Imaging a Black Hole

At ... scientists, we are told, are in the process of making an image of a black hole. It seems a black hole cannot be photographed (which is why only simulations of black holes have been produced to date). In the hypothetical black hole scenario light cannot reflect or escape. One might argue that has been convenient for the continued faith in the existence of black holes. Light cannot escape the grasp of a black hole and therefore there is no light to see - a perfect storm if you like.


At ... we have an exposure on the great bee catastrophe - colony collapse disorder amongst honey bee populations. It has long since been attributed to beekeepers taking too much honey and substituting sugar syrup solution but you would never think this if you relied on the media for your information. Environmentalists of the activist persuasion saw colony collapse disorder as an opportunity to throw a spike in the spokes of agriculture by claiming to be concerned about agriculture, and the lack of honey bees.

Electric Geology

Interesting post on lightning under the ground and how it might affect geological features at the surface - see ... or to think about. It was inspired by a recent mainstream study.

Lost Continents

You've heard of Atlantis (sinking into the sea) and Gondwanaland, even perhaps the lost island continent of Mu - now we have Zealandia - see

An area encompassing New Caledonia and New Zealand, ninety four per cent of which is currently submerged, appears to be a lost continent (implying it consists of crust rather than sea bottom basalt). It even has mountain chains.

Ceres organics

NASAs Dawn space mission has found evidence for organic material on asteroid (or dud comet) Ceres - see ... the material was detected near a crater and the study is in this month's Science journal (February 2017). Carbonates and clays have also been discovered. The organic material is part of the stuff of life - but apparently not evidence of life on Ceres.

American Pie

An American Pie might imply a mixture of fillings. Whilst this is obviously true of the last couple of hundred years, to be sure, it is also true of the earliest humans to reach the Americas according to a new linguistics study - see ... linguist anthropologists (a bit of a mouth full) have applied technology (simulation) to the early inhabitants of the Americas - and this has popped out the news that there was a complex pattern  of settlement, contact, and migration over a long period of time.

anthropocene mathematics

New paper by a couple of academic climate scientists from Australia and Sweden is given a going over at ... but read the comments below to find out more about how it was done - smoothing the data over the last 7000 years (obliterating highs and lows of temperature spikes). One guy compares this to comparing the speed of sea level rise as the tide comes in twice a day with the average rise over the last year or more. What is the purpose of the smoothing? That is all you need to ask.

Dinosaur collagen

This story was at Dr Wile's blog a way back. At ... dinosaurs are mostly known from fossilised bone but last year palaeontologists claimed they have now found collagen in a rib from 195 million years ago - which caused a bit of a stir as proteins were not supposed to survive for that long a time. An article in Nature Communications (Feb 2017) re-examines the issues involved, particularly the survival of soft tissue.


The journal of New Concepts in Global Tectonics continues to publish the kind of earth science other journals do not touch. It's a bit like SIS journals in that respect - although the latter originated as a pro-Velikovsky organ. At (click on the December 2016 issue) we have several articles on earthquakes and earthquake prediction. As such, they radically depart from the mainstream position that earthquakes are all to do with moving plates. These involve acoustic emissions (Giovanni) and high frequency electromagnetic radiation (Levashov).

Bluebells and Garlic Mustard

This sounds very much like a regurgitation of a post from a couple of years ago - a bit of botanical doom mongering by the alarmists. At ... a study in Global Change Biology (which sounds very much like an environmentalists bean feast sort of magazine) has come out with the same old (same old) witterings of the past decade or so - plants are flowering earlier because it is getting warmer (and this just must be detrimental to life on the planet and we are all going to die).