In The News

Welcome to our "In the News" page, featuring summaries of Internet news, relevant to Catastrophism and Ancient History.

Show Titles only | Show summaries

Datesort icon
7 Apr 2011
Comet Wild2

NASA and JPL Caltech say they have found the presence of liquid water in Comet Wild2 - but comets are supposed to be so cold they never get warm enough to melt ice. Some clever jiggery pokery is theorised - the process happens 'inside' the comet. If it was cold on the outside it may not be so cold on the inside - yet comets are supposed to originate in the outer solar system where it is thought to be very cold indeed. According to a spokesperson there are two ways to generate a heat source on a comet. A collision or radioactive decay of elements in the comet interior.

7 Apr 2011
Inuit Oil Barons to be ... cold weather in the 18th century

At ... it seems oil geologists are looking seriously at Greenland for untapped reserves of the black sticky substance. As can be expected the environmentalists are not very happy about this - they want oil to run out. Oil extraction is dubbed exploitation of the environment - which says it all. Unfortunately,as far as Greenland is concerned the lobby has soiled the patch. The Inuit do not have fond memories of Greenpeace and their soulmates as they campaigned to stop seal hunting - and Inuit are the major population group of Greenland.

7 Apr 2011
Arctic Ocean Ponding

At which is caused by rivers emptying from Siberia into the Arctic Ocean in combination with the sea ice that accumulates there during the dark winters and large amounts of which melt during the summer months. Hence, the Ocean has pooled, as the saying goes, failing to mix fresh with salty waters from further afield. It is the pattern of circular polar winds that have corralled a huge pond of fresh water within the Beaufort Gyre off northern Canada.

7 Apr 2011
Ozone Hole

The ozone hole above the Arctic has got the doomsayers red around the ears. It is the subject of reports at and 'Record depletion of Arctic ozone layer causing increased uv radiation in Scandinavia' and at - in the Science News story the hole is actually a thinning - quite different.

6 Apr 2011
Krypton ... and what it may mean

At December 2009 ... Krypton trapped in earth's mantle may not have been captured from the Sun - as models predict. It seems to have an origin in carbonaceous meteorites or comets and if this is confirmed bang goes the generally accepted theory.

6 Apr 2011
Chesil Beach

At ... the Jurassic Coast was featured in BBC TVs Countrywise April 5th 2011 - and Chesil Beach was pictured and discussed. I had a quick look on the Net by search engine and came up with the above site. I can remember reading some years ago a tourist booklet that said the pebble and shingle beach was raised up in a storm.

6 Apr 2011
Climate papers ... early April

At - one of the bugbears to global warming theory is the fact the earth cooled from the 1940s to the late 1970s - and here is a paper from the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics April 2011 that claims it was due to the testing and detonation of nucleur devices in the 1950s and 1960s. When reading claims like these one wonders why they have to scratch the depths - if AGW was taking place it would be self evident without embroiderment.

3 Apr 2011
Giant Rabbits

At ... this is another example of Mediterranean islands becoming home to dwarfism and gigantism. See earlier posts on this subject - such as dwarf mammoths, dwarf elephants surviving on islands in the Mediterranean as sea levels changed. In this case it is gigantism - a larger than normal rabbit. A few million years ago such a rabbit lived on the island of Minorca (see March issue of Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology). It was six times the size of modern wild rabbits.

2 Apr 2011
The Grand Canyon ... again

Sparked by the same article as my post on March 31st, EM Smith at asks an intriguing question. The aforesaid article says the Colorado River began cutting out the Grand Canyon 17 million years ago - other geologists have suggested 3 or 6 million years. It is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and up to a mile deep - but where did all the material go that got washed away?

2 Apr 2011
Gravity and the earth ... and the Sun.

Some exciting science at ... GOCE, the Gravity Field and Steady-State Ocean Circulation Explorer, is onboard a satellite launched in 2009 and moves around the earth from pole to pole at an altitude of 255km. It is able to map the very small differences in pull exerted by the mass of the planet from one region to the next - from mountains to ocean trenches. It can calculate gravity at any given point that it observes.