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23 Dec 2018
Hiawatha Update

The full article on the impact crater found beneath a glacier in NW Greenland is now available - at

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23 Dec 2018
Klobiodon - a dinosaur feast

At ... flying reptiles, such as the klobiodon, once littered the skies of what is now the UK, it is thought, after their fossilised remains (broken and fragmented) were found at Stonefield in Oxon. A new species of pterosaurus was also found - as large as a modern mute swan. The Stonefield slate deposit has long been a source of fossils. It belongs to the Great Oolite limestone formation and is not strictly slate - but frost damaged it formed slate shaped lumps of stone and was used as roof tiles in the Cotswolds.

23 Dec 2018
Nuclear Fusion

At ... Nick Ridley on nuclear fusion, a favourite subject of Tony Haynes. We miss you Tony - and as he was fond of saying, it would bring boundless energy. It would transform the world.

22 Dec 2018
Ice Sheet Collapse

At ... we have one of those alarmist doom and despondency stories based on the discovery that in the last interglacial period the West Antarctic peninsular ice sheet did not exist - and sea levels in a few locations were higher. As global sea levels were not part of the research we can ignore this add-on and it is entirely conjecture that sea levels around the world were higher in the last interglacial period. In contrast, the lack of an ice sheet on the Antarctic peninsular is actually telling us all something was different.

22 Dec 2018
Lopsided Uranus

At ... a big space crash likely made Uranus lopsided according to Durham University computer simulation. Uranus is a very big planet so we can imagine a very big object slammed into it. It is tilted 90 degrees on its side. Its magnetic field is also tilted and its five large moons. What caused it to flip over? Here we are into guesswork territory.

At ... a stellar corpse is the subject, likened to the Butterfly nebula ....

21 Dec 2018
Electrified Sahara Dust

Interesting story sent in by Gary at ... large dust particles with an origin in the Sahara desert have been found in the Caribbean, 3500km away (2200 miles). They reach the UK on occasion, powdering parked cars in a yellow dust. Researchers have latched on to the fact such dust, and other aerosols in the atmosphere, do not figure greatly in climate models.

21 Dec 2018
Flowering Plants

At ... fossils now indicate flowering plants originated 50m million years earler that thought by consensus science - back in the Early Jurassic era. Researchers were not certain when or how flowers came into existence because it seemed many flowering plants just popped up in the Cretaceous - out of nowhere. Of course, the Jurassic Cretaceous switch must involve an event of some kind - and that is what the geology is telling us.

19 Dec 2018
Dinosaur Footprints in Hastings

The Sussex seaside and fishing town of Hastings is in the news. The mudstone and sandstone cliffs have yielded a dinosaur bonanza - after bad weather early in 2018. These cliffs have previously yielded an Iguanadon fossil back in 1825 and dinosaur brain tissue in 2016. We now have an extensive number of dinosaur footprints - set in mud and preserved so well that skin, scales, and claws, can clearly be seen in the imprints. Go to ...

19 Dec 2018

Robert also sent in a link to ... and asks, do tornadoes form in a process similar to lightning. That is, a downward propagating stepped leader and an upward moving streamer. Tornadoes might be a form of electrical discharge, he speculates. The link itself tells us that  it has generally been thought tornadoes rotation largely begins in storm clouds, creating a funnel that travels downwards. New research shows tornadoes seem to form from the ground upwards. A bit of a turnaround.

15 Dec 2018
Eye of the Storm

Link provided by Robert courtesy of our old friend from Great Yarmouth, and his blog at 'Everything is Electric' - go to ... the eye of the storm being a reference to the red spot on Jupiter. Andrew Hall, the blog author, claims Earth's geology and weather is a result of capacitance in Earth's electric circuit - and has written extensively in electric universe channels. Hall goes on to say, forget everything you read about in geology. It's wrong. Provably wrong.