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22 Dec 2018
Ice Sheet Collapse

At https://phys.org/print464581407.html ... we have one of those alarmist doom and despondency stories based on the discovery that in the last interglacial period the West Antarctic peninsular ice sheet did not exist - and sea levels in a few locations were higher. As global sea levels were not part of the research we can ignore this add-on and it is entirely conjecture that sea levels around the world were higher in the last interglacial period. In contrast, the lack of an ice sheet on the Antarctic peninsular is actually telling us all something was different.

22 Dec 2018
Lopsided Uranus

At https://phys.org/print464621303.html ... a big space crash likely made Uranus lopsided according to Durham University computer simulation. Uranus is a very big planet so we can imagine a very big object slammed into it. It is tilted 90 degrees on its side. Its magnetic field is also tilted and its five large moons. What caused it to flip over? Here we are into guesswork territory.

At https://phys.org/print464584616.html ... a stellar corpse is the subject, likened to the Butterfly nebula ....

21 Dec 2018
Electrified Sahara Dust

Interesting story sent in by Gary at www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6509427/Giant-dust-particles-Sah... ... large dust particles with an origin in the Sahara desert have been found in the Caribbean, 3500km away (2200 miles). They reach the UK on occasion, powdering parked cars in a yellow dust. Researchers have latched on to the fact such dust, and other aerosols in the atmosphere, do not figure greatly in climate models.

21 Dec 2018
Flowering Plants

At https://phys.org/print464353666.html ... fossils now indicate flowering plants originated 50m million years earler that thought by consensus science - back in the Early Jurassic era. Researchers were not certain when or how flowers came into existence because it seemed many flowering plants just popped up in the Cretaceous - out of nowhere. Of course, the Jurassic Cretaceous switch must involve an event of some kind - and that is what the geology is telling us.

19 Dec 2018
Dinosaur Footprints in Hastings

The Sussex seaside and fishing town of Hastings is in the news. The mudstone and sandstone cliffs have yielded a dinosaur bonanza - after bad weather early in 2018. These cliffs have previously yielded an Iguanadon fossil back in 1825 and dinosaur brain tissue in 2016. We now have an extensive number of dinosaur footprints - set in mud and preserved so well that skin, scales, and claws, can clearly be seen in the imprints. Go to https://phys.org/print464236129.html ...

19 Dec 2018
Tornadoes

Robert also sent in a link to https://phys.org/print464237850.html ... and asks, do tornadoes form in a process similar to lightning. That is, a downward propagating stepped leader and an upward moving streamer. Tornadoes might be a form of electrical discharge, he speculates. The link itself tells us that  it has generally been thought tornadoes rotation largely begins in storm clouds, creating a funnel that travels downwards. New research shows tornadoes seem to form from the ground upwards. A bit of a turnaround.

15 Dec 2018
Eye of the Storm

Link provided by Robert courtesy of our old friend from Great Yarmouth, and his blog at 'Everything is Electric' - go to https://thedailyplasma.blog/2018/12/09/eye-of-the-storm-part-1/ ... the eye of the storm being a reference to the red spot on Jupiter. Andrew Hall, the blog author, claims Earth's geology and weather is a result of capacitance in Earth's electric circuit - and has written extensively in electric universe channels. Hall goes on to say, forget everything you read about in geology. It's wrong. Provably wrong.

14 Dec 2018
Thomas Gold

Robert sent in a link to https://www.pnas.org/content/pnas/89/13/6045.full.pdf ... with the note, back in the 1990s Thomas Gold wrote about the Deep Hot Biosphere. The link provides a 5 page piece by Gold which begins - 'there are strong indications that microbial life is widespread at depth in the crust of the earth, just as such life has been identified in numerous ocean vents. This kind of life is not dependent on solar energy and photosynthesis. Its energy supply comes from chemical sources due to fluids that migrate upward from deeper levels in the Earth.

14 Dec 2018
Great Barrier Reef

AGW activists and the media like to repeat certain overblown mantras regarding global warming. These include 'poley' bears (living close to the North Pole) starving as a result of declining ice floes - even though polar bears can swim long distances. Last year's heat wave (a magnificent summer in most parts of Britain) was a field day for the alarmists - but somewhat spoiled by the cold November and snow storms that struck large parts of the US and central Europe. Russia tends to get left out of these discussions.

13 Dec 2018
Voyager News

Robert sent in the links https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6479655/Nasas-Voyager-2-... ... and https://astronomynow.com/2018/12/10/voyager-2-leaves-the-suns-influence-... ... and https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-s-voyager-2-probe-enters-interst... .... Voyager 2 is now officially outside the Earth's magnetic bubble and within interstellar space - although it has yet to pass through the Oort Cloud. It was announced at the American Geophysical Union conference on December 9th (2018).