Magnetic Fields

Nice bit of writing at https://astrobites.org/2015/02/19/cool-stars-have-magnetic-fields-too/ ... 'consider, for example, the solar dynamo (dynamo is a fancy term for the thing that creates a magnetic field) ....'. Our Sun has complex magnetic fields which give rise to sun spots - but we do not understand the inner workings of the Sun's dynamo .... etc.

Ichthyosaurs

At https://phys.org/print463211497.html ... concerns the discovery of the soft parts of an ichthyosaur from the Jurassic period. Also the subject of a post at New Scientist - see https://www.newscientist.com/article/2187399-fossil-blubber-shows-ichthy... ... and Robert has also provided a link to a young earth site at https://crev.info/2018/12/two-soft-tissue-fossils-pile-evidence-deep-time/ ... which is really pushing the idea that because soft tissue has survived the fossils themselves must be relatively young.

Dark Matter and Dark Energy

At https://phys.org/print463198725.html ... a new study unifies dark matter and dark energy into a single phenomenon, a fluid which they say possesses negative mass. If you were to push a negative mass it would accelerate towards you, we are told. Currently, cosmology does not integrate negative mass into the mainstream model of the universe so this is a distinct departure, it would seem. In addition, the current model of the universe tells us nothing about what dark matter and dark energy are like physically.

Meteor Explosion

It seems the meteor explosion over the Dead Sea has caught up with mainstream - see https://phys.org/print463220038.html ... which begins by telling us the South West Trinity team have been excavating at Tall el-Hammam for the last 13 years (and will be back there again in the new year). The civilisation on the Middle Ghor (or Kikkar Plain) had lasted all of 2500 years and was prosperous in the MB era. It had a perimeter wall a 100 feet thick, and 50 feet high - a quite formidable defensive barrier. It had multiple gates, and towers, and all were obliterated in an airburst event.

Ruminations

At http://notrickszone.com/2018/12/03/new-research-methane-emissions-from-l... ... methane emissions from livestock have no detectable effect on the climate - according to a study by Albrecht Glatzle, author of over 100 scientific papers and clearly irritated by nonsense from the alarmists. He adds, the warming potential of greenhouse gases has been exaggerated.

Space Weather

Interesting post with links at https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2018/12/04/space-weather-may-predict-fut... ... space weather may be used to predict future climate change. Historical space weather may help climate scientists predict future events and atmospheric cycles - from the University of Warwick. They discovered a repeatable pattern in the way space weather activity alters over each solar cycle. Although the claim they discovered this is untrue as sceptic science has been promulgating such ideas for a couple of decades - beating their heads against the wall of the consensus.

Measuring the Universe

At https://phys.org/print463140043.html ... a study led by Texas University has shown supersoft X-ray emissions in space can originate from accretion as well as nuclear fusion - or that is the headline of the press release. For many years astronomers were unware of this and have been using a certain type of supernova to measure the expansion of the universe. If this study is right they have been barking up the wrong tree - the squirrel has leaped elsewhere.

Volcanic Mush

At https://phys.org/print463137812.html ... volcanoes are not fed by molten magma is the claim but by reservoirs of volcanic mush - areas of mostly solid crystals with magma in the space between the crystals. Earth scientists understanding of the mechanics of volcanoes are based on a presumption - magma being stored in liquid filled magma chambers. These large underground areas of liquid magma have never been seen - in spite of all those clever pictures and graphs you might seen in a book on volcanoes. Surprise - it is all a theory.

Hibben in for rehabilitation

Hibben in for rehabilitation. A doubtful ending to a long saga but it seems all the internet anti-Hibben verbals may have got it wrong after all - and there is a catastrophe at the heart of the Alaskan muck deposits. However, not a single catastrophe but a succession of them, all in keeping with the Clube and Napier Taurid complex theory of the 1990s. Go to https://cosmictusk.com/alaska-muck-hibben-frozen-mammoth-comet-catastrophe/ ... for the full article published in Nature last year (2017) - with no sign of a response from mainstream.

Catastrophism

America's National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has posted a video illustrating what might happen if an asteroid crashed into one of the earth's oceans. Link provided by William ... https://www.yahoo.com/news/mesmerizing-video-shows-happen-asteroid-01280... .. and the same video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1gSByQVJ2s&feature=youtu.be