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30 Oct 2017
Velikovsky and Comets

At ... seems like another one on the atomic comet - which begins with Velikovsky (and Venus ejected from Jupiter as a comet). It passed near the Earth but no collision (in spite of the title, Worlds in Collision) - which caught out a few of its critics napping, at the time and even long afterwards, showing up who read the book or did not read the book.

30 Oct 2017
Diffusion of Species

Jovan sent in a couple of pieces from the journal Science as they may have a bearing on Alan de Queroz's 'The Monkey's Voyage' (2014). The puzzle is the origin of monkeys in the New World - how did they get there? It is thought they evolved in Africa. A land bridge has been suggested. However, the Atlantic may have been a third narrower than now but it would require a massive lowering of sea level in order to create a land bridge.

1 Nov 2017
Egyptian solar eclipse

' David wrote - 'I couldn't believe my ears! On BBC radio 4 this morning (October 30th), just before the 9am news, I heard mention of 1207BC, the Sun Standing Still, and David Rohl ....' ..

1 Nov 2017
Black Holes in the News

NASAs NuSTARR probes black hole jet mystery is the headline at JPL NASA News - see ...Black holes famously eat lots of material. They are described as ravenous by astrophysicists and the news outlets. However, it seems they cannot consume everything - for a simple reason which appears to contradict the idea they consume anything. Material is required as energy in order to shoot out powerful jets of hot gas (plasma).

1 Nov 2017
Saturn's Radiation Belts

The radiation belts of Saturn and the Earth are both affected by the solar wind. Belts of energetic particles move around the planets at high velocities - captured by the respective magnetic fields. On Earth the solar wind controls the intensity of the radiation belt - directly and indirectly. On Saturn it differs. The moons of Saturn play a role.

1 Nov 2017
Water and Mars

At ... scientists still explain land features on Mars by water flow. Experiments seem to show that because of Mars thin atmosphere during warm temperature periods water on the surface may actually boil - which is then able to move large amounts of sand and sediments. This idea has been dreamed up because the geology of Mars is done by Earth geologists where water is thought to shape landscapes and be able to move sediments around.

2 Nov 2017
Jupiter's Aurorae

Also sent in by Robert - ... Jupiter's intense southern and northern aurora pulses independently of each other according to UCL led research using NASAs Chandra X-ray observatory and EPAs XMM-Newton observatory. Again, this is published in Nature Astronomy. The research found X-ray emissions pulsing every 11 minutes at the South Pole whilst those at the North Pole were said to be erratic.

2 Nov 2017
Scamming the People

At .. yes, the headline reads, energy customers footing the bill for our failed climate policy - as perpetuated by the politico class steered on such a course by the Green Blob (via lobbying and countless doom mongering articles by so called scientists). Obviously, he that can afford a few roof top solar panels avoids being scammed, to some extent, but we all pay the costs passed on to business by the price we pay for goods made in this country. No wonder Chinese prices look so attractive.

3 Nov 2017
Female Leadership

An amusing story sent in by Robert at ... it seems the feminists are providing a new way of doing science - looking at gender issues. You might not be surprised to learn it comes courtesy of the Swedish Museum of Natural History. The pun on feminism appears to be deliberate and no doubt they are perfectly serious. Apparently, 70 per cent of mammoth remains found buried in Siberia (from 98 samples analysed) were male.

3 Nov 2017
Pyramid Void

This is the big story this week - the discovery of a big void in the Great Pyramid of Khufu. See for example .... a hidden chamber has been found in Egypt's Great Pyramid at Giza, courtesy of an article in November's issue of Nature journal. A scan of the pyramid, looking for chambers, has found a large void directly above the Grand Gallery. Is it simply a gap in the pyramid's architecture or did it have a function of some kind?