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14 May 2015
thunderstorms and positrons

14 May 2015
chalk outlier

Going back some weeks ago on chalk oddities, a chalk outlier near Killarney has caused geologists a few headaches. It is described as enigmatic and lies adjacent to the main road between Killarney and Trilee in SW Ireland - but a long way away from the chalk formations of southern England. It was exploited in the 19th century by lime burners but how did it get there, among a landscape of Upper Carboniferous shales and sandstones. One might predict no rational explanation was available - but that did not deter geologists.

13 May 2015
science hype

At www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2015/5/13/science-is-often-flawed.html ... is an interesting short piece on how science is too often venerated when it should be taken with a pinch of salt - on occasion. It is derived from a much longer article at www.vox.com/2015/5/13/8591837/how-science-is-broken ... but as the Bishop says, I don't suppose it is meant to apply to climate science. The leading comment includes.

13 May 2015
Kelvin-Helmholz waves

A fascinating bit of research at http://phys.org/print350566147.html ... Kelvin-Helmholz waves in the atmosphere form when high speed wind blows over more stagnant air masses. The waves create turbulence and mix the air masses. They also frequently occur in Earth's magnetosphere and allow particles from the solar wind (the high speed element) to enter the magnetosphere to produce oscillations that affect Earth's protective radiation belts.

13 May 2015
around the journals, around the fringe

At http://phys.org/print350561270.html ... ocean acidification has been ruled out in the wake of the K/T boundary event (the end of Cretaceous extinction event). A paper in PNAS claims other factors must be looked for in order to account for the disappearance of so many marine life forms, such as ammonites and planktonic calcifera. The amount of soot and aerosols thrown up by the impact event is one avenue to explore - including intense and prolonged darkness.

12 May 2015
Sittaford Tor

On a high point of Dartmoor an undiscovered, until now, stone circle has been found and is being excavated - see www.guardian.co.uk/science/2015/may/11/highest-stone-circle-in-southern-...

12 May 2015
super douper solar flares

At www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/05/05/scientis... .... at what is called the Space Weather Workshop which took place in Boulder, Colorado, sponsored by NOAA and NASA, there was a presentation on the possibility of super solar flares - one thousand times more energetic than anything seen in the last 100 years.

10 May 2015
stone bracelet

A fascinating piece of archaeology at http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0100-stone-bracelet... ...

10 May 2015
Ohio Circle

At http://apps.ohiohistory.org/ohioarchaeology/the-moorehead-circle-a-cerem... .... the Moorehead Circle is situated at the head of a major ravine on the Little Miami River. It is a triple ring of large wooden posts surround a central pit filled with red earth. There was also a rectangular structure and other features. It is possible people were seated in the circle to watch cermonies taking place in the centre - something like a modern stadium. However, how much this is the imagination of the archaeologists rather than the facts on the ground is open to question.

10 May 2015
sea levels Australia

At http://phys.org/print349947893.html ... past tectonic movement in Western Australia is being blamed for coral platforms left high and dry. Apparently, the thinking is that uplift has caused this to happen rather than adjustments of global sea level.