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5 Jun 2018
0.02 of human induced global warming

Having a laugh. The amount of co2 emissions perpetrated by humans is falling every day it would seem. Dr Boris Smirnov, an atomic physicist and author of textbooks on the subject, has eitten a scientific paper on co2 emissions, calculating the effect of atmospheric co2 during the radiative transfer process (a big part of global warming theory). He claims this idea is flawed - and new calculations reveal the climate's sensitivity to a doubling oc co2 concentration is just 0.4 and the humna contribution to that figure is a negligible 0.02K. This virtually nothing at all.

5 Jun 2018
Origin of Pluto

Also sent in by Jovan. Busy man. At https://astronomynow.com/2018/05/26/evidence-found-for-giant-comet-theor... ... what is the origin of Pluto? Is it a planet - or something else. It is being suggested Pluto is a great comet - of sorts. They say it is an agglomeration of a billion comets (in other words an inestimable number of comets). Another idea is that Pluto formed from coldices with a chemical composition similar to the Sun (but the giant comet theory is gaining traction it is alleged).

7 Jun 2018
Flares on Brown Dwarf

At https://phys.org/print447490481.html ... astronomers have spotted two super flares issuing forth from a brown dwarf star. The discovery is detailed in a paper published on May 26th on the arXiv pre-print server. The flares had a duration of around two days and heightened by a factor of 48.

At https://phys.org/print447402266.html ... layerd deposits have been found at the south pole of Mars. The poles of Mars have ice caps - like the Earth. They are also composed mainly of water ice, deposited in layers that contain varying amounts of dust.

7 Jun 2018
Radiocarbon inaccuracies

At https://phys.org/print447421745.html ... the theme here is that C14 carbon dating is a big tool as used by archaeologists  in order to date the age of organic material (including timbers). Is it all its cracked up to be. Apparently, Sturt Manning has reservations. He and his team have revealed variations in the radiocarbon cycle at certain periods of time. Before anyone gets over excited he is talking about very short period of 20 years - not the big changes as envisioned by revisionist historians.

10 Jun 2018
Modelling Geology

At https://phys.org/print447402256.html ... we are told it takes 120 million years for a slab of anicent sea floor to subduct to a sufficient distance into the Mantle where it can cause the core to cool. This, in turn, causes the liquid iron in the Earth's outer core to flow more vigorously - to produce a reversal of the Earth's magnetic field (courtesy of the modelling methodology). What this really says is that scientists do not like the idea of the earth's magnetic field reversing - or the core rotating faster than the outer shell (or crust).

10 Jun 2018
Organic molecules found on Mars

This story comes from NASA but is pretty widespread on the blogs - see for example https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/06/organic-molecules-found-on-mars-mit-... .... Curiosity Rover found organic material on Mars when digging into the surface. This may indicate Mars once harboured life - or some kind of primitive life. There is also varying amounts of methane in the atmosphere of Mars. The news release came from MIT

10 Jun 2018
Jurassic Sea Flood

At https://phys.org/print447399984.html ... dinosaur age marine fossils have been found in the middle of Australia - hundreds of miles from the sea. They are micro-organisms known as dinoflagellates which produce red tides (algal blooms). It is thought Australia was still attached to Antarctica at the time, which adds to the mystery. Interestingly, in the succeeding Cretaceous period there is evidence of a vast inland sea in Australia - but the new evidence comes from the Jurassic.

11 Jun 2018
Jelly Fish Sprites

Storms and lightning over central Europe produced a spectacular display of sprites - see http://spaceweather.com (11th June 2018). Some 250 sprites were seen in just four and a half hours from the vantage point of the Czech republic (looking across the Hungarian Plain). The jelly fish sprites (see below) were very large - at the same time there was strong cloud to ground strokes inside a convective storm.

 

 

11 Jun 2018
Warmish Greenland

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180604151150.htm ... the preservation of flies in mud on Greenland show that two interglacial periods witnessed a warming of the climate close to the modern ice sheet. Temperatures were somewhat warmer than today - and this is projected to have been significant. Lake muds that survived the last Ice Age (its entirety) has the remains of common flies.

14 Jun 2018
Rocks and Nitrogen

Sent in by Jovan. At www.scientificamerican.com/article/mystery-of-earths-missing-nitrogen-so... ... mainstream considered nearly all the nitrogen ins soils came directly from the atmosphere, sequestered by microbes and dissolved in rain. Environmentalists, on the other hand, claim nitrogen mainly leaches from farm fields with an origin in nitrogenous fertilisers. However, it would seem there is another important source of nitrogen in soils - and therefore in run off into streams and rivers. Nitrogen that leaks out of rocks.