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22 Mar 2017
Sun, Weather and Climate

The book, 'Sun, Weather, and Climate' (2005) by John R Herman and Richard A Goldberg is a reprint of a book originally published in 1978. It was reprinted on two occasions and published in Russian and Chinese, and seems to have become a classic of its kind, a forerunner of modern climate research. It is of great interest in the study of Earth's climate - hence the need to flag it up again (as I had a post in 2013 on the same book). William provided the link below.

22 Mar 2017
Comet 67P

It seems Comet Churyumov Gerasimenko (or Comet 67P in shorthand), the target of the ESA Rosetta Mission that dominated the astronomy news in 2015 is still fascinating scientists (now producing their write ups from the data). One outburst of dust involved a landslide on the comet. When it rounded the Sun in 2015 cliffs collapsed and ripple like features about 100m across appeared and disappeared, dust eroded and boulders rolled around on the surface. The mainstream view is that this occurred as a result of increased sunlight and warmth (affecting ices under the surface).

20 Mar 2017
Rethinking Human Evolution

The headline should be - rethinking some aspects of human evolution. At https://cosmosmagazine.com/palaeontology/accidental-tool-makers ... and I suppose the problem can be laid at Uniformitarian principles, progress in small steps, from primitive thinking to sophisticated behaviour. Palaeoanthropologists have long cast their eye upon stone tools as a means of evaluating human progress (on the evolutionary scale that primitive is almost always older than the better examples of manufacture).

20 Mar 2017
Midges

The good side of midges is explored at www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170317132648.htm ... ecologists have been studying midges in Wisconsin and Iceland. There are 15,000 lakes in Wisconsin and a third of the State lies within 200m of a lake or stream. Biting midges terrorise tourists and walkers in western Scotland (and horse flies in England) - so what use are these insects?

18 Mar 2017
Andromeda

Upsetting Einstein's 'theory of gravity' is the headline at www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2017/03/andromeda-once-flew-past-our-milky... ... This follows research at the University of St Andrews (and elsewhere in Europe as it was a joint effort) which found a ring of small galaxies moving away from our galaxy at a faster rate than expected. They are expanding so rapidly it has been labelled a mini version of Big Bang.

18 Mar 2017
Fossils:2

Look at the links from the earlier post on Fossils (yesterday). At https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/03/170308145343.htm ... we find the ancient fish fossil found in southern China probably came from the back end of the Silurian period (which preceded the Devonian which is well known for the number of jawed fishes found in fossil beds). The Silurian period is not overly endowed with fish fossils but the Chinese is the second one in recent finds. However, there were fragmentary pieces of what looks like fish in the Silurian, most notably at the end of Silurian extinction event.

18 Mar 2017
Glacial Outburst Flood

William sent in a link to a video of catastrophic moving water, some 2 million cubic metres spilling down towards the village of Chukhung in Nepal last year (2016) - go to https://eos.org/articles/glacial-outburst-flood-near-mount-everest-caugh...

18 Mar 2017
South Georgia

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/03/17/study-extensive-ice-cap-once-cove... ... South Georgia achieved fame in the 1970s when it became involved in the Falklands war. In this instance a paper in Nature Communications says South Georgia was covered in ice during the Late Glacial Maximum. Ice also extended well beyond the island according to the team of researchers that investigated the area in ice breakers.

18 Mar 2017
BBC Climate Change

The Daily Express, a UK newspaper with a beef as far as the BBC are concerned, as the Express supports Brexit and the BBC is still resisting the proposal, has published an article with the title, '£8bn BBC eco bias' - striking parallels between the BBCs rabid coverage of man made global warming/ climate change, and the investments in its pension funds - go to www.express.co.uk/news/uk/156703/8bn-BBC-eco-bias/

17 Mar 2017
Fossils

Robert sent in the link, http://crev.info/2017/03/rethinking-fossils/ ... where we have more new fossil discoveries that appear to be counter to uniformitarianism. The first batch of fossils come from China, sponges that date shortly after the Ordovician Extinction event (already reviewed on the News) and an early fish which was also discovered in China and apparently dates from before the Devonian. He claims the Devonian is the Age of the Fishes and therefore to find an example before that is anomalous. It may be but it also may not as it simply shifts fish evolution backwards.