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21 Oct 2017
Electrifying Phobus

At https://phys.org/print427551247.html ... electricity in space is now out into the mainstream open as indicated in this post. Solar eruptions could electrically charge areas of the Martian moon Phobus to hundreds of volts, presenting a complex electrical environment that could possibly affect sensitive electronics used by future robotic exploreres (NASA report). Phobus has been considered a possible base for human exploration on Mars because of its weak gravity that makes it easier to land spacecraft - but there are problems. Eruptions on the Sun that drive streams of solar wind.

21 Oct 2017
Turquoise

Turquoise and Lapis Lazuli are bright blue minerals. For some reason they have been highly prized by historical communities - whether it was ancient Britons and their woad or the Hindu god Krishna depicted as a bright blue manifestation. Lapiz lazuli was mined in Afghanistan and exported into Mesopotamia and Egyptian blue faience (glass) was also exported far and wide even ending up in northern Europe. What was the fascination with the colour of blue? At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/fall-2017/article/research-sheds-ne... ....

21 Oct 2017
Bursts in sea levels

At https://phys.org/print427601705.html ... scientists have discovered sea levels did not rise slowly after the end of the Ice Age but rose in a series of steep bursts. These abrupt changes fit a catastrophist model but not necessarily a uniformitarian one. The research is published in Nature Communications (Oct 2017) and may cause a rethink on the waters around the UK. Currently, we have a smoothed rise in sea levels, with a leap around 8000 years ago. Since that date sea levels do not seem to have varied greatly - not by any dramatic degree.

21 Oct 2017
Plates

Robert sent in this link - go to www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4998508/Scientists-create-incred... ... Scientists claim to have mapped most of the tectonic plates, ancient and recent, which  they define as slabs of crust in the Mantle under Earth's surface geology. Modeling has invariably been used - but so too has some interesting field research. Some of these slabs, we are informed, sank into the Mantle at depths such as 10,000 miles. This is perhaps a guesstimate as it conforms to Plate Theory a bit too neatly.

21 Oct 2017
Saryarka

Laurence sent in this link - go to www.inform.kz/en/karaganda-archaeologists-complete-reconstruction-of-an-... ...

26 Oct 2017
Round Up

In this instance, not a round up of animals but the commercial brand of a weedkiller that you will find on the shelves of your local garden centre. The Risk Monger has been fighting a lonely battle against environmentalist activists but now has a new ally it would seem - go to www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2017/10/21/who-science-not-the-iarc-josh-391.html ... which comes with a cartoon. Round Up contains glyphosphate which the Green Blob want to ban - for no especial reason apart from the fact the American manufacturer is Monsanto (with all the demonisation that comes with that name).

27 Oct 2017
Tree Mystery

Gary sent in this one - www.independent.co.uk/news/science/tree-structure-mystery-china-scientis... ... scientists baffled by prehistoric tree over 300 million years old. They have a more complex structure than trees in the modern world. See also https://phys.org/print427986102.html ... a well preserved fossil tree trunk dating back 374 million years ago, found in Xingjiang in NW China, has a surprising structure we are told. Inmodern trees straw like woody strands known as xylem which take water from the roots to the leaves.

27 Oct 2017
Reefcrete

Sent in by Kevin - www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-41665459 ... wildlife colonises man made rock pools. Researchers at Aberystwyth University in Wales have drilled holes the size of baked bean cans into a breakwater made of smooth granite blocks in order to encourage intertidal life forms. The blocks themselves attracted few creatures and it was thought it was the smooth nature of the blocks that might be at fault. Once the holes had been made they were quickly colonised by fish, sea anemones and honeycomb worms.

27 Oct 2017
Tooth, Leprosy, troglodites

At www.dw.com/en/archaeology-fossil-teeth-discovery-in-germany-could-re-wri... ... a single tooth found in a former river bed of the River Rhine in Germany is causing a bit of a headache to scientists. The strata in which it was found has been dated back almost 10 million years ago - 4 million years older than its African relatives (such as Lucy) from Ethiopia and the Rift Valley.

27 Oct 2017
Red Sprites

Robert sent in this link - www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5008797/Red-sprite-lightning-sto... ... Red sprites are electrical bursts of lightning active above thunderstorms. They are red at higher altitudes, fading to blue at lower altitudes. The images below were taken in Oklahoma (big wide skies on the praire) on October 4th ..