Validating Einstein

In Electric Universe circles we hear a lot about Einstein being wrong about this and that - and the failure of his theories (and the weakness of gravity and all that). At .... which is saying something quite opposite. Astrophysicist Tom Collett set out to disprove Einstein, he assures us, but instead found corroboration. He set up an experiment to test one aspect of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity (first published in 1915).

Suffolk Neolithic Trackway

At ... brought to you by CNN - but is this fake news? Plans to build a super windfarm have come up with an archaeological site of unusual depth - deep in the heart of Suffolk (eastern England). Most prominent in this news release is the Neolithic trackway - dated at 2300BC. There was also the skull of an auroch (4000BC) as well as pottery from various periods, buildings (or their outlines), lots of bones, coins and various other interesting bits and pieces.

Money Hole

Have you ever wondered where the 275 billion taxpayer money went that was poured down the European Union carbon trading system hole? That is the headline at ... billions of public money was lost on the ETS trading system - money that could have been invested in modernising the European power generation fleet (which could have, in turn, cut co2 use by 40%). Instead, the money disappeared and EU emissions have continued to rise.

Medieval Leprosy in Europe

At ... a medieval leprosy hospital at Odense in Denmark has been excavated and some of the bones have been analysed. The hospital was the final resting place of people that died from the disease around 700 years ago - caused by an infection of Mycobacterium leprus bacterium. Scientists have found traces of the infection in the skeletons. Results of the study on well preserved DNA will, it is hoped, shed light on the outbreak that ravaged Denmark and large areas of Europe, and also on how diabetis developed (which still impacts the modern world).

Rain on Mars

At ... comparison of branching angles on Mars with arid landscapes on Earth show some similarities. Researchers are suggesting narrow channelled networks on Mars are due to heavy rainfall run-off - published in the open science access site Science Advances. This differs from prior explanations as the  channels have been interpreted as the remains of what was once a standing body of water. In addtion, other theories include groundwater supping, or leakage, fluvial run-off, and ice melting.

Red Rainbow

At (June 28th 2018) we have a red rainbow which was also a mignight rainbow - affected by red rays from the midnight Sun in Nome, Alaska. The rainbow developed - disappeared, and developed again, and shortly grew into a full arc against a bank of rain clouds. The Sun was hugging the horizon which explins the red colour - the only colour available as the Sun was so low. All the other colours of the rainbow had been scattered by air molecules and dust particles in front of the low hung Sun.

German Stonehenge Link

At ... which concerns an article published in Antiquity journal (the archaeological journal that is a mirror on the world beyond the shores of Britain). The impetus for this new  thinking seems to be the genetic discovery of folk movements across Neolithic and Bronze Age Europe - which may have introduced new ideas into Britain from the continent (including the idea of henges, a circle composed of a ditch with bank).

Magnetism detected in old supernova remnant

At ... for the  first time astronomers have directly observed the magnetism in the remnants of a supernova. Apparently, it is 50 times weaker than a fridge magnet - measured from a distance of 1.6 million trillion kilometres. The story is published in the Astrophysical Journal (June 29th 2018). The supernova is said to have exploded 30 years ago and material expelled by the blast, as well as the shock wave, have been travelling outward through the gas and dust that surrounded the star.

Wine and Soils

I can remember attending a talk by a geologist some years ago now which concerned the geology of wine growing - and how soil and geology affected the flavours in the grapes. It was a fascinating talk and we all got to taste a glass of wine - which didn't actually prove anything either way. At ... apparently Bloomberg has got hold of this idea and popularised the geology of wine - and various media wine writers are in on it as it adds a different dimension to the hype and mystique they can create around different wines (and their flavours).

Oumuamua Again

At ... Oumuamua, the so called interstellar visitor claimed to be passing through our solar systme, a cigar shaped space rock, is being re-classified as a comet rather than an asteroid - as tell tale gas emissions have been detected (or theorised). Scientists have continued to watch Oumuamua as it passes towards the edge of the solar system and they have been able to refine its trajectroy. It appears to be moving too fast for gravity alone and something else is helping to propel it.