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28 Jun 2018
Microbes in Fracking liquids

At https://phys.org/print449152856.html ... an intriguing story. Deep inside the earth, as revealed by fracking, lives a community of microbes (found in fracking wells). These microbes live at great depths it would seem - and apparently have the ability to produce methane (amongst other things). The study was done by researchers at Ohio State University (deep in the heart of fracking country) and is published in PNAS.

28 Jun 2018
Inconvenient Facts

At https://phys.org/print449127000.html ... we have a clear case of reality catching up with CAGW scaremongering. Researchers aboard an ice breaker in the Antarctic waters have dscovered an active volcanic heat source beneath the Pine Island glacier. This is part of the West Antarctic peninsular - the bit that juts out into the South Atlantic (and having all the appearance of once being connected to South America, although the island arc is somewhat contorted as if brutally forced apart).

27 Jun 2018
Noctilucent Tornado

At http://spaceweather.com/ (June 25th 2018) there is a nice image of noctilucent clouds over Meghara in Co Derry. It was taken by Martin McKenna who said, their brightness and complexity has been getting more enhanced since the solstice, with whirls and knots glowing electric blue above a yellow midnight sun horizon. The tornado was once such formation - morphing into a succession of dynamic shapes (a wdge, a funnel, angel wings, an electrified smoke ring, and finally a long rope that resembled a tornado, reaching towards the far side of the sky.

27 Jun 2018
Another Inconvenient Factoid

Why are Greenpeace and the WWF silent on the abuse of the ecosystem in Venezuela - or the ill treatment of the indigenous tribes in the interior. Go to https://phys.org/print449221890.html ... for the answer (or one version of the truth). It  sounds a bit like the bleating by the same organisations concerning palm oil plantations in Borneo and Indonesia - a trifle belated, one might say, especially as they had been involved in lobbying the European Union to use palm oil as a replacement for the wicked fossil fuel version of oil.

27 Jun 2018
Fusion Energy

At www.space.com/40988-beam-target-fusion-reactor.html ... this is one the SIS chairman Tony Haynes (sadly, recently deceased) would have enthused about - a new approach that uses electrical and magnetic fields to create a hybrid fusion device. Could this possibly be the fusion break-through so eagerly sought after for so long? It is known as 'beam target fusion' as it does not try to fuse atoms but rather, hits a beam of atoms against a solid target - the atoms from the beam fuse with the atoms of the target.

25 Jun 2018
Venus atmosphere and rotation

Sent in by Gary. At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5869657/Hellish-atmosphere-Venus... .... researchers used computer simulation to model the atmosphere of Venus. A Japanese satellite, Akatsuki, witnessed a bow shaped cloud structure on Venus and their model says it can be explained by atmospheric waves forming over a mountainous region of the planet. Fast flowing winds interact with gases in the vicinity of the mountains in order to produce the cloud formation.

24 Jun 2018
Antique CAGW

At https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2018/06/22/late-paleocene-thermal-maximum/ ... here we have a catastrophic event that has been apprehended by climate scientists in order to create a scare story over CAGW. The late Paleocene/Eocene boundary event is supposed to be a classic case of the earth over heating. As you might expect the CAGW adherents have proposed there wasa lethal injection of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in order to account for the rise in temperatures.

23 Jun 2018
Sprite at Night

   .... this image comes courtesy of http://spaceweather.com (June 23rd 2018) a sprite above a thundercloud taken by a pilot flying to Las Vegas from London, Brian Whittaker. The green bands are not auroral in nature but air glow - caused by chemical reactions in the upper atmosphere. Whittaker comments, the sprites are really high up in the atmosphere and he has probably missed them in the past by looking downwards.

22 Jun 2018
Frozen Lightning

At http://spaceweather.com (June 20th 2018) we have frozen lightning spotted over Scotland (the island of Lewis to be exact). These are noctilucent clouds - ethereal bands that have the appearance of frozen lightning.

22 Jun 2018
Genetic Bottleneck

This one was sent in by Jovan - go to www.livescience.com/62754-warring-clans-caused-population-bottleneck.html .... males genes across Asia, Europe and Africa seem to suggest something peculiar happened between 5000 and 7000 years ago (or 3000-5000BC) in which women were left numbering 17 to 1. Obviously, this can't be strictly true unless it was a mutation of some kind (lucky fellas if that was the case). The idea of a male bottleneck at this point in time was first raised by researchers in 2015 and since then scientists have been trying to make sense of it all.