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28 Mar 2015
Jupiter's aurorae differs

At http://phys.org/print346495927.html ... flows of electrically charged ions and electrons accelerate along Jupiter's magnetic field lines (fountain like blue curves) ... see below

  ... which trigger aurorae. The accelerated particles come from clouds of material spewed out of volcanoes on Jupiter's moon Io. As such, there is a continuous auroral glow on Jupiter thousands of times brighter than anything caused by the solar wind on Earth.

28 Mar 2015
black holes blowing out a storm

A study published in the journal Nature shows observational evidence that a supermassive black hole at the heart of a huge galaxy can power huge molecular outflows. They are actually emitting, they claim, massive quantities of star making gases - see http://phys.org/print346488389.html

28 Mar 2015
plastic in sedimentary rocks

Somebody told me about this, as she had been to a geological meeting with her son where they were showing off a sample of plastic in rock. I later put it into my search engine and up popped a number of stories from last year that I had failed to appreciate or the implications involved. I'm still not sure as sedimentary rocks are usually assigned long periods of time in order to accumulate - and we are talking about what sounds like instantaneous accretion (or so it would seem).

28 Mar 2015
deep in the depths

At http://phys.org/print346320029.html ... the story is initially about the discovery of a new virus on the ocean floor. Research now brings into the open various questions about the evolution and interaction of microbes inside the Earth - where the key word is inside. It is now thought, said one of the authors, Sarah Bagby, there is more biomass inside the Earth than anywhere else, living at a very slow pace in a dark and energy deficient environment.

28 Mar 2015
at the cusp of the Ice Age

At http://phys.org/print346399429.html ... people were hunting horses and camels 13,300 years ago (in N America) - prior to the Younger Dryas event. For some reason the news release chooses to say they were living in the Ice Age - which isn't true. They were living in a warm period between the end of the Ice Age and the Younger Dryas. However, they were living in the very late Pleistocene - which I suppose is all part of the Ice Age, depending how accurate you might want to be. The horse and camel remains were  found near Calgary in Canada, on the rolling priaires.

28 Mar 2015
flies

Are flies vermin? Velikovsky accused this humble insect of being vermin and in the right circumstances they are - blue bottles especially. However, they also have a more beneficial role in human affairs - it is being suggested they are major pollinators of food crops. See http://phys.org/print346483658.html

28 Mar 2015
lakes on Mars and warm layers on Venus

At http://phys.org/print346519189.html ... the search for water continues. We now have former lakes in craters - and two episodes of water related activity on Mars.

At http://phys.org/print346509807.html ... scientists say they have found a warm layer in the atmosphere of Venus - and they are talking about 20 to 40 degrees warmer than expected. This is not to be sniffed at as CAGW alarmists on Earth are thinking just 2 degrees is apocalyptic.

27 Mar 2015
Gobekli Tepe

George Howard has uploaded an interesting video at http://cosmictusk.com/common-culture-embraces-the-younger-dryas-boundary... ... which is worth watching. When did civilisation really begin?

26 Mar 2015
Cappadocian safe bolt hole

This is the underground safe house created in Cappadocia. Was it designed in fear of cosmic catastrophism - or was it designed as a safe place for the locals when predatory armies were rampaging through the region. Go to http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/03/150325-underground-city-cappa... .... where it is inferred local Christians hid there from various Islamic intrusions into the region, from the Seljuk Turks to the Ottomans.

24 Mar 2015
ancient asteroid clout

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/03/23/worlds-largest-asteroid-impacts-fo... ... a cosmic object created a 400km wide impact zone in Australia's Warburton Basin. Apparently, the crater had disappeared - but geophysicists have rediscovered it. Dr Andrew Glikson, a well known contributor to the Benny Peiser CcNET email thread some years ago (now preserved at Bob Kobres web site), said the impact zoane was found during drilling operations as part of geothermal research. It was a double whammy, an asteroid that had split into two pieces prior to impact.