Beefy

Ian Botham, nickname Beefy, famous for routing an Aussie cricket team virtually single handedly in one day of a Test Match in the 1980s, using both bat and ball, and one of English cricket's finest moments (although the Aussies had their revenge on many other occasions) is taking a long overdue swipe at the champagne swilling charity workers running the bird organisation, the RSPB.

March Comet

The March comet is in the news - at http://phys.org/print378114038.html ... http://phys.org/print378112389.html ... and http://phys.org/print378112444.html ... but there is little to report. Both sections sailed right on past the Earth with apparently no effect at all. The comet is green ...

Bisti Badlands

  ... the Bisti Badlands are located in New Mexico. At www.smithsonianmagazine.com/travel/these-massive-rock-formations-look-ju... ... we learn the Badlands have pillars of eroded sandstone rock and weird formations that look as so fragile that a blustery wind might blow them over. The giant cracked eggs are on the ground - but they are also entirely geological in origin.

Oppenheimer

Stephen Oppenheimer has written at least three very controversial books - and they all involve genetics (and his version of genetic interpretation). In this instance we are having a look at his theory regarding the peopling of Britain and Ireland, and the idea of an Ice Age refuge area in Iberia and SW France (and the possibility that Basques may represent a survival of those people).

Not So Old

At http://phys.org/print378052215.html ... we are told that some of the moons of Saturn, such as Rhea, may in fact be just 100 million years old. The figure of 100 million years is fabricated by modelling - so we may assume there is a possibility the orbits of these moons can be calculated even closer to our time. Having said that it is a move in the right direction, in that every change in the solar system is not automatically dated 4 billion years ago.

modelling

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/news/2016/3/23/modelling-gravitational-waves/ ... NASA tells you how to create a model to demonstrate gravitational waves travelling through space time using gelatin, marbles, a mirror and a laser pointer.

not surprised but shocked

At www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/2016/03/22/pluto-may-hav... .... we learn that NASA scientists are still puzzling over Pluto - and data is still arriving from the mission. Lots yet to come. Here is one quote, 'what the data revealed did not surprise us. It shocked us'. It seems Pluto once hosted liquid lakes and rivers.

The Ice Age ice cap

At http://phys.org/print377424373.html ... a series of shots of the ice cap growing and receding during the Late Glacial Maximum is illuminating. It relies on collated data - which is based on certain geological assumptions but never the less it does provide us with a view of how the ice cap grew - and then subsided (over time).

Pluto's Moons

At http://phys.org/print377424973.html ... dazzling red flashes emitted from a distant galaxy are being associated with a theoretical black hole. No other phenomenon in mainstream cosmology would seem to fit the bill. Each flash witnessed by space cameras was very intense - short and sharp. What is going on at the heart of distant galaxies? (see also www.ras.org.uk/images/stories/press/Black_Holes/mnras.stw571.full.pdf

At http://phys.org/print377433496.html ... Hubble spots massive stars

soft tissue

Robert Farrar sent in this link, http://crev.info/2016/03/triassic-reptile-soft-tissue/ ... which concerns a paper in the online journal PLoS One which documents the survival of soft tissue preserved in ancient reptiles from the Triassic. Soft tissue from Jurassic dinosaurs is also known - but we are going back over 200 million years ago.