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16 Sep 2018
Electric Bacteria

At https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/uoc--gbs091118.php ... bacteria that produce electricity have been found in mines and on the bottom of lakes. Now they have found it in the human gut. A common diarrhea causing bacterium, listaria monocytogenes, produces electrictiy in a way hundreds of other bacterial species do. Many of these bacterium are part of the human gut microbiome and amny cause the food releated illness, listeriusis - which can also cause miscarraiges. Other bacterium use electricity and can cause infections and gangrene.

16 Sep 2018
British Plate Movements

At https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/uop-gra091218.php ... the British mainland, we are told, was formed by the collisions of three land masses. It has long been thought that most of Scotland was not always part of the British Isles - but now geologists have been investigating the SW of England and have come to the conclusion there was a third piece of the puzzle. This concerns all of Cornwall and a large dollop of Devon.  They say this piece of real estate was once part of France (pointing at similar geology in Brittany) and separate from the rest of England and Wales.

16 Sep 2018
Gravity - Newton and Einstein

At https://phys.org/print456129421.html ... astronomers and physicists have revived a previously debunked theory of gravity, arguing that motion within dwarf galaxies would be slower if they were close to a massive galaxy. This is the Modified Newtonian Dynamics (or MOND as it is usually referred to) - which proved to be a controversial alternative to Einstein's General Relativity model. Modern attempts to keep general relativity alive have resorted to claiming dark matter plays a role - even if it cannot be detected.

16 Sep 2018
Fossils and Bones

At https://phys.org/print456129859.html ... a researcher at Oxford's department of zoology in collaboration with an Australian scientist has been looking at fossils from Utah collected 25 years ago and post their findings at Nature Communications (September 2018). Y=The fossil in question if an arthropod, an extinct relative of modern crabs and spiders ...

14 Sep 2018
Living Earth

At https://phys.org/print456059321.html ... Professor Timothy Lenton from Exeter university in association with French professor, Bruno Lantour, argue that humans have the potential to upgrade the planet - a Gaia version 2. The idea is that living organisms and their inorganic surroundings evolved together as a single self regulating system that has kept the planet habitable for life on earth - in spite of variations in solar energy, meteor strikes, and tectonic and volcanic activity.

14 Sep 2018
Hurricane Florence

At last, after days of media hype hurricane Florence has made landfall in North Carolina (and its wet and windy from the news pictures bounced back across the Atlantic). The danger is flooding as heavy rain is is set to continue over the weekend. This is of course a not unusual weather phenomenon. In the days leading up to land fall there was a lot of focus on the hurricane by scientists - see for example https://phys.org/print456045326.html ... where we have a nice image of the hurricane taken from a video camera on the international space station ....

14 Sep 2018
Magnetic Waves

At https://phys.org/print456046461.html ... magnetic waves create chaos in star forming clouds. Stella Offner of the University of Texas in Austin has found that magnetic waves are an important factor driving the process of star formation within the enormous clouds that birth stars. The research is published in Nature Astronomy (September 2018).

14 Sep 2018
A Beery Tale

At https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-09/e-apt091218.php ... a study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science suggests beer brewing existed in the Levant (and Eastern Mediterranean) 500 years prior to its earliest human evidence fron northern China. Indeed, the Natufians lived in the period prior to the Younger Dryas event and so we are talking about a time prior to the establishment of farming (and people living in one place and not moving around). Three stone mortars from a 13,000 year old Natufian burial cave complex have been analysed.

12 Sep 2018
SIS Autumn Speaker Meeting

This will inlcude Bob Johnson's talk, 'Why the Electric Universe isn't the same as the Plasma Universe and Why it Matters' ... which will be a two part presentation (with only one other speaker). There wil be breaks in between the 3 parts. Johnson's talk promises to be exciting as he will say the EU differs from the PU by the inclusion of i) recent planetary near collisions with Earth and another celestial body or bodies, ii) the Saturn theory, and iii) the anode sun model of Juergens, the electric sun.

12 Sep 2018
Bright and Spotty

At https://phys.org/print455796042.html ... bright surface features on the asteroid Ceres were discovered by the Dawn Mission in 2015. See image below ...