London Cave Men

At .... a city in Chandigarh in India has a burnt layer, eight feet high, dating to the second century BC. Mike Baillie has a low growth tree ring event around 210BC. Is there a connection?

Blackest Worms Yet

At ... two Chinese researchers have suggested black holes might not be all they are cracked up to be. They may in fact be burrows leading to an alternative universe, a feature known as Worm Holes - but is it as whacky as black holes? The paper is available to view at the preprint server arXiv and was prompted by the discovery of a bright source of radio waves emanating from the centre of our galaxy.

carbon 14 methodology and its weaknesses

Over at ... Tim Cullen continues his quest to disect carbon 14 methodology - and where its weaknesses might lie. It has continued through a succession of posts and all are entertaining as well as informative. How on earth did this methodology usurp the older dating methods - and it can only be that they were even more unreliable. Cullen claims Willard Libby skewed the data and fudged the core analysis that two atoms of C14 are formed every second for each square centimetre of the surface of the Earth.

Tides on the Moon

At ... 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.

Solar eruption caught on video

At ... 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.

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.

Big Bang, read Theory

At ... we have all been inculcated with the idea the universe began with a big bang event, an act of creation. This kind of pristine origin myth is a preferred explanation in various scientific disciplines. It provides the universe with a start date and a start mechanism (which can be argued about) and means that science is able to control and manage.

All Seeing WISE

At ... NASAs 'Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer' (WISE mission) has been looking at black holes - and they don't seem to conform to consensus theory (the bit processed for consumption by the general public). Back in the 1970s, when astronomers came to an agreement on black holes (or the setting up of a control knob) , they claimed all black holes are surrounded by a dusty area, a doughnut shped structure thereafter known as a torus. It is the position of the torus that is supposed to affect 'earthlings' view of black holes.

Crater on Mars

At ... a fresh meteor crater has been studied by NASA and some conclusions have been reached. It first appeared in March 2012 and the crater appears to have been preceded by an explosion in the Martian sky caused by friction between the space object and the atmosphere of Mars. It was captured by MARCI, telescopic cameras on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (see which began a systematic observation of Mars in 2006.

Skeleton Lake

Gary forwarded this link at ... which concerns a glacial lake in Uttarakhand State in northern India, high in the Himalayas. It is situated in a remote region of glaciers, rocky chasms and snow covered mountains, at an altitude of 16,500 feet. It is a smal lake - just 2m deep. It is frozen over most of the year and just a month or so, during the summer, there is a  thaw and one can peer into the water. It is full of skeletons.