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4 Apr 2012
Neutrinos

At www.physorg.com/print252580354.html ... the South Pole Telescope is being used to explain the mystery of dark energy. The paper is in the Astrophysical Journal and implies an accelerating universe by means of dark energy and neutrinos - thought to be the most abundant particles in the universe (see also http://arxiv.org/abns/1112.54535 and http://arxiv.org/abs/1203.5775).

4 Apr 2012
Glass on Mars

At http://news.discovery.com/space/mars-dark-spots-120402.html ... a piece on the discovery of glass on the surface of Mars - and explanations offered. Dark patches visible across much of the northern hemisphere of Mars are not canals or other geological features as once thought, in the dimmer past, but volcanic glass - via data from ESAs Mars Express Orbiter. It is unclear if this is glass as we might understand it or something else. It is also described as basalt - and basalt has an origin in magma from volcanic and seismic activity.

4 Apr 2012
Sun quakes, the March weather, and solar induced climate change

At www.physorg.com/print252575011.html ... sun quakes can be produced from eruptions of magnetic field and charged particles, according to the National Academy Meeting 2012, which is apparently a revamp of a former In the News post on sun quakes - as created by CMEs.

1 Apr 2012
Earthquakes and the Moon

At http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2012/03/31/1866-odd-coincidence/ ... in 1866 the winter solstice coincided with a Full Moon and the Moon was also at perigree - its closest point to the Earth. EM Smith then lists a succession of earthquakes around the world - all in 1866, and then adds a few volcanoes to the brew. Might mean nothing at all - might mean something important. Same goes for a piece at http://news.discovery.com/history/bronze-age-calendar-120330.html ... did the ancient Danes have a lunar and solar calendar.

1 Apr 2012
Scaring the Proles

Poetry and climate science pragmatism ... see www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2012/3/31/scaring-the-proles.html is the piece that comes from Sleepalot, the pseudonym of one of the commenters at the site.

1 Apr 2012
Gone

The Italian physicist at the head of the team that made the unwelcome claim neutrinos may travel faster than the speed of light, thereby upsetting large numbers of other physicists seriously in thrawl of the Einstein theory, has resignedd after calls for him to be dismissed. They really did not like the idea it seems - see www.physorg.com/print252312960.html. However, we are assured (but for how long I wonder) that another test is still on schedule for later in the year.

1 Apr 2012
Jupiter and Ammonia

At www.physorg.com/print252331686.html ... computer simulation of the July of 2009 impact event, picked up by an amateur astronomer the following day, has tried to find out what size and composition of object it would have taken to achieve what was observed the day after it happened. The amateur alerted mainstream astronomers and telescopes were turned to fix on Jupiter - so quite a bit of evidence was in fact accumulated.

1 Apr 2012
Corals and the end of the Ice Age

Coral off Tahiti shows a dramatic and rapid rise in sea level of around 14m at 14,600 years ago - at the onset of the Bolling warm period (following the end of the Oldest Dryas event or Heinrich event number One). A similar thing happened at the end of the Younger Dryas event, it is thought - or something very similar. It is being interpreted as evidence of a major mega-flood event, caused by the rapidly melting ice sheets thought to have existed across the top of the northern hemisphere - see www.physorg.com/print252305308.html.

31 Mar 2012
Domesticating cattle ... and the Wrangel Island mammoths

At http://io9.com/5897169/dna-reveals-that-cows-were-almost-impossible-to-d... ... there are over a billion cows in the world today but a paper in Molecular Biology and Evolution claims there were just 80 head of them at the start of the Holocene - all on the basis of DNA extracted from cows at one archaeological site in Iran.

30 Mar 2012
The Sun is turning ...

The Sun is still active and that large sunspot cluster will rotate towards the Earth later during April. It is still spitting CMEs apparently - see video at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/03/29/potential-for-large-solar-flares-a... ...another web site also has an interesting video and discussion - see www.solarimg.org/?p=2513