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25 Apr 2012
The Tibet plateau and the origin of loess

At http://phys.org/print254405062.html ... when did the desertification as a result of the uplift of the Tibetan plateau happen. Geologists are divided. One view is that it occurred 22 million years ago, at the onset of the Miocene, when it seems the plateau began to rise - slowly. The plateau, as it rose, stopped the flow of moist air from the south, is the basic ingredients of the theory, leading to increasing amounts of desertification. It seems that the desert conditions are required in order to explain another theory, on the origin of loess by the wind.

25 Apr 2012
Svensmark and Supernovae

At ftp://ftp2.space.dtu.dk/pub/Svensmark/MNRAS_Svensmark2012.pdf 'Evidence of nearby supernovae affecting life on earth' can be found at various sites including Benny Peiser's CCNet, via www.thegwpf.org and at www.ras.org.uk/news-and-press/219-news-2012/2117-did-exploding-stars-hel... ... the paper itself, see first link, is published by the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

23 Apr 2012
Can light bend? Can planets cause sun spots?

At http://phys.org/print254201605.html ... a paper in Physical Review Letters asks the question, can light bend into an arc? The answer it appears is in Maxwell's equations - equations governing electro-magnetism.

22 Apr 2012
Gamma Ray Bursts, Neutrinos and CAGW - a step shift?

At http://enthusiasmscepticismscience.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/madrid-1995-... .. Peter Warlow's bogeyman features heavily in this post on where might the focus have shifted from proper science to political hype - when did the attraction of dosh swamp the pursuit of knowledge, one might say.

22 Apr 2012
Stone Boats

At www.livescience.com/19747-stonehenge-ales-stenar-astronomical-calendar.html ... Scandinavians dragged 59 boulders to a cliff top overlooking the Baltic Sea and arranged the megaliths in the outline of a 220 foot long ship. It is known as Ales Stenor (Ale's Stones) and was assembled in the early medieval period - when the Vikings dominated this part of Sweden, towards the end of the Iron Age. It is specifically categorised as a burial monument. Or that is what was thought until a team of researchers with an eye for other factors decided to take a look at the stone boat.

22 Apr 2012
Transit of Venus - again

At http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transit_of_Venus ... in order to make a little more sense of yesterday's post on what is due to come about in June, Wikipedia describes the even in transparent terms, the planet Venus crossing the Sun when Venus is between the Sun and the Earth, becoming visible against the solar disc. During the transit Venus can be seen from Earth as a small black spot crossing the face of the Sun - so what is the big deal? What is all the fuss about?

21 Apr 2012
The Venus Transit and the Venus magnetotail

At http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/tim-cullen-the-secret-astronom... ... is a post by Tim Cullen, The Secret Astronomers Other Ball, April 20th. On the 5th and 6th of June this year there will be a Transit of Venus and scientists expect it to be a feast of settled science (and the author provides a list of names of past scientists that each brought something to the table). Tim Cullen looks at some of the science - the stuff they are avoiding. Basically, this is the magnetic mysteries.

20 Apr 2012
Why are there two sides to the climate debate?

Part of the answer may lie in a post at http://judithcurry.com/2012/04/19/the-righteous-mind/ and the focus is a couple of reviews of a book, Jonathan Hailt, The Righteous Mind: Why Good people are divided by politics and religion (see also www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/2012/03/haidt-weird-liberals-righteous-mind-a... or even www.counterpunch.org/2012/02/27/lying-for-the-cause/

20 Apr 2012
Is dark matter hiding under the bed?

At www.physorg.com/print253968343.html it is a serious blow to dark matter theories. At www.world-science.net/120417_darkmatter.html the question is - where is the dark matter? not here, befuddled astronomers have discovered, while at www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2012/04/milky-way-appears-to-be-void-of-da... which mor less enscapulates the baffling discovery that dark matter does not exist in our galaxy or solar system - only in deep space (or in the heads of some scientists).

20 Apr 2012
Comet demolition job?

At www.space.com/15255-comet-massacre-fomalhaut-star.html  is a bit of speculation after the observation of a young star, Fomalhaut, with at least one planet in orbit around it, that is said to be ringed by a vast cloud of dust and comets - as many as 83 trillion comets, it is calculated. They are all colliding with each other and kick up a vast dust cloud - or so it is alleged. What is really going on? Hard to tell but what astronomers have found is lots of dust in a young star system, dust that is usually blasted away.