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28 Jan 2019
Fusion development

At ... fusion has just had a boost. Researchers at the US Dept of Energy (Princetown Plasma Research Laboratory) and the University of Washington, have devleoped a proto type device to control runaway plasma - or fusion reactions. An electro magnetic particle injector. It is a sort of nail gun we are told, that is able to fire high velocity projectiles from a pair of electrified rails into a plasma on the verge of disruption. It releases material into the centre of the plasma that radiates or spreads outwards.

27 Jan 2019

At ... a new book, 'Revealing Greater Cahokia, North America's First Native City' which says it had a population between 10 and 30,000 between 1050 and 1200AD (its hey day). Temples, cemeteries, an assortment of houses, storage buildings, mounds and monuments in and around what it is now St Louis and East St Louis. This is the product of a long archaeological investigation in a little known part of Cahokia. It's demise came around 1300AD, during a period of climate change (in Europe as well as in America) and conflict.

27 Jan 2019
Atmospheric Physicists

At ... Greek atmospheric physicists have cast doubt on climate change hysteria in a step by step dissection of the anthropogenic global warming hypothesis. There is a difference in what is hypothesized to occur atmospherically according to the AGW models and what has actually been observed from satellite measurements.

27 Jan 2019
Black Holes and Plasma

At ... the light released from around the first massive black holes in the universe is so intense that it is able to reach telescopes across the entire expanse of the universe. Incredibly, the light from distant black holes (known as quasars) has been travelling in our direction for 13 billion light years. However, we don't know how these monster black holes formed. A new theory proposes that when galaxies assemble very quickly, and violently in many cases, this can lead to the formation of black holes - which disrupts normal star formation.

27 Jan 2019
Blue Moon

At (22nd January 2019) ... a meteoroid was seen to strike the Moon during the recent lunar eclipse (see the video). Meteoriods hit the Moon all the time. NASA has been observing impact flashes since 2005 - and they occur as frequently as one every 2 or 3 hours.

Lunar eclipses are supposed to be red yet when the Moon passed through the ruddy shadow of the Earth on January 20th many observers saw a different colour - turquoise blue. See below ...

27 Jan 2019
Scottish Volcanoes and Dinosaur Footprints

At ... around 56 million years ago (give or take the odd day) global temperatures spiked. In the UK this coincided with a massive eruption on what is now the Isle of Skye - the Cuillins. See Scientific Reports (January of 2019). Geologically, this is close to the boundary between the Paleocene and the Eocene. Volcanic activity was also endemic on Greenland and elsewhere in the British Isles and the general North Sea region.

26 Jan 2019
Humans in North America

At ... it would seem genetics is out of sync with archaeology according to Jennifer Raff. The early peopling of the Americas is elusive but genetics would suggest the first people arrived much earlier than archaeologists allow. Genetics may not be as reliable as some scientists would claim but then again archaeology requires humans stumbling upon an ancient site. In other words, pot luck.

25 Jan 2019
Not Fitting the Bill

At ... some 20 years or so ago an experiment at the Gran Sosso National Laboratory in Italy led to the publication of data that cliamed it had detected a signal modulation produced by an interaction with dark matter (purportedly). Dark matter has since become a major feature of cosmology. However, as it appears to interact weakly with normal matters its presence is inferred only from gravitational effects on visible objects such as stars and galaxies. The experiment, above, claimed it had detected signals at rates that vary according to a cosine wave.

19 Jan 2019
Magnetic Poles

At ... an interesting point made by climate scientist Tim Ball - what are the implications from climate of recent north magnetic pole activity?. It is wandering from Canada into Siberia. He begins by saying recent hype is another case of saying a normal event is abnormal. The magnetic pole is always moving.

19 Jan 2019
Feeding Time

At ... supermassive black holes are, well, super massive. They are thought to exist at the heart of all galaxies - but how do they grow into supermassive entities. What are they feeding on? It is thought they are constantly gobbling up cosmic gas and some are thought to consume whole stars. A new study at Tel Aviv University in Nature Astronomy (January 2019) claims some supermassive black holes are triggered (set in motion) - suddenly devouring huge amounts of gas.