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6 Mar 2019
The Pantheon

At www.bldgblog.com/2007/04/the-heliocentric-pantheon-an-interview-with-wal... ... this pieces was sent in by Brian, a long time SIS member. He is hoping to open discussion with other members of the society - and presumably with anyone not in the society but who have a genuine interest in the subject matter of the post. This revolves around the Pantheon - built in the reign of Roman emperor Hadrian. We know about the wall he had built between Britannia and Caledonia but the Pantheon has to be the biggest dome built (at the time), 142 feet in diameter.

3 Mar 2019
Earth Blobs

At https://eos.org/features/the-unsolved-mystery-of-the-earth-blobs/ ... sent in by William, the subject being the hot mantle below the crust which appears to harbour two blobs the length of continents. They are at the foot of the mantle - above the molten outer core. The blobs are made of rock as in the rest of the mantle but they are heavier or denser than the surrounding mantle. They were discovered by seismic tomography. Seismic waves travel more slowly through the blobs - suggesting they are dense. There is little doubt the blobs exist yet nobody knows what they are.

3 Mar 2019
Kuiper Belt Objects

The outer solar system is a fairly quiet place we are assured. Not a lot of meteors or craters on the likes of Pluto and Charon. However, the orbital architecture of Kuiper Belt objects is odd - and it has been suggested they are controled by the gravity of the hypothetical Planet Nine. This is because known objects appear to bunch up tight in what is described as orbital clustering (see image below). Go to https://phys.org/print470495718.html ...

3 Mar 2019
Hiawatha

At http://cosmictusk.com/plants-and-trees-in-hiawatha-crater/ ... we learn that the Hiawatha Crater recently found in NW Greenland, has organic carbon in the glacio fluvial sand seeping from the crater. It originates from the bedrock - gneiss. Some of the sand contains impact grains such as shocked quartz, impure mineral glasses and micro breccias. There are grains (in the breccia) that contain organic carbons (and can be read in full at the above link). The article was read at the 50th Lunar and Planetary science conference in 2019.

23 Feb 2019
K/Pg Boundary Event

Geological chronology is at the heart of a division in earth sciences - between those that favour an asteroid impact and those that, instead, blame the Deccan Traps for the demise of the dinosaurs (and various other life forms). The Traps is a large eruption of lava in what is now India. At https://phys.org/print469949649.html ... we have more on the disupte which could easily be resolved if geologists accepted sediments can be laid down quickly on occasion.

23 Feb 2019
Solar Minima but lots of geomagnetic activity

At https://phys.org/print470041521.html ... geomagnetic activity in Earth's atmosphere with an origin in the same on the Sun. A plasma stream, the solar wind, is causing some beautiful auroral displays in February. See the image below of aurora seen over Iceland in mid February. It is described in this piece as an electrification of the night sky ....

   ... (by Ollie Taylor, photographer).

23 Feb 2019
Hayabusa 2

At https://phys.org/print470023462.html ... the Japanese probe Hayabusa 2 has landed on the Ryuga asteroid and is in the process of collecting samples. The material is thought to contain large amounts of organic matter and water from the early solar system ...

   

22 Feb 2019
X-rays from the Sun

At https://phys.org/print469790260.html ... high energy x-ray bursts from low energy plasma is the  subject matter of this press release. We are told solar rays should not produce x-rays - but they do. The one size fits all approach to electron collisions misses a lucky few that lead to an intense x-ray burst. Perhaps. Scientists thought there were too many electron scattering collisions in cold plasma for electrons to be accelerated to high energy radiation x-rays.

20 Feb 2019
Herringbones

Robert sent in several links. The first one is to www.everythingselectric.com/eie-100/ .... and concerns the large storms seen  erupting on the Sun recently, flinging material at speeds of over 3000kms a second, a massive shock wave, and phenomena known as herringbones. The shape of the fish skeleton emerged when they plotted the frequencies of radio waves as a CME evolved (more than one CME was studied). The spine is a kind of emission at a constant frequency. The verticle offshoot bones on either side were sudden bursts of radiation at a much wider range of frequencies.

20 Feb 2019
Baby Black Holes

At the Astrobytes blog (https://astrobites.org/2019/02/19/the-search-for-black-hole-teenagers/ ... we have a population of indeterminate black holes (low luminoscity) under discussion. Most galaxies seem to contain a super massive black hole at their centre but how did they grow into such a grand phenomenon as there is a distinct shortage of baby black holes - and even teenager black holes. Cosmologists think less massive black holes can form when a star collapses in upon itself. Various theories have endured.