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24 Jun 2014
Swarm and Titan

The European Space Agency (ESA) is studying Earth's magnetic field - from space (see http://phys.org/print322463763.html). Meanwhile, NASA is organising a mission to Titan, the largest moon of Saturn - see http://phys.org/print322421695.html. It is described as an almost Earth like world, a frozen version of the Earth as it was several billion years ago. Titan is visualised as a carbon copy of the Earth prior to the oxygen dominated atmosphere.

22 Jun 2014
Giant inflatable wind turbines

Renewables are under development all the time. The cost of building wind farms, and installing concrete bases and access roads, and a general disturbance of the environment which is what most protestors have against them, has caused an American company to think of alternate methods of collecting energy from wind. Four prototypes exist according to the article in The Times (a couple of weeks ago). Giant inflatable wind turbines that float in the sky, held on long tethers like massive dog leads, is the latest idea.

21 Jun 2014
Where did all that salt come from?

The Times of July 26th 1970 reported on findings by a group of French oceanographers, and this was that the Atlantic was much smaller in the Jurassic period, 160 million years ago. This is concomitant with continental drift, plate tectonics, and even with the expanding earth theory - so no surprise to a geologist. However, they added - conditions in the embryo Atlantic were similar to those of the Dead Sea in the modern world. It was salty. We may also note the Dead Sea is situated along the Rift Valley system that runs through Africa and the Levant.

19 Jun 2014
Water and the Sun

At http://phys.org/print322235628.html ... an ESA Herschel image of the Helix Nebula has found some interesting molecules - the OH+ molecular ion which is a requirement for water. They say the molecule exists in the burning embers of dying sun-like stars. The molecule is a positively charged combination of single oxygen and hydrogen atoms - existing in former sun like bodies.

The Herschel telescope has traced water in various parts of the universe - in star forming clouds and now in dying stars. Even in the asteroid belt within our solar system.

18 Jun 2014
3rd century AD plague and downturn

At www.livescience.com/46335-remains-of-ancient-egypt-epidemic-found.html ... is a report on bodies covered in a thick layer of lime found in Egypt. Lime was used to disinfect disease ridden bodies - in order to stop the spread of the virus. Lime kilns were also found (to make the lime, usually from limestone) and what looks like the remains of a giant bonfire (as in a real bone fire as it is theorised bodies were burnt before being thrown in a grave and covered in lime).

18 Jun 2014
The Dark Matter and the Dinosaur Demise

Dark matter meets catastrophism - courtesy of Harvard University researchers. At http://phys.org/print322123461.html ... a new theory is being aired and it involves a disc of dark matter at the heart of our galaxy - and presumably every galaxy. A group of Harvard researchers from the physics department have put forward a proposal, a gestating hypothesis, that began with the object that struck the Earth and wiped out three quarters of all species in the dinosaur era. It seeks an answer - where did this object originate.

17 Jun 2014
Volcanoes and Melting glaciers

At http://phys.org/print321534287.html ... according to recent CAGW hype we should all be scared - the West Antarctic ice sheet is melting. In reality the problem involves the Thwaites glacier - but that has been enough to make a stir (in spite of the fact Antarctic sea ice is growing year on year). Now, we have a paper that actually explains what is happening with the Thwaites glacier - and global warming is not responsible.

17 Jun 2014
A sand extrusion

At http://geology.gsapubs.org/content/early/2012/03/16/G33117.1.abstract ... we have a large body of sand in the northern region of the North Sea basin which is described as extrusive. Where did it extrude from? There is enought sand there to bury Manhattan Island or the whole of London, under several metres in depth. The sand, it seems, vented to the sea floor during the Pleistocene epoch. Does vent imply pump out of the ground?

For some parts of the Pleistocene the North Sea basin was dry land - probably for most of the time.

16 Jun 2014
Summer sun halo

At www.spaceweather.com on Monday 16th June (2014)  a summer sun halo.

   If you want to know when earth facing sun spots are despatching CMEs towards our planet keep an eye on this very useful web site.

15 Jun 2014
Dr David Evans

Major new climate change project by Dr David Evans - see http://joannenova.com.au/2014/06/big-news-part-i-historic-development-ne... ... produced without any funding whatsoever (apart from personal donations). No government handouts (grants), no environmentalist input, deep pockets (from the renewables mafia), hedge funds, banks, oil companies, all the normal villains involved in CAGW alarmism - none of that. Zilch.