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19 Aug 2010
Impact on Antarctica

At www.dailygalaxy.com August 17th ... there is a post on the impact crater discovered beneath the ice of Antarctica. At 500km across it is the biggest yet known. It dwarfs the Chicxulub crater in the Yucatan (demise of the dinosaurs) so it must equally have been associated with geological and biological changes - so the reasoning goes. However, dating something under the ice is difficult but scientists have looked around for a suitable 'big' event and noted one at 250 million years ago, at the Permian-Triassic boundary.

19 Aug 2010
'Natural Nucleur Accelerators'

At www.physorg.com/print201279930.html there is a report on a paper in Physcial Review Letters with some interesting discoveries, one of which is that high energy cosmic rays were thought to come from remote galaxies that contained huge black holes capable of eating stars and accelerating protons like a bullet shooting out of a gun barrel. These protons, referred to as cosmic rays, travel through space and eventually enter our galaxy - the theory assumes.

19 Aug 2010
Boson

At www.physorg.com/print201193905.html a press release from the Pacific NW National Laboratory outlines the current status of Fermilab's search for the Higgs Boson particle. Scientists have now ruled out about a quarter of the Higgs mass rays allowed in earlier experiments in order to narrow it down. It will be a year or so before they can say whether the Higgs Boson particle is fact - or fiction.

18 Aug 2010
Venus ... in the eye of a Japanese spacecraft

There are two stories on Venus today and both are well worth keeping an eye out for updates.

18 Aug 2010
Vindunum

The Guardian August 17th (or view online at www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/aug/17/france-archaeology/ a huge Roman town has been unearthed near Le Mans, and attention is being made to the temples that existed there. This was Vindunum, occupied between the first and third centuries AD.

18 Aug 2010
Supernovae and Amino Acids

A peculiar story is this one, and it was suitably published in Astrobiology as 'Supernovae and the Chirality of the amino acids' (but see www.liebertonline.com/doi/10.1089/ast.2009.0427?utum_source=io9+News but probably the peculiarity is due to the latter rather than the former. It appears to be an attempt to explain left handed amino acids and the virtual exclusion of right handed ones.

18 Aug 2010
Dark Attractors

At www.dailygalaxy.com August 16th .... 'Dark Attractors Believed to Shape the Universe' is the headline. The science community do not know what invisible or dark matter is but they think they know that it is out there and that without dark matter there would be no galaxies, no stars or planets, no life as we know it.

17 Aug 2010
Solar Cycle - How is it doing?

At http://notrickszone.com/2010/08/16/lebedev-physics- August 16th is a post gleaned from Ria Novosti the Russian news agency, which reported there were five clusters of sunspots on the Sun, leading some scientists to think the lull was over and the Sun was coming back to life. However, recent sunspots have been fairly weak affairs - and this week the Sun has returned to being inactive. So what is going on?

17 Aug 2010
Parts of South America may once have been under the sea - as recently as 10,000 years ago?

Parts of South America may once have been below sea level, as recently as 10,000 years ago. There is a possibility of course that it may have been below sea level in the early Holocene as we have noted previously that there is evidence of uplift, or readjustment of the ocean's geoid, as recently as 8000 and 5000 years ago.

17 Aug 2010
Pyramids and small robotic explorers

At www.csmonitor.com August 16th there is news of a robot developed at Leeds University which is designed to penetrate deeper into the Great Pyramid at Giza than ever before - known as the Djedi Project. No doubt it will be big news if anything is found, but there are a lot of ifs involved in what is a nice bit of technology. The robot will explore a shaft otherwise found inaccessible by previous robotic attempts and the hope is that a hidden chamber will be found. However, there are a few problems to overcome before such a prize.