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23 May 2010
Big Bang, Anti Matter, and ...

The Daily Galaxy on May 19th asked, does the large scale structure of the universe nix big bang theory? There is apparently a growing body of evidence which questions whether the universe began with a big bang 14 million years ago. Several cosmologists challenge the theory that has dominated science in recent years - another one of those consensus theories that has become almost a hard fact.

21 May 2010
Archaeology of the YD boundary event

At 'Archaeological Perspectives on the Extra Terrestrial Impact Hypothesis at 12900BC: A View from Western North America' by Terry Jones - available to download in pdf format. It is surprising that so many Clovis culture objects and associated archaeology are assumed to date from the Clovis Period (the few centuries or so leading up to the YD event) and Palaeo-Indian Holocene deposits do not appear to connect with them.

20 May 2010
Layering of Loess

At Nigel Calder has a post on the 1960s discovery by Czech geologist George Kukla, who counted the layers of loess, each separated by darker bands of material thought to be left over from warm interglacial periods. Kukla found too many layers of loess - and this did not fit into current thinking. Until then everyone had been thinking in terms of just four Ice Ages.

20 May 2010
Ball Lightning

At 192952150.html according to physicists at the University of Innsbruck in Austria (see ) magnetic fields associated with lightning are powerful enough to produce hallucinations of hovering balls of light in nearby observers and these 'visions' are interpreted as ball lightning. The researchers based their hypothesis on magnetic fields used in clinical transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

20 May 2010

At May 14th ... Phobus, the larger moon of the planet Mars, appears to be porous - an amalgamation of space rubble (see Geophysical Research Letters May 16th). The density of Phobus is not dissimilar to asteroids but quite how Mars could have captured an asteroid without breaking it to pieces is an unknown.

14 May 2010
Survival of the Fittest from a paper in Nature May 9th ... researchers used entire islands in the Bahamas to test the theory, survival of the fittest. Competition among lizards was found to be more important than predation by birds and snakes when it came to survival. They covered several small islands with bird-proof netting while others were left open, and on some islands snakes were added to expose the lizards to a greater degree of predation.

14 May 2010
The Shy Sun

At is a report on what is going on, or not going on, at the surface of the Sun. The Michelson Doppler Images (MDI) onboard the Solar and Heliosphere Observatory (SOHO) measured a very small variation in the absolute solar radius values and the solar shape, a variation of just 22 milli-arc seconds from peak to peak, virtually nothing.

14 May 2010
Djedefre's Pyramid and Easter Island

At  May 11th ... could Djedefre's pyramid be a solar temple? Not according to new research. Dr Michael Baud of the Louvre Museum in Paris gave a lecture on the pyramid at Abu Roash (see also ) which was quarried in Roman times for its stone.

13 May 2010
Oxygen and Evolution

At - the journal Astrobiology has a paper that suggests the evolution of complex life forms may have had a kickstart a couple of billion years ago when geological events caused large quantities of phosphorous to wash into the oceans. In turn, this caused vast algal blooms that pumped extra oxygen into the environment which allowed larger more complex organisms to thrive.

13 May 2010
Hole in Clouds

At info [at] jpl [dot] nasa [dot] gov May 11th (see www.jpl.nasa,gov/news ) the Herschel Space Observatory has found a gaping hole in clouds surrounding a batch of young stars - providing astronomers with a glimpse into the star forming process. It is alleged. Stars are born obscured by dense clouds of dust and gas so little is actually known about the process - but theories exist. Now it seems there is a hole in the cloud surrounding the latest star birth event - but what might have blown the hole open?