Zirconia

This link has been sent in by both William and Gary. At https://phys.org/print424941552.html ... a paper published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters claims that an impact crater in Canada produced the highest temperatures ever recorded on the planet;s surface. There is of course a lot of hype in that headline as this is the only instance energy produced heat has been measured in such a way - and other craters may yield temperature gradients just as high. The reference is to a lake crater inLabrador, 28 km across. It is dated 38 million years ago.

Great Oxidation Event

Gary sent in this link to www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4895642/Crust-change-billions-ye... ... changesin Earth's crust 2.4 billion years ago increased oxygen levels in the atmosphere and triggered an explosion of life. Oxygen increased 10,000 times over within a period of 200 million years (or that is the estimate in uniformitarian time scales). It sounds like that might need modifying.

Autumn Meeting 2017

We have a great line up of speakers at the 2017 Autumn Meeting in Watford (venue is the Quaker Meeting House in Church Road, a short step from Watford Junction station). These include Bob Johnson on the Sun and electromagnetic activities, Rupert Holms on the second book in his trilogy (the star core), Adrian Gilbert on the Stone of Scone (the various legends and history associated with it), and finally, Robert Porter on his revision of chronology (and his favoured location for the Exodus).

Planet Amnesia

At www.planetamnesia.com/mankind-in-amnesia-eu-2017-talk-by-andrew-fitts/ ... begins by saying, those of use who followed the work of Velikovsky know that as a Freudian psychoanalyst he had a life long interest in a curious human pathology - what was originally called collective amnesia. In 1974 this morphed into cultural amnesia - 'Recollections of a Fallen Sky: Velikovsky and Cultural Amnesia'.

New Guinea

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/fall-2017/article/huge-genetic-dive... ... a huge amount of genetic diversity has been found between different groups and tribes in New Guinea which seems to reflect the length of the period they have been living on the island. This matches the equally diverse number of languages and sub languages spoken on the island - 850 in number. Not only is Papua New Guinea diverse but there is also big differences between people living in the highland zone and those living in the lowlands and along the coastlines.

The Facts

'Climate Change; the Facts' is now available via Amazon and other online book stores. It is edited by Jennifer Marohasy and includes articles by Bjorn Lomberg, Matt Ridley, Peter Ridd, Willie Soon, Ian Plimer, Roy Spencer and Clive James. It has an Australian slant but contributions are from around the English speaking world. It includes an article by Anthony Watts. See for example https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/09/16/now-available-on-amazon-climate-c...

Denisova Australia

Robert sent in this link - go to www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4883302/DNA-rewrite-story-Austra... .... where we have the idea that Australian Aborigines are descendants of Denisovans. I can't see anything particularly controversial about this as Europeans are thought to be descended from Neanderthals (who were contemporaries of the Denisovans). In both cases there is around 4 per cent of Denisova or Neanderthal DNA in modern populations - the rest of it has probably been diluted due to bottlenecks and mass die-offs during catastrophic events in the past.

Night Side Venus

At https://phys.org/print424674665/html ... ESAs Venus Express has been looking at wind and cloud patterns on the night side of Venus. Apparently it behave differently to the day side - the side of the planet that faces the Sun. The atmosphere of Venus is dominated by strong wind systems that whirl around the planet much faster than Venus rotates. Venusian winds rotate 60 times faster than the planet below, pushing and dragging along clouds. During day side the rotations is uniform and consistent but on the night side it is irregular.

A Pinkie

A pink aurora over Yellowknife in the North West Territories of Canada ...

   ... taken by Yakchi Takasaka (see www.spaceweather.com Sept 15th). The pink colour is probably a sign of nitrogen. Most auroras are green - caused by energetic particles hitting oxygen atoms in the high atmosphere. Pink aurora occur as particles descend lower than usual striking nitrogen molecules.

Norwegian Iron

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/09/the-enigma-of-early-... ... Norwegians made top quality iron products but where did they get the knowhow? For centuries people in the middle of Norway made huge amounts of first class iron out of bog ore. Presumably this is where the bogs were located - and the same situation prevailed in Sweden. They made tools and weapons, more than the needs of the locals as Norway is a pretty low populated country. This indicates much of the production was exported - but to where?