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28 Mar 2014
Viking navigation

At http://phys.org/print315047622.html .... a fresh look at Viking methods of navigating without a magnetic compass. They were able to reach Greenland, Newfoundland and Baffin Island on a regular basis, long distances that appear impossible with their rudimentary gear. The discovery of a sun compass fragment some time ago led to several theories being developed. We now have another one. They were able to use the sun to find north with the sun compass - but how did they navigate in the twilight (or in moonlight).

28 Mar 2014
The 'end' of Younger Dryas event

At http://joannenova.com.au/2014/02/greenland-ice-cores-show-natural-swings... ... it seems a new ice core in Greenland has thrown up a few surprises - wild swings in temperature and weather. The authors discover wind direction and the frequency of storms in specific years of the YD period.

28 Mar 2014
Solar flares and magnetic loops

An international team led by University of Cambridge researchers has show how entangled magnetic field lines looping from the Sun's surface slop around each other and lead to an eruption of energy into space - go to http://phys.org/print315136097.html. The paper, published in The Astrophysical Journal, claims the mechanism has only been seen, as yet, in an X Class flare - but is probably also the case with other kinds of flare activity.

28 Mar 2014
Siding Spring

At http://phys.org/print315143187.html ... comet Siding Spring is on course to come within 84,000 miles of Mars (closer than the Moon is to the Earth) in the autumn of this year. Siding Spring is not expected to become bright - now, I wonder.

28 Mar 2014
Green Houses and BOMs

Tim Cullen takes a swipe at the greenhouse effect at http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/greenhouse-effect-reality-check/ whilst another blogger takes a swipe at Arrhenius - go to http://diggingintheclay.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/challenging-arrhenius-a...

27 Mar 2014
Fossils of the Cambrian

Gary Gilligan sent in a link to a BBC programme, Fossil Wonderlands: Nature's Hidden Treasures, at www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03xsfrq/fossil-wonderlands-natures-hidden... ... which provides confirmation organisms can be buried alive very quickly, and fossilising over the course of time. In this episode it is the Cambrian that is discussed - and Richard Fortey, author of a number of books on geology, appears to be at the helm. Well worth a viewing if you missed the television programme.

26 Mar 2014
Watery innards of the Earth

Tim Cullen has an interesting post at http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/the-eye-of-nebraska/ ... and it's all about water welling up from deep inside the Earth - or that is what it leads up to in a gentle sort of way.

25 Mar 2014
Smaller than Higgs, synthetic diamonds, and the Van Allen stripes

At http://phys.org/print314615619.html ... particles smaller than the Higgs are now being looked for - what it is that comes together to form the Higgs. See what you think.

At http://phys.org/print314600879.html ... synthetic diamond crystals from plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition - plasma reactors making diamonds.

24 Mar 2014
Moss, and Ice

Shrinking glaciers around the world have revealed plants that once thrived before the ice advanced. This in turn led to a spate of learned papers informing us that modern warming had exposed plants that grew hundreds, and sometimes thousands, even many thousands of years previously, many of them mosses and lichen. In turn, the plants very existence has been used to fan the flames of CAGW - it must be warmer now than it has been for such a long time, beware, we are all going to boil in the rising temperatures.

23 Mar 2014
Don't worry, you can trust us

In one of those peculiar stories the author keeps telling the reader, don't worry - its not going to happen. Apparently, we are informed, the Poles are not going to flip over. The author says it so many times you begin to think, perhaps something dreadful is going to happen and they're trying to hide a nasty reality from you. The story referred to is at http://phys.org/print314612935.html.