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4 Feb 2010
Space Anomalies

Science Daily January 20th ... MIT professor Richard Binzel has examined what influence Earth might have on asteroids - which appear to be substantial. He has determined what happens when an asteroid comes within a certain range and found that the Earth causes, what he describes as 'seismic shaking' of the asteroid, an attempt to understand what is happening. The shaking, he says, is strong enough to bring regoliths to the surface, creating the kind of meteorites that regularly fall through the atmosphere of the Earth.

4 Feb 2010
Earth Science Stories

Science Daily, January 21st ... the Kimmeridge Clay deposit is a well known geological formation that runs across middle England - only surfacing at a few points that have been worn down by glaciation but underlying a great swathe of later geological formations. It was deposited in the Late Jurassic between 160 and 145 million years ago and is the main oil source rock in the North Sea. Within the Kimmeridge Clay (which can be seen on Dorset's Jurassic coast and in various quarries) there are divisions, one of which contains many fossils and the other which has none.

4 Feb 2010
Catastrophic Scenarios (real or imagined)

Science Daily January 27th ... the Neanderthals are now said to have died out in Iberia 37,000 years ago, coinciding with dramatic changes in climate and environment. Accurate C14 dating was achieved via the Vienna Environmental Research Accelerator from a sample of cave sediment. This date is 5000 years younger than the demise of Neanderthals north of the Pyrenees but C14 techniques are notoriously difficult around the upper limits at 40,000 years ago. The new C14 methods developed in laboratories such as Vienna are thought to be much more reliable.

4 Feb 2010
Physics and Cosmology

www.physorg.com January 28th ... One goal of the Large Hadron Collider is to find the Higgs boson, the only particle in the standard model that has not yet been discovered. Now, some physicists are suggesting, because it has not as yet been found, the Higgs is not actually a particle but an unparticle called the Unhiggs. At the present, the authors say, it is hard to say whether the idea is useful - or true, or whether it will solve problems troubling particle physicists.

4 Feb 2010
Evolutionary Enigmas

Rancho La Brea tar pits ... these are found in the heart of Los Angeles and are a rich source of fossils - over 565 species were caught in the tar (asphalt) over tens of thousands of years and fossilised. However, the uniformitarian explanation is not accepted by everyone - and why should it be? The official attitude is a bit like damage limitation - we know it is hard to believe but we simply will not accept this was a sudden and rapid event and fossilisation took place in a geological blink of an eye.

4 Feb 2010
Biological Enigmas

Science Daily, November 20th 2009 ... palaeobiological researchers have found evidence that during mass extinction events that punctuate the history of life, open ocean marine life was more susceptible. The research involved an analysis of fossils from the palaeo biology database and concluded that different marine environments responded differently to whatever the agents of mass destruction might be - in other words there were more deep sea fossils than shallow sea life forms.

31 Jan 2010
Younger Dryas Event Update (January 2009)

George Howard, on his web site/ blog http://cosmictusk.com is reporting on the Fall Meeting of the AGU which included a session on the Younger Dryas boundary event. In the first of what will be several reports George begins with two speakers, Wally Broecker on the sceptics side, and Allen West, on the pro.

22 Jan 2010
The Tree that Refuses to Die

Discovery News, 23rd December 2009 ... a tree in southern California, stranded in a suburban environment, has the appearance of a gnarled thicket of stunted oak trees wedged between a heap of stones and boulders - but it is a biological wonder. The centre grove of trees is actually a single plant that is estimated to be 13,000 years old. Genetic analysis has revealed each of its 70 stems, or truncated branches, a few feet tall, are genetically identical - they are one and the same plant.

22 Jan 2010
The Sun and the Planets

http://tallbloke.wordpress.com ... tall bloke's web blog is all about a thesis that the solar system is an integrated system in that as well as the sun influencing the planets the planets themselves also effect each other. In fact, he suggests their effect on the sun causes its complicated motion around the centre of mass in the solar system - which modulates solar magnetic activity and the production of sun spots.

22 Jan 2010
Post YD History

Associated Press 29th November 2009 ... the geography department of Northern Michigan University has spent three years on the shoreline of Lake Superior and have been able to define the boundaries as they existed around 2500BC. They found the water at that time was 30 to 40 feet higher than it is today and had features such as shallow water lagoons and enbayments rich in fish and plants.

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