halloween hello

At http://phys.org/print365259735.html ... also at www.space.com ... the asteroid or dark comet has been picked up by NASA on Hawaii and by ESA at an observatory near Tenerife. Not a lot is being said. At http://phys.org/print365240817.html ... there is a peculiar post taken from 'The Conversation' which seems to be worried that people might be worried about the Halloween space rock, mainly because of the time of year (when you are apparently supposed to feel a little scary).

oxygen surprise

At http://phys.org/print365260954.html ... and https://www.sciencenews.org/article/oxygen-leaking-comet-surprises-astro... ...we learn that oxygen has been found on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko which came as a surprise to scientists as it challenges theories on the formation of the solar system. In other words, another consensus idea is getting the belly ache.

ostrich dinosaurs


dinosaurs with feathers and dinosaurs that look like ostriches - see http://phys.org/print365249627.html ... the point of interest ffor Catastrophists here is that the tail feathers and some soft tissuye was preserved. The plumage has been compared with that of an ostrich - and the artist's impression below is extremely ostrich like.

dairy good

Over at http://notrickszone.com/2015/10/18/now-dawning-on-the-washington-post-sc... ... Pierre Gosselin is on one of has favourite grouses, having a pop at dietary guru Ancel Keys (now long dead). He was apparently responsible (one of many) for demonising dairy products such as milk, eggs, butter and cheese etc. His views took the medical world by storm, as they say, and traditional breakfasts rich in animal fat went out of the window.

solar storms

It seems Swedish researchers at Lund and Uppsala universities are saying a rapid increase of radioactive carbon in tree rings at 774/5 and 993/4AD are due to some very big solar storms. They say that have found corresponding increases for the same periods in ice cores. As a result of this they say this means they can rule out other sources for the injections.

long time tsunami

pretty impressive piece of rock on the island of Santiago in the Cape Verde Islands. It is the result of a tsunami wave caused by the side of a volcano blowing out on the nearby island of Fogo. It took place 70,000 years ago - it is thought. See www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2015/10/traces-of-an-ancient-mega-ts...


The evolution of the alphabet is a tease with contrarian views that oppose the consensus view that it emerged in the early years of the Iron Age. It is discussed in the 2015 edition of the Journal of Near Eastern Studies in an article by Ben Haring of Leiden University in the Netherlands.The ABC (aleph-beth-gimel) sequence was favoured by the Phoenicians who passed it on to the Greeks (together with the alphabet itself). However, in Late Bronze Age Ugarit (in what became Phoenicia) the ABC sequence is found on cuneiform tablets - and so too is the Halalam sequence.

magnetic stars

At http://phys.org/print364733015.html ... astronomers have discovered stars are strongly magnetised. Using a technique known as astroseismology, where sound waves generated by turbulence at the surface of stars is used to probe their inner properties.

again, and again

Yes, the claim that stone age humans had the ability to bring about the demise of Ice Age animal life is up and running once again. At http://phys.org/print364718233.html ... new data presented at the conference of the Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology in Dallas in October (2015) has provided the spark to trot out the theory once again. Apparently, the fact that early Aborigines were living in Australia prior to the extinction event between 40 and 27,000 years ago is all they needed to point the finger.

comets and extinctions

On a similar theme, at http://phys.org/print364584736.html ... according to a study in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Michael Rampino (a geologist) and Ken Caldeira (ecologist) claim mass extinctions can be linked to known craters over the last 260 million years (including the Chicxulub crater in Yucatan). Specifically, they set out to show a cyclical pattern over the studied period with both impact craters and extinction events juxtaposed close to each other every 26 million years of time.