NEO fly by

A Near Earth Object passed close to the Earth on Monday morning. It was the size of a ten story building but it wasn't noticed until the Saturday. It was travelling nearly ten miles a second and came within half the distance of the moon - which is pretty close (a few moments from the kind of close encounter of the noisy kind one hopes can be avoided). It also crosses the path of Venus as it orbits around the sun. Another 33 close approaches of rocks in space are expected during the course of 2017. See http://finance.yahoo.com/news/asteroid-just-flew-earth-two-172000181.html

cold water and cold fusion

This story comes from www.scientificamerican.com/article/cold-fusion-lives-experiments-create-... ... which is a source hardly likely to be full on keen on cold fusion. It was dismissed as junk science some years ago and one can see why some science journals might like to stand on the neck of anything that attempts to resurrect the theory.

liquid iron and the EU

This article at Thunderbolts was inspired by the news over Christmas that earth has a liquid iron jet stream as revealed by ESAs Swarm mission satellites. Swarm is able to measure variations in the electromagnetic fields of the earth. Stephen Smith says 'jet' as in a jet stream is a trifle overstated and planetary scientists attribute it to liquid iron (aka the press release last week as reported in the News), circulating around the poles.

something going on

At www.astronomy.com/news/2016/11/large-ice-sheet-discovered-on-mars?/ ... which appears to be a large area of ice and rocks and very deep.

Ocean Acidification

It is thought ocean acidification might become the next doom mongering scare story if CAGW is 'Trumped' in the coming months. It might be useful to learn something about it and going to http://notrickszone.com/2016/2/29/the-ocean-acidification-narrative-coll... ... for example a paper by Weil et al (2015) published in the Journal of Geophysical Research looks at ocean acidification and contradicts much of the doom mongering song sheet.

Iron Age Knossos

nAt www.tornosnews.gr/en/greek-news/21698-minoan-civilization-capital-knosso... ... contrary to what most people think, that Knossos was severely affected by the Thera volcano and limped on towards the end of the Bronze Age, it seems that Knossos did not disappear - but thrived even in the Iron Age (in spite of what might have happened to bring the LB age to an end). It has all the hallmarks of a civilisation reasserting itself after a natural disaster - the nature of which is poorly understood.

Big One

At http://nypost.com/2016/12/29/massive-anomaly-lurks-beneath-ice-in-antarc... ... this is the Big One - in more ways than one. It comes just as the Thunderbolts people are telling us craters have origins in electrical phenomena, even the one at Chicxulub that is supposed to have killed off the dinosaurs. A large and mysterious anomaly is hiding beneath the frozen waste of Wilks Land in Antarctica. It is 151 miles across - and has a minimum depth of 2700 feet. Some scientists are thinking in terms of a giant asteroid crater - twice the size of Chicxulub.

antibiotics

Fascinating post by Dr Wile at http://blog.drwile.com/?p=15423#more-15423 ... we have all succombed to the reasoning put abroad in the media and by earnest people in the health industry warning us about the danger of indulging in too many antibiotic treatments. We have all been constantly bombarded with the claim that over use of antibiotics is leading to the mutation of bacteria resistant to antibiotics and eventually they will overcome them and make the use of antibiotics obsolete - but do the biologists agree with this populist argument?

bone beds

Bone beds. What are they? It is rare to come across a complete dinosaur skeleton - or even a partial skeleton. These are what scientists like which is why the recent discoveries in China and Argentina have taken such a prominent position in various pieces of research in journals etc. The media of course also like dinosaur skeletons and most of us have been impressed by specimens in natural history museums.

liquid iron jet stream

A liquid iron plume streaming from Earth's core has been likened to an internal jet stream. It is claimed that it is actually accelerating which is interesting as the magnetic north pole is behaving oddly. The European Space Agency's Swarm satellite system is providing sharp x-ray images of the core according to Phil Livermore of the University of Leeds (the findings are published in the December issue of Nature Geoscience). The new information is helping scientists to understand the earth's magnetic field.