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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.

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.