Lakes in the Sahara

At http://phys.org/print339925008.html ... we have a fascinating story, rock art that depicts people swimming (a sort of dog paddle) - in one of the dryest parts of the Sahara desert. Whether they are really swimming is a matter of opinion. They could equally be flying - almost floating in the sky.

The Seychelles Enigma

During the last interglacial, herewith dated 125,000 years ago average global temperatures, it is said, were not a lot different than today - yet large areas of what are now coastal zones, sometimes with great cities, are thought to have been under water - see http://phys.org/print339957733.html

Converting sunlight into electricity

This story is at www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/12/141207091648.htm ... and is about advances made in solar panels in Australia. It involves focussed sunlight. This will make the photo voltaic tower system even more impressive.

2300BC and maize migration

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/01/150108084903.htm ... we learn that maize was domesticated from wild teosinte grasses in southern Mexico and can be tracked into the American SW, using DNA analysis, to around 4100 years ago - very nearly 2300BC (and within that block of a couple of hundred years encompassing two closely spaced events) the date ascribed by Moe Mandelkehr to an earthwide event involving a heavy meteor bombardment. The study is published in the January 8th issue of Nature Plants.

Booming over Oklahoma

At http://phys.org/print340055912.html ... a number of mysterious booms have been heard in central Oklahoma - sounding much like sonic booms rather than anything under the ground. Because the booms were heard over such a wide area this has ruled out a connection with fracking, the first culprit as far as the media are concerned. No earthquakes have been noticed at seismic recording stations, and the process known as cryoseisms (frost quakes) have been ruled out. The booms appear to be at the surface or in the atmosphere.

Lovejoy and Magnetic Storm

At http://spaceweather.com Friday January 9th (2014) it is suggested a magnetic storm hit Comet Lovejoy as activity seems to be ocurring in the blue ion tail - a plasma blob billowing down the sinuous tail like stucture. It seems that comet observers frequently witness such events - even though they are not usually discussed in mainstream channels. Plasma blobs and disconnect events are in response to CMEs and gusts of solar wind. In some instances, a comet's tail can actually be torn off the comet.

The homogenisation of homogenised data

This is a post that explains homogenisation of temperature data so well, it almost blurts out of the page. Very often climate scientists pop up at blogs defending the process of homogenisation of old temperature readings - and the usual excuse is they are trying to drown out the noise.

Black Osiris

At www.dailymail.co.uk/science-tech/article-2900324/Egyptian-god-s-tomb-dis... .... a purposely blackened tomb has been found in Egypt. The Daily Mail supplies some useful pictures and drawings. It was apparently dedicated to Osiris. The symbolic burial site was used in rituals to connect the god with pharaoh - at death. The tomb is said to date back to dynasty 25, the Ethiopian line of pharaohs. You could say that is where the black comes in, but why a blackened tomb?

What a Beauty

      What a beauty. Comet Lovejoy. The image is at http://spaceweather.com, January 7th - there is also a comet photo gallery to browse. Lovejoy is still getting closer to the Sun and may yet surprise us all.