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23 Jul 2018
Meercats

Sent in by Jovan. At www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/60-second-astronomy-news-must-see... .... a full array of 64 radio dishes that make up MeerKAT radion telescope was inaugurated on July 13th (2018). They released a streaming iamge of the Milky Way's central region, a panorama covering an area of 1000 light years by 500 light years ...

23 Jul 2018
Rogue Star

Sent in by William. At https://phys.org/news/2018-07-rogue-star-makeup-solar.html ... did a rogue star change the makejup of our solar system? A team of researchers from the Max Planck Institute and Queens University in Belfast have been looking at a theory that claims a rogue star passed close enough to our solar system (millions of years ago of course) and changed its configuration. The research is published on the arXiv preprint server.

21 Jul 2018
Revelations

Sent in by William. Interesting take on Revelations, the last book of the Bible. Trumpet judgement 1 includes a meteor or bolide, no 2 refers to a large meteor, no 3 a huge bolide, no 4 astral observation, and no 7 a great hail of stones. These ideas are expressed in 'Revelation: What Did John Really See?' by Phillip J Silvia ISBN 9780615866055 and available via www.biblicalresearchbulletin.com ... and presumably via online bookshops.

21 Jul 2018
Gobekli in the News

Apparently, 15 monumental temples and some 200 standing stones have been discovered as part of a geophysical survey around Gobekli Tepe. See www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/new-temples-stones-found-in-turkeys-gobeklitepe-... ... the T shaped obelisks are 10 to 20 feet high and weigh between 40 and 40 tones each.

21 Jul 2018
Electro-magnetic spiders

I think I've already posted this one but it has popped up again at http://spaceweather.com (July 20th 2018) ... did you know spiders can fly? Obviously they can't - but they do have a most amazing way of elevating themselves and travelling long distances (from a spider's perspective). Biologists even have a word for the process - ballooning. Spiders can spin a strand of silk and as it juts into the air, off they go - flying. Originally, researchers thought they were riding currents of air - but it is not as simple as that.

21 Jul 2018
Pushing a Button

Apparently, an international team of scientists have worked out how much sea levels would rise if the Larson and George VI ice shelves in the Antarctica collapsed - just a few millimetres of global sea level rise. This somewhat deflates the endles CAGW scaremongering over rising sea levels by the end of this century. Where is all the water going to come from - and these ice shelves were  chosen as they have been deemed by the doom mongers as the most likely to melt and sink into the ocean (mainly based on the fact an iceberg calved from one of them a year or so ago).

21 Jul 2018
Child of Krakatau

We've all hear of the devastating Krakatau eruption back in the 19th century when a jet of ash, stones, and smoke shot 12 miles into the sky - and killed 36,000 people. Now, Anat Krakatau, a small volcanic island that emerged from the ocean half a century after the 1883 volcanic eruption has rumbled into life - between Java and Sumatra. See https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/07/19/worrying-child-of-krakatau-volcan...

21 Jul 2018
A Cracker

The Sun and lightning on Earth - sent in by William. How does the Sun's rotational cycle influence lightning activity on Earth? At https://phys.org/print451112646.html ... a research team in Japan has been looking at the Sun's rotation cycle and how it might influence lightning - going back to astronomical diaries  dating from the 18th century. We are also told (but don't tell the CAGW crowd) ...

21 Jul 2018
Snake in Amber

At https://phys.org/print451201630.html ... a fossilised snake embryo preserved in amber and dating back over a 100 million years ago - has been discovered.

Itg seems the snake was living in an ancient forest environ with numerous insects and plants (also trapped in amber). Jovan sent in the link http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2018/07/18/baby-snake-in-am...

21 Jul 2018
Staring Down the Barrel of a Black Hole

At https://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2018/07/12/what-is-a-blazar/ ... a blazar is like staring down the barrel of a black hole, we re informed ....