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20 Nov 2014
Plants fox co2 researchers

Several stories on the recent finding that plants suck up lots of co2 and when the crops are grown and then cut a lot of co2 is exhaled. However, CAGW is never as simple as it really should be as climate scientists have been searching for a fair number of years now for the missing heat. Is it in the clouds, in the oceans, or have plants been feeding on it - like a tonic. See for example http://phys.org/print335624889.html ... and http://phys.org/print335625192.html

19 Nov 2014
Philae

The ROSETTA Mission that landed a 220lb probe, the Philae, on Comet Churyumov Gerasimenko was a remarkable engineering and technological feat by the ESA. It has been in the planning stage for many years and this may account for the surprise when the probe bounced up and down at point of contact. The surface was much harder than expected - in spite of all the dust.

19 Nov 2014
Dark Age foxes Climate Change modellers

At http://phys.org/print335450652.html ... and http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/11/17/climate-change-was-not-to-blame-fo... ... does not concern the end of the Bronze Age in the Aegean and Western Asia but concerns the end of the Bronze Age in Europe which occurred somewhat later. Hence, they are not foxed by the Dark Age of Greece and the Levant, for example, which was my first reading, but by a piece of stretched chronology, between a 100 and 200 years, evident in the first millennium BC and an artifact of the calibration method.

19 Nov 2014
The humble shrew foxes climate change modellers

This story is at http://phys.org/print335546019.html ... a professor of geological science at the University of Oregon has said that the fossil record of five mammal species contradicts climate research as embodies in the models. These include shrews and flying squirrels. This is a reference to climate models that placed these animals in niche locations during the height of the Late Glacial Maximum. It was done by computer simulation of the climate and deduced where those animals should have survived the low temperature regime.

15 Nov 2014
Bolide Events 1994-2013

NASA released the map below that reveals that small asteroids frequently enter and disintegrate in the Earth's atmosphere with a random distribution around the world. It is a visualisation of data gathered by US sensors over a 20 year period - some 556 occurrences of fireball activity.

 

15 Nov 2014
More on Kostenki

At http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/11/141106-european-dna-foss... ... here is another post on the DNA extracted from a Palaeolithic European in Russia and clarifies the findings more transparently than earlier links - or so it would seem.

15 Nov 2014
Roman era god in stone

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141110083519.htm ... a Roman relief depicts an unknown deity at a sanctuary in Asia Minor.......

15 Nov 2014
Red Spot on Jupiter

Interesting link considering what has been alleged of the red spot in Velikovskian literature. At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-391 ... Jupiter's red spot is not another Venus in the making. The red colouration is due to chemicals broken apart by sunlight in the planet's uppermost atmosphere. This view has come about as a result of NASA and its Cassini Mission (see also www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/main/index.html). Laboratory experiments have reproduced the red colour. Ultra Violet light was used in order to simulate sunshine.

 

15 Nov 2014
What makes hail stones

At http://phys.org/print335198820.html ... hailstones in storms can for around biological material that is swept up and bounced around clouds. In the process they pick up an ice coating that may then rain down as hail stones.

15 Nov 2014
A summer palace in Siberia

At http://siberiantimes.com/science/casestudy/features/f0009-who-built-this... .... we lean that a palace complex on an island in a lake in southern Siberia dates back 1300 years. Known as Por-Bajin it was constructed around 757AD on a high altitude lake in Tura. It seems to go back to the Uigur Khaganate (AD745-820)  who were nomads. Another puzzle is that it resembles Chinese architecture - yet is many hundreds of miles from the Chinese. It is situated on a lake near the border between Russia and Mongolia, to the north of the Altai Mountains.