497.html ... concerns the discovery of the soft parts of an ichthyosaur from the Jurassic period. Also the subject of a post at New Scientist - see https://www.newscientist.com/article/2187399-fossil-blubber-shows-ichthy... ... and Robert has also provided a link to a young earth site at https://crev.info/2018/12/two-soft-tissue-fossils-pile-evidence-deep-time/ ... which is really pushing the idea that because soft tissue has survived the fossils themselves must be relatively young.

6 Dec 2018
Volcanic Mush

At https://phys.org/print463137812.html ... volcanoes are not fed by molten magma is the claim but by reservoirs of volcanic mush - areas of mostly solid crystals with magma in the space between the crystals. Earth scientists understanding of the mechanics of volcanoes are based on a presumption - magma being stored in liquid filled magma chambers. These large underground areas of liquid magma have never been seen - in spite of all those clever pictures and graphs you might seen in a book on volcanoes. Surprise - it is all a theory.

6 Dec 2018
Measuring the Universe

At https://phys.org/print463140043.html ... a study led by Texas University has shown supersoft X-ray emissions in space can originate from accretion as well as nuclear fusion - or that is the headline of the press release. For many years astronomers were unware of this and have been using a certain type of supernova to measure the expansion of the universe. If this study is right they have been barking up the wrong tree - the squirrel has leaped elsewhere.

6 Dec 2018
Space Weather

Interesting post with links at https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2018/12/04/space-weather-may-predict-fut... ... space weather may be used to predict future climate change. Historical space weather may help climate scientists predict future events and atmospheric cycles - from the University of Warwick. They discovered a repeatable pattern in the way space weather activity alters over each solar cycle. Although the claim they discovered this is untrue as sceptic science has been promulgating such ideas for a couple of decades - beating their heads against the wall of the consensus.

6 Dec 2018
Ruminations

At http://notrickszone.com/2018/12/03/new-research-methane-emissions-from-l... ... methane emissions from livestock have no detectable effect on the climate - according to a study by Albrecht Glatzle, author of over 100 scientific papers and clearly irritated by nonsense from the alarmists. He adds, the warming potential of greenhouse gases has been exaggerated.

4 Dec 2018
Catastrophism

America's National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has posted a video illustrating what might happen if an asteroid crashed into one of the earth's oceans. Link provided by William ... https://www.yahoo.com/news/mesmerizing-video-shows-happen-asteroid-01280... .. and the same video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1gSByQVJ2s&feature=youtu.be