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13 Jul 2016
Green Magic

For three days the earth has been passing through a fast moving stream of solar wind. The result is this ... 

  ... fantastic aurora over Antarctica. See www.spaceweather.com ... July 13th 2016

12 Jul 2016
Ordovician co2 problem

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/weathering-of-rocks... .... we are told that during the Ordovician period the amount of co2 in the atmosphere was eight times greater than in the modern world. Why then did climate not develop into runaway global warming? The Ordovician period is normally associated with glaciation.

12 Jul 2016
Space Weather

At www.spaceweather.com (July 10th) we hear that Earth is currently insdie a single speed stream of solar wind flowing from an enormous hole in the atmosphere of the sun.

10 Jul 2016
Clovis First under pressure

Give a day or two and they will give a bit. At http://vancouversun.com/news/national/aboriginal-anthropologist ... and I thought for a moment she was an archaeologist. It seems we have somebody not very keen on 'authority' or being told aboriginal history (in Canada) which is contradictory to tribal tradition. She is kicking at the wall that is Clovis First - and good luck. Can't say I have much sympathy for the Clovis First proponents but arguing from emotion doesn't appear to be too effective. So far.

10 Jul 2016
Glas

Formerly known as Gla but apparently now Glas we have an article in the journal Popular Archaeology - see http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/summer-2016/article/rediscovering-a... ... where the site of Glas has recently been reassessed by archaeologists (with more up to date instruments). Glas is the largest Mycenaean site from Bronze Age Greece. It is located in what was known as Boeotia in the marshland of the Kopais Basin. Glas was ten times the size of Tiryns and seven times the size of Mycenae.

10 Jul 2016
Leaking Atmosphere

At http://phys.org/print387182978.html ... the magnetosphere shields earth from the solar wind (or plasma injections) but at Earth's poles the field lines are open - like those of a bar magnet. Hence the solar wind is able to descend towards the earth's surface. However, just as particles can head downwards so too can particles ascend upwards - ions from the earth's atmosphere (the ionosphere). The question of plasma transport and atmospheric loss is relevant not just to planets we may note but to stars also.

9 Jul 2016
Behaving Oddly

At http://phys.org/print386924446.html ... the Hubble space telescope has been keeping tabs on an asteroid that behaves like a comet. The odd behaviour has been tracked and it seems the asteroid is actually losing mass also, consistent with the theory of sublimation of near surface ice

At http://phys.org/print386930169.html ... what we know about Jupiter. It's bright, it's big, it has a red spot, and it is the king of the planets. Also, Galileo discovered it had four moons - these are Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. What will the Juno mission discover?

9 Jul 2016
Pulsar

At http://phys.org/print387113979.html ... we have the beating heart of the Crab Nebula ...    the Hubble space telescope has peered deeply into the Crab Nebual and the NASA image is thought to show a pulsar, the remnants of a supernova explosion. Glowing gas is shown in red and forms a swirling dance while inside a blue glow is thought to represent radiation produced by electrons spiraling at near the speed of light.

9 Jul 2016
Closing In

Closing in is the term used in the link at http://phys.org/print387027245.html ... but is it just too hopeful? Closing in on black holes, a theory now within an arms length of actual observation.

8 Jul 2016
Dinosaur Movements

Scientists at Leeds University used computer modelling of the fossil record to work out the movements of dinosaurs. They used a palaeobiology database to work out migration patterns and it seems in the early Cretaceous period they found evidence (declining fossil numbers and varieties) in Europe and the inference is they were moving out of Europe to elsewhere in the world.