hot earths

At www.astronomy.com/news/2016/10/the-newest-weird-solar-systems-lonely-hot... ... when scientists began cataloguing exoplanets they compared them to solar system bodies. Hence we have terms such as hot Jupiters and super Earths. We also have hot Earths. They have now found hot earths can exist further from their home sun/star than previously thought (and are still classified as hot earths) - so what is going on? Out of 144 hot earths identified researchers estimate 24 if them orbit without a close planet.

Universe

According to scientists the universe is not rotating or being stretched in any particular direction - see http://earthsky.org/space/our-universe-has-no-direction ... we are told the cosmologic consensus is that the universe should be uniform in every direction. This assumption fuels the many calculations made about our universe so it is an important point. If it is not true it throws a spike in the wheel of mainstream theory - but scientists from UCL and Imperial College in London have confirmed the consensus view (Physical Review Letters, September 2016).

Black Sea Flood

We would not expect mainstream to endorse the idea of a catastrophic flood in the Black Sea as envisaged by the two Americans, Ryan and Pitman (1996) but they have gone to the bother of setting up the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (carried out by the Centre for Maritime Archaeology at Southampton University and the Bulgarian Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Sofia (see http://archaeologyinbulgaria.com/2016/10/no-biblical-deluge-but-gradual-... ).

Comet Research Group

There is a new web site out there - www.cometresearchgroup.org dedicated to neo-catastrophism and the idea of comets and their offspring, meteor showers, playing a role in human history. It is at the moment in its infancy but you can sign up for email updates. The idea is to advertise to the wider world the Younger Dryas Boundary event research - and for added measure, the idea of an atmospheric explosion of a meteor destroying Tall al_Hammam (and its satellite settlements) in the Midde Bronze Age.

Gilgamesh

At www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/previously-unknown-line... ... provides some new perspectives on the Cedar Forest, abode of the monster Humbaba. It was a noisy jungle, it is alleged, and probably had nothing to do with the Cedar Forest of Lebanon (as visualised by scholars intent on seeing Gilgamesh as a human king rather than a mythological sky object).

water everywhere

At www.astronomy.com/news/2016/10/dione-may-be-saturns-third-moon-hiding-an... ... NASAs Cassini probe seems to show liquid water 20 miles deep on Saturn's moon, Dione (following on from its discovery on two other moons of Saturn, Titan and Enceladus). Water has also been found on Europa and Ganymede and even on Pluto. The possibility of life on other cosmic bodies is thought to depend on water -and there is water being found everywhere in the solar system.

psittacosauros

The psittacosauros was a small dinosaur dating back to the early Cretaceous (around 120 million years ago). See http://www.cell.com/current-biology/pdfExtended/S0960-9822(16)30706-0 ... and for a response see www.icr.org/article/9595 (as forwarded by Robert). The full article is at the www.cell.com link and is an interesting read concerning colours and camouflage amongst other things. The specimen of psittacosauroscame from a Chinese fossil bed and appears to have been buried instantaneously as some of its soft parts have survived.

mammoth graveyard

At http://phys.org/print394781614.html ... Russian palaeontologists investigating a mammoth graveyard in the Novosibirsk regions, recognised as one of the largest assemblages in Eurasia, were astounded at how deep the grave goes (both young and old animals) and they are far from coming to the bottom. The deeper levels of broken bones were covered in a layer of sand and clays - but the cause of death of so many animals is unknown. It is thought a landslide of some kind buried thousands of animals - including bison, horse and many smaller mammals.

Skipsea Castle

At http://phys.org/print394791318.html ... a medieval motte and bailey (topped by a Norman castle) has turned out to be an iron age hill top enclosure. How many other motte and bailey mounds were pre-existing and adapted after the Norman invasion. Why build a high mound if there was one already in a convenient position.

beneficial CAGW

It gets tiresome reading about climate change and the constant barrage of propaganda that ignores anything published that contradicts the new religion of doomsaying. However, it is not just Joe Public and an ever growing band of scientists that are opposed to the new religion of global warming as the actual benefits of renewable technology are now being questioned - by a growing number of environmentalists.