Tutankhamun Funeral

The Times May 29th .... archaeology correspondent Norman Hammond reported on an exhibition in New York, at the Metropolitan, 'Tutankhamun's Funeral'. A decade before the actual discovery of his tomb, some jars and broken pottery, bandages and animal remains, and dried flowers were found in a pit nearby. They were the remains of Tutankhamun's funeral, too impure to be buried in the tomb but safely hidden not far away.

The Age of the Universe has changed - and the Big Bang might have been a squib

At www.dailygalaxy.com June 11th .... we have 'You couldn't make this up dept; our universe is 150 billion years old' - it seems a group of international astronomers say the universe is much older than previously thought as modern telescopes and attachments reveal more and more 'rivers of galaxies' forming bands out there in deep space, some of which are 600 million light years apart, and stretch across a large section of what is an expanding universe that threatens to get even bigger while we are reading this and they are looking up into the sky.


At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100609122842.htm June 10th ... a connection has been made between La Nina sea surface temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean and drought in western Europe and the SW region of North America and Mexico, in a paper published by Geophysical Research Letters. El Nino's affect weather systems, it is thought - and therefore so too must La Nina's.

Comets, Sprites, Black Holes and Telescopes

www.physorg.com/print195394956.html June 10th (see also Science Daily) ... comets may once have orbited other stars before becoming attached to our Sun according to a theory by a group of astronomers. Computer simulations were used to show the Sun capturing cosmic bodies form nearby stars - but only when it was in its 'birth star cluster' and not once the solar system was up and running.


www.culture24.org.uk June 11th ... Creswell Crags Museum and Education Centre are putting on an exhibition of excavations that have taken place in the limestone gorge and it's caves from Victorian times until the present day. The caves have been used successively by different groups of people for a variety of reasons from Pleistocene hunting bands to medieval monks using it as a hideaway and drinking den.

Quark Gluon Plasma

www.physorg.com/print195306308.html June 9th ... for a few millionths of a second after the Big Bang the universe consisted of a hot soup of elementary particles called quarks and gluons. A few micro seconds later they cooled to form protons and neutrons - the building blocks of the universe.

Space Weather

At www.physorg.com/print195297437.html ... NASA are closely watching the Sun as it begins to come alive. The concern is solar storms - or flares with the possibility of disrupting global communications. The Sun is waking up again, they say, and space weather is an urgent consideration as the modern world and its technology is dependant on satellites.

Man-made aurora

At www.physorg.com/print195192885.html June 9th ... our understanding of terrestrial space weather has been partly based on incorrect assumptions on how nitrogen in the atmosphere reacts when it collides with electrons produced by energetic ultraviolet sunlight and the solar wind. NASA fired electrons of differing energies through a cloud of nitrogen gas in order to measure the ultraviolet light emitted as a result of the collision.

Dust in the atmosphere

At www.physorg.com/print195145467.html ... in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences it is being said that dust and pollen in the atmosphere causes higher levels of precipitation in clouds. It is now thought clouds have a greater cooling effect on the weather than previously admitted. This change of tack has come about because of extended research into clouds and their role in global warming.

Black Holes and the origin of Earth and Moon

www.physorg.com/print195150398.html June 7th ... a paper in the June issue of the Astronomical Journal was written on completion of a census of visible quasars that found 105,783 of them - in a quarter of the sky. What quasars are is not known - only that they are very luminous. One theory is that the light energy is being emitted by material fallin into black holes.