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22 Jun 2016
Surviving molecules

Not sure if this is biology or geology or physics but catastrophism seems to cover it. Robert Farrar sent in the link http://crev.info/2016/06/precambrian-protein/ ... with the comment - well preserved 1.88 billion years old molecules from NW Ontario have been found. He asks can biomolecules really survive that long or are the rocks not really that old?

19 Jun 2016
Deer and magnetism

At http://blog.drwile.com/?p=14883 ... Dr Wile discusses animals reacting to earth's magnetic field such as migrating Monarch butterflies and salmon. Homing pigeons are a well known example and some people even claim if you throw your snails over next door's fence they will find their way back home (if you take them in a bucket to a nearby piece of waste ground the same thing is said to happen).

19 Jun 2016
Footprints in the sand

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/earliest-footprint... ... footprints in the dry region of Eritrea have been dated to 800,000 years ago. Humans living at that time, assumed to be Homo erectus, left behind footprints in what had been sand or silt on the side of a lake - or possibly on the dried up bed of a lake. The footprints are very similar to those of modern people which says a lot about Homo erectus - how different were they really?

19 Jun 2016
testosterone

Testosterone and its effects on evolution - go to https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/when-it-comes-to-e... ... another kind of change to the pure Darwinian model of evolution is being suggested - and one that involves testosterone levels. Animals with high testosterone have an edge on those of their own species with a more relaxed attitude to mating, display, and the competition for food resources.

19 Jun 2016
Black Hole jets

At http://phys.org/print385385980.html ... a paper in the Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (Oxford University Press, June 2016) concerns a simulation of the powerful jets ejected by supermassive black holes at the centre of large galaxies. Some 10 per cent of galaxies (assumed to have black holes) have jets of gas spouting in the opposite direction from the core. Hot ionised gas (plasma) is propelled outwards 'by the twisting magnetic fields of the rotating black hole.' You may note that streams of plasma coming from the Sun are produced within the Sun, a star.

17 Jun 2016
Mosquitoes in History

Mosquitoes are blamed for spreading the Zika virus but the variety appears to have crossed the Atlantic in slaving ships in the 15th and 16th centuries - see www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-lowly-mosquito-helped-america-... ... the variety of mosquito known as Aedes aegypti has a preference for human blood. It has also learned to live in human environments, laying eggs in artificial containers, pots and cans, barrels, wells and cisterns etc..

17 Jun 2016
Beech Woods

At http://phys.org/print385196521.html ... one and half million pounds, it is alleged, have been used to fund a rather strange story by environmental scientists at the University of Stirling in the southern Highlands of Scotland. They make the bold claim that beech woodland in southern England is actually under threat - from rising temperatures and a more common occurrence of drought. The problem is that their information or point of stat is based on a drought in 1976. My wife was pregnant in that year and I remember it well.

17 Jun 2016
Lost river

At http://phys.org/print385104508.html ... the fasted flowing of the glaciers on Greenland is actually situated on a lost river - in fact a huge river basin 12km wide and as deep as 1400m in places (all hidden under the ice). The river was in existence prior to glaciation.

At http://phys.org/print385106365.html ... giant sink holes in Texas - are growing.

16 Jun 2016
More on Surprising Mars

Gary Gilligan has replied to the first post, June 14th, and raised some interesting points about silica, and to the apparent violent history of Mars. The link provided, at http://finance.yahoo.com/news/scientists-find-something-mars-could-19010... ... actually implies that on earth tridymite forms at extremely high temperatures in an explosive paroxysm known as silicic volcanism (and Mount St Helens is cited as an example).

16 Jun 2016
Stellar Explosion

  In the June 2016 issue of Scientific American Daniel Kasen of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has focused on developing new theoretical and computer models to explain the various types of supernovae.