Brown Dwarf Oddity

At ... the curious case of the over luminous brown dwarf. It is theorised brown dwarfs form secondarily to main sequence stars. A gas cloud collapses, heats up, and ignites. However, brown dwarfs, the theory supposes, do not have enough mass to start forming hydrogen as in a star (and instead they form deuterium). Over time they cool off - and fade away. The brown dwarf in question is 16 times brighter than expected by the model (theory). Hence, astronomers are looking for reasons why.

Heat Wave

According to Weather Eye in The Times (of London) earlier this month the recent hot weather in Europe was caused by a huge horseshe shaped pattern of sea temperatures stretching across the North Atlantic. Throughout the summer the tropical Atlantic between the Caribbean and Africa has been coller than normal - and these cool waters arched around towards the tip of Greenland. Inside the horseshoe pattern sat a large area of unusually warm water in the Mid Atlantic.

Electron Rain

Another video - this time viewable at (September 21st 2018). NASAs latest rocket into space has been a success, deploying the ICESat-2 which is designed to make 3D laser images of earth's surface in order to keep a tally on glaciers etc. However, a pair of tiny satellites were tucked into the rocket and also successfully deployed as well. They were built by students at UCLA's department of Planetary and Space Sciences - which are designed to monitor the ebb and flow of electrons around our planet.

Eric Lerner

Robert has sent in another link to a video. This time by Eric Lerner - the Big Bang Never Happened. Go to

Blue Sun Anomaly

At ... is actually a link to a video by one of my favourite scientists, the much maligned (by CAGW activists) Dr Willie Soon. He is an extremely polite man even in the face of some incredible abuse by people who know as much about climate as they can write on a postage stamp. He doesn't resort to the same level of insults as his critics and always comes across as cool as a cucumber - a one time admirable human characteristic that seems to be part of history nowadays.

Fossils and Bones

At ... a researcher at Oxford's department of zoology in collaboration with an Australian scientist has been looking at fossils from Utah collected 25 years ago and post their findings at Nature Communications (September 2018). Y=The fossil in question if an arthropod, an extinct relative of modern crabs and spiders ...

Gravity - Newton and Einstein

At ... astronomers and physicists have revived a previously debunked theory of gravity, arguing that motion within dwarf galaxies would be slower if they were close to a massive galaxy. This is the Modified Newtonian Dynamics (or MOND as it is usually referred to) - which proved to be a controversial alternative to Einstein's General Relativity model. Modern attempts to keep general relativity alive have resorted to claiming dark matter plays a role - even if it cannot be detected.

British Plate Movements

At ... the British mainland, we are told, was formed by the collisions of three land masses. It has long been thought that most of Scotland was not always part of the British Isles - but now geologists have been investigating the SW of England and have come to the conclusion there was a third piece of the puzzle. This concerns all of Cornwall and a large dollop of Devon.  They say this piece of real estate was once part of France (pointing at similar geology in Brittany) and separate from the rest of England and Wales.

Electric Bacteria

At ... bacteria that produce electricity have been found in mines and on the bottom of lakes. Now they have found it in the human gut. A common diarrhea causing bacterium, listaria monocytogenes, produces electrictiy in a way hundreds of other bacterial species do. Many of these bacterium are part of the human gut microbiome and amny cause the food releated illness, listeriusis - which can also cause miscarraiges. Other bacterium use electricity and can cause infections and gangrene.

A Beery Tale

At ... a study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science suggests beer brewing existed in the Levant (and Eastern Mediterranean) 500 years prior to its earliest human evidence fron northern China. Indeed, the Natufians lived in the period prior to the Younger Dryas event and so we are talking about a time prior to the establishment of farming (and people living in one place and not moving around). Three stone mortars from a 13,000 year old Natufian burial cave complex have been analysed.