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18 Aug 2019
Solar Barycentre

The theory advanced by Rhodes Fairbridge in the mid 20th century appears to be on the verge of a revival, of sorts. This is the idea of a solar barycentre that affects the journey of the planets around our Sun as the latter spins on its axis and is influenced in turn by the bigger planets such as Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus. A new paper by the controversial Valentin Zhakova has been published in the journal Nature - see ...

20 Aug 2019
Jurassic Volcanism

Robert sent in the link to ... with the comment, discharge lightning on Earth emits X-rays. It seems that if humans were able to see gamma-rays they might see the night sky would glow brighter than the daytime. This is the manner in which NASAs Fermi Gamma Ray Telescope sees our region of space. Currently, gamma-ray observations are not sensitive to seeing the shape of the Moon very clearly - or any of the surface details. It detects a prominent glow centred on the Moon's position in the sky.

24 Aug 2019
Methane Reservoir

At ... link forwarded by Robert (but see also ) ... which comes with some useful comments. New findings published in PNAS provide evidence of the formation and abundance of abiotic methane - methane formed by chemical reactions that do not involve organic matter. It shows that methane found on other planets and moons could well have a similar origin. It is no longer a mystery we are told. Abiotic methane exists.

24 Aug 2019
Digging a Hole

At ... according to current theory a quarter of the universe is composed of dark matter - sitting in the shadows. Its presence is determined by gravitational pull. What dark matter is made of is a complete mystery. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics have come up with a new theory - the existence of a hypothetical particle, gravitinos. Its existence follows on from a theory that seeks to explain the spectrum of quarks and leptons in the standard model of particle physics.

31 Aug 2019
Solent Archaeology

At ... some years ago a boat building site going back 8000 years ago was found in the Solent - during what is known as the Mesolithic era (pre-farming). The Solent is the estuary leading into Southampton and its entrance is behind the Isle of Wight. In fact, Bouldnor Cliff is on the island and the remains were found at the foot of the cliff - most of the Solent having been robbed of its archaeology by the daily tides.

31 Aug 2019
Roopkund Lake

At ... a study published in Nature Communications (August 2019) concerns the mysterious skeletons of Roopkund Lake in the Himalayan mountains - or foothills. It was initially thought they all died in a single catastrophic event - but analysis seems to show they died in two different events, one thousand years apart. The lake is shallow and has attracted attention due to the presence of skeletal remains of humans from what is thought to amount to several hundred bones.

31 Aug 2019

The SEPP newsletter of August 17th 2019 - see - focusses on Nir Shaviv, a solar physicist in Israel. He has conducted a couple of interviews for the media which were subsequently disappeared. The interviews were not at his request but were initiated by interested reporters who obviously thought all angles of a subject should be explored and not just the one so called consensus theory. The first interview was axed by the editor and was never printed but the second one, interestingly, was written up and then pulled - which is how the matter came to public attention.

4 Sep 2019
Rupert Holms

Rupert Holms has a new You Tube video on his Star Core Zeus theory. He is currently in Cyprus - but go to

4 Sep 2019
Ice Age Savannah

One of the paradoxes of the last Ice Age is the existence of a savannah corridor that allowed animals and humans to spread into SE Asia. The region is now largely tropical in nature but back in the day a savannah environment stretched right across what is now the Malay peninsular, Thailand and Burma, into what was then Sunda Land - or what is now the islands of Indonesia. One complete block of land. The dates concerned are between 120,000 and 70,000 years ago  and explains how humans genetically linked to Denisovans ended up in the region.

4 Sep 2019
Plate Tectonics

An interesting post at .... where we are presented with a little history of the Plate Tectonics theory. It only goes back to the late 1960s and is therefore a relatively new idea to explain certain geological features. It assumes the distribution and movement of plates, the uppermost layer of the Earth, is a fact of life - yet it doesn't seem to happen anywhere else in the solar system. Only on the Earth. Are we unique - our geology that is. Can we get our heads around it - truth or fiction ...