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7 Jul 2016
God Kings

Gary Gilligan has updated his web site - see www.godkingscenario.com ... and you can also buy his book 'Extraterrestrial Sands' there online (and two other books he has written). Most scholars see the god like attributes of pharaohs as hyperbole attached to human figures or as humans presenting themselves as intermediaries between the gods and world below. Gary Gilligan on the other hand chooses to take the hyperbole literally and claims the wars of the pharaohs were actually wars of the gods in the sky above.

7 Jul 2016
Fractals

Excellent post at http://phys.org/print386924983.html ... and the maths behind fractals, the phenomenon of fractals in nature, and we might add, fractals in art. If you want to learn something more about the subject of fractals this might whet your appetite and encourage you to learn more. For example, the architect of the new Barcelona cathedral used fractals to achieve maximum light inside the building. Antoni Gaudi studied how plants grew, the patterns and fractals, and produced a masterpiece of architecture.

6 Jul 2016
Sun awakes

At www.spaceweather.com (July 5th 2016) we are told, unlike Earth which has auroras in response to solar activity, Jupiter makes its own auroras, in part from the gaseous exhaust of Io's volcanoes. Are they about to learn differently? Be that as may but on the same day a magnetic canyon shaped hole has opened up in the atmosphere of the Sun. Suddenly it isn't so quiet. It stretches more than 700,000 km end to end, a coronal hole where magnetic fields are peeled back to allow plasma to escape. A plume or stream of plasma will reache the Earth on July 8th or 9th.

6 Jul 2016
Phobos and Deimos

At http://phys.org/print386851767.html ... where did the two satellites of Mars come from, Phobos and Deimos. They were made famous by Velikovsky as the 'steeds of Mars' running before the planet as it supposedly passed close to the Earth. It has long been thought they are asteroids that have been captured by Mars at some point in its history. A paper in the July Astrophysical Journal rules out the capture hypothesis and plumps for a giant collision - read Worlds in Collision (but suitably dated in the very remote past). Was Velikovsky before his time?

6 Jul 2016
not up to scratch

The alternative geological journal New Concepts in Global Tectonics has some exciting stuff to read. The latest issue can be downloaded at www.ncgt.org/newsletter.php and one article is highly critical of Plate Tectonics. Has it served its purpose, and is it now out of date and due for retirement? It seems a study of dinosaur migration patterns reveal possible land bridges that don't really fit into the Plate Tectonics paradigm. This appears to be a new angle for mavericks to attack mainstream - and may have some traction.

5 Jul 2016
Ozone Hole Healing

A mainstream view of the ozone hole and a report on a study published in the journal Science this week - at http://earthsky.org/earth/antarctic-ozone-shows-signs-of-healing ... and at various other MSM outlets and online blogs. Thios is another one for the slap on the back brigade. We did it. We banned CFCs and the ozone hole is healing (closing up to anyone else). No mention of the role solar wind plays at the poles. No mention of a quiet Sun and therefore few CMEs that disperse ozone at the poles. Sometimes you just ..... grr.

5 Jul 2016
Sand Rippler

At http://phys.org/print386572617.html ... Curiosity Rover has been looking at samples of sand and at sand dunes and presumably sandstones on Mars. A paper in the journal Science (this week) notes that some of these ripples are sinuous and resemble sand ripples that form under moving water on Earth (as you might encounter paddling in the tidal water at the sea side). Superimposed on these larger ripples are ripples the same size and shape as impact ripples on Earth - caused by the wind etc.

5 Jul 2016
Jupiter One

At http://phys.org/print386572836.html ... NASAs Juno spacecraft has crossed the magnetosphere of Jupiter. There will be lots of images and data beamed back in coming weeks but expect also some studies of the transition between space dominated by the solar wind and space inside Jupiter's magnetosphere. The boundary of the two regions is being described as 'unexpectedly complex' - which means it doesn't fit in with mainstream expectations.

5 Jul 2016
Sky Tombs

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/a-6000-year-old-te... ... is archaeology with astronomy. It seems that archaeo-astronomers have been looking at megalithic tombs dating back as long ago as 4000BC and they have noticed that narrow entrance passages actually enhance what could be seen in the night sky. Their findings were reported at an astronomical convention at Nottingham Trent University in June (2016).

3 Jul 2016
sodium carbonate

At http://phys.org/print386441561.html ... we learn that recent hyperthermal activity may explain the bright spots on the asteroid Ceres. This is interesting in as much as it might not weigh against Ceres being an inactive comet (or a former comet but now an asteroid). Having the ability to outgas is a feature of comets - but there the resemblance may end as thermal activity seems to have produced sodium carbonate (the white stuff that the spot is made from).