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18 Jan 2016

Tornadoes are something that happens in N America - aren't they? Apparently, tornadoes, or whirlwinds as we tend to call them over here, are more frequent in the UK than one might suppose. Between 1981 and 2010 there were on average 40 tornadoes - mostly in SE England. Torro is a volunteer organisation of amateur and professional meteorologists in the UK and they hav e collected records of whirlwinds and storms, past and present, in a new book 'Extreme Weather: 40 years of the Tornado and Storm Research Organisation' edited by Robert K Doe, Blackwell:2010

18 Jan 2016
zodiacal lights

Rens van der Sluijs continues his posts on people in the past that have mentioned electricity in space - see ... followed by part 3 and 4

16 Jan 2016
Houses on stilts

The story is still travelling around the Net - see ... and comes complete with images (which must have been released by Cambridge University)

16 Jan 2016
big boy

At ... the Pleistocene is famous for big versions of beasts we see around us in the modern world. Mammoths are large elephants with woolly vest and cave bears are larger versions of brown bears and so forth. There were giant sloths, larger types of bison and musk ox, and various theories have been advanced in to why this might be so. The latest big boy is a giraffe like animal - the biggest ruminant mammal ever.

16 Jan 2016
split stones

At ... and at ... we have a pile of split stones laid out on display - with apparently, sharp edges. They are said to have been found scattered across a gravel surface but deep underground on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi during a deep excavation in 2009. They were subsequently dated and are said to be 118,000 years old - research is published in Nature. The big question - is there a link to the peopling of Australia?

16 Jan 2016
PDO mischief

The Climategate emails were a boon to climate sceptics as they revealed what some scientists really thought. For example, this one from Swansea University - 'what if climate change appears to be just mainly a multi-decadal natural fluctuation? They'll kill us ... ' which is code for we'll be laughed out of the limelight (see third comment at

16 Jan 2016

Zooming in on black holes is the main task of a newly installed instrument at ESOs telescope in Chile. The instrument combines the ligh from multiple telescopes to form a 'virtual' telescope 200m across via interferometry. This enables astronomers to detect much finer detail - see

Meanwhile, comet Catalina is parading her skirts - see

16 Jan 2016
Ceres from Dawn

At ... some nice images for the dwarf planet (asteroid) Ceres taken by the Dawn Mission - see

There are craters, ridges and steep slopes in the geology of Ceres. The craters are especially interesting from an EU perspective as scarps in curvilinear formation are prominent


16 Jan 2016

MJ Harper has proposed a new theory on the formation of deserts - which is novel if nothing else. You can buy a video from Amazon - 'The Distribution of Deserts, a New Teory' by MJ Harper. There are lots of videos on deserts on but these are mostly mainstream - Harper is a novel theory. Deserts, surprisingly occur at all kinds of latitudes so there might be something in what he says. Evaporation of the oceans and mountain formations (with a rain shadow on one side) are favourtite explanations but Harper has something else - plant respiration.

15 Jan 2016
Gubastan National Park

The Gubastan petroglyphs (see