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13 Jul 2018
Triassic Dinosaurs

At https://phys.org/print450409594.html ... giant dinosaurs lived on Earth much earlier than thought. The recently discovered dinosaur graveyards in Argentina are throwing up facts not envisaged as we now have a very large herbivore dinosaur dating from the Triassic period. Gigantism originated earlier than the Jurassic it would seem. Some clarification on gigantism is necessary as it cannot occur as a gradual process - unless the Triassic has been underestimated.

13 Jul 2018
2300BC in Spain

At https://phys.org/print450422309.html ... an archaeological site near Seville in Spain was occupied between 3200 and 2300BC - two dates of significance as they coincide with two major narrow growth tree ring events. Where the people arrived from in the first place is unknown - but so too is their fate as the site was abandoned between 2400 and 2300BC (the narrow growth event is dated by Baillie at 2345BC). This was a megalithic culture site - with a funerary function.

5 Jul 2018
Comet Brightness

At http://spaceweather.com (July 4th 2018) ... Comet PanSTARRS, the so called Green Comet, a green blob against the backdrop of stars, has just increased in brightness - dramatically. It actually brightened sixteen fold - according to Michael Jager, an Austrian amateur astronomer (in the late hours of July 2nd).

5 Jul 2018
Comet and Oxygen

At https://phys.org/print449835597.html ... molecular oxygen found on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko back in 2016 is not produced on its surface according to an analysis of Rosetta data. Instead, it must have an origin in the interior of the comet. Instruments onboard Rosetta analysed the comet's coma and revealed it had water, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and molecular oxygen. On Earth oxygen is essential for life - and it is thought to be produced by photosynthesis. It seems oxgen on Earth may also have an origin inside the planet - topped up by photosynthesis.

5 Jul 2018
Uranus in Collision

Sent in By Robert - www.centauri-dreams.org/2018/07/03/uranus-orbital-tilt-from-a-cataclysmi... .... the excessive tilt in the orbit of Uranus was caused by a cataclysmic collision, we are informed. This seems to have been provoked by the discovery that exoplanets can have tilted orbits. In our solar system the Earth is titled at 23 degrees and Uranus by 98 degrees - but in contrast Mercury has a small tilt, at only 0.3 degrees. The amount of obliquity affects seasonality.

5 Jul 2018
Eta Carinae

Big news this week on the astronomy front - NuSTAR mission proves superstar Eta Carinae shoots out cosmic rays (see https://phys.org/print449835766.html ... a study using data from NASAs NuSTAR space telescope suggests Eta Carinae, the most prominent and massive stellar system within 10,000 light years, is accelerating particles of high energy - some of which arrive in our solar system.

5 Jul 2018
Sea Level Rise and Alarmism

At www.sepp.org (the Science and Environmental Policy Project, which has similarities to the GWPF over here in the UK) has a regular newsletter. On July 1st the subjectg was sea level research and something controversial climate scientist Richard Lindzen said in an interview. Since 1979 sea level has been measured by satellites - but the accuracy of it is compromised by the actual shape of the Earth. Whilst satellites also shown an increased rate in the rise of sea levels the measurements are uncertain because of several factors (such as the one above).

5 Jul 2018
Animals and Global Warming

This new paper was so way out that Antony posted it at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/07/02/claim-worlds-first-animals-caused... ... alarmists can blame virtualy anything for global warming, and they do, but one wonders what lies behind the writing of this one. Are the authors the recipients of dosh - or are they really so obsessed with the subject that they feel able to write just about anything, even at a point in earth history that very little is known about.

5 Jul 2018
Arrhenius

At https://chaamjamal.wordpress.com/2018/06/29/a-theory-of-ice-age-cycles/ ... an intriguing blog post by Chaam Jamal concerning some ideas by Gerald Marsh, a retired laboratory physicist who challenged mainstream views that ice age cycles were initiated by Milankovitch orbital cycles - and driven by the Arrhenius effect on carbon dioxide (co2). One can instantly see a problem - is the Arrhenius effect real (a hypothesis that has been subsumed into the mainstream narrative). The Arrhenius hypothesis goes back to 1896 (and before that we had Tyndal in 1861).

5 Jul 2018
Asteroids and other things

Robert sent in the link https://astronomynow.com/2018/07/02/dawn-zooms-in-on-vestas-enigmatic-oc... ... the Dawn spacecraft is nearing the Ceres asteroid.

At http://global.jaxa.jp/projects/sat/hayabusa2/ ... the Japanese space mission to asteroid Ryugu, 3.2 billion km away

At https://phys.org/print449734697.html ... the secret origins of asteroids and meteorites. Instead of a planet sized object splitting apart we now have five or six minor planets breaking up and creating 85 per cent of the 200,000 steroids in the so called asteroid belt.