Jupiter and the Eyes of the Storm

There are a couple of interesting posts at Thunderbolts - go to www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2019/05/05/the-eye-of-the-storm-part-2/ ... Jupiter is our largest neighbour and generates the largest electro-magnetic field in the solar system - apart from the Sun. It has a thick and turbulent atmosphere with swirling storms producing winds of supersonic speed and lightning arcs that are stupendously big in comparison to those on Earth. Jupiter also has contra flowing bands of wind - and the great red spot.

Urban Heat

At https://notrickszone.com/2019/05/18/royal-meteorological-society-confirm... k/ .... the Royal Meteorological Society has confirmed the urban heat island effect has significantly increased daily minimum temperature in the UK by up to 1.70k. Has global warming finally being brought back to earth we may wonder as that would imply it was all about where instruments are placed. It seems that in cities and towns where buildings act as heat absorbing sinks it takes longer to cool down at night.

The Narwhal Tusk

This is an interesting post at http://blog.drwile.com/what-is-the-function-of-a narwhal-tusk/ .... what is the function of a narwhal's tusk. He doesn't reach a conclusion as such but explores various mainstream ideas and then adds his own thoughts. The narwhal tusk is in fact an elongated tooth and because of that it has nerves. In this case, sensory nerves, and what they are for, is yet to be confirmed. One of the studies has shown it has multiple purposes, one of which is that the tusk can indicate whether the sea water is beginning to freeze.

Bald Cypress

William sent in a link to www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article230191724.html ... which has a nice video of bald cypress trees in a remote swamp. One of these has been dated to 2624 years of age. That means it came into life just as the Greeks were beginning their rise to a major civilisation, a long time ago. Nearby cypress could be even older.

 

Ultima Thule again

In the same week Thunderbolts had a post on Ultima Thule we now have a story at https://sciscomedia.co.uk/new-horizons-ultima-thule/ ... in January, NASAs New Horizons spacecraft did a flyby of Ultima Thule, a distant object orbing in the outer regions of the solar system. Now, less than six months later, scientists have presented first results from the data sent back.

 
 

Ultima Thule again

In the same week Thunderbolts had a post on Ultima Thule we now have a story at https://sciscomedia.co.uk/new-horizons-ultima-thule/ ... in January, NASAs New Horizons spacecraft did a flyby of Ultima Thule, a distant object orbing in the outer regions of the solar system. Now, less than six months later, scientists have presented first results from the data sent back
 

Medieval Peasant Diet

At https://phys.org/news/2019-05-reveals-menu-medieval-peasants.html ... scientists from Bristol University have used chemical analysis of pottery fragments and animals bones to shed some light on what ordinary people ate during the Medieval era in Britain. It included cheese as one might expect and stews (old fashioned pottages) of meat and vegetables (cabbage and leeks in particular). The diet was quite good and not as frugal as one might have thought. Mind you, not much there for them to get fat and uneasy on the pins.

Ichniotheriums

William sent in this link - https://phys.org/news/2019-05-newly-fossil-footprints-paleontologists-re... ... newly discovered fossil footprints force paleontologists to rethink ancient desert inhabitants. The footprints were discovered in a remote part of the Grand Canyon National Park - see for instance www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/11/181108142448.htm ... and https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/news/newly-discovered-fossils.htm ...

Chicxulub

It is calculated the asteroid/comet that struck the Earth at the K/T boundary was about 14 km across. The Chicxulub crater has a diameter of 200 km. See https://q-mag.com/the-latest-on-chicxulub.html ... the crater is now covered by younger sedimentary material and was not spotted until 1991. Drilling on the crater took place in the 1990s, and again in 2002. It was then decided to do a fuller investigation in 2016 and the cores are now stored at the Univeristy of Bremen in Germany. The impactor created an enormous ring around the outside of the crater - and another ring inside the crater.

More on Sodom

At https://q-mag.org/sodom-annilhilated-by-meteorite-blast.html ... in 1908 a massive blast in Siberia flattened 2000 square kilometres of uninhabited taiga forestry. Curiously, no crater was found. Scientists explained it as a meteor exploding 5 to 10 km above the surface of the Earth. An interdisciplinary team of archaeologists and scientists are now using the 1908 Tunguska event as a model to explain the mysterious ending of a thriving civilisation near the Dead Sea.