Solar eruption caught on video

At ... the NASA IRIS instrument with the mission of observing the surface of the Sun has managed to catch a CME in the act of erupting - and the video at this sight illustrates the sheer power and might of the event. Recommended viewing. It was all down to careful manipulation and calculation by the NASA team in charge of IRIS - and they deserve the plaudits.

Polar Bears

We had a wonderful television story from Canada the other week, a polar bear that became friends with a dog. They enjoyed a bit of scampering around and fun-fighting and the polar bear went on to return each year to renew his friendly aquaintance with the dog - even bringing some of his mates with him. In normal circumstances the polar bear would have eaten the dog but this did not happen. The dog was quite clever, in fact, as instead of barking in fear he initiated the play.

Big Bang, read Theory

At ... we have all been inculcated with the idea the universe began with a big bang event, an act of creation. This kind of pristine origin myth is a preferred explanation in various scientific disciplines. It provides the universe with a start date and a start mechanism (which can be argued about) and means that science is able to control and manage.

All Seeing WISE

At ... NASAs 'Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer' (WISE mission) has been looking at black holes - and they don't seem to conform to consensus theory (the bit processed for consumption by the general public). Back in the 1970s, when astronomers came to an agreement on black holes (or the setting up of a control knob) , they claimed all black holes are surrounded by a dusty area, a doughnut shped structure thereafter known as a torus. It is the position of the torus that is supposed to affect 'earthlings' view of black holes.

Crater on Mars

At ... a fresh meteor crater has been studied by NASA and some conclusions have been reached. It first appeared in March 2012 and the crater appears to have been preceded by an explosion in the Martian sky caused by friction between the space object and the atmosphere of Mars. It was captured by MARCI, telescopic cameras on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (see which began a systematic observation of Mars in 2006.

Skeleton Lake

Gary forwarded this link at ... which concerns a glacial lake in Uttarakhand State in northern India, high in the Himalayas. It is situated in a remote region of glaciers, rocky chasms and snow covered mountains, at an altitude of 16,500 feet. It is a smal lake - just 2m deep. It is frozen over most of the year and just a month or so, during the summer, there is a  thaw and one can peer into the water. It is full of skeletons.

Pointing out what is wrong with a theory can get you into trouble

No. I'm not talking about climate change or global weirding - or even the elusive global warming. At ... Tim Cullen is digging holes in C14 methodology and in this post looks at the shoddy treatment history has dished out to Eric Anderson, who worked with Willard Libby, a mainstream big gun and consensus hero of the faithful, and yet Wikipedia describes him as a student when in fact he was a physical chemist (the same as Libby).

Neolithic Art in the desert west of the Nile

At ... dating back between 7000 and 6000 years ago, during the Mid Holocene Warm Period, even earlier than the Pre-dynastic era, is a bit of rock art that is now under active research. In this instance, from the walls of a cave situated at Wadi el Obeiyid near the Farafra Oasis. They include drawings of a bovid (thought to be an oryx) and a giraffe - and most importantly, depictions of two boats - engraved on a white chalk surface.

Jurassic Mongolia

At ... we have evidence the Arctic was subtropical in the Jurassic and western Europe also had a pleasant enough and warm climate - and now we have evidence that NE Asia too harboured animals akin to a more benign climate than exists nowadays. At the Jehol Biota of NE China the early Cretaceous levels have revealed some astonishing dinosaurs - and evidence of feathers.

1177BC - the year civilisation collapsed

This is the catastrophe Velikovsky chose to identify as a Persian invasion of Egypt many hundreds of years later. Gaston Maspero, in the 1860s, came up with the idea of a hoard of Sea Peoples invading the Aegean, Anatolia, and the Levant, and marching on Egypt they were beaten back first by Merenptah and then by Ramses III. Ever since then the Sea Peoples have been the favoured agency by the majority of historians, being responsible for a large number of site destructions across the region outlined above.