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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.

1 Jul 2018
Wine and Soils

I can remember attending a talk by a geologist some years ago now which concerned the geology of wine growing - and how soil and geology affected the flavours in the grapes. It was a fascinating talk and we all got to taste a glass of wine - which didn't actually prove anything either way. At https://phys.org/print449227859.html ... apparently Bloomberg has got hold of this idea and popularised the geology of wine - and various media wine writers are in on it as it adds a different dimension to the hype and mystique they can create around different wines (and their flavours).

1 Jul 2018
Magnetism detected in old supernova remnant

At https://phys.org/print449465943.html ... for the  first time astronomers have directly observed the magnetism in the remnants of a supernova. Apparently, it is 50 times weaker than a fridge magnet - measured from a distance of 1.6 million trillion kilometres. The story is published in the Astrophysical Journal (June 29th 2018). The supernova is said to have exploded 30 years ago and material expelled by the blast, as well as the shock wave, have been travelling outward through the gas and dust that surrounded the star.

1 Jul 2018
German Stonehenge Link

At www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/rituals-performed-german-stonehenge-may-... ... which concerns an article published in Antiquity journal (the archaeological journal that is a mirror on the world beyond the shores of Britain). The impetus for this new  thinking seems to be the genetic discovery of folk movements across Neolithic and Bronze Age Europe - which may have introduced new ideas into Britain from the continent (including the idea of henges, a circle composed of a ditch with bank).

28 Jun 2018
Yellowstone Wolf

Wolves were re-introduced to the Yellowstone National Park in the mid 1990s and have generally received a good press (especially in TV wildlife programmes and in the media in general). The elk of the park are their chief prey animal and it was thought the re-introduction would alter their behaviour - creating a 'landscape of fear' as the saying goes (the wolf controlling elk numbers etc) - see www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180622104544.htm ...

28 Jun 2018
Modern Human Dilemma

At https://phys.org/print449151180.html ... as the argument on what constitutes a modern human heats up and the date to be assigned to their migration Out of Africa we now have another spanner in the works (or sort of as these are old humans with modern human embellishments.

28 Jun 2018
Cockatoo

An image of what looks like an Australian cockatoo has led to the claim that the Islamic world was trading along the northern coast of the southern land mass in the medieval period. This is not impossible of course as Islam became embedded as the religion of the larger Indonesian islands at around this moment in time. However, it is also known that the Chinese were sailing such waters - umtil the 14th century (when it chose to isolate itself from the outside world).

28 Jun 2018
Microbes in Fracking liquids

At https://phys.org/print449152856.html ... an intriguing story. Deep inside the earth, as revealed by fracking, lives a community of microbes (found in fracking wells). These microbes live at great depths it would seem - and apparently have the ability to produce methane (amongst other things). The study was done by researchers at Ohio State University (deep in the heart of fracking country) and is published in PNAS.

28 Jun 2018
Inconvenient Facts

At https://phys.org/print449127000.html ... we have a clear case of reality catching up with CAGW scaremongering. Researchers aboard an ice breaker in the Antarctic waters have dscovered an active volcanic heat source beneath the Pine Island glacier. This is part of the West Antarctic peninsular - the bit that juts out into the South Atlantic (and having all the appearance of once being connected to South America, although the island arc is somewhat contorted as if brutally forced apart).

27 Jun 2018
Noctilucent Tornado

At http://spaceweather.com/ (June 25th 2018) there is a nice image of noctilucent clouds over Meghara in Co Derry. It was taken by Martin McKenna who said, their brightness and complexity has been getting more enhanced since the solstice, with whirls and knots glowing electric blue above a yellow midnight sun horizon. The tornado was once such formation - morphing into a succession of dynamic shapes (a wdge, a funnel, angel wings, an electrified smoke ring, and finally a long rope that resembled a tornado, reaching towards the far side of the sky.