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20 Jan 2012
A comet hitting the Sun

We might all be interested in what the Electric Universe theory people might say about this but the post, and a video, can be found at www.physorg.com/print246211827.html and it will no doubt be viewed by many people around the world. A Sun grazing comet is caught by SOHO (the joint NASA/ESA enterprise) LASCO C2 camera as it dives into the Sun's heliosphere. It happened in July of last year but the paper has just been published in Science.

19 Jan 2012
Interesting geology on the sea floor

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120110114434.htm there is a piece on deep sea vents in the Caribbean - with a difference (published in Nature Communications, January 10th). The vents, or deep sea hot springs we might say, are 5km down in a rift on the Caribbean sea floor. What is novel however is the discovery of 'black smokers', which are vents too, on the upper slope of an undersea mountain which rises 3km from the sea bottom. The mountain formed, it is claimed, when a vast slab of rock was twisted up out of the ocean floor. How did that happen?

19 Jan 2012
Bluestone ... still up in the air

Contrary to some reports in the media the situation regards the bluestones is not cut and dried as far as human transportation is concerned.

19 Jan 2012
Windmills bursting into flames

This is meant to be tongue in cheek as it seems those dratted windmills don't like it too windy. Generally, they are switched off when the wind starts blowing too hard, but electricity consumers still have to pay the operators of the windmills whether they are working or not, which is a nice little earner, or subsidy, if you can grab a piece of the pie.

18 Jan 2012
Is water vapour really a greenhouse gas?

A post at http://chiefio.wordpress.com January 15th 'Outgoing vs Land vs Water Vapour' makes you wonder if it is all a hall of mirrors and the greenhouse effect is science that has underrated the role of the Solar Wind and how it interacts with the atmosphere of the Earth. The post by EM Smith is an attempt to understand how water vapour, and other greenhouse gases, might cause warming. What he found was actual surface temperatures are in rough equilibrium with actual solar input - something denied categorically by the Team of climate scientists at the core of CAGW. 

14 Jan 2012
The Quasicrystal

A rock from a mineral collection donated to a museum in Florence has an origin in the Koryan mountains in the Kamchatka peninsular. It was recently found to include grains of icosahedrite, a quasicrystalline mineral that was first discovered in a laboratory, according to a paper in PNAS - see www.physorg.com/print245661710.html. It is the inner structure of these minerals that is novel as rather than being clusters of atoms as in ordinary crystals their composition is much more intricate and can form strange shapes such as a 20 sided icosahedron - with the symmetry of a ball.

14 Jan 2012
Lamb on Ice

HH Lamb on the Ice Age, from chapter 6 of 'Climate History and the Modern World' made some interesting points on the landscape and the fauna illustrated on cave paintings, which as far as Europe was concerned was quite different to what thrived there during the Holocene (since 9500BC). There were mammoths, rhinoceros and horse for example, all mammals that were herbivores and relied on vegetation for sustenance. How much vegetation is a contentious point, and can tie people up in knots - but usually the subject is simply ignored.

13 Jan 2012
100 billion planets in our galaxy

This story can be found at a variety of places, and was also sent in by member Gary Gilligan ( www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/337517/title/Planets_as_common_as_st...) but can also be found at www.physorg.com/print245572422.html where it claims the Milky Way galaxy contains a minimum of 100 billion planets - all based on statistical methodology as a result of the detection of three exoplanets by microlensing.

12 Jan 2012
Do the Plates move around the globe, or is that an illusion?

The actual idea of continental drift has never been accepted - what we have in the consensus theory of Plate Tectonics is something more subtle. In this all the plates move but in different directions and at different speeds, and the plates consist of both continental crust as well as the attached sea floor bottom. In Wegener's theory it was just the continental crust that moved, and Africa, it was said, was formerly joined to South America and NW Europe to Newfoundland and the Appalachians.

7 Jan 2012
Velikovsky gets a mention ...

Velikovsky gets a mention in a climate change post at www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2012/1/6/cosmos-and-consensus.html (see also the comments) not so much for his hypothesis but for the way he was slapped down by the 'consensus' scientists of the day. This is then compared to the attitude of modern science, a generalisation, has for anyone stepping out of the group line on CAGW.