India Plate

The second post today is another dust up with consensus science. At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2017/01/india-was-by-no-me... ... India, according to Plate Tectonics theory gradually drifted away from Africa and Madagascar towards the NE and eventually collided with southern Asia after millions of years of riding the waves as an isolated island - completely cut off.

Machinations of Black Holes

A good start is provided at www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2017/01/11/plasmoids-are-the-power/ ... which begins - what causes energetic emissions from galactic cores? This is the essence of the black hole hypothesis as a supermassive anomaly at the centre of our galaxy is apparently, in the modelling process, tearing stars apart and flinging their remains into space at speeds of 10,000km a second. Shredded stars then condense into planet sized objects etc.

Microbial Clouds Venus

Gary sent this one in - go to www.astrobio.net/venus/dark-streaks-venus-clouds-microbial-life/ ... a story that comes from the Astrobiology magazine and raises the question of life on Venus. Apparently, a joint team of US and Russian scientists are working on a new mission to Venus and one of the aims is to seek out evidence of microbial life in the atmosphere of that planet. This is prompted by the occurrence of dark streaks in the dense clouds that spoil the view of the surface - and the surface is pretty inhospitable to life it is thought but what about the atmosphere?

atmospheric rivers

At www.scientificamerican.com/article/atmospheric-rivers-california-megaflo... ... we have a story that has been around the blogosphere all week - with lots of mirth aimed at the California governor and his self proclaimed CAGW inspired drought of epic proportions. However, this link is not about climate change and political shenanigins but about flooding events that dwarf what has occurred in California this week. These apparently have struck the region on and off for centuries - as far as geological evidence is concerned.

Hakai

At https://www.hakaimagazine.com/article-short/archaeological-find-puts-hum... ... this concerns the controversial Bluefish Caves in the Yukon where evidence seems to exist to show humans were living in the region 24,000 years ago - at the height of the Late Glacial Maximum.

Strange Earth

    January 6th in northern Ontario, weird light show. Go to www.livescience.com/57482-light-pillars-photo-ontario.html ... and for some weird geological pictures there is a video show at www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tripideas/californias-geological-phenomena-that...

BioClay

A nice cheerful press release at http://phys.org/print403337522.html .... the subject is bioclay, an invention that provokes plants into thinking they are being attacked by pests or disease and therefore respond by protecting themselves naturally. We are talking about nano-scale clay particles that are sprayed onto crops instead of pesticides. 

Tree of Life

At http://phys.org/print403288528.html ... some revelatory facts on how palaeontologists peg fossils on the Tree of Life that you commonly come across in museum displays and in textbooks on evolution of life on earth. It is parsimony. This is the method that has been in vogue, the idea that evolution proceeds by the fewest of possible changes.

Super Bubble

At www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38561076 ... Japanese scientists have modelled the innards of the Earth and claim that silica exists as 5 per cent of the core. Whilst some 85 per cent of the core is reckoned to be iron and 10 per cent nickel the inclusion of silica is an interesting deduction/

NEO fly by

A Near Earth Object passed close to the Earth on Monday morning. It was the size of a ten story building but it wasn't noticed until the Saturday. It was travelling nearly ten miles a second and came within half the distance of the moon - which is pretty close (a few moments from the kind of close encounter of the noisy kind one hopes can be avoided). It also crosses the path of Venus as it orbits around the sun. Another 33 close approaches of rocks in space are expected during the course of 2017. See http://finance.yahoo.com/news/asteroid-just-flew-earth-two-172000181.html