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18 Apr 2018
Arctic Ice Shelf

An article in Nature Communications (April 2018) suggests that a Eurasian ice sheet did not extend into the Arctic Ocean during the Late Glacial Maximum. This is distinctly different to an earlier glaciation event where an ice shelf larger than Greenland once existed in the Arctic Ocean, so big it has left its evidence of existence on the sea bed - particularly on the Lomonosov Ridge. Scour marks from glaciation seem to show the ice shelf rested directly on the sea bed - much like the Greenland glacier of today.

18 Apr 2018
Mass extinction events and dinosaurs

At https://phys.org/print443093224.html ... not only were dinosaurs eliminated by a catastrophic event at the K/T boundary 66 million years ago but they evolved into a successful species after the Permian mass extinction event 245 million years ago. Now we are being told but dinosaurs were but one of several successful species for around 13 million years - until another extinction event, 232 million years ago. After this event dinosaurs were able to expand very quickly. It is known as the Cernian Pluvial Episode.

18 Apr 2018
Gamma Ray Bursts

Various theories exist on why space telescopes capture images of gamma ray bursts, many of them literally flashes of light. In EU theory it is down to electricity in the universe but in mainstream it is not as clear cut (as far as an explanation is concerned). At https://phys.org/print443091109.html ... which concerns a paper in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2018) DOI:10.1093/mnas/sty013 ...

16 Apr 2018
Ismenia Patera

Ismenia Patera means, in Latin, a 'flat bowl' - but the term was also used to describe a flat crater on Mars. Its origin has caused a bit of head scratching - as it looks nothing like an impact site. Go to https://phys.org/print442754485.html ... we learn that Mars topography is open to differences of opinion, and no wonder. It is split into two parts. In the north we have what are called the lowlands while in the south we have the highlands. In general, the south is much higher in contour than the north. Why is this?

16 Apr 2018
Finnish Pine Dendro

At https://popular-archaeology.com/article/unusual-climate-during-roman-tim... .... University of Helsinki seem to be catching up with Mike Baillie and David Keys on the severity of the weather around 536, and 541-5AD. Like both Keys and Baillie they point towards a sudden dip in global temperatures which they attribute to volcanic activity somewhere on the globe. In other words, the downturn, they6 claim, was due to an extended period of reduced sun light. Food production was hit (arable farms as well as animal husbandry) which rely on solar energy.

9 Apr 2018
Black Hole Swarm

At www.space.com/40196-black-hole-swarm-milky-way-heart.html ... a swarm of thousands of black holes MAY surround the giant black hole believed to be at the heart of our galaxy, according to a new study. At the centre of the Milky Way lies Sagitarrius A (thought to be a 'massive' black hole). Cosmologists think black holes grow by engulfing smaller black holes - and the search has been on for them.

9 Apr 2018
Sun's rotating core

Jovan sent in a raft of links - most of them dated. In case you missed them here is another opportunity. Ice on Mars is the subject at http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2017/11/15/life-on-mars-ice/ ... which is basically saying that if micro-organisms existed on Mars in the past where might they have survived. In icy regoliths is one idea.

7 Apr 2018
Pannotia

Supercontinent cycle theory goes back to the 1980s - see https://phys.org/print442074739.html ... Pannotia is one of five supercontinents that predate Pangea and is 'known' to have had 'profound' influence on the course of earth history and the condition of its oceans, atmosphere, and biosphere - even on the circulation of the Earth's mantle. One wonders how these things are known - rather than thought to be - but one of its adherents tells us 'we know a lot more about on what is going on between the surface and the earth's core.

7 Apr 2018
K/T again

Apparently, there are a lot of scientists out there that have reservations about the asteroid/ comet impact theory a the K/T boundary - see https://phys.org/print442051270.html ... and these mostly revolve around dating sedimentary layers on a uniformitarian time scale rather than on a catastrophic laying down of sediments (as one would have thought per an asteroid strike).

7 Apr 2018
Easter Island DNA

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, in the SE Pacific, has spawned various theories and one of these is that the inhabitants, prior to the arrival of Europeans, was a mixture of Polynesian voyagers, and South Americans (the nearest land mass). In fact, a genetic test a few years ago, showed an 8 per cent South American ancestry. We are then told this study was based on 'modeling' - an area of genetic research that can be imprecise). In other words, they admit modeling is inexact - but only because they wish to drive their own piece of genetic research to the forefront.