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25 May 2019
Taurid Swarm

At .... a study by the University of Western Ontario has investigated the potential risk from Taurid meteor swarms. Do they pose an existential threat to the inhabitants of the Earth. The 1908 Tunguska explosion is considered a one in a thousand years event but the Taurid swarm, a dense cluster within the Taurid meteoroid stream and through which the Earth periodically passes, provides a possible reason for the one in a thousand year time scale.

25 May 2019

Were the megaliths at Baalbek erected under King Herod? Go to ... The temple of Jupiter at Baalbek dominates Baalbek, in the Lebanon - but when were they constructed. The Romans built the final phase of the temple around 60AD but who began it. Some of the megaliths are around 500 tons in weight and were raised to sustain the upper course. Other blocks weigh a 1000 tons and there are still enormous blocks to be seen in the quarry.

25 May 2019
Fin to Limb

At ... about 400 million years ago vertebrates are said to have begun to crawl out of the sea on to the land. Last week, using a 'cutting edge' mathematical analysis technique an international team are said to have uncovered how a crucial stage in evolution made it possible (see Science Advances May 2019). How did the fins of marine creatures become the limbs of animals on dry land.

24 May 2019
Water on Earth

William sent in this link - ... the formation of the Moon brought water to Earth, the latest idea on why there is so much water on earth compared to the other planets. The new theory involves a collision of the Earth with a proto planet - which is called Theia. This is the same collision that has been proposed as causing the actualy creation of the Moon - but with a difference. It brought lots of water to Earth rather than just gouge a great big hole out of the planet in which the bits reassembled themselves into the Moon.

24 May 2019
Old Bat

An 'old bat' has opened an interesting counter resolution - dinosaur bat. Robert provided the links to and ... a Jurassic dinosaur flew with bat like membrane wings. The image below was released from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

22 May 2019
Mud Ball

At ... which is actually a meteor the size of a washing machine that broke apart over a small town in Costa Rica a few weeks ago. It fragmented into a lot of small pieces. One of these, apparently a rock, crashed through the roof of a house and broke the dining room  table - although we aren't told how severe the damage might have been. The meteor has been classified as a 'carbonaceous chondrite' which are rich in organic compounds and water.

21 May 2019
The Narwhal Tusk

This is an interesting post at narwhal-tusk/ .... what is the function of a narwhal's tusk. He doesn't reach a conclusion as such but explores various mainstream ideas and then adds his own thoughts. The narwhal tusk is in fact an elongated tooth and because of that it has nerves. In this case, sensory nerves, and what they are for, is yet to be confirmed. One of the studies has shown it has multiple purposes, one of which is that the tusk can indicate whether the sea water is beginning to freeze.

21 May 2019
Urban Heat

At k/ .... the Royal Meteorological Society has confirmed the urban heat island effect has significantly increased daily minimum temperature in the UK by up to 1.70k. Has global warming finally being brought back to earth we may wonder as that would imply it was all about where instruments are placed. It seems that in cities and towns where buildings act as heat absorbing sinks it takes longer to cool down at night.

21 May 2019
Jupiter and the Eyes of the Storm

There are a couple of interesting posts at Thunderbolts - go to ... Jupiter is our largest neighbour and generates the largest electro-magnetic field in the solar system - apart from the Sun. It has a thick and turbulent atmosphere with swirling storms producing winds of supersonic speed and lightning arcs that are stupendously big in comparison to those on Earth. Jupiter also has contra flowing bands of wind - and the great red spot.

21 May 2019
Anomalies on Jupiter

At jplnewsroom [at] jpl [dot] nasa [dot] gov we are told NASAs Juno mission has found changes in Jupiter's magnetic field. The discovery, it is hoped, will help scientists to understand Jupiter's internal structure (including its atmospheric dynamics) as well as changes in Earth's magnetic field (see also and

Meanwhile, at (May 20th 2019) we have the Great Red Spoit unravelling. It seems amateur astronomers are monitoring a strange phenomenon at the edge of Jupiter's great red spot ...