Rain on Mars

At https://phys.org/print449396404.html ... 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 http://spaceweather.com (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 www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/rituals-performed-german-stonehenge-may-... ... 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 https://phys.org/print449465943.html ... 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 https://phys.org/print449227859.html ... 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 www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/06/mysterious-interstellar-visitor-comet-fl... ... 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.

Recycling Plastics

A report published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation claims it is the effort to recycle plastics that has caused the marine plastic litter crisis - another own goal by the Green Blob. Good job they don't play football. Most of the plastic waste in the oceans is said to originate from countries in Asia and Africa - but here is the nub. What happens to your plastic packaging when you discard it in your recycle bin? European countries ship huge quantities of waste into Asia waste management schemes (and streams) - for the holier than thou act of recycling.

Inconvenient Facts

At https://phys.org/print449127000.html ... we have a clear case of reality catching up with CAGW scaremongering. Researchers aboard an ice breaker in the Antarctic waters have dscovered an active volcanic heat source beneath the Pine Island glacier. This is part of the West Antarctic peninsular - the bit that juts out into the South Atlantic (and having all the appearance of once being connected to South America, although the island arc is somewhat contorted as if brutally forced apart).

Microbes in Fracking liquids

At https://phys.org/print449152856.html ... an intriguing story. Deep inside the earth, as revealed by fracking, lives a community of microbes (found in fracking wells). These microbes live at great depths it would seem - and apparently have the ability to produce methane (amongst other things). The study was done by researchers at Ohio State University (deep in the heart of fracking country) and is published in PNAS.


An image of what looks like an Australian cockatoo has led to the claim that the Islamic world was trading along the northern coast of the southern land mass in the medieval period. This is not impossible of course as Islam became embedded as the religion of the larger Indonesian islands at around this moment in time. However, it is also known that the Chinese were sailing such waters - umtil the 14th century (when it chose to isolate itself from the outside world).