In The News

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11 Jun 2021
Asteroid Psyche

At ... a metallic asteroid known as 16 Psyche has long been thought, by some astronomers, as a small planet that failed to form in the early solar system. It's known as jumping to conclusions. New evidence seems to suggest it is not as metallic as once considered, nor as dense. It is even being described as somewhat porous. Having said that, when one reads a bit further we learn that not by so much - 82 per cent metallic as opposed to 95 per cent. Is this a big deal?

11 Jun 2021

William sent in this link - ... a journal study introduces a new Aussie dinosaur - see .. known as Australotitan. It was a massive long necked titanosaurian sauropod that grew up to 30m in length and 6m in height.

11 Jun 2021
Mystery in Siberia

William also sent in this link - ... a microscopic multi celled organism has returned to life after being frozen for 24,000 years in Siberia. It was dug up in the Russian Arctic region. Quite where the figure of 24,000 years comes from is a mystery - as much as the prolonged hibernation. Going back 24,000 years ago leads us to the mid reaches of the Late Glacial Maximum. Why would it live in a frozen landscape prior to 24,000 years ago. Apparently, the date is derived from C14 methodology.

6 Jun 2021
Storegga Again in the News

Gary sent in this link. In the News again as a result of a new study - the Storegga shelf collapse that led to a tsunami wave striking the eastern side of northern Britain [mostly Scotland] around 8000 years ago. See ...  what is often not said is often what is most important, as the saying goes. In this instance, the Storegga shelf collapse occurred at the same time as some very odd  changes in sea level around the world - at 6200BC.

6 Jun 2021
Burgess Shale Rethink

Sent in by Robert - a link to .... Robert quotes, 'we don't know over what kind of time scale these many flows happened but we know each one produced an event bed that we see today, stacked on top of one another. These flows could pick up animals from multiple places as they moved across the sea floor and dropped them all together in one place.' It is acknowledged that living creatures can be moved from one location and deposited at another. Paleontologists call these 'mass kill' sites, he claims.

6 Jun 2021
Deep Hot Biosphere

Robert also sent in the link to ... with the comment - 'more confirmation of Thomas Gold's deep hot biosphere proposal and not forgetting C. Warren Hunt [who advocated a similar idea to account for his particular version of an Expanding Earth model]. Gold suggested drilling in Pre-Cambrian crystalline rocks at Siljan in Sweden in search for hydrocarbon deposits as evidence for his Deep Earth Gas hypothesis. Hydrocarbons were actually found but they were negligible and the drilling was abandoned.

3 Jun 2021
Petrified Forest

William sent in this link - a fascinating discovery by a Park Ranger in California. See ... It is a remarkable site and somehow avoided detection for years. What the Park Ranger thought was an unusual rock turned out to be a petrified tree. Rummaging around a bit more he went on to uncover lots of fossilised trees [presumably tree stumps]. In fact, it is a geological deposit fairly bristling in petrified trees, we are told. Later, further investigation by paleontologists, among others, uncovered fossil animal parts.

3 Jun 2021
Centre of the Galaxy

At ... Using NASAs Chandra X-ray Observatory telescope Daniel Wang has obtains an amazing view of the centre of the galaxy - peering through the fog of gas and dust. A pair of X-ray emitting plumes can be seen emerging from where the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way is thought to exist. Even more intriguing is what they are calling an ongoing magnetic reconnection event.

29 May 2021
Supernova Investigations

At ... NASAs upcoming Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope is designed to study supernovae - those exploding stars. When the tepescope is up and running they hope to clearup up the discrepancies surrounding measurements of the rate the universe is thought to be expanding. No mean task. They also hope to get a handle on dark matter - and dark energy. These hypothetical and elusive processes were invented, in part, to speed up the expansion of the universe - or account for its apparent expansion rate.

29 May 2021
Roman Warm Period

I've posted this under climate change but it is as much history as anything else, or even geology, as the processes involved are not understood. At ... which in part is true, and in another part, untrue. The Roman Warm Period did not encompass the whole period of the Roman Empire. It was a backdrop to the rise of Rome but the climate was already deteriorating by AD230 - but the really cool weather did not set in until the 6th century AD.