Equinox Cracks

At www.spaceweather.com (September 7th 2018) a fascinating claim. Two solar storms are striking the earth this weekend and in the next couple of days, each flowing from a distinct coronal hole in the Sun's atmosphere. Neither is expected to produce strong geometric storms.

Cheese in Croatia

Aty https://phys.org/print455346704.html ... fatty residue on pottery from the Dalmation coast of Croatia has revealed the presence of fermented dairy products - soft cheeses and yoghurt. They datge back 7200 years ago.

The Hexagon

At https://phys.org/print455295727.html ... NASAs new mission Focussing Optics X-ray Solar Imager, or FOXSI, is due to take its thrid flight (in September). Maybe it has already. FOXSI is a sounding rocket - meaning to measure. Sounding rockets make brief 15 minute journeys above the Earth's atmosphere to look at space before falling back to ground. These missions are much cheaper than sending satellites into orbit and enable scientists to test ideas - and if those ideas don't achieve very much not a lot is lost.

Fungi Corona

Remarkable photograph from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a huge cloud of mushroom spores as a result of a lawnmower blowing apart the fungi and filling the air to create the creating the corona affect - go to www.spaceweather.com September 8th 2018. It is incredible that fungi spores were able to make the colourful rings around the sun but many of us have seen coronas before. They apear when sunbeams hit small particles in the air, scattering and diffracting the light into rings of colour. Droplets of moisture in clouds commonly make coronas - but pollen from flowers can do the same thing.

Ancient Mexican Monsoon

At https://phys.org/print455182676.html ... analysing traces of leaf wax from local plants that accumulated in sediments in the sea by a team of researchers at the University of Arizona have reconstructed a history of monsoon activity in NW Mexico  and SW United States. The research was published in Nature Geosciences (Sept 3rd 2018) and shows that monsoon activity did indeed continue during the Late Glacial Maximum - but at a reduced level. Monssons divert moisture from the tropics and bring relief to long hot summers in the arid zones (above).

Water on Jupiter

Water water everywhere - not a drop to drink. Water on the moon, on Mars, and now on Jupiter - see https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/08/31/nasa-indications-of-water-on-jupi... ... which appears to substantiate theory and modelling. The Juno mission is turning up all sorts of odd findings from a magnetic pole located nears its equator (dubbed the great blue spot) and now signs of water on what is the biggest planet in the solar system. The chemical signature of water has been detected below the clouds swirling around the Great Red Spot, a zone of perpetual storm activity.

Horses and Dragonflies

At https://phys.org/print454252017.html ... a fossil horse foal has been uncovered in Yukatia in Russia - perfectly preserved in the permafrost. It still has its skin, hair and tail/ It is estimated to have died between 30 and 40,000 years ago.


Michigan Meteor

Sent in by Jovan. At https://phys.org/print453997528.html ... which concerns the meteor seen over Detroit back in January of this year. Its explosion and disintegration was captured by infrasonic microphones and seismometers. In the journal, Seismological Research Letters a team from Scripps were able to pinpoint the time, location and the height of the bolide when it disintegrated. About 2000 meteors of this size or larger pass through Earth's atmosphere each year.

Up in Galilee

Waves of migration from Anatolia and the Zagros Mountains (modern Turkey and Iran) entered the Levant during the early Chalcolithic period - as proved by skeleton DNA of burials in Upper Galilee. The Chalcolithic began between 6 and 7,000 years ago. The Chalcolithic marks a change in culture in the Levant (and in various other localities too). The press release is at https://phys.org/print453982894.html.