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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.

2 Jul 2018
Validating Einstein

In Electric Universe circles we hear a lot about Einstein being wrong about this and that - and the failure of his theories (and the weakness of gravity and all that). At www.scientificamerican.com/article/einsteins-greatest-theory-validated-o... .... which is saying something quite opposite. Astrophysicist Tom Collett set out to disprove Einstein, he assures us, but instead found corroboration. He set up an experiment to test one aspect of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity (first published in 1915).

1 Jul 2018
Recycling Plastics

A report published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation claims it is the effort to recycle plastics that has caused the marine plastic litter crisis - another own goal by the Green Blob. Good job they don't play football. Most of the plastic waste in the oceans is said to originate from countries in Asia and Africa - but here is the nub. What happens to your plastic packaging when you discard it in your recycle bin? European countries ship huge quantities of waste into Asia waste management schemes (and streams) - for the holier than thou act of recycling.

1 Jul 2018
Oumuamua Again

At www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/mysterious-interstellar-visitor-comet-fl... ... Oumuamua, the so called interstellar visitor claimed to be passing through our solar systme, a cigar shaped space rock, is being re-classified as a comet rather than an asteroid - as tell tale gas emissions have been detected (or theorised). Scientists have continued to watch Oumuamua as it passes towards the edge of the solar system and they have been able to refine its trajectroy. It appears to be moving too fast for gravity alone and something else is helping to propel it.