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1 Jul 2015
Lake Chad

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150629162542.htm ... researchers using satellite images of the ancient shores of Lake Chad as well as studying sediments from the lake to calculate its age have come up with some unexpected results. It was subject to rapid change - turning from a huge lake much bigger than the modern counterpart, over a short period of time. Most of what was a lake is now a region of sand dunes, rocks and dust.

28 Jun 2015
Don Scott

SIS member Adam Stuart has been keeping some of us up to mode on the current Thunderbolts conference in the US. He has forwarded links to www.ptep-online.com/index_files/2015/PP-41-13.PDF and https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fVsON1c3OUY

The first is to an article by Don Scott which has been published in the journal Progress in Physics. The video is a recording of aurora over northern Scotland which I've passed on to various people as it is pretty dramatic. See what you think.

27 Jun 2015
stretch marks

TimCullen is no respecter of settled science and the big wigs that pontificate - and the academics that prevaricate (but some of his alternative views are quite startling) - for example at https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/palaeomagnetism-logic-reversals/ ... he is his usual irascible self when he says, 'the scientific literature is littered with hypothetical magnetic poles, hypothetical geomagnetic poles, hypothetical geodynamics, hypothetical magnetic reversals and very little of scientific substance.

27 Jun 2015
the colours of light

I like, now and again, to have a delve around Malaga Bay, sticking a finger in to find a plum to extract. At https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/deprecating-photomagnetism/ ... which is all about the mainstream dismissal of the idea that sunlight has the ability to magnetise objects on the surface of the earth, and its remarkable resuscitation in 2011, an experiment that promises to make technology cheaper to produce and therefore more readily available to human beings.

26 Jun 2015
Swarm

At http://phys.org/print354260948.html ... the magnetic complexity inside and outside the Earth has been modelled (see three images below) using data from the SWARM satellites. At the same time a special issue of Geophysical Research Letters has several papers on the subject. However, the results are preliminary. This is not an end product by no means as SWARM is still in the process of collecting data.

26 Jun 2015
string theory

Tim Cullen turns his attention to String Theory - and he is not exactly being friendly (see https://malagabay.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/string-theory/ .. and begins his blast with the words, 'string theory is a theory of quantum gravity' and goes on to say it 'is a problem that is stuck at the bottom of a very deep rabbit hole'.

26 Jun 2015
mission extended

The Philae Lander has woken up (last week) and now we have an announcement from ESA that the Rosetta mission is being extended and that the spaceship will eventually land on the comet (on its way out of the inner solar system) as the solar power will not be enough to bring it back home to earth. It will thus also have the opportunity of studying the comet close up - rather than through the eyes of Philae (see http://phys.org/print354263599.html.

25 Jun 2015
solar filaments

    Still there. The above is a image of solar filaments, one taken on May 28th and the other in June, a month later. The filaments have gone round the sun in one revolution and show signes of change.

25 Jun 2015
Yao

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/archaeologists-disc... .... in Shanxi Province, it is being suggested, was the place where China began, around 2200BC. The capital of the Yao period has been found, it is thought, in the middle reaches of the Yellow River. Palaces, royal tombs, ceremonial buildings, storage areas, fortifications, as well as copperware and porcelain, have been dug out of the ground. The site is thought to be Pingyang, capital of the Yao emperors.

25 Jun 2015
uplifting times

The sheer power of geological forces is displayed in the picture below, an area of land that was dredged up above sea level during an earthquake in 2010 on an island off Chile