In The News

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10 Feb 2017
Hoyle and Water

Seems like Fred Hoyle, in the 1980s, also thought that earth's water could have been locked up in minerals in the early earth. There is no escaping the fact that indigenous water could not have survived early earth formation processes  as a vapour or a liquid. The interior of the earth, probably holding many ocean equivalents of water locked up in mineral form may have outgassed a large or only a small portion of its present ocean (on the surface), and some fraction may have come from comets.

9 Feb 2017
Blue Jets Lightning

  ... an image of a blue jet of lightning leaping up from the atmosphere of the earth. The picture was taken by a Danish astronaut onboard the International Space Station.

Here is an image of the green comet coming our way this weekend. It has lost its tail as it rounded the sun - like Samson, it is bald.

9 Feb 2017
Mid Holocene Anomaly

At https://phys.org/print405675862.html ... we learn there was what is thought to be advanced solar activity smack bang in the middle of the Mid Holocene Warm Period. The evidence comes from tree rings in long lived bristlecone pine trees. The researchers suggest it may involve a change in the Sun's magnetic activity (a super flare) or a number of solar flares arriving in a burst, one after the other.

9 Feb 2017
Meteors Humming

Gary sent in this link - www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4201328/Study-identifies-cause-s... ... on the day after Wikipedia banned the Daily Mail claiming it was a source of fake news. You may wonder why Wikipedia, also renowned as a source of fake news, would bother - but you have to take into account the thought police that patrol the pages of Wikipedia (looking out for anti-CAGW postings).The David Rose 'bombshell article' has really rattled the gilded cage of the CAGW faithful. 

9 Feb 2017
Fake News Again

Also at the fake new Daily Mail we have another interesting story - go to www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4201396/Were-WAVES-blame-great-d... ... which picks up on a story repeated at many places on the Internet. Research shows that the Great Dying mass extinction event 252 million years ago involved what they call shoaling - the turning over of the oceans, ripping up poisonous chemicals in the process from the sea floor.It was these potent gases that was responsible for the loss of 90 per cent of life on earth. Wow. That is sticking your neck out.

9 Feb 2017
Landslide Corals

At https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/08/massive-ancient-unde... ... and here we have another fake news media outlet, and surely so as they are leaders in exaggerating the effects of CAGW and actually publicly brag about it at the same time (or at least their former editor was proud of faking the news). Thankfully, in this story the fake news is not obvious as it concerns geology and a massive landslide that purportedly took place over 300,000 years ago.

9 Feb 2017
pulsar

At https://phys.org/print405677744.html ... a binary star system has been identified as an elusive white dwarf pulsar ... the first of its kind seen by astronomers.

At https://phys.org/print405708072.html ... a bridge of stars connects two dwarf galaxies together in the Magellan Cloud system.

9 Feb 2017
More Fake News

Continuing the theme of today, Wikipedia having the hubris to accuse another fake news outlet of ... faking the news, we have another example (sure to drive Guardian readers bonkers) at the Daily Telegraph 7th February edition (but behind a pay wall so there is not a link). It has had the temerity to post an article on the CAGW extravaganza which describes it in lurid terms, 'a hot mess of politics and big money'. Seems like the swamp is being drained quicker than anyone thought.

8 Feb 2017
Saturn's Rings

At www.theguardian.com/science/2017/jan/31/saturns-rings-contain-millions-m... ... Saturn's rings contain millions of moonlets - or should that say pieces of debris. Yes, the news flash does say millions of moonlets - who are we to argue. It seems the rings themselves are made up of ice, dust, and rocks (from tiny specks to the size of a house). Gaps in the material are known to astronomers as 'propellers' and these are created, it is thought, by moonlets. They are the bigger debris, from the size of double decker bus to a kilometre across.

8 Feb 2017
Amazonian Earthworks

At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-02/uoe-hoa020617.php ... an update on the earthworks and human impact on the western Amazonian rainforest. Research s ongoing - aided and abetted by logging and felling. Human settlement in this part of the rainforest is known about and rather than being the province of a few maverick archaeologists it has now become of interest to the Brazilian government and state sponsored archaeology.