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26 Feb 2011
Plasma, magnetic holes and a mud volcano

At .... huge blobs of plasma known as coronal mass ejections cause probems when they collide with the magnetosphere of the earth. They produce aurorae for example, but also feature in comet tails (no this is not Wal speaking but a scientist from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory), solar wind and much of the spiralling material that appears to fall into black holes. Science is now trying to understand plasma.

26 Feb 2011
More on that comet fly by

NASA has released a video which can be seen at of the recent, Feb 14th/15th flyby of Comet Tempel1 by the Stardust spacecraft.

25 Feb 2011
Neanderthals with feathers in their hair

At .... scientists digging at the Grotto of Smoke in North Italy have found some intriguing evidence. There are a lot of Neanderthal bones in the cave - and 660 bones belonging to 22 species of birds (with cut and scrape marks it is alleged). The birds include falcons, vultures, Alpine choughs, and wood pigeons.

24 Feb 2011
Hide the Decline

At ... if you never understood what the fuss was about in 'hiding the decline' in the Climategate emails read this piece by a climate scientist fed up with the small number of other climate scientists who have exagerated the warming trend. The comments at the end of the piece are approaching 2000 in  number - she has bit the bullet and people are squirming on one side, and are elated on the other.

24 Feb 2011
Those Blue Stones Again

At Feb 22nd ... a report on a team of geologists searching for the origin of the blue stones at Stonehenge. The dolerite is known to come from Myndd Preseli but it seems the rhyolites may have an origin north of these mountains, not far from Pont Saeson. The research is due to be published in the March issue of Journal of Arcchaeological Science (2011).

23 Feb 2011
Ice Age skull from Mexico

National Geographic News Feb 18th had a piece on exploration of underwater caves on the Yucatan peninsular where they have found some interesting objects ( ). In a deep pit that is known as the Black Hole they came across an Ice Age mastadon and bones of other Pleistocene fauna ... and a human skull. To reach the Black Hole they travelled through 4000 feet of passages using underwater propulsion vehicles. The pit was some 200 feet deeper than the surrounding cave, and 120 feet in diameter.

23 Feb 2011
Ice Age Maps

At ... the University of Sheffield has created a series of virtual maps to show how the ice sheet shrank at the end of the Ice Age. During the Last Glacial Maximum, 28,000-17,000 years ago, the ice covered a large area of Britain, Ireland and the North Sea. The maps are based on glacial landforms such as morainnes and drumlins

23 Feb 2011
Roman Empire - collapse in the west

At the url says it all, the end of the Roman Empire and the descent into a cold wet phase of northern European climate - but what else was going on? Grondine focusses on barbarian migrations, volcanoes, earthquakes, plagues, aurora, comets, famine and fireballs etc.

22 Feb 2011
Elenin Update

Various strange web sites have picked up on Comet Elenin and the faact that initially, its trajectory was at around 8 astronomical units (au) from the orbit of the earth but this figure has since been revised to  0.15 au with the prospect earth will pass through its debris trail in November. The story also appears at Feb 21st, and provides a number of web sites to view further information.

22 Feb 2011
536-45AD - volcanoes or cosmic debris?

At George Howard is adding the 6th century AD volcano or cosmic event to his web site - beginning with two articles which can be downloaded. The first is by Mike Baillie, Proposed Re-dating of the European ice core chronology by 7 years which counters arguments by Larsen and Briffa (the tree ring specialist that fiddled temperature data in Siberia).