geopulsation

Geopulsation seems like a made up word with a made up hypothesis to boot. This concerns a book by RW Welch, 'The Roots of Cataclysm:Geopulsation and the Atlantis supervolcano in history' Algora Books:2009 ... that comes recommended by member John Kalber. In chapter 4 'The Ice Age and Rotational Variation' the author produces the idea that the Earth rotates faster, on occasion, and quickening and slowing has an affect at the poles - namely, how much water accumulates there.

Bumblebees

I love bumblebees, especialy in the spring, hovering around early flowers and blossoms. At www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bumblebees-detect-flowers-electric-buz... ... it seems flowers generate a weak electric field and bumblebees sense the electric buzz. The secret is in their fuzz (tiny hairs that act like antennae).

migration into Africa

Mainstream is very fond of emphasizing migration Out of Africa but it seems there was also a bit of migration Into Africa - see http://phys.org/print383472524.html

glycine

At http://phys.org/print383580189.html ... the amino acid glycine was detected by the Rosetta Mission to Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko according to a paper in Science Advances (May 2016). Another ingredient was phosphorus - two key elements of DNA and cell membranes, which suggests comets have the ability to deliver key molecules and set life in motion. More than 100 molecules have been detected in various comets and in their dust and gas clouds. These include many amino acids.

Antarctic and the whack

The K/T boundary event (asteroid or comet whack) had a definite impact on the Antarctic according to http://phys.org/print383473445.html. Research published in Nature Communications (May 2016) analysed 6000 marine fossils that lived between 69 and 65 million years ago (the end of the Cretaceous). These were examined by scientists from the University of Leeds and the British Antarctic Survey on Seymour Island in the West Antarctic peninsular. The collection included snails and clams as well as marine reptiles.

Saved by thaw

At http://phys.org/print383558171.html ... in 1242 the Mongol army was set to conquer central Europe when it mysteriously turned around and went back into Russia. A new study claims it was climate that persuaded the Mongols to put the conquest on hold, although the normal interpretation is that internal Mongolian politics were involved. They never attempted to subdue central and western Europe again. Now, climate change is blamed for a lot of things and at this point in time we are talking about temperatures getting much colder (rather than warmer).

The Sun and the Climate

At http://notrickszone.com/2016/05/28/solar-deniers-face-harsh-times-flurry... ... well there you have it. It's the Sun 'innit' - the big orb in the sky. It seems that climate scientists have studiously been avoiding putting data from the Sun into their models. They have been incessantly bleating the Sun has a constant effect and therefore could not possibly cause climate change or global warming. A convenient point of view I suppose and probably the number one reason why climate models do not seem fit for purpose.

Vesuvius

Sediments in the Bay of Naples have been explored and have revealed how the eruption of Vesuvius affected water supply and sewage/drainage systems - see http://phys.org/print382693782.html

Interestingly, a similar setback was seen to have occurred in the 5th century AD as a result of natural disasters and invasions of Italy. This led to a decline in maintenance.

The painting of the eruption by Turner ...   ...

Greenland snowfall

At http://phys.org/print383229114.html ... there is a fascinating piece of research from Greenland that will warm the cockles of somebody's heart. A history of snowfall is preserved in the remains of aquatic plants that lived long ago, accumulating at the bottom of lakes in horizontal layers. They are able to tell us how Arctic precipitation fluctuated during the Holocene at large and how this might have influenced the size of the Greenland ice sheet as the Earth warmed and cooled.

wild and wilder horses

At http://phys.org/print383382056.html ... science has been having a look at wild horses and how they survived the last Ice Age into the Holocene and the modern world. In the open landscape of the Late Pleistocene the wild horse was common. In the post glacial wooded environment horses were confined to a few refugia, it is thought. Mostly they were confined to the steppe zone and central Asia which is where they were eventually domesticated. Did wild horses survive into the 19th and 20th centuries. It is thought most of these were feral - domesticated horses gone wild.