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14 May 2017
Near Earth Asteroid

Jovan sent in the link - www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/amazing-new-radar-views-of-astero... ....

14 May 2017
Eksbach Lignite Pit

This is a peculiar post as the author lives in Australia and is speculating about a lignite open cast mine in Germany. Has he all the facts at his fingertips? Go to https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2017/05/13/roman-mystery-in-elsbach-lign... ... which is a guest post by the Australian geologist, Louis Hissink. He has his own web site and is an ardent enthusiast of the Electric Universe theory. See https://lhcrazyworld.wordpress.com ... and https://www.henrythornton.com/louis-hissink

11 May 2017
Irish Beach Reappears

Interesting story at https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/irish-beach-reappears-overnig... ....an entire beach near the village of Duoagh, on Achill Island, disappeared during a major storm in 1984.; Waves washed away all the sand, and hotels, guest houses, and cafes had to close down. All that was left was a rocky foreshore. However, over a period of ten days in April (2017) during what is described as freak tides, hundreds of tons of sand were deposited - creating a 300m long beach.

11 May 2017
Rocket Engine

At https://phys.org/print413442372.html ... this story was on BBC Oxford news this week. The village of Westcott is on the Bicester to Aylesbury section of the A41, a once sleepy place that was host to a WWII airfield. This became a small industrial estate of commercial to let units in more recent years, on the edge of the Waddesdon estate. Westcott is now home to a rocket engine test facility, an extension of the facilities that have been on the airfield site for a number of years.

11 May 2017
Zealandia Two

More on Zealandia at www.geosociety.org/gsatoday/archive/27/3/article/GSATG321A.1.htm ... which seems to be the full paper (forwarded by Jovan). It is 6 pages long (8 pages with notes and references). Zealandia was formerly part of Gondwana Land - along with Australia and Antarctica. At some point it split apart. Some 94 per cent of Zealandia is now submerged but the process began in the Late Cretaceous - at the same time the Atlantic Ocean began to expand. It has since undergone substantial deformation.

11 May 2017
Oxygen and Comets

At https://phys.org/print413432138.html ... why do comets expel oxygen? It was first encountered in early 2015, and previously was unknown (or that is what is implied). It  was revealed in the data received from Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko via the Rosetta Mission. It was discovered as a component of the comet's atmosphere, or coma. We don't know if oxygen is a component in the atmosphere's of other comets but it may be.  The paper, in Nature Cummunications (May 2017), suggests water vapour molecules stream off a comet as it is heated by the Sun.

10 May 2017
Juncker Science

An interesting read at https://risk-monger.com/2017/05/10/glypho-nicotinoids-and-junck-science-... ... from a man with a bee in his bonnet, and bee decline in his telescope. Not knowing much about the subject I can only advise that it is worth reading - right to the end. It does illustrate how science is often sidelined by lobbying from NGOs and other environmentalist groups. Are scientists becoming more like vicars rather than an authoritative body of educated people? Are they as easily sidelined as the sermon on a Sunday morning?

9 May 2017
Better Models

At https://phys.org/print413431868.html ... Sent in by William. Yakov Ben-Haim, a professor of mechanical engineering in Haifa, has investigated what he calls an 'innovative dilemma' - a model that is innovative by including new concepts may come up with results more likely to be prone to error than a standard state of the art model. There is a tendency to add more and more information as it is gleaned to models used right across the disciplines from engineering to economics and climate change. Not all progress is an actual improvement.

9 May 2017
Silica

Gary Gilligan sent in this link, suggesting it was not that different from his theory on the origin of sand as outlined in his book, reviewed in SIS Review during 2016. More than ninety per cent of the continental crust is made up of silica rich minerals such as feldspar and quartz - but where did this silica enriched material come from? Mainstream theory holds that all of the early Earth's crustal rocks were formed by volcanic and seismic activity. Now we have a new addition to this theory - a twist of the mainstream tail.

7 May 2017
Glyphosate

Climate Change is not the only subject that is hyperventilated by activists - herbicides and pesticides are often the target of NGOs and the Green Blob. For example, they have a habit of ignoring squirrels and magpies whenever the question of a decline in songbirds comes up. It is always blamed on farmers using pesticides - and they then claim farmers should be more organic. Farmers have been growing food for the last six or seven thousand years in Britain and Ireland - why do environmentalists think they know better?