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25 Sep 2017
Swinging Round

The sun spot which spewed out CMEs towards the Earth a couple of weeks ago has been going round, and round. It is still there and as it rotates around the face of the Sun it will shortly re-emerge. Will Earth be in the firing line once again? See http://spaceweather.com September 14th.

 

25 Sep 2017
DNA Mutation

Chris Gatling in Current World Archaeology 85 (October 2017) www.world-archaeology.com ... page 85 ... looks at human DNA mutation. People argued that modern humans evolved 100,000 years ago and move Out of Africa 60,000 years ago - reaching Australia 40,000 years ago. Martine James in Molecule Hunt, raised the ante to 150,000 years ago, and Clive Gamble in Timewalkers was in favour of 200,000 years ago. He said humans reached Australia 80,000 years ago - which turns out to be a pretty good prediction - on current evidence.

24 Sep 2017
Siding Spring Dynamics

Sent in by William. At https://phys.org/print425205777.html ... going back to 2014, when Comet Siding Spring passed within 140,000 miles from Mars, one third of the distance between Earth and the Moon, we learn another factor was at play. The comet deposited a large amount of debris on the Martian surface as spacecraft in the Mars vicinity witnessed the largest meteor shower in recorded history. This sounds like classic Velikovsky - as in Worlds in Collision and a close approach of a comet.

24 Sep 2017
Wallacea

Wallacea, between the SE Asia and Australia plates, consists of a number of mainly small islands, such as Sumba, Flores, Komodo, and Gili Matoy etc. Komodo is famous for the Komodo Dragon (a large lizard), for example, and Flores for the discovery of the small archaic human known as the Hobbit (in populist terms). See https://phys.org/print425201379.html ... Wallacea likely holds evidence of a wide range of unknown extinct creatures as it has barely been explored for its fossils. Possibly other human relatives too.

24 Sep 2017
Electric Earthquakes

At https://watchers.news/2015/06/09/cosmic-solar-radiation-as-the-cause-of-... ... this article is a couple of years old but interesting in respect of the recent Mexico earthquakes as we are in solar minimum. The author claims fluctuations in cosmic solar radiations are changing the ionosphere and that result in anomalies of a geomagnetic nature that cause the generation of eddy currents (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddy_currents ).

24 Sep 2017
African DNA

At https://phys.org/print425196231.html ... DNA from sub-Sahara Africa has opened a window on prehistoric population movements over the past 8000 years. However, the results are not too much in dispute with African prehistory prior to the use of genetics and the DNA code of humans. In fact, they seem to agree quite remarkably - especially where it concerns the movement of Bantu people from western Africa across the top of the equatorial zone into East Africa and down towards South Africa, a process that was still going on at the start of the colonial period.

23 Sep 2017
Fun and Games

A paper in Nature Geoscience has sparked fun and games in the climate science fraternity. Various tabloid newspapers have enjoyed using it to show climate models really have a warming bias which has upset the authors it would seem - but that is what they said in the paper. Its wiggle time it seems and Ben Webster in The Times (Sept 19th 2017) nicely sums some of the issues. He says, 'We were wrong, climate scientists concede'. The world has warmed more slowly than computer models allowed - which are on the hot side.

23 Sep 2017
Electric Jupiter

Don Scott on Electric Jupiter - see the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pitwnMK-RxU&feature-youtu.be ... you can also get a global rebroadcast of EU 2016 and EU207 conferences at $29 apiece.

22 Sep 2017
Ice Sheet Yukon

At https://phys.org/print425033494.html ... in the first paragraph we learn the Mackenzie Trough westwards, including the Yukon part of the continental shelf system, is being researched in order to understand glaciation in north west Canada during the Late Glacial Maximum (and the events that brought it to an end). We are told, 'scientists have had to speculate on the extent and timing of glaciation because they've never been out there with equipment to collect data'.

22 Sep 2017
Bennu

At http://spaceweather.com September 21st 2017 we learn that NASA OSIRIS REx spacecraft is due to fly past Earth on the 22nd, sling shotting itself towards a potentially hazardous asteroid, Bennu. NASA is visiting Bennu ... before it visits us. Bennu crosses Earth's path once every 6 years. In 2135 it may enter a keyhole between the Earth and the Moon. This may cause gravitational pull, it is feared, enough to tweak the orbit of Bennu in an earth colliding manner. The spacecraft will arrive at the asteroid in 2018.