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10 Nov 2019
Expanding the Universe

Scientists are expanding the universe it would seem - via state of the art technology and technique. See https://phys.org/news/2019-11-scientists-refine-quickly-universe.html ... what we have is another measurement of the Hubble Constant - recently made uncertain by several studies that have come up with different rates of expansion. The concept of an expanding universe was put forward by Edwin Hubble in the early 20th century. He found that galaxies were moving away from each other - so the story goes.

14 Nov 2019
Oxygen on Mars

This link was sent in by Gary - www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7680651/ ... NASA scientists are said to be baffled after a portable chemistry lab on the Curiosity Rover (sampling the air) detected fluctuations in oxygen levels on Mars. The oxygen levels vary from one season to the next (over a 3 year period) and scientists now think that it is not the atmosphere of Mars that is fluctuating, as such, but somewhere in the vicinity there is an oxygen sink (or oxygen is leaking on to the surface). If so it is currently an unknown source of oxygen.

14 Nov 2019
Giant Structures

In one of those, I wonder what they can be moments, we have another interesting link provided by Gary - https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/zmj76pw/theres-growing-evidence-that-... ... scientists are discovering that galaxies can move with each other across vast distances - against the predictions of mainstream cosmological models. Some galaxies seem to move in odd and often unexplained ways as if they were connected by a common unseen force. These discoveries hint at an enigmatic influence - what are being called large scale structures in space.

15 Nov 2019
Transit of Mercury

William sent in the link https://mercurytransit.gsfc.nasa.gov/display.php?year=2019&phase=All&dat... ...which may or may not work for you. If not go to https://spaceweather.com and key down to 12th November 2019 which has a video which is crystal clear (probably the same one)_. The best view of the transit comes from NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory (22,000 miles above the surface of the earth).

None the less, backyard astronomers were also able to make an image - see for example ....

15 Nov 2019
Dinosaur Finds

At https://phys.org/news/2019-11-oldest-carnivorous-dinosaur-fossil-unearth... ... the oldest carnivorous dinosaur found to date has been unearthed in Brazil. It has been dated 233 million years ago -during the Triassic. At this time South America was still part of Pangeae (joined at the hip with Africa). The fossil was intact (see image below). Fossil evidence of Triassic dinosaurs are apparently scarce but see also https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.7903

15 Nov 2019
Star Dust

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2019/11/15/stardust-in-the-antarctic-sno... ... in a story related to https://astronomynow.com/2016/04/07/supernovae-showered-earth-with-radio... ... scientists find radioactive iron-60 in sediment and crust sample taken from the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans, a story that goes back several years and seems to have initiated the later interpretation.

16 Nov 2019
End of Assyria

At https://phys.org/news/2019-11-climate-crumble-ancient-world-powerful.html ... and https://phys.org/news/2019-11-felled-great-assyrian-empire-team.html ... and even https://phys.org/news/2019-11-climate-fueled-demise-neo-assyrian-empire.... ... which is basically three separate takes on one paper published in Science Advances (Nov 2019) - see https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aax6656 ... and if you are a devil for punishment, https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/11/eaax6656.full ...

17 Nov 2019
Hyenas in Yukon

At www.vice.com/en_uk/article/j5wnx7/ancient-bone-crushing-hyena-roamed-the... ... hyenas, during the Ice Age, lived between Mexico and the Yukon, in the far north. Ice Age hyenas are said to have lived in the Arcitc - the assumption being that the geoid of the Earth has remained unchanged. Hyena fossils are sometimes found in the UK (in cave deposits for example) but the Yukon example involved three teeth found back in the 19760s.

17 Nov 2019
Exodus Routes

A fascinating discussion on the route of Exodus at the Eric Aitchison email thread. Anyone wanting to join in send an email to the contact address on this web site.

21 Nov 2019
Sugars in Meteorites

This story is at https://phys.org/news/2019-11-sugars-meteorites-clues-life.html ... virtually anything organic in comets and meteors is deemed to be a clue to the origin of life - without many clues on how they convert from primitive building blocks into actual building blocks. Research continues and more information is popping up all the time. Here we have an international team that say that sugars found in a couple of meteorites support the hypothesis that chemical reactions in asteroids, their parent bodies, can make sense of life's ingredients. Not everything though.