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19 Jul 2017
solar quiet

At ... two researchers from Aberystwyth University in Wales have used data from NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory to look at the quiet sides of the solar corona. Most research has centred on the more active central band of the solar sphere where sun spots are more likely to occur. One thing the researchers wee looking at was extreme ultraviolet irradiance (EUV)  and they expected big differences betwen the quiet side and the active hot spots.

19 Jul 2017
Sixth Extinction

At ... University of Zurich researchers have homed in on an extinction event around 2 million years ago when a third of large marine animals, or megafauna as they describe them, such as sharks, whales, sea birds and sea turtles appear to have gone missing. Why did they disappear? It could have had an impact on the ocean ecosystem they conclude, drawing a parallel with the role of humans in the modern world. However, the event 2 million years ago was clearly catastrophic, as they go on to show (using models as well as data).

19 Jul 2017
Shocked Quartz

HJ Melosh of Purdue University has written a paper on impact cratering - and the role of shocked quartz in determining if a meteor was involved, or not. He centres his research on shock metamorphosed minerals, such as quartz, which is thought to be a key signature of extraterrestrial impact events. Shcoked quartz, it seems, can also be created by lightning. See

20 Jul 2017
Mud Volcanoes

At ... (see also ) which tells you all you need to know about the biggest known mud volcano in the world, close by Sidoarjo in Java. It erupted eleven years ago and has not stopped since then. At its peak it disgorged 180,000 cubic metres of mud every day, buring villages under mud up to 40m thick.

20 Jul 2017
Dogs and Humans

Something off the beaten track. At ... but a track that leads back to a catastrophist explanation - missing from the research. The author picked up on a paper published in Nature Communications last week (July 2017) but something similar was aired a couple of months ago (possibly as a pre-publication version).

20 Jul 2017

At ... researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have been investigating the mysterious geology of Mars - the smooth landscape in the north as opposed to the cratered high elevation in the south. They are suggesting a colossal impact with an asteroid was the most likely cause, ripping a chunk out of its northern hemisphere and creating a ring of rocky debris around Mars that may later have clumped together to form the moons, Phobos and Deimos. This idea is not new and a similar asteroid impact theory was touted over 30 years ago.

21 Jul 2017
Bees and beekeepers

At ... although not strictly climate change the doom mongering is generated by the same people that wail about global warming. It concerns the bee apocalypse which had its origins in the US. It concerns US beekeeping practises and not those of the UK. In the US bees are big business and bees are transported around the country from orchard to orchard in the spring (New York State, California, Oregon etc) and in the summer to the Mid West states.

22 Jul 2017
Older by Far

At ... archeologists have placed humans arriving in Australia further and further back in time, throwing into confusion the Out of Africa theory (a migration out of Africa around 50,000 years ago. They have been forced to backtrack on this and now think Out of Africa occurred around 70,000 years ago. However, new evidence from Australia throws a spanner into this idea too and a migration as long ago as 200,000 years is being touted by some, admittedly on the fringe of the theory and taking it to the extreme.

22 Jul 2017
Sahara Dust

At ... geo-scientists have realised dust from the Sahara can play a role in defining Holocene history - and well watered periods of life in the Sahara. A sediment core from Lake Sidi in the Moroccan Atlas Mountains has revealed phases of Sahara dust capture that coincides with arid periods after 12,000 years ago. These are thought to have an origin in dust storms in what is now the Sahara desert and they have been dated at 10,200, 8,200 and between 6600 and 6000 years ago.

22 Jul 2017
water worlds

At ... you have heard of the Expanding Earth thoery - now we have expanding galaxies. Einstien's theory of gravity. it begins. may have to be re-written after researchers at St Andrews University in Scotland found a gigantic ring of galaxies moving away from each other at a much faster rate than the theory allows.