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25 Mar 2012
Mercury - and polar wandering

Mercury is throwing up some surprises according to a paper in Science - see For example, it has an iron core that comprises approximately 85 per cent of the planet's radiance. Mercury's mantle and crust occupy the outer 15 per cent. The authors also speculate that polar wandering has taken place on Mercury - something out of bounds as far as the Earth is concerned. They even mention redistribution of mass - reshaping the geoid.

25 Mar 2012
Wandering continents

NASA sicentists have been looking at how continents wander and plate tectonics in general - see A layer of partially molten rock deep underground is thought to be the mechanism that allows continents to wander - or plates. What else might be going on? Seismometer data suggests this layer is patchy - especially under the Pacific Ocean.

24 Mar 2012
The Sun is putting energy into the atmosphere

This story can  be found at a number of blogs but not necessarily in mainstream media - the BBC have ignored it for example. One to read, probably because it has a lot of comments, is and concerns the recent flurry of eruptions on the Sun - coinciding with nice weather across the UK. NASA scientists say the Sun dumped enough energy in the upper atmosphere to power every household in New York for two years. It is described as a big dose of heat - the biggest since 2005.

24 Mar 2012
Who was Higgs - and what is the Boson?

At March 22nd there is a piece on the Higgs boson and the fact one physicist gave his name to the theoretical particle when there were other contenders actively writing papers and doing research in the same year, 1964. Peter Higgs has been credited with the discovery - or the original hypothesis (as it has yet to be discovered) and yet there were other teams working on a similar project (story comes from New Scientist).

24 Mar 2012
Another hoard of coins

At (March 22nd) ... a hoard of coins dating from the 3rd century AD has been found not far from the famous Roman baths and appears to follow a pattern with some other hoards, namely dating from mid 3rd century AD when there was considerable disruption throughout the empire and not least in Roman Britain.

22 Mar 2012
A big lump of sand in the North Sea

A ten cubic km wedge of sand now exists in the northern North Sea basin, somewhat south of Norway and east of Scotland, enough to bury Manhattan island under 160m of sand or the whole of London under 6m of sand (and that is an awful lot of the stuff). It appears to be extrusive - rising up from the gizzards of the earth. The paper is in the journal Geology March 19th but the big question might be - if sand is formed from eroded rocks why was so much of it buried under the sea floor?

22 Mar 2012
The Sun and the Asteroid

At ... a piece on sunspots and solar flares and an image of a solar flare from March 13th. The flare is described as a burst of radiation yet goes on to say the radiation is derived from the release of magnetic energy.

21 Mar 2012

At ... the Sofia News Agency is reporting on the discovery of a monastery in Bulgaria that was founded in AD344 b y St Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria. Presumably it would have been based on Egyptian or Sinai models and predates the Candida Casa monastery in Galloway and St Martin monastery in the French Pyrenees. St Athanasius was an important theologian in the early Christian church and is important to Eastern Orthodox, Catholics, and Protestants alike as he took part in establising key elements in dogmata.

21 Mar 2012
Some physics on the edge

At ... University of Chicago physicists have experimentally demonstrated that atoms chilled to temperatures near absolute zero may behave like seemingly unrelated natural systems of vastly different scale offering potential insights into links between the atomic realm and deep questions of cosmology - such as the gravitational dynamics of black holes (you have been warned). Article in Science, March 2nd.

At ... the subject is the origin of craters on the Moon.

21 Mar 2012
You can't keep a good scam down - or out

At ... the Nobel scientist who warned the world of thinning ozone in the atmosphere has died - and suddenly all the hype has resurfaced, namely that human use of chloroflourocarbons was causing the ozone hole. It's amazing how many times something can be debunked and yet it will regurgitate endlessly - something that happens all the time with CAGW. Shoot something down in flames and turn your back - and they are up and at it. In the late 20th century the Sun was very active.