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18 Jul 2020
Comet Neowise

   ... Image of Comet Neowise taken by Jeff Dai of Ankong in China. The comet is becoming dimmer as it travels away from the Sun but the tail is still significant as a feature of the sky as it approaches Ursa Major. It will be naked eye visible in the coming week. After that, who knows. See https://spaceweather.com (Saturday 18th July 2020).

18 Jul 2020
A Sort of Supernova

A blast from a white dwarf star caused it to shoot itself out of its orbit in a 'partial' supernova event. It is now travelling towards the Milky Way. The research was done at the University of Warwick - see https://phys.org/news/2020-07-blast-star-hurtling-milky.html ... and https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/staa1761 ... and the big question being asked is, are there more stars crossing our galaxy that we don't know about? How many of them might there be in transit and how would you know where they may be located.

18 Jul 2020
Carnian Pluvial Episode

The word pluvial is usually associated with water - a watery environment. The Wranglia is a large igneous province that spewed out lots of greenhouse gases - or volcanic gases to be more exact. Climate shifted in association with the Wranglia, leading eventually to a warmer world that was wetter, and humid. This was the Carnian Pluvial Episode. So, we have a massive tectonic event and evidence of a watery landscape. Where might we have heard that before. See https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2020/07/insights-into-climat... ...

20 Jul 2020
Update on Storegga

Clarification on the recent piece from the Daily Mail. The actual study does not mention climate change at all and has been inserted by the Daily Mail journalist, or an editor. It may of course have been inserted by whoever released the press story to the media. The full paper can be read at www.mdpi.com/2076-3263/10/7/270/htm ... The event has nothing to do with climate change and is purely a geological phenomenon.

22 Jul 2020
Breaking Plates

At https://phys.org/news/2020-07-idea-earth-outer-shell-broke.html ... In this article we are told that it is well understood that volcanoes and earthquakes can be explained by the 50 year old theory of Plate Tectonics. This theory claims earth's outer shell, or lithosphere, is subdivided into plates that move relative to each other, concentrating most tectonic activity along the plate margins. Surprisingly, we are then told, the scientific community have no firm concept on how plate tectonics began.

22 Jul 2020
Venus Volcanoes

I thought  it was already recognised that volcanoes on Venus were a source of its anomalous heat. That heat was used by Velikovsky to suggest Venus was a young planet - and had not yet cooled down. The idea Venus suffers from runaway global warming as a result of Venusian greenhouse gases, such as co2, has been accepted for a number of years. It seems even the presence of volcanoes on Venus did not cause a second thought. Apparently, mainstream insisted they were inactive. That sounds like not facing up to the facts, an all too common attribute nowadays.

23 Jul 2020
Earliest Americans Yet

At https://anthropology.net/2020/07/22/new-archaeological-evidence-of-the-f... ... the evidence comes from a cave in Mexico. New archaeological evidence of the first Amricans dated to 33,000 years ago. Two major papers in Nature concern the excavation of 1900 stone tools from sediments in a cave. They were dated in two ways. Firstly by carbon dating (and Bayesian methodology) and by optical stimulated luminescence. Two separate strata were found.

23 Jul 2020
Magnetic Fields in the Universe

At https://phys.org/news/2020-07-cosmic-magnetic-field-galaxy-ngc.html ... spiral galaxies have sprawling magnetic fields. The process of how they aquired them is not understood. However, a new study claims galaxy wide magnetic fields are in some way connected to supernova explosions and even to star formation. When evaluating the data beamed back from NGO4217, a galaxy which resembles the Milky Way, they found an X shaped magnetic field structure extending far out of the galaxy disc. In addition, they also found a helix structure and two large bubble structures.

23 Jul 2020
Group Think

Anthropology is a funny field of science. Lots of waffle. At https://popular-archaeology.com/article/the-shamans-world/ ... shamanism dates back to an early stage of humanity, we are told (quoting Eliade, 1964). Is this clever stuff or are they getting their bootlaces in a mix. It sounds like clever stuff and it is certainly erudite. However, it occurred to me that it highlights the different way in which a catastrophist, including a Velikovskian, might interpret mythology as opposed to the great and the good.

25 Jul 2020
The Roman Warm Period

Benny Peiser's newsletter on 24th July 2020 has the following post - https://www.thegwpf.com/roman-warm-period-was-2c-warmer-than-today-new-s... ... which is telling us all something that was very well known 50 years ago, let alone in more recent research. See for example page 156-8 of HH Lamb, 'Climate, History and the Modern World', Routledge:1982 and HH Lamb, 'Climate: Present, Past and Future' (1972). One is left a bit flummoxed when they suggest this is something new, or are they saying something slightly different to earlier researchers.