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16 Jul 2011
Jumping Genes

At ... Murdoch University researchers have gathered evidence on jumping genes - why some species adapt and others fail. Jumping genes are sequences of DNA that can move to a new position within the genome of a cell. Such movement can result in mutations.

16 Jul 2011
Ceres and Vesta - a foretaste to a visit by the Dawn spacecraft

Astronomy and Astrophysics journal is publishing a study of the orbital evolution of minor planets, including asteroids such as Ceres and Vesta, in the lead-up to the visit by the Dawn spacecraft. It seems that the earth's past orbit cannot be reconstructed beyond 60 million years ago, it is claimed. In other words, the past orbit of the earth is open to conjecture and it is not as cut and dried as uniformitarianism would have us believe.

15 Jul 2011

It seems that volcanic aerosols may be under-estimated when it comes to global temperatures. Research in France has just been published by PNAS (July 2011) (see ). What caught my attention in this post is the possibility that aerosols may play a role in the cool weather of the Little Ice Age (but unsaid).

15 Jul 2011
Dwarf Galaxies ... again

At is an interesting question - and it is all up for grabs. The bigger galaxies are supposed to form from a merger of smaller galaxies but the properties of dwarf galaxies do not seem to match this scenario. Eline Tolstoy from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands draws attention to this anomaly. Dwarf galaxies are the most straight forward objects astronomers can study as far as star formation is concerned.

15 Jul 2011
The Sun ... dark fireworks

This story is at a variety of sites but is as good as most. On June 7th this year, 2011, a flash of X-rays was registered with an origin in the Sun - but was fairly moderate as these things go. However, when astronomers looked at the images taken by cameras on satellites circling the earth they were astonished at the intensity of the solar storm. A video and a smaller You Tube version is available online to view.

15 Jul 2011

At is a story about worms, or nematodes, living two and a half miles beneath the surface of the earth, according to a paper in Nature (June 2nd). Speculation is now that life may exist even deeper within the crust and this raises the possibility that such life may exist elsewhere in the solar system - or beyond.

15 Jul 2011
Black Holes

At there is some speculation about the origin of black holes. They were not formed by mergers between galaxies as hypothesised elsewhere, it says. They are mostly found in massive galaxies with lots of dark matter, it is alleged, and continues by saying they are absent in galaxies of moderate mass. The information is derived from space telescopes and cameras and is published in the Astrophysical Journal and represents an attempt to explain why some galaxies have extremely bright features, evidence of activity, and others are less bright.

15 Jul 2011
Land beyond the bounds of Scotland

A paper in Nature Geoscience is featured at and has confirmed that the ocean floor off the northern coast of Scotland was at one time as much as a km above the sea - an area of 10,000 square miles NE of Orkney and the Shetlands, currently 2km below sea level. This information comes from geological soundings by oil contractors who mapped the sea bed. Beneath the layer of silt and other debris a lost land, one that had been pushed up by expansion of the mantle (it is conjectured).

15 Jul 2011
Dinosaur fishing expedition

At ... a paper in Biology Letters July 12th claims researchers from Yale University have found a dinosaur fossil buried just 5 inches below the K-T boundary event, blamed on an asteroid. The geological layer that marks the transition from the Cretaceous to the Tertiary 65 million years ago has become something of an issue.

14 Jul 2011

At has a post about a very old controversy. Anyone that followed the debate in the pages of Kronos or SIS journals, on the work of Alexander Thom (also available on the Catastrophe CD rom that can be purchased from this web site) and especially the controversy that developed over the alignment at Kintraw may be interested in this short piece which comes up with some current archaeological opinion.