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23 Jun 2019
Rings around Uranus

At https://phys.org/news/2019-06-astronomers-uranus.html ... astronomers see a warm glow emanating from the rings of Uranus - via the ALMA telescope array. Its most prominent ring is composed of golf ball size rocks and larger - and there are 13 rings in all.

At https://phys.org/news/2019-06-stars-photons-revolutionize-space-flight.html ... star photons may revolutionise space flight - the solar sail. It has no engine, uses no fuel, and has no solar panels. Instead, it harnesses the momentum of light energy (photons). Will it work?

23 Jun 2019
Subduction and Diamonds

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/06/researchers-simulate... ... researchers simulate the extreme pressure and heat in the earth's Mantle - or what they assume is the extreme pressure exerted by the Mantle. This is not simulation via computer make believe as they seem to have conducted a genuine experiment - simulating the subduction process and the manufacture of diamonds. I may be wrong but that is how the press release reads - or my interpretation of what they are saying.

21 Jun 2019
Crocodiles and Climate

At https://phys.org/news/2019-06-crocs-climate-clock-ancient-reveal.html ... the ancient distribution of crocodiles could be used to reveal information about past climate. On the other hand, they may reveal more about earth changes. It seems some crocodilians are sensitive to changes in temperature - but other kinds of crocodile are not. Or that is the theory been promulgated. Mapping the distribution of the different species of crocodilia (ostensibly using fossilised remains) may reveal more about 'global' climate millions of years ago.

21 Jun 2019
Noctilucent Mystery

The prevalence of noctilucent clouds in June has sparked a lot of response from blog authors, mostly as a result of visiting http://spaceweather.com (post on June 19th 2019) ... which has the title 'mysterious moisture in the mesosphere' and its effects on noctilucent clouds. Their providence as far south as Los Angelese in California and Albuquerque in New Mexico (as well as repeated reports from Poland and Germany) make this year unusual to say the least.

21 Jun 2019
Arctic Hyenas

Sent in by William. Hyenas in the Arctic - is this evidence of pole shift. However, the main stream mantra is that this is, instead, evidence of climate change - in the past. The inference is that if it happened millions of years ago there is nothing to contradict the idea global warming will not melt the Arctic in the next 100 years or so (or whatever the activists want to believe). Go to www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190618070804.htm ... and various other media sources. In the modern world hyenas inhabit savannah habitats in Africa and Asia, being both hunters and scavengers.

21 Jun 2019
Island Arc Earthquakes

At https://phys.org/news/2019-06-earthquake-swarms-reveal-piece-tectonic.html .... earthquake swarms are said to reveal mssing piece of tectonic plate volcano puzzle. Deep under the ocean, we are told, a sinking tectonic plate causes a swarm of earthquakes feeding molten lava into newly forming volcanoes. Researchers say they have found two swarms of earthquakes when researching the Mariana and Izo Bomin arc system in the Pacific Ocean.

19 Jun 2019
Awesome Shigir Idol

The fascinating Shigir idol is back in the news - or at least at https://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/the-awesome-shigir-... ... the tall idol goes back to the early Holocene period and is thought to represent an ancient spirit god. Guesswork of course and somebody like Martin Sweatman might say it was perhaps a representation of a sky god.

19 Jun 2019
North Sea Marine Investigations

The first artefacts to emerge from the depths of the North Sea in the current research into what the sediments on the sea bed might be hiding. Not particularly exciting by themselves as they consist of flakes of flint and a splinter from a hammer stone. It is thought they come from a Mesolithic tool making site and must date prior to 6200BC (when the southern basin of the North Sea was drowned). See for example https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/06/first-archaeological... ...

17 Jun 2019
The Maunder Minimum

At https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2019/06/17/maunder-minimum-and-the-comet... ... the Maunder Minimum (a very cold episode supposedly associated with a lack of sun spots) is under scrutiny by Tim Cullen. A volcanic event is visible in Alpine ice cores. However, cometary dust may have prolonged the Minimum - the takeway part of the post. The Great Comet of 1744, naked eye visible for several months, displayed an unusual feature - a fan of six tails. This has vexed astronomers as to why it might have happened.

16 Jun 2019
Crannogs

At https://phys.org/news/2019-06-evidence-scottish-crannogs-thousands.html ... a research article in the upmarket archaeological journal Antiquity (June 2019) DOI:10.15184/aqy2019.41 ... archaeologists with the University of Reading and the University of Southampton (the latter specialises in under water locations) claim there is evidence crannogs (which occur in Scotland, Wales and Ireland), small artificial islands located in lakes and in areas prone to flooding, were actually first built during the Neolithic period (in the 4th millennium BC).