A Cracker

The Sun and lightning on Earth - sent in by William. How does the Sun's rotational cycle influence lightning activity on Earth? At https://phys.org/print451112646.html ... a research team in Japan has been looking at the Sun's rotation cycle and how it might influence lightning - going back to astronomical diaries  dating from the 18th century. We are also told (but don't tell the CAGW crowd) ...

Child of Krakatau

We've all hear of the devastating Krakatau eruption back in the 19th century when a jet of ash, stones, and smoke shot 12 miles into the sky - and killed 36,000 people. Now, Anat Krakatau, a small volcanic island that emerged from the ocean half a century after the 1883 volcanic eruption has rumbled into life - between Java and Sumatra. See https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/07/19/worrying-child-of-krakatau-volcan...

Pushing a Button

Apparently, an international team of scientists have worked out how much sea levels would rise if the Larson and George VI ice shelves in the Antarctica collapsed - just a few millimetres of global sea level rise. This somewhat deflates the endles CAGW scaremongering over rising sea levels by the end of this century. Where is all the water going to come from - and these ice shelves were  chosen as they have been deemed by the doom mongers as the most likely to melt and sink into the ocean (mainly based on the fact an iceberg calved from one of them a year or so ago).

Electro-magnetic spiders

I think I've already posted this one but it has popped up again at http://spaceweather.com (July 20th 2018) ... did you know spiders can fly? Obviously they can't - but they do have a most amazing way of elevating themselves and travelling long distances (from a spider's perspective). Biologists even have a word for the process - ballooning. Spiders can spin a strand of silk and as it juts into the air, off they go - flying. Originally, researchers thought they were riding currents of air - but it is not as simple as that.

Gobekli in the News

Apparently, 15 monumental temples and some 200 standing stones have been discovered as part of a geophysical survey around Gobekli Tepe. See www.aa.com.tr/en/turkey/new-temples-stones-found-in-turkeys-gobeklitepe-... ... the T shaped obelisks are 10 to 20 feet high and weigh between 40 and 40 tones each.

Revelations

Sent in by William. Interesting take on Revelations, the last book of the Bible. Trumpet judgement 1 includes a meteor or bolide, no 2 refers to a large meteor, no 3 a huge bolide, no 4 astral observation, and no 7 a great hail of stones. These ideas are expressed in 'Revelation: What Did John Really See?' by Phillip J Silvia ISBN 9780615866055 and available via www.biblicalresearchbulletin.com ... and presumably via online bookshops.

Dinosaur Dinners

At https://phys.org/print450700415.html ... a team of scientists grew dinosaur era palnts in an atmosphere with high co2 levels which is thought to reproduced the atmospheric conditions similar to those the sauropods lumbered around in. There is a bit circular reasoning going on here as the idea higher co2 levels = higher temperatures on earth is far from a proven fact. Be that as it may the research has proved interesting as they also created an artificial fermentation system to simulate digestion of the plant leaves.

Neutrino Breakthrough

These linsk came from Jovan. Many thanks. At www.astronomy.com/news/2018/07/icecube-blazar-neutrinos ... and concerns the discovery of a neutrino that is  project to have been emitted from a black hole four billion years ago. It finally ended up on the Antarctic ice sheet - landing in September. A neutrino detector planted by scientists in the ice recorded its presence - with a short blue flash of light. The research is published in Science journal (July 2018).

Lunar Dust, Io, and Pluto

Sent in by Robert - a new volcano on Io (recorded by the Juno mission) - got to https://astronomynow.com/2018/07/14/a-new-volcano-on-io-juno-data-indica... ... Io is the most geologically active body in the solar system - and Juno is revealing new hot spots.

Rice and Water

At https://phys.org/print450598731.html ... rice is grown in rice paddies - a wetland environment. Why? Plants do not like excessive waterlogging - and some plants actively dislike it. On the other hand there are plant variants that adapt to watery conditions. For example water forget me not is a variation on the forget me not. Rice, I suppose, is a grass - a variation in related grasses. In S and SE Asia periodic flooding comes with the annual monsoon season - and can last several months at a time.