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31 May 2015
filamentary structures

  The Orion molecular cloud  see It seems observations from the Herschel space observatory has revealed our galaxy is threaded with filamentary structures on every length scale. They vary in size and some of them are gigantic, stretching hundreds of light years across the Milky Way's spiral arms.

31 May 2015
filaments on the Sun

  at ... we have an image of giant filaments on the face of the Sun. Filaments are said to be cooler clouds of solar material suspended above the Sun's surface by powerful magnetic forces. Filaments can float for days without altering a great deal. They can erupt, releasing material that then rains back down on the surface of the Sun - or is blasted into space.

31 May 2015
old hat

At ... it was the failure of the New Orleans levee system that caused the city to flood after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The flood walls along the city's principle drainage canals were inadequate - and a combination of factors was involved (not least the local political in play). It's a bit old hat but an in depth study into the flooding has just been completed - and has apportioned a great deal of blame on the US Army Corps of Engineers.

29 May 2015
Sinai Rift

  This is an image of the nature and size of the Rift Valley from a position in Sinai and looking across the Gulf of Suez to Africa on the other side.

29 May 2015
drought breaks and sprites prosper

The drought in some parts of Texas and the southern Plains has dramatically come to an end with huge thunderstorms and lashing rain last weekend (May 23rd) - see for May 28th. Lightning bolts were prominent - and sprites. These could be seen shooting up from the top of thunder clouds - but they are a space weather phenomenon. They develop at around 80km altitude and grow in both directions, downwards and upwards, as electric forces shoot to the top of the atmosphere.



29 May 2015
sideways rifting

At ... an international team of geoscientists have published a paper in Nature Communications (May, 2015) which they hope will revolve one of the problems inherent to Plate Tectonics. When South America split apart from Africa between 150 and 120 million years ago, bringing the South Atlantic into existence, the continental margins formed - but they are surprisingly different. You don't get the impression there is much wrong with Plate Tectonics when you read your average text book. These kind of problems are not for public consumption.

29 May 2015
Cold, yet Hot

At ... this piece was on Phys Org a few days ago and has now popped up at Anthony's place. Scientists in Frankfurt, Germany, and Ottawa, Canada, have had a look at the Arctic climate during the Cretaceous era - between 145 and 66 million years ago. The Cretaceous, as most geologists will tell you, was one of the warmest periods in the history of the Earth - when global warming was rampant.

29 May 2015
black hole jets dodgems

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  in a NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of a far away galaxy an extra-galactic jet of ejected plasma is seen to emerge from what is described as a black hole - at the centre of the galaxy. A sequence of Hubble images of knots running along the jets over a 20 year period of observation show the central knot catching up with the one in front and the jolt caused the first to then accelerate.

29 May 2015
Dawn and Ceres

                                 at ... NASAs Dawn spacecraft has beamed back a new image of the surface of Ceres, the so called dwarf planet - otherwise an over sized asteroid.

29 May 2015
It's official, climate is nose diving

At ... and ... we see that it has taken a decade for the consensus climate people to admit global warming has stalled - in spite of adjusted temperature data. Not only has it reached a plateau, so to speak, the first line of defence, it is actually cooling - and the story line is being taken up by more and more researchers jumping on the bandwagon with an eye on the post-co2 era and their jobs.