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18 Mar 2019
Sun Spot Germination

At .... it begins by saying the next sun spot cycle can be expected to begin in 2020 according to The Hindu (see ). It is thought the solar dynamics which produce electric and magnetic fields in the Sun is linked to the production of sun spots. What kick starts the 11 year sun spot cycle? A group of solar physicists suggest a solar tsunami is at work.

16 Mar 2019
Dust Ring Mercury

Roberet sent in a link to ... a dust ring has been discovered orbiting Mercury. Or one might put it another way, Mercury regular encounters a dust ring during its orbit around the Sun. Two different ways of looking at it. Both Earth and Venus share their orbits with a dust ring but Mercury is much closer to the Sun and it came as something of a surprise. Researchers created models to try and identify where such a dust ring might have originated and hypothesise on a yet to be discovered group of small asteroids.

16 Mar 2019
DNA Research

After spending the last couple of days ploughing through David Reich, 'Who We Are and How We Got Here; ancient DNA and the new science of the human past' Oxford University Press:2018, I came upon a press release on an article published in Science journal (March 2019) on the DNA of people in the Iberian peninsular (Spain and Portugal) and found the authors were pre-empted by Reich in his book.

15 Mar 2019
Black Hole Enigma

At ... I reported on this last week but at the link above we have some interesting comments (and some silly ones) - on Big Bang and cosmology in general. The researchers say it is remarkable that such massive objects were able to form so soon after Big Bang. It is a challenge to the cosmological model.

14 Mar 2019
Big Solar Event 660BC

At ... scientists have found evidence of a large blast of radiation that struck the Earth in 660BC. Solar proton particles were involved and it has been compared to the AD775/6 event. Some Japanese scientists blamed the latter on perhaps the Earth passing through the coma of a comet, an idea that received no traction from other scientists. Both events were significantly more powerful than the 19th century Carrington event.

14 Mar 2019
Red in Tooth and Claw

The Younger Dryas Boundary Event Hypothesis isn't going to bed any time soon. I'm sure this will to the disappointment of mainstream. James Kennett et al have another paper - in Scientific Reports (March, 2019), which provides more evidence of an impact (or shatter) and landscape burning - in Chile. See ... The discovery comes from Patagonia in southern South America where Chilean paleontologists have been looking at sedimentary deposits at Pilauco Bajo.

13 Mar 2019

William commented, mainstream doesn't mind catastrophism as long as it happened eons ago. See Elements volume 15:1 (February) which is a special issue devoted to the planet Mercury. Charlier and Namur, 'The Origins and Differentiation of Planet Mercury' (2019) page 9-14. Excerpts picked out by William are (page 9), metal enrichment may originate from primordial processes in the solar nebula or from a giant impact that stripped most of the silicate portion of a larger planet leaving Mercury as we know it today.

13 Mar 2019

William also sent in a couple of other links. At ... it has been found that asteroids do not break up as easily as scientists had anticipated - and it requires a lot more energy for it to happen. Hollyood bozos won't be able to save the world in quite the way it has been depicted on the movies. It requires a lot of energy to shatter a large asteroid.

13 Mar 2019
The Big Pause

At ... Chinese scientists say the hiatus in global warming is significant and real - and there are a lot more climate scientists in China than anywhere else. Li and Zha in 'Science of the Total Environment' have used satellite data to pin down the hiatus to 2001 and 2015 which is very significant. It divides the El Nino events of the late 20th century from the El Nino which kicked off in 2015.

7 Mar 2019
Galactic Winds

A NASA 'Day in Review' article, 'Galactic Wind Provides Clue to Evolution of Galaxies' (from the jpl news room at ) is reproduced at ... the magnetic field lines of the Cigar Galaxy follow the bipolar outflows generated by exceptionally high rates of star formation. The Cigar Galaxy is famous amongst astronomers for the speed in which it creates new stars. Researchers have discovered that the galactic wind flowing from the centre of the galaxy is aligned along a magnetic field and transports a large mass of gas and dust.