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5 Jul 2018
Eta Carinae

Big news this week on the astronomy front - NuSTAR mission proves superstar Eta Carinae shoots out cosmic rays (see https://phys.org/print449835766.html ... a study using data from NASAs NuSTAR space telescope suggests Eta Carinae, the most prominent and massive stellar system within 10,000 light years, is accelerating particles of high energy - some of which arrive in our solar system.

5 Jul 2018
Sea Level Rise and Alarmism

At www.sepp.org (the Science and Environmental Policy Project, which has similarities to the GWPF over here in the UK) has a regular newsletter. On July 1st the subjectg was sea level research and something controversial climate scientist Richard Lindzen said in an interview. Since 1979 sea level has been measured by satellites - but the accuracy of it is compromised by the actual shape of the Earth. Whilst satellites also shown an increased rate in the rise of sea levels the measurements are uncertain because of several factors (such as the one above).

5 Jul 2018
Animals and Global Warming

This new paper was so way out that Antony posted it at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/07/02/claim-worlds-first-animals-caused... ... alarmists can blame virtualy anything for global warming, and they do, but one wonders what lies behind the writing of this one. Are the authors the recipients of dosh - or are they really so obsessed with the subject that they feel able to write just about anything, even at a point in earth history that very little is known about.

5 Jul 2018
Arrhenius

At https://chaamjamal.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/a-theory-of-ice-age-cycles/ ... an intriguing blog post by Chaam Jamal concerning some ideas by Gerald Marsh, a retired laboratory physicist who challenged mainstream views that ice age cycles were initiated by Milankovitch orbital cycles - and driven by the Arrhenius effect on carbon dioxide (co2). One can instantly see a problem - is the Arrhenius effect real (a hypothesis that has been subsumed into the mainstream narrative). The Arrhenius hypothesis goes back to 1896 (and before that we had Tyndal in 1861).

5 Jul 2018
Asteroids and other things

Robert sent in the link https://astronomynow.com/2018/07/02/dawn-zooms-in-on-vestas-enigmatic-oc... ... the Dawn spacecraft is nearing the Ceres asteroid.

At http://global.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/hayabusa2/ ... the Japanese space mission to asteroid Ryugu, 3.2 billion km away

At https://phys.org/print449734697.html ... the secret origins of asteroids and meteorites. Instead of a planet sized object splitting apart we now have five or six minor planets breaking up and creating 85 per cent of the 200,000 steroids in the so called asteroid belt.

2 Jul 2018
Red Rainbow

At http://spaceweather.com (June 28th 2018) we have a red rainbow which was also a mignight rainbow - affected by red rays from the midnight Sun in Nome, Alaska. The rainbow developed - disappeared, and developed again, and shortly grew into a full arc against a bank of rain clouds. The Sun was hugging the horizon which explins the red colour - the only colour available as the Sun was so low. All the other colours of the rainbow had been scattered by air molecules and dust particles in front of the low hung Sun.

2 Jul 2018
Rain on Mars

At https://phys.org/print449396404.html ... comparison of branching angles on Mars with arid landscapes on Earth show some similarities. Researchers are suggesting narrow channelled networks on Mars are due to heavy rainfall run-off - published in the open science access site Science Advances. This differs from prior explanations as the  channels have been interpreted as the remains of what was once a standing body of water. In addtion, other theories include groundwater supping, or leakage, fluvial run-off, and ice melting.

2 Jul 2018
Medieval Leprosy in Europe

At https://phys.org/print449220213.html ... a medieval leprosy hospital at Odense in Denmark has been excavated and some of the bones have been analysed. The hospital was the final resting place of people that died from the disease around 700 years ago - caused by an infection of Mycobacterium leprus bacterium. Scientists have found traces of the infection in the skeletons. Results of the study on well preserved DNA will, it is hoped, shed light on the outbreak that ravaged Denmark and large areas of Europe, and also on how diabetis developed (which still impacts the modern world).

2 Jul 2018
Money Hole

Have you ever wondered where the 275 billion taxpayer money went that was poured down the European Union carbon trading system hole? That is the headline at https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2018/06/28/ever-wonder-where-the-275-bil... ... billions of public money was lost on the ETS trading system - money that could have been invested in modernising the European power generation fleet (which could have, in turn, cut co2 use by 40%). Instead, the money disappeared and EU emissions have continued to rise.

2 Jul 2018
Suffolk Neolithic Trackway

At https://edition.cnn.com/2018/06/28/health/neolithic-site-uncovered-windf... ... brought to you by CNN - but is this fake news? Plans to build a super windfarm have come up with an archaeological site of unusual depth - deep in the heart of Suffolk (eastern England). Most prominent in this news release is the Neolithic trackway - dated at 2300BC. There was also the skull of an auroch (4000BC) as well as pottery from various periods, buildings (or their outlines), lots of bones, coins and various other interesting bits and pieces.