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3 Jan 2019
Universe Growing in Leaps

At https://astrobites.org/2019/01/02/growing-once-growing-twice-or-three-times ... an open access article at the arXiv portal has an interesting contribution. It suggests the universe has undergone more than one phases of accelerated expansion. The first, of course, coincided with Big Bang, and right now we have another dose of expansion - or that is the gist of the theory. We are told that it was realised back in the 1990s that the universe was expanding - and it now increasing at an increased rate. Or that is the interpretation of the red shift phenomenon.

3 Jan 2019
Swinging Sahara

At https://phys.org/print465661093.html ... a study claims the Sahara desert swings between lush and arid every 20,000 years, a cynchronism with monsoon activity. This old chestnut has been dusted down and resurrected as it involves the tilt of the earth on the Milankovitch model - and the 21,000 year cycle. It involves an analysis of the laying down of Sahara dust on sea bed off the coast of West Africa - over the last 240,000 years. They claim the Sahara swings between wet and dry at regular intervals, the monsoon system recharging itself with the direction of tilt.

1 Jan 2019
EU UK

At https://www.electricuniverseuk.eu/videos/ ... your chance to view a couple of videos on the SAFIRE project. You can also buy or rent videos of all the talks at the 2018 EU UK conference (at the above link). It will set you back the princely sum of £12-99.

29 Dec 2018
Tsunami wave 1500m high

William sent in the links. Go to https://eos.org/article/huge-global-tsunami-followed-dinosaur-killing-as... ... huge global tsunami followed the dinosaur killing asteroid impact - with waves up to 1500m high. Water then began to fill the gaping crater formed by the impact which triggered a secondary tsunami event. The Gulf of Mexico was effected the most - but its configuration was somewhat different in the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. According to consensus Plate Tectonics there was a yawning gap between North and South America - and the isthmus did not exist.

24 Dec 2018
Altai Ice Age

At http://notrickszone.com/2018/12/24/the-discovery-of-tree-stumps-under-gl... ... this is a really important discovery in Russia - the discovery of tree stumps dating back between 60,000 and 40,000 years ago, in the middle of the last Ice Age, 600 metres above the modern tree line in the Russian Altai Mountains. Now, what could have caused that?

23 Dec 2018
Ultima Thule

At http://spaceweather.com (22nd December 2018) as NASAs spacecraft New Horizons approaches Ultima Thule - flying past it on New Year;s Day, a mystery has developed. It seems to have no light curve. Its brightness is constant ...

    ... it may be that Ultima Thule is surrounded by a cloud of dust that obscures its light curve. We shall have to wait and see as New Horizons gets closer.

23 Dec 2018
Hiawatha Update

The full article on the impact crater found beneath a glacier in NW Greenland is now available - at http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/4/11/eaar8173

See also https://cosmictusk.com/10206-2/

23 Dec 2018
Klobiodon - a dinosaur feast

At https://phys.org/print464518768.html ... flying reptiles, such as the klobiodon, once littered the skies of what is now the UK, it is thought, after their fossilised remains (broken and fragmented) were found at Stonefield in Oxon. A new species of pterosaurus was also found - as large as a modern mute swan. The Stonefield slate deposit has long been a source of fossils. It belongs to the Great Oolite limestone formation and is not strictly slate - but frost damaged it formed slate shaped lumps of stone and was used as roof tiles in the Cotswolds.

23 Dec 2018
Nuclear Fusion

At https://humanprogress.org/article.php?p=1236 ... Nick Ridley on nuclear fusion, a favourite subject of Tony Haynes. We miss you Tony - and as he was fond of saying, it would bring boundless energy. It would transform the world.

22 Dec 2018
Ice Sheet Collapse

At https://phys.org/print464581407.html ... we have one of those alarmist doom and despondency stories based on the discovery that in the last interglacial period the West Antarctic peninsular ice sheet did not exist - and sea levels in a few locations were higher. As global sea levels were not part of the research we can ignore this add-on and it is entirely conjecture that sea levels around the world were higher in the last interglacial period. In contrast, the lack of an ice sheet on the Antarctic peninsular is actually telling us all something was different.