comets and extinctions

On a similar theme, at ... according to a study in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Michael Rampino (a geologist) and Ken Caldeira (ecologist) claim mass extinctions can be linked to known craters over the last 260 million years (including the Chicxulub crater in Yucatan). Specifically, they set out to show a cyclical pattern over the studied period with both impact craters and extinction events juxtaposed close to each other every 26 million years of time.

the Halloween asteroid

At ... the asteroid will pass Earth on October 31st, just at about the date of traditional Halloween and Diwali celebrations. It has already earned the title Halloween asteroid but at .. a whole new identification might be about to come to light as one distinct theme of the Clube and Napier hypothesis is that a comet with an orbit of between 3 and 4 years came close to earth near Halloween (at some interesting points in history and prehistory).


At ... new research seems to indicate bubonic plague has bedevilled human populations for much longer than consensus has allowed, even as early as the 4th and 3rd millenniums BC (and possibly even earlier when they get to research back further). The migration of people during the Bronze ages has been fingered as one of the culprits.

good co2

The Swiss are innovative. At ... the Swiss intend to capture co2 from the atmosphere which will then be used as a greenhouse gas - in real greenhouses. The idea came about as co2 increases the rate of vegetable growth, and market gardening is the ideal place to get rid of the co2 that is captured out of the  air.

comet sugars, alcohol

Comet Lovejoy released large amounts of alcohol and sugars into space late last year according to new observations by an international team - see ( and published in Science Advances, Oct 23rd 2015).

Quite apart from the Velikovskian parallel of food arriving out of space in association with a comet it also suggests comets could indeed have seeded life, or some forms of life, on Earth. The team actually found 21 different organic molecules in the gas associated with the comet.

cracking codes

At ... as far as codes, or undecyphered scripts are concerned, the Indus script has kept a few brians busy over many years. One thousand settlements once covered 800,000 square km of what is now Pakistan and NW India, a well developed urban culture with a population of around a million people (an estimate). Most of these settlements were villages but there were five cities, such as Harappa and Mohenjo Dara.

black hole rethink

At ... the recent announcement that an eleven year search had failed to find the gravitational waves from two black holes in the process of merging has provided a bonus - a rethink on black holes.

Einstein and Delft

At ... a paper in Nature (Oct 22nd 2015) seems to undermine Einstein who said nothing moved faster than light. The Delft experiment involved two electrons trapped inside two different diamond crystals - 1.3km apart.

zircons, moon, life

Robert Farrar sent in this link to ... durable crystals known as zircons are used to date some the earliest and most dramatic cataclysms that occurred in the solar system including a super collision that is thought to have produced the Moon. This was somewhat prior to another big event involving a hypothetical mass bombardment of the Earth and the Moon by meteors, comets and asteroids. All this is safely dated 4 billion years ago.

dinosaurs Utah

Palaeontologists have discovered a cliff side in Utah full of dinosaur fossils from the Triassic. Preliminary findings were presented at a conference in Dallas in October (2015) - see