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25 Mar 2011
Amino acids, RNA ... and toads in Australia

Two papers with a bearing on biology and evolution. One can be found at www.physorg.com/print220106627.html where a Mexican biochemist has decyphered part of the 'code of life' - within a large RNA protein enzyme responsible for expressing genetic code for the amino acid glutamin. The second paper is at www.physorg.com/news/2011-03-speedy-toads-advance-theory-evolution.htm and published in PNAS by threee biologists in Australia. For 150 years biologists have thought evolutionary change is caused by just two factors - survival and reproduction.

25 Mar 2011
The Earth is Greening

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/03/24/the-earths-biosphere-is-booming-da... ... global warming or not the earth's biosphere appears to be benefiting from increased C02 in the atmosphere - the earth is greening. This post is based on one paper by three Chinese scientists, Liu et al, 'Spatial and temperal variations of global LAI during 1981-2006' in the Journal of Geophysical Sciences 20 (2010) - the LAI in this instance stands for Leaf Area Index.

24 Mar 2011
Green fuel

At www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/8398320/Jatropha-biofuel-produces-si... March 22nd. The headline says it all - this particular biofuel creates more C02 than burning coal or oil. Third world countries are being encouraged by green western governments to reduce emissions and bring a halt to the destruction of rainforest - or any other wild and green place.

24 Mar 2011
Saturn

See www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-0912cid=release_2011-091 and www.space.com/11205-saturn-strange-radio-signals-cassini.html for some perplexing signals from Saturn. The Cassini spacecraft has revealed a variaton in radio-waves as a result of the planet's rotation in its southern and northern hemisphere. They also change with the seasons (see www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=74390781 Apparently, Saturn is weird. Saturn emits radio waves - but unlike Jupiter. It may all be to do with the Sun's influence on Saturn.

23 Mar 2011
The Sun and global warming theory

There is a lovely post at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/03/22/does-solar-activity-have-to-keep-g... ... basically, it has been assumed that solar activity was not trending upwards, a situation endlessly trotted out by climate scientists that had the goal of negating solar activity as a cause of the 1990s/early 2000s spike in global temperatures.

21 Mar 2011
Geomagnetic storms

A paper published by the Annales Geophyscae 27 (2009) (see www.ann-geophys.net/27/185/2009 or www.ann-geophys.net/27/185/2009/angeo-27-185-2009.pdf ) is about the connections between sun spots and geomagnetic storms. At www.sciencemag.org/content/108/2805/354.extract there is a short piece on the Great Sun Spot of 1947 - accompanied by bursts of solar noise - yes, noise. An hour long burst of solar noise occurred two days running with intermittent periods on both days.

21 Mar 2011
Global Warming on Mars

At www.physorg.com/print219842545.html there is a story, 'Chasma Boreale, Mars' with an image supplied by NASA. The chasm is a long flat floored valley that cuts deep into the Mars polar ice cape. Its walls rise up 4600 feet and it seems the ice has retreated as sheets of sand are emerging that accumulated in earlier ice free periods. The depiction comes from images taken between 2002 and 2005 by the Thermal Emissions Imaging System onboard the Mars Odyssey spacecraft. Melting ice on Mars appears to replicate melting mountain glaciers on the earth - why?

21 Mar 2011
The third YD impact crater has been found

The  story is at http://cosmictusk.com/clovis-age-crater-found-in-canada-that-makes-three/ ... unaware of the first two it now seems this one makes three - two underwater and one in a bog and dated, it is alleged, to the YD boundary event. This comes after considerable criticism by retractors who joyfully pointed out the fact there are no known impact craters dating to the YD boundary - debate is hotting up again it seems.

19 Mar 2011
Disappearing the contrarians

Although this story was flying around the blogosphere a few weeks ago it never reached much of a drama - and it is still quite low key. However, the day may well be coming when Google loses its golden shine and that aura of all things bright and wonderful.

18 Mar 2011
Black Sea Floods

At www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/71291/title/Cave_formations_record_B... ... stalagmites in a cave in Turkey not far away from the Black Sea coastline contain a record of 19 flooding events - 0ver 650,000 years. It seems over the course of time a series of floods have drowned the Black Sea and its environs - over and over again (see Nature Geoscience March 13th). In other words, the waters of the Mediterranean seem to have poured into the Black Sea on some 12 occasions and the waters of the Caspian did the same thing on the other 7 occasions. Why?