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16 Nov 2018
Algol and Horus

In Open Astronomy we have an article with the title, 'Algol as Horus in the Cairo Calendar: the possible means and the motives of the observations' - go to https://phys.org/print461237367.html ... Basically, the authors claim a reference in the Cairo Calendar dated from 1163-44BC (it doesn't say how the date is calculated) has a series of observations which they claim is of the star Algol (which varies in brightness as a resulting of a binary formation).

16 Nov 2018
Enantiarmithines

At https://phys.org/print461316344.html ... fossil birds of the Cretaceous. We don't usually hear much about birds in the dinosaur era - not the size of crows or magpies (or even the size of turkeys). It seems there were several different kind of birds at large in the dinosaur era - but only one type of bird turns up after the K/T boundary event. The fossils in question come from a famous dinosaur site in Utah, in the Grand Staircase-Escalante area. However, what we have are the enantiarmithines.

16 Nov 2018
Plasma Instabilities

At http://spaceweather.com ... (November 14th, 2018). Radio lasers on Jupiter produced as a result of plasma instabilities - sounds almost like the EU. They are produced in the magnetosphere of Jupiter as a result of interaction with it's moon Io. In the normal course of events Jupiter's known radio emissions are weak by the time they reach the vicinity of the earth and only spacecraft in the vicinity of the planet can detect them.

12 Nov 2018
Mountain Building

At https://www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2016-05-11/arc-blast-part-1/ ... this subject popped up the other day in the study group meeting. I thought I would have a read - and the invitation is for anyone else to do the same. Make up your own mind. Andrew Hall chose electric processes around the poles to explain mountain building (or at least the pointy tops of mountains) which he says is decisive evidence of the EU theory.

12 Nov 2018
Origin of Water

Further to the post www.sis-group.org.uk/news/hydrogen-and-water.htm ... on November 11th we have an article in an Australian source on the subject - see https://cosmosmagazine.com/geoscience/geophysicists-propose-new-theory-t... ... which actually is the same story but in a more coherent form. They refer to a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research:Planets by Steven Desch from Arizone State University (which is where this subject started out but was sidetracked by other theories, water from asteroids).

12 Nov 2018
More on Soft Tissue

It seems not everyone is satisfied by the new explanation of why soft dinosaur tissue would survive for 100 million years. Robert sent in a link at https://crev.info/2018/11/dino-soft-tissue-theory-toast/ ... where David Coppedge, an ex Cassini Mission scientist, presents the case for a Young Earth point of view on dinosaurs. This is the opposite angle to that in the research paper at Nature Communications (see earlier post on the subject on November 11th, yesterday).

11 Nov 2018
Volcanic co2

This story popped up at https://climatechangedispatch.com/massive-volcano-emissions-warming/ ... which was then picked up at https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2018/11/07/discovery-of-massive-volcanic... ... which claims previous measurements show that sub glacial volcanoes have been greatly underestimated in climate model, and by CAGW adherents in general, as a source of carbon dioxide emissions.

11 Nov 2018
1972 and All That

At http://spaceweather.com (November 9th 2018) ... we have a story about space weather during the Vietnam war.  In 1972 a giant sun spot let loose with a blast of solar wind (plasma) in a series of X-class flares which caused radio black outs on Earth. One plasma plume, or CME, travelled between the Sun and the Earth in just 14.6 hours. This is in contrast to recent movements that take two to three days. The resulting geometric shower sparked auroras so bright they cast shadows in countries as far south as Britain.

11 Nov 2018
Hydrogen and Water

At https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/asu-agd110618.php ... geoscientists have found that Earth contains within itself six or seven global oceans worth of hydrogen - in addition to all the water in the oceans. Where did that water come from? New research, which may or may not be controversial, from Arizona State University, claims they have found the answer. They say our planet contains much more hydrogen, a proxy for water, than scientists previously imagined. Now it is being asked - where did all that hydrogen come from?

11 Nov 2018
Soft Tissue Dinosaur Fossils

At https://phys.org/print460957896.html ... the discovery of what looks very much like soft tissue of dinosaurs preserved in rocks in recent years has obviously perplexed scientists as they have now come up with an explanation that seems to have a lot of merit. Hard tissue such as bones, eggs, teeth and enamel scales are able to survive the process of fossilisation but soft tissue such as blood vessels, cells, and nerves, which are located inside hard tissue, are more delicate and should degrade and decay rapidly after death.