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10 May 2019
Galaxy, Jets and Ionisation

At https://phys.org/news/2019-05-jets-galaxy-cores-common.html ... we are told astronomers have a rough understanding of how galaxies emit jets from their cores (presumably a reference to the jets emerging from what is assumed to be a black hole at the galactic core) but they also blow out winds of ionised gas - another word for plasma. There is currently no explanation for this. A study in Astronomy and Astrophysics (May 2019) starts by saying astronomers suspect every galaxy harbours a supermassive black hole.

10 May 2019
Gulf of Mexico Geology

At https://phys.org/news/2019-05-complex-geology-contributed-deepwater-hori... ...  a research paper in Scientific Reports (May 7th 2019) says that complex geology in the Gulf of Mexico contributed to the Deepwater Horizin disaster. Most commentators have, to date, concentrated on the engineering decisions that led to the bow out or the ecological consequences of the oil spill.

8 May 2019
Borneo

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190425073625.htm ... a research paper in Scientific Reports (2019:9 (I) 10.1038/s41598-019-42670-4) claims there was a savannah grassland landscape in Borneo during the Late Pleistocene (presumably coinciding with the Late Glacial Maximum). Borneo is an equatorial forest in the modern world and has probably been that way for most of the Holocene. Savannah landscapes are usually located north or south of the tropical forest zone - in Africa for example.

8 May 2019
Mesha stele

At www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-artifacts/inscriptions/biblic... ... a new reading of the Moabite Stone by a team led by Finkelstein, Na-aman, and Romer, using high resolution photography (imaging) seems to read somewhat different to earlier attempts at translation. The problem is that the stone was broken up and the text is damaged. The previous transliteration of the text claimed it mentioned Beth Dwd (the House of David) but this is now under dispute. Mesha was a contemporary of Jehoram of Israel, against whom he claims to have rebelled.

7 May 2019
Soft Tissue Fossils

Robert has sent in a number of links recently. This one involves the discovery of amino acids preserved in amber, apparently with an origin in feathers - see https://crev.info/2019/05/amino-acids-amber/ ... where the blog author has an ongoing theme on soft tissue preservation. He thinks it proves fossilisation took place much more recently than the uniformitarian timescale allows. However, transferring millions of years into a few thousand years is not acceptable to most people, either - but in the process he is airing problems the uniformitarians like to shovel under the carpet.

7 May 2019
Sun Spot with sound system

At http://spaceweather.com (May 7th 2019) we learn about a potential earth directed CME emanating from the sun spot that has turned around to face the Earth over the last day or two. The sun spot has already puffed out some minor CMEs (into space rather than towards the Earth) but now we have the possibility of a plasma cloud approaching our atmosphere in the next couple of days. Last month another sun spot strafed the Earth with not just the solar wind but a loud shortwave radio burst (s).

6 May 2019
Insects and Bird Mincers

At https://notrickszone.com/2019/05/03/new-study-finds-that-wind-turbines-c... .... it seems that not only do wind turbine rotor blades kill hundreds of birds and bats in their thousands upon thousands it is now being admitted they may have a devastating impact on migrating flying insect populations, killing not just millions but in Germany alone some 1200 billion of them (or in polite terminology, 1.2 trillion of them).

6 May 2019
A Boiling Sun

This refers not to boiling something in water but to the boiling point of heat, creating bubbles. At http://spaceweather.com (May 3rd 2019) we are informed the Sun is boiling - even though there have been no sun spots for 12 days. However, the surface of the Sun is covered with convection cells and the Sun is so hot it literally boils. Bumps on the surface are called granules - which are convection cells ...

1 May 2019
Ice on Titan

A couple of links sent in by Jovan - go to www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/04/190429111826.htm ... and www.newscientist.com/article/2200961-titan-has-a-belt-of-ice-6300-kilome... ... Titan is coming up with all kinds of surprises - courtesy of the Cassini mission. In a new research paper in Nature Astronomy we have a massive 'circle' of ice rich bedrock that spans almost halfway around the moon of Saturn. It stretches for a length of almost 4000 miles.

1 May 2019
Naked Eye Red Sprites

This story is at http://spaceweather.com (30th April 2019) which could also have the title - how to look for sprites ...