Arctic Ice

At ... data issued by the Danish Meteorological Institute shows that Arctic sea ice stopped shrinking 13 years ago, defying predictions made by climate scientists of the alarmist school and their models. Pierre Gosselin says this follows evidence he posted a few days ago that Antarctica's coastal stations showed cooling rather than warming - which was also a surprise to some people (but consistent with what other people have been saying for years).

Submerged Forest at Borth

Gary sent in the link to ... a sunken forest composed of hundreds of petrified trees has emerged on a beach in Wales. It is thought Storm Hannah, back in late April, played a role in disturbing the seabed. Whatever the cause the sand on the shore has shifted to allow a view of some of the trees. It is said to be Bronze Age in date but this is a misnomer as it dates prior to the Bronze Age in Britain.

Air Glow

At (June 2nd 2019) we have several days of reports of noctilucent clouds circling around the Arctic and providing photographers with a lot of images (which can be seen at the link). The circling process takes around 5 days as a result of a planetary wave that is driving the motion. Noctilucent clouds over Europe appear every time 5 days elapse. The noctilucent clouds are also expanding in size. The swirling is caused by a planetary wave, temperature and pressure that form in the atmosphere in response to Coriolis forces.


Another story about the history and origin of apples - ... for example, last year we had some research that showed cultivated apples were disseminated into western Asia and Europe, from what is now Kazakhstan, along the Silk Road (and it made a lot of sense).

School of fossil fish

This one is remarkable - a school of fish, admittedly very small fish, are preserved in a block of limestone. They are  said to go back 50 million years ago but the fact a whole school of fish was fossilised in one event, necessarily very quickly, is astonishing as they were all still swimming in formation (at the point of extermination). The story is at ... and the post has lots of added information (of varying degrees of usefulness).

How to find a mammoth tooth

This story is at ... where a 50 year old Londoner, one Alan Murphy, is the centrepiece. He is what is known in the archaeological world as a mudlark. He rummages around the muddy foreshore of the river Thames in London looking for historial material. On this particular occasion it is a tooth of a mammoth that he has found - possibly a milk tooth from a young specimen. It is almost intact with minimal damage which is remarkable if it has been swirling around in river water, tumbling amongst stones and things, for thousands of years.

Hiroshima Glass

Sent in by William - go to ... it has been discovered that the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima in WWII left behind glass spherules - much like the asteroid at the K/T boundary event. The blast turned part of the city itself, its buildings, into molten glass - in the form of spherules that rained down around Hiroshima. To for material into glass - vitrification - temperatures need to be above 1800 degrees C. The atomic bomb caused sand and rocks in the Bay to reach such temperatures.

Le Tumulus de Sables

At ... the burial mound of Le Tumulus de Sables was discovered by chance in 2006 - in the playground of a kindergarten. The burial mound, located near Bordeaux, was in use between 3600 and 1250BC, a remarkably long time. The mound itself is unremarkable - not on a hill or at an obviously significant location. The site must instead have had something else that was special about it - but it is not known what. People were being buried in it over 2000 years - and long after other such burial mounds went out of use.

Alfred and Ceolwulf

Sent in by Gary - ... police investigating an illegal trade in historical artefacts have seized a hoard of Viking coins that might rewrite a small piece of English history. Alfred the Great was popularised in the Victorian era as the man that repelled the Vikings and united the Anglo Saxon kingdoms. This is still true but one element of the story might be wrong - and that is that the king of Mercia, Ceolwulf, was a lap dog of the Vikings (who had made deep inroads into his kingdom).

Rhythm of the Planets

This story is at ... Tall Bloke was especially interested in this new research as he, and colleagues, have been saying something similar for a long time and have generally been ignored. The German study corroborates the influence of planetary tidal forces on solar activity. They claim the tidal influences of Jupiter, Venus and the Earth affect the solar magnetic field thus governing the solar eleven year cycle.