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22 Jan 2017
Vitrified Forts

Although there are plenty of examples of vitrified hill forts on the continent this offering is concerned solely with Scotland. They have periodically been of interest to neo-catastrophists on the basis there is a small chance they may have been vitrified as a result of fire from the sky (whatever that may entail). None of these forays have proved worth pursuing as C14 dates for vitrified forts tend to be all over the place (especially in the first few centuries AD). One can hardly advocate multiple atmospheric air blasts in a well recorded period of history.

22 Jan 2017
dark energy again

Attempts to explain dark energy persist. At ... 'violations of energy convection in the early universe may explain dark energy' we are told. You might struggle with the use of the word violation but it is in keeping with modern changes in meaning heaped upon us by clever people using smoke and mirrors to cloud what they really mean. In this instance, there is a problem with Big Bang and the idea is to both provide an explanation but create obfuscation so that a casual reader may not see all the trees in the forest.

22 Jan 2017
Ceres Camouflage

Asteroids might be camouflaged, we are told. I can't think they mean anything like tieing pieces of plastic to nets in order to camouflage tents, equipment and vehicles. This is a different kind of camouflage mechanism - go to ... where we learn this is about the dusty dry layer found on cosmic bodies such as small planets and asteroids. They appear to be covered with material with an origin beyond the asteroids and small planets - space dust perhaps. It's a bit like the addition or deletion of glacial till and drift from geological maps.

20 Jan 2017
Big Floods

   ... the scablands.


Have a look at this web site, ...      and see and (you will have to probably key the numbers in after being sent to YouTube. You will also see other flood videos on YouTube that you can click on

20 Jan 2017

At ... which was sent in by William Thompson. Stephen Smith explains that the discovery of solar wind erupting from the sun at around 700km per second came as somewhat of a surprised for mainstream gravity focussed cosmologist. Nowadays everyone takes it far granted - without a thought of contesting the issue. However, heat and radiation alone are not enough to explain how solar wind particles accelerate - but an electric field focussed on the sun may cause radical movement of charged particles.

20 Jan 2017
Arctic Ice

   At ... which is of course a giggle at the CAGW crowd that have been gloating about warm Arctic seas and melting ice as the El Nino inspired warm water reaches the far north (before the heat is dissipated into space at the pole).

19 Jan 2017
Venus is Waving

At ... a massive un-moving structure has been discovered in the upper atmosphere of Venus (see the image below). Over 3 years ago a report from ESA reported something similar -which subsequently disappeared. Japanese scientists have now detected it again. It appears to be a bow shaped structure that measures 10,000km in length (brighter and hotter than the surrounding atmosphere).

19 Jan 2017
Modelling Earth Science

At ... Plate Tectonics models are getting more complicated all the time. Apparently, subduction by itself is not enough to explain how it occurs and internal heat from earth's core is being invoked to provide extra bite to the mainstream mechanism that drives the movement of the plates. There are various mid-ocean ridges identified but in this article in Science Advances (December 2016) we are told the East Pacific Rise is stable - unlike the Mid Atlantic Ridge that may have direct coupling with the deep mantle flow.

19 Jan 2017
Wet Green Sahara

The early to mid Holocene is renowned for the Greening of the Sahara and this implies much higher levels of rainfall than in the modern world - although other causes might be hiding in the closet. The Sahara is a largely stony desert and is dry as a result of little rainfall. Between 11,000 and 5000 years ago it was covered in savannah and pockets of woodland, with lakes and rivers and streams. It was ten times wetter than it is in the modern world. This doesn't tell us a lot as it is bone dry and covered in a system of dry wadis.

19 Jan 2017
Donkey Stables

In a recent screening of Robin Hood on TV (an old film from back in the 1950s or 1960s) they had a podgy Friar Tuck trying to coax a donkey out of a stable - but the donkey was having none of it. He just sat down and refused to budge - even though he was at first encouraged and then berated. The stubborn donkey just would not move. It seems donkeys were a common animal used to carry merchandise and equipment in the ancient world and they also had a better technique in getting them to move. At ...