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14 Nov 2019
Giant Structures

In one of those, I wonder what they can be moments, we have another interesting link provided by Gary - https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/zmj76pw/theres-growing-evidence-that-... ... scientists are discovering that galaxies can move with each other across vast distances - against the predictions of mainstream cosmological models. Some galaxies seem to move in odd and often unexplained ways as if they were connected by a common unseen force. These discoveries hint at an enigmatic influence - what are being called large scale structures in space.

15 Nov 2019
Transit of Mercury

William sent in the link https://mercurytransit.gsfc.nasa.gov/display.php?year=2019&phase=All&dat... ...which may or may not work for you. If not go to https://spaceweather.com and key down to 12th November 2019 which has a video which is crystal clear (probably the same one)_. The best view of the transit comes from NASAs Solar Dynamics Observatory (22,000 miles above the surface of the earth).

None the less, backyard astronomers were also able to make an image - see for example ....

15 Nov 2019
Dinosaur Finds

At https://phys.org/news/2019-11-oldest-carnivorous-dinosaur-fossil-unearth... ... the oldest carnivorous dinosaur found to date has been unearthed in Brazil. It has been dated 233 million years ago -during the Triassic. At this time South America was still part of Pangeae (joined at the hip with Africa). The fossil was intact (see image below). Fossil evidence of Triassic dinosaurs are apparently scarce but see also https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.7903

15 Nov 2019
Star Dust

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2019/11/15/stardust-in-the-antarctic-sno... ... in a story related to https://astronomynow.com/2016/04/07/supernovae-showered-earth-with-radio... ... scientists find radioactive iron-60 in sediment and crust sample taken from the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans, a story that goes back several years and seems to have initiated the later interpretation.

16 Nov 2019
End of Assyria

At https://phys.org/news/2019-11-climate-crumble-ancient-world-powerful.html ... and https://phys.org/news/2019-11-felled-great-assyrian-empire-team.html ... and even https://phys.org/news/2019-11-climate-fueled-demise-neo-assyrian-empire.... ... which is basically three separate takes on one paper published in Science Advances (Nov 2019) - see https://doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.aax6656 ... and if you are a devil for punishment, https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/11/eaax6656.full ...

17 Nov 2019
Hyenas in Yukon

At www.vice.com/en_uk/article/j5wnx7/ancient-bone-crushing-hyena-roamed-the... ... hyenas, during the Ice Age, lived between Mexico and the Yukon, in the far north. Ice Age hyenas are said to have lived in the Arcitc - the assumption being that the geoid of the Earth has remained unchanged. Hyena fossils are sometimes found in the UK (in cave deposits for example) but the Yukon example involved three teeth found back in the 19760s.

17 Nov 2019
Exodus Routes

A fascinating discussion on the route of Exodus at the Eric Aitchison email thread. Anyone wanting to join in send an email to the contact address on this web site.

21 Nov 2019
Sugars in Meteorites

This story is at https://phys.org/news/2019-11-sugars-meteorites-clues-life.html ... virtually anything organic in comets and meteors is deemed to be a clue to the origin of life - without many clues on how they convert from primitive building blocks into actual building blocks. Research continues and more information is popping up all the time. Here we have an international team that say that sugars found in a couple of meteorites support the hypothesis that chemical reactions in asteroids, their parent bodies, can make sense of life's ingredients. Not everything though.

21 Nov 2019
Earth's Magnetic Song

At https://phys.org/news/2019-11-earth-magnetic-song-solar-storm.html ... ESAs Cluster mission has provided a recording of the song which Earth sings when it is hit by a solar storm. It derives from the waves generated in Earth's magnetic field. The storm itself is the eruption of electrically charged particles from the Sun's atmosphere. The analysis shows that during a collision, the foreshock is driven to release magnetic waves that are much more complete than first thought. The foreshock is inudced to release magnetic waves (see video at the link).

21 Nov 2019
Adding Up

Interesting link at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/11/19/the-measurements-of-the-expansion... ... which concerns the different measurements of the expansion of the universe that have been a feature of angst amongst cosmologists. The subject has featured in the News on several occasions. WattsUpWithThat has the benefits of lots of comments - some of them erudite and intuitive, and others quite the opposite. It seems a hundred scientists met at the University of California to try and clarify what is happening with the divergent data.