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3 May 2012
The Medieval Warm Period - a ticking bomb?

At http://notrickszone.com (May 2nd) we had the news a few days ago that the medieval warm period has been found in southern Europe and climate scientists that have insisted it was a purely NW European phenomenon have been telling the proles porkies. At http://phys.org/print255068850.html ... a new technique for reconstructing paleo-climatic data has been applied in the Antarctic and has picked up on a fairly recent climate fluctuation, the medieval warm period.

3 May 2012
An experiment fit for the Electric Universe theory?

At http://phys.org/print255061090.html ... NASA is preparing a new mission, the Magnetospheric Multiscale mission - planned to launc in 2014. The 'Fast Plasma Instrument' is 100 times faster than anything that has gone before and the idea is to find out what is going on with so called 'magnetic reconnection'. Scientists are puzzled by magnetic lines that appear to cross and create burst of energy.

3 May 2012
Arabia in the Past and Tibet in the Past

The first story is at www.dailygalaxy.com of May 1st (direct link does not work so go to site and trawl down menu) ... satellite images have revealed an ancient network of rivers and streams in the Arabian desert, indicating the region was much wetter in the past - as we already know. However, it is not the first half of the Holocene that interests anthropologists and geologists at the moment, but Arabia during the Pleistocene and the assumed passage of humans Out of Africa.

2 May 2012
Cosmic Rays and the Moon's magnetosphere

At www.thunderbolts.info/wp/2012/04/24/cosmic-ions/ there ios a post and a nice picture from the Icecube neutrino laboratory, on the fact that the origins of cosmic rays do not appear to be supernovae driven, commented on here a few days ago. Stephen Smith explains that in the Electric Universe theory cosmic rays are accelerated by double layers (as described in 1929 by Irving Langmuir) and form when electric currents flow through plasma.

2 May 2012
A faint and ashen light on Venus

At http://phys.org/print254991216.html ... 'The Mystery of Venus' ashen light' - it seems May is the right time of the year to see the faint glow of ashen light on an unlit portion of Venus during its crescent phase - and nobody knows what causes it. It was first spotted in 1643 by an Italian astronomer, Riccioli, and mentioned subsequently by Herschel, and more recently by Patrick Moore. Others have failed to see it and they went on to assume there has been observer errors, an illusion, or equipment malfunction.

26 Apr 2012
Spherules and Impacts

We are assured by the US Geological Society that spherules in black mats have nothing to do with impacts at the Younger Dryas Boundary but a few days later we have this new paper in Nature (April 25th) - see http://phys.org/print254577289.html. It seems that asteroid/ comet impacts are okay as long as they happened billions of years ago. Jay Melosh focussed on spherules embedded in layers of rock that are said to have been vapourised during an impact collision with the Earth. It expanded as a giant vapour plume that rose into the atmosphere.

26 Apr 2012
Dark Matter - is it there or is it not there?

The invisible ingredient of the universe is taking a pounding this week. At http://phys.org/print254566203.html ... German astronomers have discovered vast structures of satellite galaxies and clusters of stars surrounding the Milky Way, as if there had been some kind of collision between galaxies some time in the past and pieces of one of them had attached themselves to the orbit of our galaxy.

26 Apr 2012
Further responses to Svensmark's paper

At Tall Bloke's Talk Shop, http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/the-connection-to-evolution-is... .. is a post by Tim Channon and begins by going through the basics of the paper, Earth bombarded with radiation from stellar event as the solar system travels through the Milky Way - and this is linked to paleo history etc.

25 Apr 2012
Cassini and the F rings of Saturn

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-111&cid=releases_2012-111 images from the Cassini spacecraft show strange half mile wide objects pushing through Saturn's F ring with glittering trails following them (composed of ice from the ring). It seems the F ring is more dynamic than previously considered - see also www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/cassini/whycassini/cassini20120423.html for images and videos of the mini jets and other strange behaviour.

25 Apr 2012
Younger Dryas Boundary event debunked once again

At http://phys.org/print254421869.html ... a new study, by the US Geological Survey, claims it has found evidence that elevated levels or iridium, magnetic spherules and titanomagnetic grains, usually thought to be impact markers, have a more than likely terrestrial origin. No comet broke up over North America, they say, but we might ask, is this the kind of evidence we might expect of uniformitarian orthodoxy repudiating the YDB event mainly as it does not equate with their belief system as regards the past history of the Earth, or is this serious scientific scepticism.