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9 Feb 2017
pulsar

At https://phys.org/print405677744.html ... a binary star system has been identified as an elusive white dwarf pulsar ... the first of its kind seen by astronomers.

At https://phys.org/print405708072.html ... a bridge of stars connects two dwarf galaxies together in the Magellan Cloud system.

9 Feb 2017
More Fake News

Continuing the theme of today, Wikipedia having the hubris to accuse another fake news outlet of ... faking the news, we have another example (sure to drive Guardian readers bonkers) at the Daily Telegraph 7th February edition (but behind a pay wall so there is not a link). It has had the temerity to post an article on the CAGW extravaganza which describes it in lurid terms, 'a hot mess of politics and big money'. Seems like the swamp is being drained quicker than anyone thought.

8 Feb 2017
Saturn's Rings

At www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jan/31/saturns-rings-contain-millions-m... ... Saturn's rings contain millions of moonlets - or should that say pieces of debris. Yes, the news flash does say millions of moonlets - who are we to argue. It seems the rings themselves are made up of ice, dust, and rocks (from tiny specks to the size of a house). Gaps in the material are known to astronomers as 'propellers' and these are created, it is thought, by moonlets. They are the bigger debris, from the size of double decker bus to a kilometre across.

8 Feb 2017
Amazonian Earthworks

At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uoe-hoa020617.php ... an update on the earthworks and human impact on the western Amazonian rainforest. Research s ongoing - aided and abetted by logging and felling. Human settlement in this part of the rainforest is known about and rather than being the province of a few maverick archaeologists it has now become of interest to the Brazilian government and state sponsored archaeology.

8 Feb 2017
co2 and sea levels

At http://notrickszone.com/2017/02/06/35-scientific-papers-global-sea-level... ... in this post the blog author seeks to show rising co2 levels will not cause glaciers to melt and therefore sea levels to rise. Unfortunately, he doesn't tell us much about falling sea levels - only the ones that rise long before humans began industrialising. The assumption is that the earth system was the same in the past as it s nowadays - which may be a major impediment to the point he is making.

7 Feb 2017
Loess in Scablands

At https://earth-pages.co.uk/2016/10/14/scablands-megaflood-hypothesis-temp... ... which is last year's story. An adaptation of the megaflood theory into a succession of floods as a result of the discovery of a number of water level rims in the lake that is supposed to have emptied across the scablands. The article begins with a description of the channelled scablands ...

7 Feb 2017
Frenzied eating habit

The black hole feeding frenzy theory is back, hot on the press at https://phys.org/print405603958.html ... and not only that the feeding frenzy is breaking records. This meal has been going on for nearly ten years - and the x-rays have yet to dim. It is imagined a black hole has trapped a massive star into its gaping mouth and is busy munching away. The star is so big it is taking a decade to shred it and consume it. It sounds a bit like one of those gob stopper's that you kept sucking as it gradually got smaller and didn't fill up the whole of your mouth.

4 Feb 2017
radioisotope dating

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170131104433.htm ... a paper by RB Hayes of North Carolina State University in Nuclear Technology (2017) claims there is a flaw in the radio-isotope dating technique which is used to pin down the age of rocks. The university news blurb does not give much away but it can be detrimental to uniformitarian geochronology or there would have been gnashing of teeth. It's all to do with the rate of differential mass diffusion. The calculations appear to be slightly awry.

4 Feb 2017
Baltic Farmers

It seems that Baltic hunter gatherers took up farming in a piecemeal fashion and there is no evidence of admixture with migrants from Anatolia. It's all in the DNA. Go to https://phys.org/print405258354.html ... which upsets some of the present thinking on the matter as migration Anatolian farmers are generally thought to have brought the way of life into central and western Europe (along the Danube valley and around the Mediterranean coast into the Atlantic). The study is in Current Biology (Jan 2017) and differentiates between the Baltic and central Europe.

4 Feb 2017
Red Spot

At https://phys.org/print405251294.html ... Japanese researchers have been looking at a red spot on Pluto. It may have developed, they suggest, after a collision. It is speculated that an object thumped Pluto and using computer simulation they suggest it may have created Charon (which is almost the size of Pluto).

At https://phys.org/print405259316.html ... we are at the asteroid Ceres on this post - and the ice volcano. Lots more speculation.