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6 Jun 2014
The cusp of cold fusion technology

At http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/lenr-year-of-answers/ ... 2014 is likely to be important for Cold Fusion (Low Energy Nuclear Reactors or LENR) according to www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-01/15/cold-fusion-moves-into-mainstream  ... but strangely, since January it has all gone a bit quiet (so has Wired overhyped). First we have the Cyclone engine developed by Cyclone Power Technologies in the US. This can run on virtually anything - from oil, gas, biomass, powdered coal, or even by waste heat or solar collectors.

6 Jun 2014
Landscape fires in N America at the end of the Pleistocene

At http://cosmictusk.com/big-burn-north-american-great-plains-underlain-by-... ... George Howard provides the full paper to read (published in Nature Geoscience on May 25th, 2014. It is five pages long and derives from the University of Wisconsin. Basically, it is telling us the transition from the Pleistocene to the Holocene is characterised by contintental wide wild fires. See the image above - the Brady layer in the Midwest.

6 Jun 2014
Mycenae flints and flakes

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/06052014/article/archaeologists-exc... ... surprisingly, the lower city of Mycenae has never properly been investigated. This is the town outside the citadel with its Lion Gate and huge walls. The lower town was also enclosed by a wall and it appears to have been laid out in a purposeful fashion.

6 Jun 2014
Magnetic fields and black holes

This story is at http://phys.org/print321105310.html ... a new study of supermassive black holes has found magnetic fields play a prominent role in proceedings. This was actually predicted and amounts to a confirmation of theory. It goes on to say that in the dozens of black holes so far surveyed (what are thought to be black holes to be more correct) the magnetic field strength matched the force produced by the black hole gravitational pull.

4 Jun 2014
Big Earth

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-171 (see also www.nasa.gov/kepler and http://planetquest.jpl.nasa.gov/). A rocky planet weiging 17 times as much as the Earth but just over twice the size is the latest anomaly to cause some surprise to the consensus satisfied set. Know as Kepler 10c, we are told such a world should not exist - even, could not possibly exist (until it loomed out of the telescope). The thinking went - the gravitational force of such a massive body would accrete a gas envelope during formation and baloon the planet into a gas gaint similar to Neptune or Jupiter.

4 Jun 2014
Big tools, big points

At http://westerndigs.org/13500-year-old-tool-making-site-uncovered-in-idah... ... an archaeological site on a river bank in Idaho has come upon evidence of humans living there 13,500 years ago - in the warm period between the end of the Ice Age and the beginning of the Younger Dryas event. However, these are not Clovis point - but date contemporary with Clovis. A few layers above the new tool find they came across Western Stemmed points (common to the Great Basin and the NW states such as Oregon and Montana).

4 Jun 2014
Canyons on Mars

At www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2647295/Water-didnt-carve-Mars-c... ... basically, a group of scientists are saying water did not carve out the canyons on Mars. This idea is in fact relatively recent and we suppose a rump of scientists have not been persuaded and prefer to point a finger at lava flow. There are in fact quite a few volcanoes on Mars - but are they capable of cutting canyons bigger than Earth's Grand Canyon?

2 Jun 2014
Polar Bears

We had a wonderful television story from Canada the other week, a polar bear that became friends with a dog. They enjoyed a bit of scampering around and fun-fighting and the polar bear went on to return each year to renew his friendly aquaintance with the dog - even bringing some of his mates with him. In normal circumstances the polar bear would have eaten the dog but this did not happen. The dog was quite clever, in fact, as instead of barking in fear he initiated the play.

2 Jun 2014
Solar eruption caught on video

At http://phys.org/news/2014-05-nasa-iris-gigantic-eruption-solar.html ... the NASA IRIS instrument with the mission of observing the surface of the Sun has managed to catch a CME in the act of erupting - and the video at this sight illustrates the sheer power and might of the event. Recommended viewing. It was all down to careful manipulation and calculation by the NASA team in charge of IRIS - and they deserve the plaudits.

2 Jun 2014
Tides on the Moon

At http://joannenova.com.au/2014/05/earth-creates-tides-in-the-rock-of-the-... ... we are all used to the Moon creating tides in the seas and oceans on Earth, but in the opposite direction, it has been found that the Earth creates a tide, of sorts, in the rock that makes up the Moon. The gravitational pull of the Earth creates a slightly egg shaped Moon - but only slightly, we might add as the tidal bulge is just 15 inches high. Never the less, it is there and has been measured by scientists, and what is more the bulge is able to move.