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6 Aug 2020
Origin of Water on Earth

This one comes courtesy of Hokkaido University - see ... with the actual research paper published in Scientific Reports - see ... Japanese scientists have found interstellar organic matter could produce an abundant supply of water simply by heating. This suggests that organic matter could be the sources of terrestrial water - with an origin in space or otherwise, inside the innards of the earth, perhaps - since the formation of the planet.

7 Aug 2020
A Pot Pouri

At (6th August, 2020) .. we are told that cycle 25 is now definitely coming to life. We even have a sunspot facing in the direction of the earth. No sign of a blast of solar wind as yet but lots of minor solar flaring is going on as the activity begins to spread across the face of the sun ...


11 Aug 2020
Fearsome Fossils

Sent in by William. At ... the fossil of a hell ant, belonging to the Cretaceous, is described as a fearsome beast. Captured in amber one can see the tusk like mandibles and horns used to hunt down prey. At the moment they are said to have only been active for 20 million years. They clearly disappeared at the K/T boundary event. Did they really only evolve just before that upheaval?

11 Aug 2020
Chomping Jaws

At .... I can remember one of my grandsons enthusiastically describing the size of this crocodile's teeth some years ago. He missed a trick though. The new study describes them as the size of bananas. The creatures are not just crocodiles - they are terror crocodiles. Two species lived in western America, from Montana to northern Mexico. Another lived along the Atlantic coastal plain from New Jersey to Mississippi. At the time, we are told, N America was divided by the interior seaway.

11 Aug 2020
Science and the Press

An interesting riposte by an Australian geologist of note, Ian Plimer, to climate alarmist reporters who took exception to an article of his in The Australian (which is in the Murdoch stable and out of reach of their tentacles). However, that didn't stop them trying to take a high moral path, with typicle puffed up arrogance. The Press Council in Australia, not your garden variety of ordinary journalist but one charged with having some common sense as it is supposed to be able to pontificate on complaints it receives from the public.

14 Aug 2020
IntCal 2020

At ... (also at ... a team of researchers from the universities of Sheffield, Belfast, Bristol, Glasgow and St Andrews, in collaboration with international colleagues, have come up with a revision of the C14 dating system, IntCal 2020. It used measurements from around 15,000 samples from a variety of objects as part of a seven year project. The claim is they can now date objects more accurately.

14 Aug 2020

At ... evidence that Aborigines cultivated bananas has been conclusively found in the Torres Strait. This should come as no surprise as in New Guinea, populated by a related people, a form of horticulture was being practised at a very early date. What has been found at Wagadagam is evidence of gardening activities within a system of retaining walls. Soils from the site display definitive evidence of banana cultivation.

14 Aug 2020
Upside Down Data

A few years ago we had an example of a Finnish lake sediment database used upside down in order to demonstrate the idea of global warming. The so called hockey stick used another trick with temperature data. Now, it seems, we have another example - see ... its a short piece but has lots of comments. Only a few are worth reading. It refers to an Antarctic temperature reconstruction that demonstrably differs from previous offerings - sticking out, as they say, like a sore thumb. Bound to arouse investigation. And it did.

14 Aug 2020
Reptiles in South Wales

At .... a study from the University of Bristol has uncovered fossils of small reptiles that lived in South Wales 205 million years ago. They are closely related to similar animals found in North America. The fossils come from a quarry site, collected in the 1950s but reassessed with modern equipment. They date from the Late Triassic period. It is claimed the quarry was at that time on an island in a tropical sea. Britain lay much closer to the equator in the Triassic.

14 Aug 2020
Glaciers on Mars

As expected, this subject has popped up on Thunderbolts. A post by Stephen Smith at ... and as one would think they have a completely contrary take on glaciers, or former oceans and rivers, on Mars. He makes the point that earth is a water planet and it is thought that for life to exist on Mars there must have been water there at one time or another. Water is of course an essential ingredient if humans colonise the red planet.