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25 Jul 2017
Water on the Moon

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/scientists-spy-new-evidence-o... ... that scientists think they have found evidence of water in the interior of the Moon. The origin of water in the interior is a mystery - see https://phys.org/print420112878.html ... is derived from satellite data and the idea water can be found in the interior of the Moon raises some interresting questions about the formation of the Moon, on the one hand, and how much water is in the solar system.

25 Jul 2017
Phil Silvia

At https://cometresearchgroup.org/blog/ ... we learn that Phil Silvia, along with Younder Dryas scientists Malcolm Le Compte, have collated field data from Tall al-Hammam, the proposed site of Biblical Sodom (destroyed by fire and brimstone by an avenging angel). The hypothesis is that it was an airburst event - a meteor exploding low in the atmosphere above the Kikkar Plain on the northern side of the Dead Sea.

2 Aug 2017
Zealandia Research

At https://phys.org/print420432849.html ... scientists are hoping to get a better handle on Zealandia during an exploration that began this week in Australia. As a geologist has said, Zealandia has everything any other land mass has - except it is under the waves. We may assume it was above sea level at one time, particularly pertinent if the geoid had changed in the past. Zealandia extends from south of New Zealand to New Caledonia in the north, and from the Kam Plateau off the coast of Australia to some distance into the Pacific.

5 Aug 2017
Forest Gardening

When climate change, as in catastrophic global warming, holds hands with archaeology, the latter always comes out the loser and the results are worse than useless. So many assumptions are built into the text at http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/summer-2017/article/humans-have-bee... ... on the subject of forest gardening by stone age humans. The lead author of the study was one Dr Patrick Roberts of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

6 Aug 2017
Minoans and Mycenaeans

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/summer-2017/article/ancient-dna-rev... ... It seems that DNA confirms that the people of Crete and the Greek mainland, including the Mycenaeans, are all closely related in origin with a strong genetic signal from early farmers in Anatolia. This puts to bed the idea the Minoans arrived in Crete from a more advanced civilisation elsewhere. The article in particular blows the Black Athena hypothesis out of the water (although I don't think it had a lot of traction in any case).

10 Aug 2017
Magnetic stripes

Peter M James has a new article at www.ncgt.org June issue. He has been a long time critic of Plate Tectonics and notes that over the last 50 years there has been a lot of criticism of the hypothesis by geologists, admittedly a minority, but this has had little impact. He adds that critical importance is no doubt related to the fact that the mechanisms involved in the mobilist mainstream model are still of unknown magnitude and/or are taken to act at unknown depths, beyond the gaze of the critics (and the proponents).

10 Aug 2017
climate hysterics

The quality of climate change research appears to be ever more hysterical. We have had one missive suggesting we should not have dogs and cats as pets as they eat meat - and cows and sheep eat grass and are prone to flatulence. Instead, they suggest we should have a hamster for a pet instead, even though they might be less attentive or loyal. A hamster won't sit at your feet when reading or writing, and a hamster won't stay by your side if you are unfortunate enough to have a heart attack while on a walk in the local woods.

10 Aug 2017
Millions of black holes

At https://phys.org/print421408278.html ... there are a lot more black holes in the Milky Way than previously thought according to a University of California Irvine study. There are in the order of tens of millions in our galaxy alone - and we once thought there was just one big black hole in the galaxy centre - somewhat like the black liquorice surrounded by pink or yellow coconut in a Bassets Liquorice Allsorts. There might even be as many as 100 million of the black holes - so how does this abundance square with mainstream black hole theory?

10 Aug 2017
Chinese Checkers

The Chinese have jumped big time into the global warming controversy - see for example https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/warm-periods-in-the-20th-cent... ... or at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/08/09/warm-periods-in-the-20th-century-... .. with both derived from a Phys Org press release. Warm periods in the 20th century are not unprecedented during the last 2000 years - in China.

11 Aug 2017
Jonathan Swift

I've already done a post with the title of Clive James, author and journalist and former TV personality. Hence, the above title - although this is not the first time Jonathan Swift has cropped up in the pages of SIS in the past. At www.sepp.org ... the Week that Was (August 5th 2017), always has some interesting information. Following a quote by Einstein we are told that following the peak of El Nino in early 2016 temperatures have dropped - but not as sharply as they did after the previous peak in 1998. The 1998 El Nino was followed by a La Nina cooling.