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29 Feb 2020
Mega Waves

Sent in by William. At https://eos.org/articles/submarine-canyons- breed-megawaves-in-japan/ ... submarine canyons on the continental shelf system offshore of Toyama Bay in Japan seem to be involved in the huge winter waves that appear out of nowhere - up to 32 feet high. Wave after wave can batter the shoreline, all day long. The waves have been documented for centuries but scientists have been flummoxed as to how they form. The shape of the bay's peninsular allows only ocean swells from the north and northeast to travel inland ...

29 Feb 2020
Solar Storm Whales

This story comes from https://spaceweather.com (February 28th 2020) ... the surprising way solar storms beach grey whales. They strand themselves on beaches for no apparent reason. No sign of injury, or illness, and no evidence of naval sonar in the vicinity. They just seem to get lost. The answer may have been found by researchers from Duke University and Adler Planetarium. Their results are published in Current Biology. Whales seem to have an internal compass. This allows them to navigate using magnetic fields much like birds and bees and various other animals.

29 Feb 2020
Baby dinosaur and preserved DNA

One for the album, as they say. At https://phys.org/news/2020-02-cartilage-cells-chromosomes-dna-million-ye... ... and just after I had written this up Robert came up with the same link. Cartilage cells, chromosomes, and DNA, preserved in a 75 million year old baby duck billed dinosaur. How does that happen. The clue is that it gets buried very quickly - which is not on the uniformitarian agenda (except on rare occasions). It was published in National Science Review (2019) - see https://doi.org/10.1093/nsr/nwz206 ..

29 Feb 2020
Meteors and Asteroids

William also sent in a link to a video ofa fireball streaking across the sky captured by a home surveillance camera in Phoenix Arizona - go to www.msn.com/en-us/video/science/giant-fireball-streaks-across-phoenix-sk... ...

This occurred at 5.33am local time. The American Meteor Society also received reports of a meteor over Arizona.

2 Mar 2020
Australian Fossil River

At https://phys.org/news/2020-02-ghostly-massive-ancient-river-revealed.html ... which relates to an article in the journal Geology (https://doi.org/10.1130/G45915.1 ) and concerns traces of a massive river and delta that existed when Gondwana dominated the southern hemisphere. Gondwana included as one continent Antarctica, India, Australia, New Guinea etc. Geologists think the vegetation associated with this river, and in particular the delta region, may lead them to oil resources.

2 Mar 2020
Big Explosion Upstairs

I was expecting the Thunderbolts site to cover this by the weekend - but may be next week. The story is one that has hit a lot of blogs and news sources but this particular link is interesting as it comes with a lot of comments that are good and lots of comments that are not so good. Go to https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/02/28/astronomers-detect-biggest-explos... ... scientists studying a distant galaxy cluster have, it is claimed, witnessed the biggest explosion in the universe since Big Bang (a sort of mini version of Big Bang seems to be implied).

4 Mar 2020
Older Than

At https://www.gaia.com/article/turkish-archaeologists-find-site-much-older... ... excavations at Boncuklu Tarla (also in SE Turkey) have yielded 11,300 year old mini Gobekli Tepe like structures. It has three well preserved monolithic structures described as resembling those at Gobekli Tepe - but the stelae have no figurative inscriptions (unlike the ones at Gobekli Tepe). What is interesting, however, is that the new site dates just 600 years after the onset of the Younger Dryas event.

4 Mar 2020
Plants and Humans in Sync

Who is making use of who. A fascinating post at https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/the-co-evolution-of-plants-and-humans .... the co-evolution of plants and humans as an extension of co-evolution of plants and animals acting in concert to help the plants reproduce by seeds and nuts, and later, by fruits. This is not just using insects to pollinate (and how does evolution instigate this) but to actually spread seeds far afield (and in the case of humans to cultivate and tend). It's remarkable - as if plants are blue printed to influence insects and animals in some kind of way.

4 Mar 2020
Gary's choices

Here we have several link sent in by Gary. At www.newscientist.com/article/2235312-chinas-rover-has-discovered-what-li... ... China's rover vehicle has been peering into the far side of the Moon - going down as deep as 40m by using ground penetrating radar. The top layer consists mostly of fine dust - or regolith. Between 12 and 24m deep the soil is coarse with large rocks embedded in it (stones to you and me) and between 24 and 40m deep it is composed of alternating layers of coarse and fine soil.

6 Mar 2020
Mars Molecules

At https://phys.org/news/2020-03-molecules-curiosity-rover-early-life.html ... (see Astrobiology journal - https://doi.org/10.1089/ast.2019.2139 ) ... organic compounds known as thiophenes are found on earth resident in coal and crude oil, for example - even in truffles (a fungi wild pigs are keen to root out). Now, thiophenes have been found on Mars - which might be consistent with life on the red planet (bacterial in nature). On the other hand they may have arrived via meteors or comets (life from space perhaps, aka Hoyle and Ramasinghe).