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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 - ... scientists baffled by prehistoric tree over 300 million years old. They have a more complex structure than trees in the modern world. See also ... 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

Sent in by Kevin - ... 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.

27 Oct 2017
Tooth, Leprosy, troglodites

At ... a single tooth found in a former river bed of the River Rhine in Germany is causing a bit of a headache to scientists. The strata in which it was found has been dated back almost 10 million years ago - 4 million years older than its African relatives (such as Lucy) from Ethiopia and the Rift Valley.

27 Oct 2017
Red Sprites

Robert sent in this link - ... Red sprites are electrical bursts of lightning active above thunderstorms. They are red at higher altitudes, fading to blue at lower altitudes. The images below were taken in Oklahoma (big wide skies on the praire) on October 4th ..

27 Oct 2017
Pacific Basin Anomaly

This one came from an article in American Scientist (volume 105) which was provided by Jovan. Soon after 19th century cartographers captured the relative locations of Hawaii's volcanoes they became aware they lay on two roughly parallel tracks. Since then double tracked volcanoes have been found elsewhere in the Pacific basin. Not only that, they all seem to have switched location between 2 and 4 million years ago. Why? It is now thought Earth's largest tectonic plate, the basin of the Pacific Ocean, started to change direction at this time.

27 Oct 2017
Velikovsky and EU

Tim Cullen on Velikovsky. One to read. Go to ... it looks like this is the last one on this subject (comets) and in this post he responds to somebody who broached the subject of the Electric Universe - no doubt in relation to electric comets. The fact that every comet over the last ten years has failed to live up to the billing by EU is no matter - or so it would seem.

26 Oct 2017
Round Up

In this instance, not a round up of animals but the commercial brand of a weedkiller that you will find on the shelves of your local garden centre. The Risk Monger has been fighting a lonely battle against environmentalist activists but now has a new ally it would seem - go to ... which comes with a cartoon. Round Up contains glyphosphate which the Green Blob want to ban - for no especial reason apart from the fact the American manufacturer is Monsanto (with all the demonisation that comes with that name).

21 Oct 2017
Greenland Ice Stream

Another article in October's Nature Commmunications - it is discussed at .... It seems that an ice stream, more properly a glacier, retreated during the Younger Dryas episode. This is somewhat peculiar as we are led to believe the Younger Dryas was a return to Ice Age conditions (in Scotland for example) but clearly this could not be so if a glacier on Greenland retreated.

21 Oct 2017
Supernova and Climate

An interesting paper is discussed at ... which is relevant to the SIS membership following the talk by Rupert Holms at our autumn meeting a couple of weeks ago (the video is not yet online). The idea of supernova having catastrophic effects in the historical past was quite popular at one time - as postulated by the likes of LaViolette and Firestone. Rupert Holms theory is in a similar vein - but with a twist.