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12 Nov 2018
Origin of Water

Further to the post www.sis-group.org.uk/news/hydrogen-and-water.htm ... on November 11th we have an article in an Australian source on the subject - see https://cosmosmagazine.com/geoscience/geophysicists-propose-new-theory-t... ... which actually is the same story but in a more coherent form. They refer to a paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research:Planets by Steven Desch from Arizone State University (which is where this subject started out but was sidetracked by other theories, water from asteroids).

12 Nov 2018
More on Soft Tissue

It seems not everyone is satisfied by the new explanation of why soft dinosaur tissue would survive for 100 million years. Robert sent in a link at https://crev.info/2018/11/dino-soft-tissue-theory-toast/ ... where David Coppedge, an ex Cassini Mission scientist, presents the case for a Young Earth point of view on dinosaurs. This is the opposite angle to that in the research paper at Nature Communications (see earlier post on the subject on November 11th, yesterday).

11 Nov 2018
Volcanic co2

This story popped up at https://climatechangedispatch.com/massive-volcano-emissions-warming/ ... which was then picked up at https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2018/11/07/discovery-of-massive-volcanic... ... which claims previous measurements show that sub glacial volcanoes have been greatly underestimated in climate model, and by CAGW adherents in general, as a source of carbon dioxide emissions.

11 Nov 2018
1972 and All That

At http://spaceweather.com (November 9th 2018) ... we have a story about space weather during the Vietnam war.  In 1972 a giant sun spot let loose with a blast of solar wind (plasma) in a series of X-class flares which caused radio black outs on Earth. One plasma plume, or CME, travelled between the Sun and the Earth in just 14.6 hours. This is in contrast to recent movements that take two to three days. The resulting geometric shower sparked auroras so bright they cast shadows in countries as far south as Britain.

11 Nov 2018
Hydrogen and Water

At https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-11/asu-agd110618.php ... geoscientists have found that Earth contains within itself six or seven global oceans worth of hydrogen - in addition to all the water in the oceans. Where did that water come from? New research, which may or may not be controversial, from Arizona State University, claims they have found the answer. They say our planet contains much more hydrogen, a proxy for water, than scientists previously imagined. Now it is being asked - where did all that hydrogen come from?

11 Nov 2018
Soft Tissue Dinosaur Fossils

At https://phys.org/print460957896.html ... the discovery of what looks very much like soft tissue of dinosaurs preserved in rocks in recent years has obviously perplexed scientists as they have now come up with an explanation that seems to have a lot of merit. Hard tissue such as bones, eggs, teeth and enamel scales are able to survive the process of fossilisation but soft tissue such as blood vessels, cells, and nerves, which are located inside hard tissue, are more delicate and should degrade and decay rapidly after death.

11 Nov 2018
Antarctic Plate History

Robert sent in these links - https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6371355/Relics-lost-cont... ... and www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Observing_the_Earth/GOCE/ESA_s_gravity_mapper... ... and https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-34733-9 ...

9 Nov 2018
Bones and DNA

At https://popular-archaeology.com/article/the-girl-in-the-cave/ ... another excellent article from Popular Archaeology. This one concerns the body of a teenage girl found in a cenote in the Yucatan. It is several pages in length and fairly comprehensive, leading up to the genetic dating of the bones.

9 Nov 2018
The Glory

Not the Glory of the Lord but something equally as fascinating. At https://phys.org/print460798257.html ... concerns the optical phenomenon known as a glory - that is mostly seen by aircraft pilots and mountaineers, looking down on mist and clouds. It forms a small circular rainbow. Glories are seen when the sun sines from behind and interacts with water droplets to refract light back to the observer. An ESA astronaut took this picture of a glory from the International Space Station back in September ...

7 Nov 2018
Electrified Space Dust

At https://phys.org/print460636942.html ... electrically charged dust arranges itself in straight lines in the laboratory. Space dust is also electrically charged as it collects electrons from plasma gas - such as the solar wind. This was discovered in an experiment on the International Space Station where gravity is weaker that in an earth based laboritory. Nevertheless, dust also arranged itself in straight lines.