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10 Oct 2017
K2

This one is going to get better - may be. The K2 comet (otherwise PANSTARRS comet) is currently beyond the orbit of Saturn but is heading towards the Sun. Even at that distance the comet has developed an 80,000 mile wide fuzzy cloud of dust (a coma) containing frozen gases. Se https://phys.org/print426436355.html ...

10 Oct 2017
Younger Dryas Hurricanes

At https://phys.org/print426427240.html ... considering recent wailing by the CAGW fraternity, hurricanes have increased because of global warming (ignoring the fact hurricanes have been short in supply in recent years) research has thrown up an anomaly. During the almost Ice Age conditions of the Younger Dryas episode hurricanes, surprisingly, were fairly frequent in nature - as far as Florida was concerned.

6 Oct 2017
Harvest Moon

Full Moon this week. In the old days the harvest moon allowed farmers to bring in their ripening crops even after sunset. Nowadays they have big lights on the front of their combines.

6 Oct 2017
Ian Plimer

New book by Australian geologist Ian Plimer, 'The Climate Change Delusion and the Great Electricity Ripoff' ... sure to zoom into the best selling lists. He is a professor emeritus in the Earth Sciences at Melbourne University and a professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide. He has published numerous scientific papers, seven books, and is the co-editor of Encyclopedia of Geology.

5 Oct 2017
Solar and Mars

At https://phys.org/print425973790.html ... a huge solar storm doubled radiation levels on the surface of Mars - back in September. It was observed and recorded by NASAs Mars mission in orbit and on the ground.

5 Oct 2017
Flood of 1014

Tom Whipple in The Times a couple of weeks ago had a piece on the flood of AD1014. I cut it out and came back to it yesterday with a few internet searches. Whipple said that according to medieval chronicler William of Malmesbury 'a wall of water reached an astonishing size such as the memory of many cannot parallel' (which sounds very much like a tsunami wave). In the autumn of 1014 people were drowned far inland, their homes inundated.

4 Oct 2017
Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson is addressing the autumn speaker meeting at the weekend so it is opportune to look at his presentation at the EU Conference in 2013. The text and images have been posted to Google Docs but the text itself can be read at http://qdl.scs-inc.us/?top=7915

1 Oct 2017
Hawaii coral reef

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/09/28/catastrophic-sea-level-rise-in-th... ... did rapid sea level change drown fossil coral reefs around Hawaii? Recent discoveries suggest there have been episodes of very rapid sea level rise as a result of ice sheet collapse at the end of the Ice Age. This change in sea level was associated with the drowning of coral reefs in Hawaii.

1 Oct 2017
Juno Mission

At https://cycliccatastrophism.org/2017/09/28/juno-jupiter-news/ ... I don't know anything about this web site although I notice they support the Velikovskian idea of errant planets - Mars, Venus, and Mercury. They quote from a press release concerning a new paper on initial findings of the Juno mission - which is an interesting admission by scientists that Jupiter does not conform to the consensus theories as predicted over many years by astronomers. One would need to go back to source to get a full picture much the same as anything reported on News at the SIS web site.

1 Oct 2017
Sorghum

Sorghum is a native sub-Sahara grass that has been utilised for thousands  of years by hunter gatherers as well as farming communities. It emerged as an important cereal crop along with rice, wheat, barley and maize and it is thought Africans may have domesticated sorghum in areas south of Egypt (where wheat and barley cereals dominated). The discovery, in modern Sudan, that people in the 4th millennium BC (3500 to 3000BC) had domesticated sorghum is the earliest archaeological evidence so far. The evidence comes from pottery residues of the Butana culture people of eastern Sudan.