New Guinea

At ... a huge amount of genetic diversity has been found between different groups and tribes in New Guinea which seems to reflect the length of the period they have been living on the island. This matches the equally diverse number of languages and sub languages spoken on the island - 850 in number. Not only is Papua New Guinea diverse but there is also big differences between people living in the highland zone and those living in the lowlands and along the coastlines.

The Facts

'Climate Change; the Facts' is now available via Amazon and other online book stores. It is edited by Jennifer Marohasy and includes articles by Bjorn Lomberg, Matt Ridley, Peter Ridd, Willie Soon, Ian Plimer, Roy Spencer and Clive James. It has an Australian slant but contributions are from around the English speaking world. It includes an article by Anthony Watts. See for example

Denisova Australia

Robert sent in this link - go to .... where we have the idea that Australian Aborigines are descendants of Denisovans. I can't see anything particularly controversial about this as Europeans are thought to be descended from Neanderthals (who were contemporaries of the Denisovans). In both cases there is around 4 per cent of Denisova or Neanderthal DNA in modern populations - the rest of it has probably been diluted due to bottlenecks and mass die-offs during catastrophic events in the past.

Night Side Venus

At ... ESAs Venus Express has been looking at wind and cloud patterns on the night side of Venus. Apparently it behave differently to the day side - the side of the planet that faces the Sun. The atmosphere of Venus is dominated by strong wind systems that whirl around the planet much faster than Venus rotates. Venusian winds rotate 60 times faster than the planet below, pushing and dragging along clouds. During day side the rotations is uniform and consistent but on the night side it is irregular.

A Pinkie

A pink aurora over Yellowknife in the North West Territories of Canada ...

   ... taken by Yakchi Takasaka (see Sept 15th). The pink colour is probably a sign of nitrogen. Most auroras are green - caused by energetic particles hitting oxygen atoms in the high atmosphere. Pink aurora occur as particles descend lower than usual striking nitrogen molecules.

Norwegian Iron

At ... Norwegians made top quality iron products but where did they get the knowhow? For centuries people in the middle of Norway made huge amounts of first class iron out of bog ore. Presumably this is where the bogs were located - and the same situation prevailed in Sweden. They made tools and weapons, more than the needs of the locals as Norway is a pretty low populated country. This indicates much of the production was exported - but to where?

Greek EQs

At ... we hear that the ancient Greeks may have built sacred and treasured sites deliberately on land previously affected by earthquake activity. This is according to a new study by the University of Plymouth. Iain Stewart, professor of geoscience and author of 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth: how geology shaped civilisation' (Century Books:2005) (also a BBC television Discovery series of the same name but with the title 'Hot Rocks' in the US version).

Catastrophic Origins for Asteroids and Rings of Saturn

William Thompson had the paper published in the Creation Research Society Quarterly some years ago. The paper, 'Catastrophic Origins for the Asteroids and Rings of Saturn' was written and published some time ago but is back in vogue now as the Cassini Mission has shown the rings of Saturn have an origin much more recent than uniformitarians previously had considered. This article can be obtained from the author.

Jennifer Marohasy

Jennifer Marohasy, at ... says there is evidence to suggest the last 20 years of temperature readings by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, from hundreds of automatic weather stations spread across Australia, may be invalid. Why? Because they have not been recorded consistent with calibration.

Solar Eruptions, Two

At (August 12th 2017) we learn another geomagnetic storm is predicted. This one is thought to be moderate in effect as it will be just a glancing blow which is unlike the one a few days ago, on the 10th. This was an X8 class flare, causing a solar radiation storm and leaving behind a blizzard of radiation ...