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3 Mar 2019
Earth Blobs

At ... sent in by William, the subject being the hot mantle below the crust which appears to harbour two blobs the length of continents. They are at the foot of the mantle - above the molten outer core. The blobs are made of rock as in the rest of the mantle but they are heavier or denser than the surrounding mantle. They were discovered by seismic tomography. Seismic waves travel more slowly through the blobs - suggesting they are dense. There is little doubt the blobs exist yet nobody knows what they are.

3 Mar 2019
Kuiper Belt Objects

The outer solar system is a fairly quiet place we are assured. Not a lot of meteors or craters on the likes of Pluto and Charon. However, the orbital architecture of Kuiper Belt objects is odd - and it has been suggested they are controled by the gravity of the hypothetical Planet Nine. This is because known objects appear to bunch up tight in what is described as orbital clustering (see image below). Go to ...

3 Mar 2019

At ... we learn that the Hiawatha Crater recently found in NW Greenland, has organic carbon in the glacio fluvial sand seeping from the crater. It originates from the bedrock - gneiss. Some of the sand contains impact grains such as shocked quartz, impure mineral glasses and micro breccias. There are grains (in the breccia) that contain organic carbons (and can be read in full at the above link). The article was read at the 50th Lunar and Planetary science conference in 2019.

6 Mar 2019
Water from Air

An Israeli company has created water from plain air and is set to globally expand its business - see ... Watergen draws air from the atmosphere into a water generator. There, a filter system cleans the air by removing dust and dirt. Once it is cleaned the air is passed through a heat exchanger and cooling process and is condensed into water. Its only requirement is access to electrictiy.

6 Mar 2019
The Pantheon

At ... this pieces was sent in by Brian, a long time SIS member. He is hoping to open discussion with other members of the society - and presumably with anyone not in the society but who have a genuine interest in the subject matter of the post. This revolves around the Pantheon - built in the reign of Roman emperor Hadrian. We know about the wall he had built between Britannia and Caledonia but the Pantheon has to be the biggest dome built (at the time), 142 feet in diameter.

7 Mar 2019
Galactic Winds

A NASA 'Day in Review' article, 'Galactic Wind Provides Clue to Evolution of Galaxies' (from the jpl news room at ) is reproduced at ... the magnetic field lines of the Cigar Galaxy follow the bipolar outflows generated by exceptionally high rates of star formation. The Cigar Galaxy is famous amongst astronomers for the speed in which it creates new stars. Researchers have discovered that the galactic wind flowing from the centre of the galaxy is aligned along a magnetic field and transports a large mass of gas and dust.

7 Mar 2019
Planets Behaving Badly

Robert sent in this link to ... latest data sent back from Jupiter and Saturn show that these two gas giants have not played ball with consensus theory. The magnetic and gravity data have confounded scientists it is alleged. There will be an update on the new discoveries at the March 2019 American Physical Society meeting - so be prepared for more revelations in the press release.

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7 Mar 2019
Days and Dinosaurs

At ... dinosaurs were thriving immediately prior to the asteroid strike that decimated them we are told. This is a big step change by scientists who have been telling us for a long time dinosaurs were already in decline from climate change and the asteroid strike simply put them out of their agony. Resaerchers from UC London, Imperial College London, and the University of Bristol claim dinosaurs were not under stress - and far from it.

7 Mar 2019
Dinosaurs and Birds

This post was sent in by Robert and must come under evolution rather than geology as it is speculative and from a Creationist attempt at rationalisation of recent claims that birds are directly descended from one branch of the dinosaurs. Go to ... and ignore the slant of the article which seeks to identify the Biblical flood with the demise of various life forms - including the dinosaurs. Are dinosaurs really the evolutionary predecessors of birds?

13 Mar 2019

William commented, mainstream doesn't mind catastrophism as long as it happened eons ago. See Elements volume 15:1 (February) which is a special issue devoted to the planet Mercury. Charlier and Namur, 'The Origins and Differentiation of Planet Mercury' (2019) page 9-14. Excerpts picked out by William are (page 9), metal enrichment may originate from primordial processes in the solar nebula or from a giant impact that stripped most of the silicate portion of a larger planet leaving Mercury as we know it today.