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28 Mar 2019
Strange Behaviour

Strange in the sense that asteroids are not thought to be active - even if that activity is like a sleeping man periodically letting out a wheeze. At https://astronomynow.com/2019/03/20/asteroid-bennu-surprises-with-ejecti... ... NASAs OSIRIS Rex spacecraft, studying the asteroid Bennu by orbiting it (since last December) has sent back some interesting data. There have been a number of 'ejection events' we are told, in which rocky streams of debris can be seen spinning into space.

28 Mar 2019
What Happened Before Big Bang

At https://phys.org/print472815059.html ... what before Big Bang is the title of this piece. The idea is to test inflation of the universe theory after Avi Loeb and others at Harvard and the Smithsonian raised concerns, saying inflation of the universe seemingly has endless adaptability that makes it impossible to test. Falsifiability is supposed to be the mark of a good scientific theory but inflation is such a flexible ideda it cannot be falsified in experiments. No matter what value people measure for some observable attribute there is always an inflation model to explain it.

28 Mar 2019
Giant Tunnels

At https://www.earthtouchnews.com/discoveries/discoveries/these-giant-tunne... ... strange smooth walled tunnels cutting into rock faces in Brazil and Argentina have long been a puzzle to locals. You can even stand up in some of them. It was thought they were formed by water dissolving rock - but this is contradicted as the walls show they were made by something with very big claws (below) ...

28 Mar 2019
Alaskan Tunnel

Keeping to the theme of tunnels, William forwarded a link but see www.atlasobscura.com/places/permafrost-tunnel/ ... a frozen tunnel in central Alaska was dug out by the US Army Corp of Engineers in the 1960s. It is 360 feet long and 6 to 8 feet hight and 15 feet wide. It is rich with frozen animal and plant remains, fossils of all kinds, and layers of fronzen silt, sand, and of course, bedrock. It is as if the Army had dug up some aspects of Velikovsky's 'Earth in Upheaval' - tunnelling into the Alaskan muck.

28 Mar 2019
Byzantine Setback

At https://phys.org/print472811618.html ... ancient rubbish mounds reveal a 6th century AD episode of climate change affecting a Byzantine town site in what is now Israeli territory. The rubbish, or trash mounds, were found outside the settlement of Elusa and a little digging revealed they formed by discarded material from the town, in a way suggesting an organised form of collection and deposit. They also found that the town had fallen on hard times - but what caused it. They suggest it was due to the plunge in temperatures after AD536 (sometimes known as the Late Antique Little Ice Age).

26 Mar 2019
War and Disaster

Sent in by William - see www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2019/03/18/the-hundred-years-war-the-fires-of-t... ... is a guest post by Peter Mungo Jupp who runs the Ancient Origins web site. Around AD1348 there began the Hundred Years War, a series of skirmishes and full blooded battles that broke out between the kings of England and their former lands in France (as part of the Norman expansion several centuries earlier). It included the famous battles of Agincourt, Crecy, and Poitiers - which have gone down deep into the national psyche of both sides.

24 Mar 2019
Bingo!

A Chinese fossil trove - see https://phys.org/print472464235.html ... a team from two universities in China and one from the US has partially excavated a trove of fossils from the Cambrian so called Explosion - in southern China. They have also published a preliminary study in the journal Science (March 2019) - see DOI:10.1126/science.aaw8644. The period is best know from a western perspective from the Burgess Shale where internal organs and eyes were preserved. Since then other sites of the Cambrian have been found, all in shale beds.

24 Mar 2019
Fantasies Pricked

At https://phys.org/print472465406.html ... researchers at the University of Nottingham have found a higher percentage of natural fibres in freshwater habitats and in the atmosphere (in the air we breathe) than microplastic fibres - in the UK. By natural they mean wool and cotton rather than polyester or nylon.

22 Mar 2019
Bennu and Ultima Thule

At https://phys.org/print472149086.html ... data from the New Horizons mission is still filtering back and what has been revealed so far will be discussed at the 50th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Texas. Ultima Thule is regarded as a primordial object. It is 22 miles long and it has a large flat lobe connected to a smaller rounder lobe. The strange shape is the surprise. Apparently, we are told the two lobes once orbited each other but an unknown something brought them together - or that is the thinking at the moment. What caused them to join at the hip?

22 Mar 2019
Galactic Chimney Works

At https://phys.org/print472115260.html ... Australian National University scientists have found that Earth is made of the same elements as the Sun but has less of the volatile elements such as hydrogen, helium, and nitrogen. Rocky planets around stars may be devolatised pieces left over after the formation of stars.