solar filaments

    Still there. The above is a image of solar filaments, one taken on May 28th and the other in June, a month later. The filaments have gone round the sun in one revolution and show signes of change.

scoffing mammoths

At ... which comes from a paper by Polish researchers looking at Gravettian activity (in the Upper Palaeolithic). They appear to have roasted mammoth meat, burnt their bones as fuel, and used the big bones to build houses (or shelters). The mammoth was an important part of their way of life - and no doubt they followed the herds (much like Lapps used to follow herds of reindeer).

bones and ice

At ... which is somewhat bigger than a modern day Great White. The vertebrai of the 20 foot shark were found in Cretaceous limestone - dating around 100 million years ago. Another shark fossil was unearthed in Kansas a short time before this one, and panned out at 27 feet in length.

Thunderbolts Conference

At ... Wal Thornhill has been talking about the Rosetta mission to Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. There is also an analysis of cometary electro-chemistry by Franklin Anariba.

The conference is available for people unable to attend but have internet access - go to site for details.

Venus and runaway global warming

It seems that the consensus and much quoted hypothesis that the high temperatures on Venus are the result of runaway global warming caused by lots of co2 in its atmosphere might have taken a bit of a nose dive this week. The story can be viewed in a variety of places - see for instance

The ESA mission to Venus spotted hot spots on IR images after earlier noting large changes in sulphur levels (see also ...

moon dust

At ... apparently, the moon is engulfed in a permanent, but lopsided, cloud of dust that increases in density when annual meteor showers such as the Gemenids, occur.

balls of string

Are black holes the ruthless killers we've made them out to be, a professor of physics at Ohio State University asks. The paper has been published on the pre-publication site arXiv  where the professor sets out to prove, mathematically, that black holes are not necessarily arbiters of doom.

Red Lady of El Miron

At ... this is a story about El Miron cave in northern Spain (in the Cantabrian Mountains) which is currently being explored and excavated. It is located above a river valley in a picturesque setting and as late as 1903 was being used to stable goats. It has had a long history of human occupation - from the Neanderthals and early Upper Palaeolithic to the Solutrean and Magdalenian, the Azilian and Mesolithic - into the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age, and into modern times.


Alaska's glaciers are favoured by the CAGW hype industry, in particular the Juneau ice field which contains 32 of them. A claim was made recently that the melting of these glaciers would add a catastrophic amount of water to the oceans - and we were in danger of drowning (or something like that). However, not all of them have been melting - one at least is actually growing, the Taku glacier. However, the Mendenhall glacier has shrunk and trees have been revealed that have been frozen under ice for some 2000 years (roughly).

liquid sulphur

At .... a story sent in by member Gary (and can also be found at PhysOrg). The earth's core has large quantities of sulphur - ten times the amount in the rest of the planet.