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27 Jan 2015
more important than Stonehenge

In 'The Scotsman' of 27th July 2014 prehistorians are on record as saying that discoveries made at the Ness of Brodgar on Orkney are more important than Stonehenge, describing it as an 'Egypt of the North' - all good stuff but the site is hard to access from the main population centres of the UK. Ceremonial mace heads, polished stone axes, flint knives, human figurines, remarkable pottery, and those Neolithic buildings that seem to dwarf the stone circles of the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness (also part of the complex).

27 Jan 2015
Willie Soon

Willie Soon and Sally Baluinas upset the Green Blob some years ago by writing a peer reviewed article in a climate journal that claimed the Sun controlled the Earth's climate rather than a trace gas, co2. It might seem obvious to most people that the Sun is the controller of the climate on Earth - but not it seems to those of the CAGW faith. You may also wonder why an astrophysicist's views are dismissed but social scientists and people with a degree in English Literature, for example, are lauded as all-knowing of how the climate works - but that is the state of play.

26 Jan 2015
weibel filamentation instabilities

At http://phys.org/print341136762.html ... cosmic magnetic fields is the subject here and something called 'Weibel filamentation instabilities' - a plasma instability present in homogenous, or nearly homogenous. electromagnetic plasmas. It has attracted a fair amount of theoretical interest from plasma physicists and this news release follows the publication of a paper in Nature Physics published in January (2015). Laboratory produced weibels appear to conform to the hypothesis of magnetic field origins and growth.

26 Jan 2015
wormholes in heaven

At http://phys.org/print341045140.html ... evidence is said to exist that our galaxy could be a huge wormhole - but not everyone would agree (even physicists). The paper is in the Annals of Physics and the idea is to rethink dark matter. They can't see the stuff but apparently they can map how much dark matter is in the Milky Way. The following remark is somewhat revealing, 'obviously, we are not claiming that our galaxy is definitely a worm hole but simply that according to theoretical models this hypothesis is a possibility'.

23 Jan 2015
Rosetta ... provisional assessments

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2015-029 ... NASA writers are telling us that Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko is gushing water vapour into space - and it has been increasing in volume. The image below was taken in November and faints jets can be seen (via photo enhancement).

           

23 Jan 2015
Rosetta in 'Science'

At http://phys.org/print341155255.html ... the journal Science, January 23rd, has published four articles on the Rosetta Mission - so get down to WH Smith's. Mind you, they are still saying the comet is composed of ice, dust, and space debris, a left over of the early days of the solar system. The lens they are looking through may not have changed too much but they are dealing with lots of new information. Describing the visual outline of the comet they say it is roughly the shape of a rubber duck, two lobes connected by a thin neck.

22 Jan 2015
another binocular comet

Comet Lovejoy is currently visible in binoculars as a greenish blob approaching the Pleiades, east of Orion. We now have a second comet that has sparked into brightness - Comet Finlay. The TV doctor's namesake can be seen with binoculars in Aquarius, very close to its brightest star. This is located in the SW area of the night sky - for more information go to Http://phys.org/print340879696.html ...

22 Jan 2015
the uranium cycle

This is an interesting one as uranium isotopes are used to date rocks and float the geochronological time span. The story is at http://phys.org/print340960522.html ... and no doubt some people are inclined to doubt the whole exercise. Never the less it is all part of the Uniformitarian construct and requires understanding by critics and those with just a thirst for general knowledge. Basically, uranium isotopes are used to date the different rocks assigned to the different periods in the geochronology that has been developed over the last couple of hundred years.

18 Jan 2015
plankton blooms

At http://phys.org/print340618543.html ... the accepted theory on what causes plankton blooms is under attack by a marine botanist. Currently, a phyto plankton hot spot in the mid Atlantic has been chosen as the point of study - funded by NASA. Presumably this is an effort to understand the carbon cycle in the oceans.

18 Jan 2015
Middle Palaeolithic Africa

At http://chauvetdreams.co.uk/2014/07/70000-year-old-african-settlement-une... .... it seems, not just Neanderthals were being underestimated but Middle Palaeolithic people in Africa as well. People were living in a village of wooden huts with a separate flint workshop and an animal butchering site located at a distance, 70,000 years ago.