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29 May 2021
Supernova Investigations

At ... NASAs upcoming Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope is designed to study supernovae - those exploding stars. When the tepescope is up and running they hope to clearup up the discrepancies surrounding measurements of the rate the universe is thought to be expanding. No mean task. They also hope to get a handle on dark matter - and dark energy. These hypothetical and elusive processes were invented, in part, to speed up the expansion of the universe - or account for its apparent expansion rate.

29 May 2021
Roman Warm Period

I've posted this under climate change but it is as much history as anything else, or even geology, as the processes involved are not understood. At ... which in part is true, and in another part, untrue. The Roman Warm Period did not encompass the whole period of the Roman Empire. It was a backdrop to the rise of Rome but the climate was already deteriorating by AD230 - but the really cool weather did not set in until the 6th century AD.

27 May 2021
Heavy Metals in Comets

Sent in by Gary, and also by Robert - see for example ... and ... a new study by a Belgian team using data from the European Southern Observatory, have shown that iron and nickel exist in the atmospheres of comets - throughout the solar system. Even those far from the Sun and assumed to be very cold and inhospitable. A similar study by a Polish team report nickel in the upper atmosphere of comet 21/Burisov [thought to be an interstellar interloper].

27 May 2021
Horse DNA

At ... ancient horse DNA reveals gene flow between Eurasian horses and those that lived in North America. The evidence seems to show the Bering Land Bridge was a big factor in pre-Holocene animal movements, back and forth between Siberia and Alaska. Does this contradict Ice Age theory of huge ice sheets covering the top of the northern hemisphere?

27 May 2021
The Great Dying

At ... the Great Dying is a reference to the end of Permian extinction event. As is their wont mainstream consider the culprit is down to volcanic activity - pointing a finger at the Siberian Traps, a large igneous outpouring of lava. As the Deccan Traps seem to be linked to the K/Pg boundary event, almost 200 million years later, one may wonder if an impact event also caused the Siberian Traps. At the moment old school geologists are not biting.

18 May 2021
A Sodium Tail

This was sent in by Gary - ... and click on May 10th and then, view ... apparently, according to Dr Tony Phillips, May 9th, the biggest comet in the solar system is actually a planet. I'm not sure if that was meant tongue in cheek but it caught Gary's attention. Researchers have known for years that Mercury had an enormous tail. Now we have a photograph - at the link above. The source of the tail seems to be Mercury's very thin atmosphere - as in almost non-existent. Escaping gases fromthe atmosphere form a tail 24 million kilometres in length.

17 May 2021
Plates, Missing Ice and Manatees

Plate Tectonics has been revised to some degree in a new study - using computer simulation of the process over millions of year, achingly slowly, one inch at a time - see ... the research came about after observation of rocks in the alpine region of Italy and the mountains of Turkey. It seemed to their surprise that rocks on their way to subduction already showed signs of breakup prior to the actual break up of the plates as they started to bend downwards.

17 May 2021
Antarctic Rainforest

At ... fossilised evidence of temperate rainforests only hundreds of kilometres from the South Pole has been uncovered. The warmest mean month temperature was 18.5 degrees Celsius. The discovery goes back to last year but the climate blog uses it in conjunction with another, more recent study on Antarctica. Over the last 70 years temperatures on Antarctica have not gone up - at all.

16 May 2021
More on Unlikely Fossils

At ... a fossilisation of two fighting mammoths is the story line. The fossil is described in a new book, 'Locked in Time: animal behaviour unearthed in 50 extraordinay fossils' published by Columbia University Press:May, 2021 - see ... one for the coffee table.

13 May 2021
Amazing Fossil

This fossil is really amazing, if the reconstruction of what occurred is correct. How do uniformitarians cope with it - see ... well, they cope by saying the remains sunk to the sea bed where they were buried in sediments. In other words, the immediacy of the fossilisation process is compromised. What we have is one creature in the process of being eaten by another when the latter had a big chunk bitten out of it by a third party, a predator such as a shark.