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21 Mar 2015
a video of the cracking up of the Earth

If you saw the video of the expanding earth scenario some months ago at this space and then you might be interested in the rival, the same thing but with a constant Earth size and a busting apart at the seams as the tectonic plates push pieces of continent around - or roughly as it is thought to have happened. Treat it as a comparison with the expanding earth video - go to www.news.sciencemag.org/earth/2015/03/earths-tectonic-plates-skitter-abo...

If link doesn't work go to www.sciencemag.org and click on News and then click on the story

21 Mar 2015
models and climate

If you thought C14 was useless for dating purposes, as some revisionists declare, you may take onboard that it is now being incorporated into climate models. The increasing complexity of climate models is mind boggling. They are guzzling all kinds of data from different sources, from aerosols to feedback mechanisms, from tree rings to thermometers to satellite measurements, and yet all they have to show for it all - is noise. Noise as in a statistical gully situated between the positive and the negative.

20 Mar 2015
experiments on experiments in science

At www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/12/13/the-truth-wears-off .... I stumbled across this article as it was quoted on the Internet in a comments section. It is very illuminating. How science seems to work - all too often. It is the underlying human dimension. Not a purposeful slew of the data but a human failing, a small but significant factor when replicating experiments. Experiments may produce unusual results - even freak results. People can get very excited - but why do some experiments produce such outliers?

19 Mar 2015
Mons Olympus and the three volcanoes on Mars

Emilio Spedicato is a well known figure in catastrophist circles and over the years has come up with some very good ideas. Over at www.q-mag.org/the-pyramids-of-giza-the-belt-of-orion-and-three-volcanoes... ... he has come out with an alternative to the Bauval and Gilbert interpretation of the lay-out of the three main pyramids in Egypt. Apparently, La Violette and others have claimed they do not exactly match the alignment of the three stars in the Belt of Orion and therefore our friend and his associates looked around for an alternative astronomical phenomenon.

15 Mar 2015
The Rosetta comet is really rather dull

The presence of ice on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko is no surprise. Its very cold on the rock racing through space - colder than your worst dreams might imagine. At http://phys.org/print345465855.html ... the ice, or what looks like water ice, is located in the neck region, between the head and the body of the comet. This is the region where jets of dust and gas are issuing from - creating the neck in the process. The interpretation is therefore not without a certain amount of doubt although frozen water must be present as water vapour has been seen to jet off the comet.

15 Mar 2015
A history of the Moon

The Chinese Yutu moon rover found evidence of at least nine distinct rock layers beneath its wheels - on one small stretch of the lunar surface - see www.space.com/28810-moon-history-chinese-moon-rover.html

This suggests the Moon has been geologically active according to Long Xiao, and volcanoes may be part of that activity. Yutu was equipped with 3 cameras designed to cary out different tasks such as penetrating radar, near infrared spectrometry and X-ray spectrometry. The initial round of research was published in the journal Science (march 12th).

14 Mar 2015
Tall el-Hammam

The Tall el-Hammam excavation has ended for another year. It is an excavation heavily orientated towards the Bible and from that position, the director, Steven Collins, has had a look at other references that may refer to Tall el-Hammam (or its vicinity). For instance, Abel Shittim, the place opposite Jericho where Moses camped before Joshua led them across the Jordan.

14 Mar 2015
a carpet of stone tools

I like this one as I can remember struggling, years ago, with trying to comprehend stone tool technology, and why the Middle Palaeolithic was so well documented in the Sahara. Okay, it's a desert and dry weather preserves things - but these are stone tools and they would be preserved even in a wet environment. This piece explains it all.

14 Mar 2015
Wakey! Wakey!

Wakey! Wakey!, the catch phrase to an old TV show, resonates with the call out for the comet probe Philae to awake from its four months sleep - see http://phys.org/print345369791.html

Solar energy is required to recharge the batteries of Philae which will hopefully occur as the comet get closer to the Sun - but there is a problem. Apparently, it is not so small as I imagined, and is in fact the size of a washing machine - but where is it hiding?

14 Mar 2015
life on other worlds

Enceladus is currently being targeted as another location for life beyond Earth - see http://phys.org/print345364303.html

This moon of Saturn has geysers that eject plumes of water and ice. A new study has found they also contain sand (silica grains).