Lost river

At http://phys.org/print385104508.html ... the fasted flowing of the glaciers on Greenland is actually situated on a lost river - in fact a huge river basin 12km wide and as deep as 1400m in places (all hidden under the ice). The river was in existence prior to glaciation.

At http://phys.org/print385106365.html ... giant sink holes in Texas - are growing.

Beech Woods

At http://phys.org/print385196521.html ... one and half million pounds, it is alleged, have been used to fund a rather strange story by environmental scientists at the University of Stirling in the southern Highlands of Scotland. They make the bold claim that beech woodland in southern England is actually under threat - from rising temperatures and a more common occurrence of drought. The problem is that their information or point of stat is based on a drought in 1976. My wife was pregnant in that year and I remember it well.

Mosquitoes in History

Mosquitoes are blamed for spreading the Zika virus but the variety appears to have crossed the Atlantic in slaving ships in the 15th and 16th centuries - see www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-lowly-mosquito-helped-america-... ... the variety of mosquito known as Aedes aegypti has a preference for human blood. It has also learned to live in human environments, laying eggs in artificial containers, pots and cans, barrels, wells and cisterns etc..

Stellar Explosion

  In the June 2016 issue of Scientific American Daniel Kasen of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has focused on developing new theoretical and computer models to explain the various types of supernovae.

More on Surprising Mars

Gary Gilligan has replied to the first post, June 14th, and raised some interesting points about silica, and to the apparent violent history of Mars. The link provided, at http://finance.yahoo.com/news/scientists-find-something-mars-could-19010... ... actually implies that on earth tridymite forms at extremely high temperatures in an explosive paroxysm known as silicic volcanism (and Mount St Helens is cited as an example).

Michio Kaku

The God Scam might be one way to phrase it but Michio Kaku, a theoretical physicist, is said by some to have found evidence of God's existence, via particle physics. Dr Wile is sceptical. He doesn't think so - see http://blog.drwile.com/?p=14864 ... which probably means some people have been duped. The particles appear to be a figment of the imagination.

Thule and Bog

At www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bronze-buckle-shows-ancient-link-betwe... ... evidence of trade between Alaska (and the Thule culture) and East Asia (possibly China, indirectly if not directly) in the medieval period. We know that Vikings were trading with people in the NE Arctic zone but the same thing was happening in the NW (from across the Bering Straits). The prize was walrus and narwhal ivory - prized in countries such as China and Korea. The article is published in June's issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science (2016).

feeding a hole

At last, a black hole  observed feeding - apparently. That is the headline at http://phys.org/print384608570.html ... which is presumably derived from the press release. For the first time astronomers have detected clouds of 'cold'gas streaming towards a black hole at the centre of a galaxy (as mainstream theory portrays). However, we may also note the cloud of gas is still 150 light years away from the lip of the said black hole - and it is only assumed the cloud of gas will be consumed by the black hole (as that is what the mainstream theory insists).

dark gravity, phantom energy

At http://phys.org/print384506247.html ... galaxies are moving away faster than expected. This is what we learnt a week ago. The question is - what is driving the expansion? Dark matter is one possibility, or dark energy, dark radiation and dark gravity. Apparently, we have dark speculation. No observation is perfect and therefore it is likely that miscalculation lies at the heart of the mystery.

blowing bubbles

At http://phys.org/print384501180.html .. a mysterious ring of celestial microwaves, a giant celestial structure are some ways to describe a circular formation covering one third of the sky - possibly a spherical bubble 100 degrees across. The structure shows up in different wave lengths, from radio waves to gamma rays. One explanation is that it is a supernova remnant, a giant bubble hollowed out by the explosion of stars. We are then told, 'high mass stars burn their nuclear fuel so quickly that they live only a few million years before exploding ...'.