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6 Jun 2010
Water on Mars

At we learn that a rare Mars rock holds the clue to water on the red planet. The rock outcrop is rich in carbonite minerals - which contain carbon dioxide and form readily in the presence of water. So, if conditions allowed carbonite rock to form, that would mean there was water on Mars at some stage.

6 Jun 2010
The Iowa Cicada

At ... there is a story about the rare appearance of the cicada, an insect, in Iowa - that is supposed to appear at 17 year intervals. Why?

6 Jun 2010
Crocodiles riding ocean currents

See ... not really SIS material but interesting as it may have evolutionary implications. How did they learn to do it, for example, aand are crocodiles really such brutes. Crocodiles in Australia cross large expanses of sea by riding the current. They will lay in wait until the right current comes along to get where they want to go. Literally, they surf, as crocodiles are not particularly good swimmers. In this way they are able to migrate and populate South Pacific islands.

6 Jun 2010
Bok Globules

At ... a Bok Globule is described as a dark cloud of dust and gas from which young stars form. They were originally discovered as dark splotches in fron of dense fields of stars and were given the title, holes in the heavens because they appeared, at first, to be holes in the stellar background.

6 Jun 2010
The Yangtze River

Again, at ... we are told the Yangtze River is 40 million years older than previously thought because a study of minerals by a team from Durham University says the river began to cut hrough the Three Gorges area around 45 million years ago. The Three Gorges is in SW China and cuts through a range of inaccessible mountains that surround Sichuan Province, the rice bowl of China.

5 Jun 2010
Volcanoes and the Mantle

See ... if tectonic plates colliding cause volcanoes why do some volcanoes erupt far from a plate boundary? A study in Nature suggests that volcanoes, and even mountains, in the Mediterranean region, can grow from the pressure of the semi liquid mantle pushing on earth's crust from below.

5 Jun 2010
Jewish Origins

At genome analysis has probed Jewish genetics - or distinctly Jewish populations (see American Journal of Human Genetics June 2010). The idea is to find out if there is a distinctly Jewish race - which is a bit of a stupid question as Judaism is a religion and must embrace more than one strand of human genetics.

5 Jun 2010
Origins of Earth ... a new idea ... there is a fresh insight into the origin of planet earth, involving geochemical data. The surpising result is that earth did not fully form in the beginning - but was 40 per cent of itself. See the link for details.

5 Jun 2010
Leaves of Grass

At ... we have a post on Walt Whitman, a poet who left in one of his collections, Leaves of Grass, a reference to a 'huge meteor succession' in extremely vivid detail that has caused people to think he witnessed the event. Scholars have debated the issue for over a hundred years, and astronomers have equally been puzzled. What exactly did he see?

4 Jun 2010
Earthquake clustering is a post on earthquakes triggering other earthquakes, causing clusters of them - which involves the synchronisation of faults in the crust. The synchronisation of earhquakes - clusters of ruptures of several faults followed by phases of quiescence has apparently been found in palaeo-seismic records (or proxy data). It reflects the common observation that large earthquakes can trigger others on nearby fault lines.