inverted snobs

Not so much inside science I suppose but inside the heads of journalists and some scientists. At http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/eric-metaxas/perhaps-ancients-werent-s... ... sent in by William Thompson this one is a nice insight to how some people view themselves as ripe red top fruit rather then the too green apple lower down on the tree. The headline to the post is 'Perhaps Ancients Weren't So Dumb' ...

Yellowstone Biggy

Jovan Kesic has come up trumps again. He provides the link to www.scientificamerican.com/article/yellowstone-s-supervolcano-gets-a-lid/ ... simmering beneath the hot springs and geysers it is claimed lurks a dormant volcano.

New Cosmic Body

At www.astronomy.com/news/2016/08/this-object-may-open-up-new-solar-system-... ... Pan STARRS survey of the solar system  has found a cosmic body on a strange orbit - it is way above the ecliptic. Pluto is around 17 degrees above the ecliptic but Niku is 115 degrees above. How did it get there?

The link was provided by Jovan Kesic.

Hawaii Petroglyphs

   Looks like the squatting man image has turned up on a beach in Hawaii. At http://phys.org/print390114735.html ... the figure was etched into sandstone rock. The comments to the article are interesting in that one of them hastens to point out the connection with Anthony Perrat's plasmoids (as in his talk to SIS, recently re-aired at the 2016 spring AGM meeting).

Venus is hot, very hot, and very very hot

At http://phys.org/print390130975.html ... we are back on the Venus was once habitable computer simulation exclamation. At www.holoscience.com/wp/venus-isnt-our-twin/ ... we have Wal Thornhill's take on Venus (from way back in 2006 but very relevant in the current hype). Twelve very good pages. Please have a read.

Bennu

Again, another strange article from Scientific American - an attempt to bamboozle the conspiracy theorists and end of world doom mongers (that is sure to be ignored by people using social media). Go to www.scientificamerican.com/article/is-earth-safe-from-asteroid-bennu/ ... where all we can say is that it has an interesting name. Bennu was cosmic body that periodically threated ancient Egypt (or in mainstream speak, the phoenix rising from the ashes).

Venus again

Reference the post a couple of days ago on modelling that came up with a habitable Venus some 715 million years ago. Well, the full article was in Scientific American - go wo www.scientificamerican.com/article/hellish-venus-might-have-been-habitab... .... and make of it what you will. The point of the piece is puzzling as we don't know if Venus was ever habitable. It's simply a trick of computer simulation.

Venus was habitable

This is a good one. It now seems you can so anything with computer simulation. At http://phys.org/print389947158.html ... modelling has shown Venus could have been habitable, 715 million years ago.

A kinder hump back

A nice piece of observation by a marine ecologist doing work for NOAA - evidence that humpback whales drive off orca pods attacking other marine species. Orcas will attack the young of humpback whales so there is no love lost. However, they appear to thwart killer whale attacks on sea lions, harbour seals, sunfish and gray whales, if they get the chance. The article was published in the August issue of Marine Mammal Science (2016). See http://phys.org/print390029961.html

MACHOs

At http://phys.org/print390034843.html ... has a star cluster ruled out MACHOs - and put to bed the idea that black holes lurk in galactic halos? We are told, 'we can't detect light in these objects - but this now adds to the gravitational pull of galaxies' ... which is part and parcel of the search for dark matter.