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10 Apr 2011
Black Holes ... gamma ray bursts and things

At www.physorg.com/print221457830.html we have an interesting interpretation of an astronomical event - two neutron stars merge and within mill-seconds, it is said, form a black hole. It can't of course be seen but is thought to happen, even the neutron stars are hypothetical as far as composition is concerned. What is known for sure is that such an event coincides with the formation of a strong magnetic field along the rotational axis which creates a jet that shoots ultra hot matter into space - a gamma ray burst event.

10 Apr 2011
A Bronze Age dark age in Britain?

At www.bbc.co.uk/science-environment-12989605 - a large gap in prehistory, it seems, may indicate Britain underwent an economic slowdown between 800 and 500BC, where experts struggle to explain what was happening. The assumption is that bronze was in decline and iron was not yet in general everyday use. Neil Oliver, of BBC TV fame, says bronze axes had become a sort of proto-currency. It was a wealth that was divorced from its use as a metal and like modern economic bubbles it could burst - leading to economic meltdown. This is of course one way of looking at the evidence.

10 Apr 2011
Earthquakes ... are they increasing?

Piers Corbyn has attributed current earthquake activity to lunar and solar factors - and presumably the much smaller influences on earth by the planets. In effect, it is a peculiarity of 2011 - but that peculiarity pops up at www.physorg.com/print221480079.html where it asks, 'Are we living in an age of giant earthquakes?' - following a succession of large tremors. An earthquake, it suggests, represents the abrupt release of seismic strain that has built up over years as plates of the earth's crust slowly grind and rub up against each other.

8 Apr 2011
Another close shave

At www.physorg.com/print221392528.html there is a report from Spaceweather.com that said two small asteroids came close to earth on April 6th - half the distance of the Moon. They were 10km and 6km wide respectively - and there are more on the way later in the year.

8 Apr 2011
Charlatans

Piers Corbyn, on April 5th, said that during the period April 6-9th there was a threat of a major earthquake - and this duly happened, in Mexico. This follows earlier predictions of earthquake activity that came to pass in Japan, Thailand and New Zealand. People are beginning to sit up and notice - especially when he suggests western North America is vulnerable. Corbyn's methodology involves luni-solar cycles, or astrology as AGW alarmists decried after he successfully predicted the blizzards of 2009. Seems there are a lot of charlatans out there.

8 Apr 2011
Gary's updates

Two new pages have been uploaded by Gary at www.gks.uk.com/Horus-Behdety-Winged-Disk/ and www.gks.uk.com/Re-Horakhty_Horus/ and as always he has some lovely images of genuine Egyptian statuary which are worth looking at solely for that reason. The text is an ongoing story, and represents a completely novel way of interpreting Egyptian mythology and history. Readers can make up their own minds - but as in all these things, a receptive or open mind is an attribute. 

7 Apr 2011
Comet Wild2

NASA and JPL Caltech say they have found the presence of liquid water in Comet Wild2 - but comets are supposed to be so cold they never get warm enough to melt ice. Some clever jiggery pokery is theorised - the process happens 'inside' the comet. If it was cold on the outside it may not be so cold on the inside - yet comets are supposed to originate in the outer solar system where it is thought to be very cold indeed. According to a spokesperson there are two ways to generate a heat source on a comet. A collision or radioactive decay of elements in the comet interior.

7 Apr 2011
Inuit Oil Barons to be ... cold weather in the 18th century

At www.physorg.com/print221195120.html ... it seems oil geologists are looking seriously at Greenland for untapped reserves of the black sticky substance. As can be expected the environmentalists are not very happy about this - they want oil to run out. Oil extraction is dubbed exploitation of the environment - which says it all. Unfortunately,as far as Greenland is concerned the lobby has soiled the patch. The Inuit do not have fond memories of Greenpeace and their soulmates as they campaigned to stop seal hunting - and Inuit are the major population group of Greenland.

7 Apr 2011
Arctic Ocean Ponding

At www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/72214/title/Arctic_Ocean_hosts_wierd... which is caused by rivers emptying from Siberia into the Arctic Ocean in combination with the sea ice that accumulates there during the dark winters and large amounts of which melt during the summer months. Hence, the Ocean has pooled, as the saying goes, failing to mix fresh with salty waters from further afield. It is the pattern of circular polar winds that have corralled a huge pond of fresh water within the Beaufort Gyre off northern Canada.

7 Apr 2011
Ozone Hole

The ozone hole above the Arctic has got the doomsayers red around the ears. It is the subject of reports at www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/72206/title/Record_Arctic_ozone_mini... and www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110405102202.htm 'Record depletion of Arctic ozone layer causing increased uv radiation in Scandinavia' and at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/04/05/arctic-ozone-hole-in-march/ - in the Science News story the hole is actually a thinning - quite different.