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30 Oct 2010
The Plasma Universe

At ... Princetown Plasma Physics Laboratory has released information on a Plasma Physics workshop - the fourth state of matter. It is a hot electrically charged gas that makes up the Sun and other stars, and fuels the production of fusion energy. Plasma physics governs much of the behaviour of the visible universe, from Tokamaki to extre-galactic jets that are 10 billion times larger than the solar system. A tokamak is a type of magnetic fusion energy experiment.

29 Oct 2010
Mounds in North America

At ... at Watson Brake in NE Louisiana there are eleven earth mounds with interconnecting earth ridges in the Quachita River valley - dating back to 3500BC. There are other mounds in the Mississippi Valley dating between 4000-3000BC, contemporary with long barrows and mounds in NW Europe.

29 Oct 2010
Water on the Moon and active Venus

NASA have released a couple of interesting stories at ... and in the first of these it is said Mars Rover Spirit became stuck last year in sand and the ground around it became a focus for a few days. It seemed to show evidence of recent water activity. In this instance, a film of the wet stuff. Possibly it was the result of frost or snow, according to an article in Journal of Geophysical Research (late 2007).

29 Oct 2010
Rising seas around the shores of Holland in the late Roman period

Member Dick Gagel has written several articles on Albert Delahaye and his claim that a large part of what is now the Netherlands was under water from the 3rd century AD onwards for several hundred years - which means some historical events could not have happened where they are supposed to have taken place. This is particularly true of Nijmegen.

28 Oct 2010

At Oct 27th ... astronomers have discovered lots of buckyballs in space - small carbon spherules. The Spitzer Telescope has found them in association with dying stars (but see the blog of Nigel Calder who earlier in the year had a post on buckyballs).

28 Oct 2010
A new theory on Silbury Hill

At ... it seems the author of this piece has taken up the meme that it was the construction process that was important - not the finished monument. This rather weird deduction is made out of desperation it could be argued but bear with the facts - after all a book has been written on the new theory.

28 Oct 2010
The Scutum

The Scutum is a constellation at the throbbing heart of the Milky Way. At Oct 27th Casey Kazan reports that at the core of the Milky Way there is a monster star cluster. This is Scutum and it includes among its numbers fourteen red supergiants and they emit great bursts of X-rays and gamma rays that according to a new theory are being created by dark matter. Yes, the dark stuff that is so difficult to detect.

27 Oct 2010
The 300/200BC event

We now have the 300/200BC event (see ... Dallas Abbot, a geologist based at Columbia University in New York, says an asteroid 183m wide crashed off the coast of New Jersey and sent a tsunami surging across what is now New York city over 2000 years ago.

27 Oct 2010
Insects in Amber pose a few problems for geochronology

Again, at ... in this instance, amber found in India. The cache of insects is said to indicate India was not isolated for millions of years out of reach of the rest of the world.

26 Oct 2010
A volcano, tropics under the ice, and Ice Age vegetation - under the sea

At ... the Java volcano, Merapi,  is about to blow, it seems, and the countryside is on high alert. Meanwhile an earthquake of the coast of Sumatra created a tsunami a day ago. There were 500 volcanic related earthquakes in the region over the weekend.