Indus Roots

At ... begins by telling us 'climate change' was probably not the sole reason for the collapse of the Harappan civilisation in the Indus-Chaggar-Hakra river valleys of India and Pakistan. The new study says the inhabitants did not give up and roll over as they appear to have adapted to cereal crops such as the millets which are more drought resistant.

Dinosaur Ants

At ... ants go back a long way - but they were not always social insects (although small groups of ants are known in fossilised settings). Modern forms of ants are successful as they all work for the common good - or that of the queen ant. In the early stages ants were often solitary predators and here we have another example (or seemingly so). Dr Wang Bo of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has been looking at an ant preserved in amber from Burma going back 99 million years ago ...

Plankton and Vents

At ... the subject is hydrothermal vents and methane seeps on the sea floor in various regions of the world. These have variously been treated as something of a geological and biological oddity - under the waves and out of sight. It is now emerging they are something special, an important force in the ecology of the marine system. They are also said to affect global climate but we can take that with a pinch of salt as climate has a habit of creeping into all manner of studies, with little real relevance.

small reactors

At ... we are told. A thousand such small reactors could replace the necessity for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station the politicos are struggling with. A UK based development consortium is behind the move to supply Poland with the micro devices which are designed to produce local power and heat. They also hope to sell them to Canada.

Henrik Svensmark

The theory of Henrik Svensmark, the seeding of clouds by cosmic rays, has been strengthened by the results of the CERN experiments (recently published) it is alleged. Pierre Gosselin at ... Not sure if this is true but the media don't seem to have joined the dots as Gosselin has done as far as the recent CERN research is concerned. Do cosmic rays seed clouds - and alter the climate?

Planet 9 captured

We have recently had the theory Planet 9 was a supernova fragment - now we have another hypothesis. At ... a computer simulation at Lund University in Sweden has claimed Planet 9 is an exoplanet. This means it is perhaps the first explanet detected in our solar system - assuming none of the planets have such an origin. The idea is that four and a half billion years ago the young Sun captured the exoplanet, stealing it from a passing star system.


In December of 2017 the near earth asteroid Phaethon will pass close to the orbit of the Earth (18 months from now) coming within 10 million miles and opening up an opportunity for scientists to study it. They are already preparing research aims and deciding on the equipment for observation - see


A hexagonal form of diamond later known as lonsdaleite was identifed for the first time inside or alongside fragments of the Canyon Diablo meteorite, the object that created the Barringer Crater in Arizona. It has subsequently become important to research into cosmic collisions with the earth - and specifically with hypothesized atmospheric explosions. These include the Younger Dryas Boundary event, the Tunguska explosion and the Ries crater in Germany. It will also be relevant to the search for Biblical Sodom and various late 3rd millennium soil samples dating from the end of Akkad.

Earth's magnetic field

At ... earth's magnetic field deflects solar radiation and allows life to thrive (or that is the theory). It is also supposed the core is made of iron and this generates the magnetic field. The argument in the past has been when in the history of the Earth the magnetic field began, the overriding mainstream view being that it was not terribly old (far from four billion years ago).

Arizona fireball

At (June 2nd 2016) we learn that on the 4th and 5th of June the Earth will say hello to a stream of solar wind and auroras are expected. This is the same stream of material the Earth encountered in early May when aurora were visible over northern and middle Britain. Let's hope the clouds disperse. However, the big news is the Arizona fireball - and how big an object it might have been (various reports appear to exaggerate the size). All we can say is that it was a big meteor that exploded in a bright flash of light. The ground shook from the explosion.