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7 Jul 2014
Irish mythology

Patrick McCafferty was a speaker at an SIS autumn meeting a few years ago - and came across as somebody to watch. It seems he has teamed up with Dallas Abbot over in the States and they have made a programme for the Smithsonian Channel, a documentary concerning the mysterious history of Ireland in the 6th century AD - go to http://cosmictusk.com/irish_history_myth_comet_asteroid_mccaffferty/

5 Jul 2014
comets, asteroids, and the solar wind

Comet Pan-STARRS is still out there. It flared up in May and has since gone rather quiet - see latest update http://phys.org/print323672928.html ... so we have something else in August, when it is due to go round the Sun, that might prove interesting from an EU point of view. Mind you, Thunderbolts are getting excited already as they have posted us details of a new model developed by NASA with a view in mind of protecting astronauts - visiting asteroids. The link is at www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/new-nasa-model-gives-glimpse-into-the-invis...

5 Jul 2014
CERN update

At http://phys.org/print323490400.html ... we are back at CERN and the Large Hadron Collider. Not many press releases from CERN recently but they have been upgrading their baby - big time (and fast approaching a new season of experiments). The Higgs Boson particle is the focus of atttention. They have sifted through reams of experimental data  in order to understand the traits and behaviour of the particle. None of it seems capable of explaining dark matter and in addition there is no evidence of supersymmetry.

2 Jul 2014
Penguin Tales

Mainstream media with their very serious face expression firmly stuck to the front of their heads have informed the world that penguins are on the verge of a cataclysmic decline as a result of global warming - even though the Antarctic sea ice is greater than it was and the Antarctic ice cap is as sound as it could possibly ever be.

1 Jul 2014
Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

You'll get used to the Russian name of this comet as it approaches Mars in October. According to the European Space Agency (ESA) the comet is losing the equivalent of two tumblers of water per second - which is a lot of water vapour (go to www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta)

29 Jun 2014
Kurgans in Georgia

At www.livescience.com/46513-ancient-chariot-burial-discovered.html .... in Georgia in the South Caucasus, a chariot burial has been dug up from beneath a kurgan (burial mound). It dates back to the Early Bronze Age, or the second half of the 3rd millennium BC, and there were, in fact, two chariots each with four wooden wheels. Various artefacts were found, even though the tomb was robbed in antiquity.

29 Jun 2014
Greenhouse Venus

There is a discussion ongoing at http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/venus-surface-temp-correctly-p... ... and one commenter has come on and said Venus was born from Jupiter just 6000 years ago. What is the modern view of Carl Sagan's greenhouse Venus - go to link above and join in if you like.

27 Jun 2014
Titan again, and coronal rain

At http://phys.org/print322807085.html ... anomalous amounts of nitrogen detected in the atmosphere of Titan have caused some scientists to have a rethink. Does it indicate Titan's raw materials might have been locked up in ices that condensed before Saturn was formed? The study, a collaboration between NASA and ESA, says they have found 'firm' evidence nitrogen on Titan originated in conditions similar to those of comets (assumed to have an origin in the Oort Cloud on the outer rim of the solar system).

27 Jun 2014
Skyscape Archaeology

Following on from yesterday, this story can also be seen at http://phys.org/print322808453.html --- and comes with some nice images. Stone chambered tombs in the northern part of the Cotswolds appear to be astronomically orientated while on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall the three stone circles known as the Hurlers are reputed to be based on the three stars in the Belt of Orion. Further information is available at www.ras.org.uk/nam2014 - the web site of the Royal Astronomical Society.

27 Jun 2014
Sand dunes in Antarctica

Earth and Planetary Science Letters 209 (2010) page 30-42 is an article on the age and migration of dunes in Antarctica - they are thought to have been caused by sublimation