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2 Nov 2017
Jupiter's Aurorae

Also sent in by Robert - www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5032129/The-mystery-of-Jupiter-s... ... Jupiter's intense southern and northern aurora pulses independently of each other according to UCL led research using NASAs Chandra X-ray observatory and EPAs XMM-Newton observatory. Again, this is published in Nature Astronomy. The research found X-ray emissions pulsing every 11 minutes at the South Pole whilst those at the North Pole were said to be erratic.

2 Nov 2017
Scamming the People

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/energy-customers-foot-the-bil... .. yes, the headline reads, energy customers footing the bill for our failed climate policy - as perpetuated by the politico class steered on such a course by the Green Blob (via lobbying and countless doom mongering articles by so called scientists). Obviously, he that can afford a few roof top solar panels avoids being scammed, to some extent, but we all pay the costs passed on to business by the price we pay for goods made in this country. No wonder Chinese prices look so attractive.

1 Nov 2017
Egyptian solar eclipse

' David wrote - 'I couldn't believe my ears! On BBC radio 4 this morning (October 30th), just before the 9am news, I heard mention of 1207BC, the Sun Standing Still, and David Rohl ....' ..

1 Nov 2017
Black Holes in the News

NASAs NuSTARR probes black hole jet mystery is the headline at JPL NASA News - see www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=6986 ...Black holes famously eat lots of material. They are described as ravenous by astrophysicists and the news outlets. However, it seems they cannot consume everything - for a simple reason which appears to contradict the idea they consume anything. Material is required as energy in order to shoot out powerful jets of hot gas (plasma).

1 Nov 2017
Saturn's Radiation Belts

The radiation belts of Saturn and the Earth are both affected by the solar wind. Belts of energetic particles move around the planets at high velocities - captured by the respective magnetic fields. On Earth the solar wind controls the intensity of the radiation belt - directly and indirectly. On Saturn it differs. The moons of Saturn play a role.

1 Nov 2017
Water and Mars

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/10/171027085747.htm ... scientists still explain land features on Mars by water flow. Experiments seem to show that because of Mars thin atmosphere during warm temperature periods water on the surface may actually boil - which is then able to move large amounts of sand and sediments. This idea has been dreamed up because the geology of Mars is done by Earth geologists where water is thought to shape landscapes and be able to move sediments around.

30 Oct 2017
Velikovsky and Comets

At https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2017/10/30/the-atomic-comet-self-propell... ... seems like another one on the atomic comet - which begins with Velikovsky (and Venus ejected from Jupiter as a comet). It passed near the Earth but no collision (in spite of the title, Worlds in Collision) - which caught out a few of its critics napping, at the time and even long afterwards, showing up who read the book or did not read the book.

30 Oct 2017
Diffusion of Species

Jovan sent in a couple of pieces from the journal Science as they may have a bearing on Alan de Queroz's 'The Monkey's Voyage' (2014). The puzzle is the origin of monkeys in the New World - how did they get there? It is thought they evolved in Africa. A land bridge has been suggested. However, the Atlantic may have been a third narrower than now but it would require a massive lowering of sea level in order to create a land bridge.

27 Oct 2017
Tree Mystery

Gary sent in this one - www.independent.co.uk/news/science/tree-structure-mystery-china-scientis... ... scientists baffled by prehistoric tree over 300 million years old. They have a more complex structure than trees in the modern world. See also https://phys.org/print427986102.html ... a well preserved fossil tree trunk dating back 374 million years ago, found in Xingjiang in NW China, has a surprising structure we are told. Inmodern trees straw like woody strands known as xylem which take water from the roots to the leaves.

27 Oct 2017
Reefcrete

Sent in by Kevin - www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41665459 ... wildlife colonises man made rock pools. Researchers at Aberystwyth University in Wales have drilled holes the size of baked bean cans into a breakwater made of smooth granite blocks in order to encourage intertidal life forms. The blocks themselves attracted few creatures and it was thought it was the smooth nature of the blocks that might be at fault. Once the holes had been made they were quickly colonised by fish, sea anemones and honeycomb worms.