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3 Nov 2010
Volcanoes

At www.physorg.com/print207817646.html we learn that some 22 volcanoes in Indonesia are displaying evidence of increased activity. Mount Merapi is periodically belching hot gas and debris and making people feel very nervous. Its slopes are covered in ash and many people have been evacuated - but other volcanoes are stiring from slumber.

3 Nov 2010
Great Apes - as smart as some of us?

Not a big deal, you might say, I know that already. At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101006085450.htm ... a University of Portsmouth research scientist studying great apes and their developmental processes, has compared infant apes with infant humans - and hopes to overturn inbuilt prejudices against the apes.

2 Nov 2010
Saturn's rings oscillate ... and more tales of salmon numbers

At http://jpl.nasa.gov/news/ November 1st .... images captured by the Cassini spacecraft and published in the Astronomical Journal (November) indicate the rings of Saturn behave in a similar way to the Milky Way galaxy - having an irregular and varying shape.

2 Nov 2010
Tall Bloke

The Tall Bloke blog is worth looking at as it ties in with ideas about the EU and those of Rhodes Fairbridge. As he is discussing real science the commenters tend to be level headed individuals who have something to contribute to the debate. A joy to read.

31 Oct 2010
Temple of the Winds

New Scientist August 21st ... Thomas Hardy's temple of the winds, Stonehenge, might have been constructed to take into account sound effects - from voices and not just the wind whistling between the stones. Some archaeologists have taken an interest in acoustics - caves that sing, Maya temples that seem to chirp, burial mounds that hum,  and stones that reverberate like an echo chamber - even ring like a gong when banged. This is an emphemeral kind of archaeology and not everyone's cup of tea - but how much of it is in the head?

30 Oct 2010
The Plasma Universe

At www.physorg.com/print207563537.html ... 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 http://archaeology.about.com ... 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 www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/ ... 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
Buckyballs

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/ 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 http://calderup.wordpress.com the blog of Nigel Calder who earlier in the year had a post on buckyballs).