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5 Oct 2017
Flood of 1014

Tom Whipple in The Times a couple of weeks ago had a piece on the flood of AD1014. I cut it out and came back to it yesterday with a few internet searches. Whipple said that according to medieval chronicler William of Malmesbury 'a wall of water reached an astonishing size such as the memory of many cannot parallel' (which sounds very much like a tsunami wave). In the autumn of 1014 people were drowned far inland, their homes inundated.

6 Oct 2017
Harvest Moon

Full Moon this week. In the old days the harvest moon allowed farmers to bring in their ripening crops even after sunset. Nowadays they have big lights on the front of their combines.

6 Oct 2017
Ian Plimer

New book by Australian geologist Ian Plimer, 'The Climate Change Delusion and the Great Electricity Ripoff' ... sure to zoom into the best selling lists. He is a professor emeritus in the Earth Sciences at Melbourne University and a professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide. He has published numerous scientific papers, seven books, and is the co-editor of Encyclopedia of Geology.

10 Oct 2017
Electric Comet challenged here

Here is at ... Those of the opinion that the EU electric comet is the bees knees might like to read this post from Tim Cullen, ever the one to challenge what others say. The electric comet prediction has failed on numerous occasions as comets have come and gone with hardly the fireworks expected as they round the Sun. Might there be something wrong with the theory - as it is a theory (although you wouldn't think so if you went to and looked up the subject).

10 Oct 2017
Old Faithful

The Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park attracts millions of visitors ( see ... but little is known about the geology of the Park - or the fluid pathway from below the surface. This has now been rectified to a certain degree as University of Utah earth scientists have mapped some of the geology following a seismic survey (and is published in Geophysical Research Letters, Oct 2017).

10 Oct 2017

This one is going to get better - may be. The K2 comet (otherwise PANSTARRS comet) is currently beyond the orbit of Saturn but is heading towards the Sun. Even at that distance the comet has developed an 80,000 mile wide fuzzy cloud of dust (a coma) containing frozen gases. Se ...

10 Oct 2017
Younger Dryas Hurricanes

At ... considering recent wailing by the CAGW fraternity, hurricanes have increased because of global warming (ignoring the fact hurricanes have been short in supply in recent years) research has thrown up an anomaly. During the almost Ice Age conditions of the Younger Dryas episode hurricanes, surprisingly, were fairly frequent in nature - as far as Florida was concerned.

12 Oct 2017
Rice cultivation

Rice was grown 11,000 years ago along the Yangtze River in China (at the very start of the Holocene) and 2000 years ago in West Africa. Presumably different strains or varieties of rice. Now, University of Exeter scientists in collaboration with Brazilian scientists, have found evidence of domesticated rice being grown in the vast wetlands of the Guapore River in the Amazon basin, 4000 years ago. This implie rice was developed in three separate geographical locations, at widely different times.

12 Oct 2017
Sungir Homo sapiens

At ... a reconstruction of the faces of the Sungir people who lived in central Russia some 30,000 years ago, has been done (see image below). They have created a virtual reality 3D animation that is said to bring them to life ...

12 Oct 2017
Dinosaur Soft Tissue

At ... Dinosaur blood - new research urges caution regarding fossilised soft tissue. It seems that previous claims showing the preservation of keratic protein in dinosaur fossils are likely to be false. Note the word likely. Electron microscopy was used after widely publicised claims of dinosaur blood in fossil bones were shown in the research to be 'likely'  untrue.