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10 May 2018
Rossby Waves

At https://phys.org/print444929150.html ... the headline is, waves similar to those controlling weather on Earth have been found on the Sun. The research is published in Nature Astronomy this month, May of 2018. They are what is known as Rossby waves which propagate in the direction opposite to rotation, have lifetimes of several months, and maximise amplitude at the Sun's equator. Rossby waves also occur in the oceans and the atmosphere of the Earth.

8 May 2018
STEVE

The STEVE has paid a visit to the United States. This picture was taken a few days ago ... go to www.spaceweather.com

5 May 2018
60 Year Oscillation

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/04/26/the-60-year-oscillation-revisited/ ... the 60 year oscillation is an obvious feature in climate data sets - but only back to 1850. Prior to that date it is not so obvious. Javier has posted an article on the 60 year cycle in which he says prior to 1850 it was variable and is not well identified during the Little Ice Age. The reason why may emerge later. A side effect of this situation is that the origin of the oscillation is an unknown - and although it is often said to be associated with the Sun this might not be strictly so.

4 May 2018
Old Rocks

At https://phys.org/print444379905.html ... why parts of earth have hardly changed over the last 3 billion years. This title refers to ancient rocks in the western deserts of Australia (and elsewhere). Geologists are not agreed on what the earth was like prior to the formation of the plates (as in plate tectonic theory). Research published in the journal Geology (April 2018) claims earth was highly volcanically active and the evidence of a violent transition to plate tectonics (or a fractured crust) can still be seen on the surface today.

4 May 2018
Volcanism in Rocks

At https://phys.org/print444408979.html ... new evidence that volcanism drove the Late Devonian extinctions. Perhaps this title should be stood up on its head - new evidence that the Late Devonian extinction event involved volcanism (with the caveat that it is not known what caused volcanism to come into play). It is otherwise an enjoyable read on an event dated 370 million years ago (one of the Big Five). It is said to have killed 80 per cent of species, including the Devonian coral reef system. It seems the presence of mercury is an indicator of volcanism.

4 May 2018
United Monarchy

At https://phys.org/444413501.hhtml ... new evidence pointing to the existence of the kingdom of David and Solomon has been uncovered - so it is said. It is published in the journal Radiocarbon so I suppose it is relying on C14 dating methodology. An archaeological site in the Shephalah region has unearthed a four room building on the summit of the tell which is said to have been destroyed in the 8th century - which they are attributing to the Assyrian invasions of the southern Levant.

4 May 2018
Too weak to build mountains

A fascinating article at www.newgeology.us/presentation21.html ... plate tectonics is too weak to build mountains is the claim. In the 1970s it was accepted the kinematics of continental drift and sea floor spreading was successfully described by plate tectonics theory. However, very little is known about the driving mechanism of plate tectonics. In 1982 the assumption was that the generating of plate movement was understood but the driving mechanism, again, was elusive.

4 May 2018
Shaking the Heavens

The idea of gods shaking heaven and earth is not only found in the Bible (the words of the prophets and psalms) but is fairly common amongst most people of the ancient near east - including what is now Iraq - see https://phys.org/print443688956.html ... It is common to Enlil and Ninlil, Enki and Ninhursag for example, and more or less concerns trickery, shape shifting, disguise, and deception. As the consort of Yahweh is absent from the Bible as it now stands one has to wonder if the same thing applies to ancient Israel - but see William Dever's book.

4 May 2018
Everything is Electric

            go to https://www.everythingselectric.com/eie-17/ ... and https://everythingselectric.com/eie-21/ ... Jacobs Ladder

3 May 2018
Neanderthals and Boats

At www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/neandertals-stone-age-people ... it seems that Neanderthals may have been using boats to reach islands in the Mediterranean. In this instance, the Greek island of Naxos. This follows the discovery a decade ago of a cache of Neanderthal stone tools on the island of Crete - dating back 130,000 years ago. Crete, it is thought, has been an island for a very long time (although some people may argue otherwise).