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16 Jan 2018
Misbehaving Comets

At we have 3 stories on comets currently visible with binoculars (posts dated 10th and 11th January). One concerns a strange blue comet beyond the orbit of Mars - comet Pan Starrs. Active jets of gaseous material are streaming from the comet nucleus and feeding a tail that is full of swirls ...

16 Jan 2018

At ... diluvicursors were turkey sized herbivorous dinosaurs. These are orthinopods but diluvicursors are a sub species and the new find is of a slightly different nature and touted as a new version of diluvicursor (if that makes sense). Hopefully it does. Diluvicursor pickeringii is named after a chap with the surname Pickering (a good Yorkshire name). It was discovered in rocks in SE Australia. To be more exact, in Lower Cretaceous rocks of a sedimentary basin.

16 Jan 2018
Yorkshire Woodhenge

At ... excavations at a quarry in East Yorkshire have come across what was a henge (without the stones) - one made with tree posts. It is circular in shape with a surrounding ditch and bank (classic henge dynamics). However, there is also a bit of a mystery - lots of burnt stones. You can often come across heaps of burnt flints in Iron Age enclosures in various locations in the UK but the professionals usually take a view that doesn't leave them hanging themselves out with a theory that may prove to be wrong.

16 Jan 2018
Black Hole Burping

This story is at ... a black hole caught burping. This rather strange tone of language goes on all the time in cosmological wonder worlds. If black holes aren't munching or feasting they are letting out wind from their bellies. It is all related to the assumption that black holes gobble material - and lick their lips afterwards, pat their bellies with a note of contentment, burp and fall asleep (become inactive once again). All clever stuff. This particular black hole has been active recently on two occasions.

16 Jan 2018
Ice Veil

Anyone who can remember Isaac Vail's idea of a vast ring of ice around the earth (that subsequently collapsed leading to lots of water falling out of the sky)will be surprised to learn, if they had been sceptical of the idea, that Saturn's rings in an image beamed back by the Cassini spacecraft, are a translucent ring of ice and rocks draped around the gas giant. See

16 Jan 2018
Plankton Dispersal

Dating the 100,000 year Ice Age cycle depends on oxygen isotope changes in plankton shells taken from the sediment cores of the ocean bottoms. At ... we learn about a study published in the journal Nature Communications (January 4th 2018) that found that the age of plankton and the strength and direction of currents are key to how they are dispersed in the oceans - more so than water temperature, salinity, and nutrient availability.

17 Jan 2018
Wrong on Jupiter

Sent in  by Robert - ... which concerns a couple of admissions that have already been aired on the News. Space exploration is throwing up all kinds of discoveries many of which contradict mainstream astronomical thinking. However, astronomers generally admit they are wrong - unlike some other fields of science. They have been proved wrong on many occasions over the last 40 years or so but they are out there in space finding out new things all the time - and testing theories.

17 Jan 2018
Diamond Encrustment

Sent in by Jovan - interesting claim - go to ... a space rock known as the Hypatia Stone, is diamond encrusted. It was found in SW Egypt in 1996 - little more than pebble size but it seems to belong to no known meteor category. Naturally, some lateral thinking has been applied and it has now been suggested it formed before the solar system. The stone consists of a carbon rich matrix shot through with a variety of rare minerals.

17 Jan 2018
Mount Etna

Robert also sent in this link - go to ... Mount Etna, an Italian geologist claims, is not a real volcano - but a giant hot spring. This is in spite of the molten rock spewed at regular intervals in what is one of Europe's most active volcanoes. However, it is also self evident it produces an  awful lot of water when it erupts - and gases. The source of the water seems to come from water rich deposits inside the Earth - as deep as the Upper Mantle.

17 Jan 2018
First Humans Europe

William sent in this excellent link - research refutes theory regarding the dispersal of humans in Europe - go to ... and you can read the full article, if so inclined, (over 30 pages including references) by going to DOI:10.1007/s41982-017-003-5 (click on the link at the bottom of the page above). A paper in the Journal of Paleolithic Archaeology disagrees with a recent publication that postulates the first humans entered northern and central Europe as early as a million years ago - earlier than previously estimated.