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11 Nov 2018
1972 and All That

At (November 9th 2018) ... we have a story about space weather during the Vietnam war.  In 1972 a giant sun spot let loose with a blast of solar wind (plasma) in a series of X-class flares which caused radio black outs on Earth. One plasma plume, or CME, travelled between the Sun and the Earth in just 14.6 hours. This is in contrast to recent movements that take two to three days. The resulting geometric shower sparked auroras so bright they cast shadows in countries as far south as Britain.

11 Nov 2018
Hydrogen and Water

At ... geoscientists have found that Earth contains within itself six or seven global oceans worth of hydrogen - in addition to all the water in the oceans. Where did that water come from? New research, which may or may not be controversial, from Arizona State University, claims they have found the answer. They say our planet contains much more hydrogen, a proxy for water, than scientists previously imagined. Now it is being asked - where did all that hydrogen come from?

11 Nov 2018
Soft Tissue Dinosaur Fossils

At ... the discovery of what looks very much like soft tissue of dinosaurs preserved in rocks in recent years has obviously perplexed scientists as they have now come up with an explanation that seems to have a lot of merit. Hard tissue such as bones, eggs, teeth and enamel scales are able to survive the process of fossilisation but soft tissue such as blood vessels, cells, and nerves, which are located inside hard tissue, are more delicate and should degrade and decay rapidly after death.

11 Nov 2018
Antarctic Plate History

Robert sent in these links - ... and ... and ...

9 Nov 2018
Bones and DNA

At ... another excellent article from Popular Archaeology. This one concerns the body of a teenage girl found in a cenote in the Yucatan. It is several pages in length and fairly comprehensive, leading up to the genetic dating of the bones.

9 Nov 2018
The Glory

Not the Glory of the Lord but something equally as fascinating. At ... concerns the optical phenomenon known as a glory - that is mostly seen by aircraft pilots and mountaineers, looking down on mist and clouds. It forms a small circular rainbow. Glories are seen when the sun sines from behind and interacts with water droplets to refract light back to the observer. An ESA astronaut took this picture of a glory from the International Space Station back in September ...

7 Nov 2018
Electrified Space Dust

At ... electrically charged dust arranges itself in straight lines in the laboratory. Space dust is also electrically charged as it collects electrons from plasma gas - such as the solar wind. This was discovered in an experiment on the International Space Station where gravity is weaker that in an earth based laboritory. Nevertheless, dust also arranged itself in straight lines.

7 Nov 2018
Raising the Land

At ... the 2016 Chile earthquake caused the land to rise on two islands off the coast. A bleached fringe of dead marine algae, strung along the beach, represents the old coastline - as can be seen in the image below. This is what is known as a fault slip.


7 Nov 2018
Living in a Flat Earth

This is the title of an interesting post by climate scientists Tim Ball at ... most people live in a flat earth and struggle to visualise climate and a three dimensional atmosphere. John Dee, science advisor to Elizabeth I, gave Francis Drake sailing and scientific instructions on his voyage to find a northern passage. One of those instructions was to accurately determine the longitude of the west coast of North America.

5 Nov 2018
Valentina Zharkova

Benny Peiser introduces Valentina Zharkova at .... in a talk (watch the video) on how the solar magnetic field may affect climate on the earth. She begins by telling us that sun spots are dark and cooler regions on the surface of the Sun. Basically, she is predicting a solar minumum and cool weather between 2020 and 2055. Is that one in the eye for the alarmists - or a case of alarmism at the opposite end of the spectrum (cooling instead of warming).