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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.

10 Jul 2011
The Mediterranean earthquake of the 6th century AD

Sediments buried under 8 metres of sand and debris at the Sanctuary of Zeus in Greece are due to a tsunami it is alleged at It is thought the regions has been hit by several flooding events, great tsunami waves that ran between hills and piled up sediment where the valley narrowed. This is akin to some of the detail we had about former tsunamis in Japan after the recent sad event. A marine origin is suggested by the presence of shells of foraminifera in the sediments.

10 Jul 2011
Dwarf Galaxies

Pavel Kroupa of the University of Bonn, and colleagues, analysed the notion of dwarf galaxies, thousands of stars that orbit the Milky Way. These are apparently orbiting in a plane rather than being evenly distributed - which is a problem for calculations. These seem to show such small galaxies do not contain dark matter yet, observations of their orbital speed implies they should contain dark matter as the extent material is not enough to explain the velocities inferred.

9 Jul 2011
Mammoths, Gray whales ... and Polar bears.

Beneath an alpine meadow in the Colorado Rockies a huge fossil bed has been foudn - exactly how and when it was laid down is yet to be worked out. It is some 35 feet deep and is choc a bloc with Ice Age mammals (see ). What is now a meadow environment was formerly a lake and previous to that, a glacier - but where do the animals come from?

9 Jul 2011
Earthquake Lights

At ... it seems the earthquake in March 2011 that shook the sea floor 80 miles east of Japan and released a tsunami wave also produced light phenomena in the sky captured on camera in Hawaii - glaring ripples that moved through the sky. These ripples, it is said, were following the tsunami wave below - or is that something just for the kids?