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28 Mar 2019
Giant Tunnels

At https://www.earthtouchnews.com/discoveries/discoveries/these-giant-tunne... ... strange smooth walled tunnels cutting into rock faces in Brazil and Argentina have long been a puzzle to locals. You can even stand up in some of them. It was thought they were formed by water dissolving rock - but this is contradicted as the walls show they were made by something with very big claws (below) ...

28 Mar 2019
Alaskan Tunnel

Keeping to the theme of tunnels, William forwarded a link but see www.atlasobscura.com/places/permafrost-tunnel/ ... a frozen tunnel in central Alaska was dug out by the US Army Corp of Engineers in the 1960s. It is 360 feet long and 6 to 8 feet hight and 15 feet wide. It is rich with frozen animal and plant remains, fossils of all kinds, and layers of fronzen silt, sand, and of course, bedrock. It is as if the Army had dug up some aspects of Velikovsky's 'Earth in Upheaval' - tunnelling into the Alaskan muck.

28 Mar 2019
Byzantine Setback

At https://phys.org/print472811618.html ... ancient rubbish mounds reveal a 6th century AD episode of climate change affecting a Byzantine town site in what is now Israeli territory. The rubbish, or trash mounds, were found outside the settlement of Elusa and a little digging revealed they formed by discarded material from the town, in a way suggesting an organised form of collection and deposit. They also found that the town had fallen on hard times - but what caused it. They suggest it was due to the plunge in temperatures after AD536 (sometimes known as the Late Antique Little Ice Age).

29 Mar 2019
Soft Tissue Fossils

Robert sent in the link to https://crev.info/2019/03/soft-tissue-in-biggest-ever-cambrian-fossil-bo... ... which provides the Creationsit view of the latest discoveries. As expected they look sceptically at uniformitarian interpretations which is useful from a catastrophist point of view. After four years of research at the Chinese trove the first images are reproduced by Science magazine ...

2 Apr 2019
Meteor over Florida

William sent this one in. As we await the pubication of the Tall el-Hammam destruction event we might get some idea of what it might have entailed by going to https://yahoo.com/news/watch-apos-absolutely-incredible-apos-145240314.html ... from Tallahassee in Florida - in fact, from a backyard. The sky suddenly lit up as if someone had flicked a switch on floodlights. A blueish green flash lit the sky up almost like daylight - lasting for a few short seconds.

2 Apr 2019
Bone Bed Dakota

The K/T boundary vent is back in the news - see www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190329144223.htm ... in the aptly named Hell Creek formation in North Dakota we have a bone bed laid down by a giant wave - or waves. There is a certain amount of scepticism abroad amongst other geologists and paleontologists - but is that sour grapes. Or is it all just too neat.

2 Apr 2019
Cassini Latest

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news/php ... a few days ago (see also www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190328170639.htm ... and https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/cassini ...). NASAs Cassini mission has found Saturn's rings coat tiny moons - or rather, five small moons nestled in and near the rings, with material. The surface of these moons are covered with material originating from the rings.

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/03/190327142018.htm ... rivers on Mars. Possibly until fairly recent times.

2 Apr 2019
Bugs in the Air

At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-03/ru-bmt032019.php ... bacteria may travel thousands of miles through the air, globally. Press release from Rutgers University on a study published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B - which shows that rather than bacteria hitching a ride on people and animals they are able to travel through the air (includes viruses). In this instance they are talking about bacteria with anti-biotic resistant genes.

12 Apr 2019
Black Hole Image

At https://astronomynow.com/2019/04/10/virtual-telescope-captures-first-dir... ... we are told that after years of observation and data analysis an international team of astronomers have capture images of a massive black hole - see below. Actually, it is the event horizon that can be seen, marking the boundary between normal space and the unknowable interior (of the black hole). The encircling ring of light is made up of photons from accelerated particles of gas and dust being pulled towards and around the event horizon. The image closely matches theory.

13 Apr 2019
Do You Understand Fracking

Not sure if this is worth posting as it amounts to some angst. I don't for one moment think most people take diagrams of fracking literally. They are like London Underground maps. They don't follow the route as in real life, bends and changes in direction, but are schematically composed for a paper map. Same goes for fracking diagrams where the pipe and drill are said to turn sharply from vertical to horizontal when just by thinking about it one would realise the turn was much more gradual.