A tectonic computer model

at www.physorg.com/print198495599.html July 16th ... a group of earth scientists has developed a new way to explain the global movements of tectonic plates on the surface of the earth. For example, the Basin and Range Province in Nevada was created by a plate sliding beneath the North American continent - just 30 million years ago.. This is fairly recent as far as geological time is concerned, and the paper, in Science July 16th, suggests plates in the modern world move at the rate of around a few centimetres per year.

Planetary Tails

National Geographic July 15th http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/07/100715-alien-planet-comet-like-tail/ is a story about a planet orbiting so close to a star that its atmosphere is being blasted away, forming a gaseous comet-like tail - according to astronomers in the Astrophysical Journal of July 10th.

Tutankhamun's DNA

At www.eutimes.net/2010/06/king-tuts-dna-is-western-european/ is another post sent in by Gary Gilligan, as he has a strong interest in ancient Egypt. It claims Zahi Hawass has not released the DNA results from Tutankhamun's body although he has publicised the findings of the scientific research in respect of the manner of his death, and his relationship to other mummified bodies of the late dynasty 18 period.

Climate and the sun

www.nguno/en-gb/Aktuelt/2008/Less-ice-in-the-Arctic-ocean-6000-7000-years-ago/ is an article that dates back to October 2008 but is interesting as raised beaches on the north coast of Greenland are said to suggest ice cover in the Arctic Ocean was greatly reduced some 6000-7000 years ago (Astrid Lysa, a Norwegian geologist, and colleage Eiliv Larsen of the NGU, Norway).

Dark matter and the Sun

At www.wired.com/wiredscience/2010/07/dark-matter-sun/ ... this article and the web site were noted by member Gary Gilligan and forwarded to In the News at news [at] sis-group [dot] org and other members are invited to send details of web sites and papers, and newspaper reports, that they think might interest other members.

black hole, cold thunderstorm

At www.physorg.com/print198173823.html researchers have discovered a black hole emitting powerful jets of particles that spew forth some 1000 light years. Black holes are usually associated with X-rays rather than jets of particles (see Nature July 8th).

Pliocene Warmth

At www.dailygalaxy.com July 13th ... we are informed, soaring Arctic temperatures may have almost reached tipping point. However, before dismissing this as just another scary tale funded by AGW 'big money' grants, we need to find out why they think the Arctic is so sensitive to what has been so far a minimal amount of warming. It stems from a connection made between the modern world and the Pliocene epoch.

Bacteria is complicated stuff, don't you just know ...

At www.physorg.com/print198148074.html we learn that bacteria is proving to be more complex than scientists have thought previously - just another surprise nature has sprung on the considered opinion of a scientific discipline. A paper in Molecular Microbiology describes an example of that complexity as a molecular reaction inside the cell involving proteins. It modifies and thuse affects the function of those proteins - including the mechanism responsible for turning genes on and off.

Gravity and the Big Bang

At www.physorg.com/print198135631.html July 12th ... a paper in Physical Review Letters might cause a stir as it says the theory of gravity as proposed by Arthur Eddington may require a review. Eddington was on an island off the coast of West Africa where he witnessed a solar eclipse and noticed the Sun's gravity bends starlight, an observation he thought which substantiated Einstein's 'general relativity'. Somewhat later, he appears to have had misgivings, and suggested it might mean something quite different.

Titbits on archaeology reports

At www.cyprus-mail.com/cyprus/rich-final-bronze-age-settlement/20100704 excavators at a Late Bronze Age settlement on Cyprus might be of interest to chronologists, especially revisionists, as a rich assemblage of imported and local bronze and pottery has been unearthed. There are many Aegean artifacts as well as imports from the Levant and Egypt - so a series of interconnections can be determined.