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5 Apr 2020
Tropical Antarctic

At www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2148-5 ... the mid Cretaceous was one of the warmest periods in the history of the earth - which is why it pops up in research so often, as a result of modern climate change. It is like picking low hanging fruit, as they say, unable to get at the nice fat damsons a bit higher on the tree. You could use a walking stick I suppose and give them a biff to dislodge them so they fall - but they've tried that with a hockey stick.

5 Apr 2020
Solar Wind and Comet Atlas

At https://spaceweather.com (2nd April 2020) Comet Atlas again ...

   ... it has now sprouted a tail. It is still too dim to see with the naked eye but as it gets closer to the Sun  later in the month, this might change.

5 Apr 2020
Creationist Gripes

Robert sent in this link - https://crev.info/2020/04/surprising-fossils-dinosaurs/ ... three related stories that have already been posted on the News. Dinosaur footprints in a cave is the most ambiguous of those David Coppedge has brought together in a single post. His geology is 100 per cent Biblical flood related - but don't let that put you off. He begins with a little rant and says paleontologists force fit every bone, every piece of amber with an insect inside, and every fossil into their own creation myth - the uniformitarian model and timescale.

5 Apr 2020
Skulls and Brains

At https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/04/our-direct-human-anc... ... one suspects this is more about making a name than anything concrete - but I may doing a disservice to the scientists involved as they appear to be extremely clever. The Drimden paleo cave is not a cave but an amphitheatre (a roofless cave) and it contains in the cave sediments lots of remains of animals - and humans. All types of human bone and skull fragments.

2 Apr 2020
Gas Blob

Sent in by Robert a few days ago. Data from NASAs Voyager 2 flyby of Uranus 30 years ago has been reconsidered and they have found the signature of a massive bubble that may have stolen a blob of the planet's gassy atmosphere. Scientists think it is a plasmoid, a structure that was not properly understand in 1986. Now, plasmoids are reasonably well researched and what they have is a bubble of plasma - a soup of charged particles. The spacecraft actually ploughed its way through the plasmoid - which was as extensive as 250,000 miles across. A big bubble then, from a big planet.

2 Apr 2020
Big Tusk

At www.dw.com/en/german-archaeologists-unearth-massive-mammoth-tusk/a-52947985 ... archaeologists in Bavaria, excavating a medieval settlement, found a bonus - they stumbled upon on older find. Much older. An ice age mammoth tusk ...

  

... some 2.5m or 8 feet from tip to root.

2 Apr 2020
The Pheasant Aurora

Japanese sky watchers, back in the year 620AD, recorded a streak of red light in the night sky and compared it with the colourful tail of a pheasant. See https://phys.org/news/2020-03-modern-science-reveals-ancient-secret.html ... aurora do not usually look like pheasant tails - so what was it. It seems it was as Japan back then was 33 degrees in 620 compare to 25 degrees today. Not sure what that means but they say that implies it was well within the area that would be affected by a strong magnetic storm.

2 Apr 2020
El Nino inside Coral

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/03/27/coral-tells-own-tale-about-el-nio... ... ancient corals in the Pacific have been found to be a record of past water temperature - and the comings and goings of El Nino events. The record, at the moment, goes back a thousand years - see https://science.sciencemag.org/lookup/doi/10.1126/science.aax2000 ....

29 Mar 2020
Glucose in Plants

At https://horizon-magazine.eu/article/how-stone-age-humans-unlocked-glucos... ... grinding stones were an evolutionary success story. They allowed people to unlock the energy in plants by making flours. Plants rich in starch helped humans to thrive. Whilst the importance of eating meat has been explored by scientists very little investigation into plant material has been done. One reason for this is that animal bones can hang around a human occupation site for a long time - as long as the soil is not too acidic. Plant remains have a very short shelf life.

29 Mar 2020
YDB scepticism

Anthony's blog is sceptical of global warming and the whole climate change merry go round but it is not necessarily sceptical of the other sciences, which I find somewhat strange. The link below is to a post by a mainstream geologist who works in the oil industry. Mainstream geology is his bread and butter. He is consistently sceptical of the Younger Dryas Boundary event hypothesis - almost to an obsession.