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2 Jun 2020
Green Ghosts

At https://spaceweather.com (June 1st 2020) we have a short video captured over New Mexico and Texas - a magnificent jelly fish sprite followed by a green after glow ...

1 Jun 2020
More on migration and genetics

At https://anthropology.net/2020/05/30/ancient-dna-from-france-outline-comp... ... the early farmers that moved through the Balkans into eastern and central Europe did not mix with the local hunter gatherers it is thought. This could be as a result of rapid migration over long distances, moving  through the Danube valley into the northern European plain, However, in western Europe, when they  came up against a big obstacle, the sea, things seem to have changed.

1 Jun 2020
Mammal Evolution

At https://sciencex.com/news/2020-05-fossil-discovery-reveals-earliest-rela... .... a fossil discovery reveals the earliest relative of modern mammals - going back 300 million years ago. That is a very long time ago and you will not be surprised to learn that it is a mammal like reptile, a synoside. The fossil came from Nova Scotia - from the remains of a vast fossil forest. At the time Nova Scotia was located near the equator, it is thought.

30 May 2020
solar flaring

At https://spaceweather.com (May 29th 2020) we have news of a big solar flare on one of the flanks of the Sun. Flare activity appears to be intensifying. For the first time in over a year the sun if  flaring quite dramatically. However, it is not yet facing the earth and when it does, next week, the flare may have diminished somewhat.

30 May 2020
Lots of mammoths

William sent in this link www.yahoo.com/news/mammoth-skeletons-dug-mexico-city-155124553.html ... mammoth skeletons dug up during construction of an airport at Mexico City. To date, 70 mammoths have been unearthed since late last year, suggesting that in the Late Pleistocene lots of mammoth roamed Mexico. Apparently, it was grassland in those days - praire. These were Columbian mammoths - which had little fur. They were bigger than the woolly mammoth, found further north, and weighed 20 tons.

30 May 2020
Migrations via genes

At https://phys.org/news/2020-05-genomic-analysis-long-term-genetic-west.html ... genomic analysis shows a long  term genetic mixing across western Asia - going back deep into the Holocene. The region includes Anatolia (modern Turkey), the Levant, and the southern Transcaucasus (Armenia) ...

28 May 2020
Induced Magnetosphere

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2020/05/27/the-induced-magnetosphere-of-... ... the induced magnetosphere of Mars. Five years after NASAs MAVEN spacecraft entered into orbit around Mars data from the  mission has led to the creation of a map of electric current systems in the Martian atmosphere. Scientists are looking at using the currents to determine the precise amount of energy that is derived from the solar wind in order to power atmospheric escape. The link comes with an interesting video by the scientists. One to watch.

28 May 2020
Comet Like Tails

Sent in by Robert. Astgeroids that sprout  comet like tails.  See for example https://phys.org/news/2020-05-atlas-telescope-first-of-its-kind-asteroid... .... an asteroid sporting a tail. ATLAS is designed to scan the sky for potential earth threatening cosmic threats such as asteroids (small and big). It also finds cosmic bodies that do NOT threaten the earth but are never the less interesting - such as asteroids with tails.

28 May 2020
Italian Diversity

At https://phys.org/news/2020-05-earliest-evidence-italians-extraordinary-g... ... during the Laste Glacial Maximum, when an ice sheet covered a goodly portion of Britain and Swiss mountain glaciers were at maximum extent, southern Europe became a refugia from humans pushed south by the expanding ice sheet across NW Europe. Now, researchers are able to show the extraordinary diversity of Italy's genetic history with a full genome analysis of a sample of the population.

24 May 2020
erupting diamonds

At www.discovermagazine.com/planet-earth/theres-a-russian-volcano-that-erup... ... a Russian volcano erupts diamonds. Rather, very tiny diamonds created by crystallisation of volcanic gases. The volcano is actually situated in the Kamchatka peninsular just west of Alaska. Diamonds can get coughed up from deep in the earth - such as the kimberlite rock formations. Generally, diamonds are created by the immense pressure inside the earth's mantle and volcanoes can on occasion dredge them up. These diamonds are nothing like that, so small and hard to detect.