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Smiley sun…

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NASA has released a photo of the sun with active spots and plasma which look  like a smile.   There’s a scientific explanation for all the features,  but a smile will suffice for me.

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December 4, 2016 at 10:07 am

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Chocolate lovers rejoice!

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If your favorite chocolate had only half as much sugar,  yet tasted the same,  would you be happy?   I’d do cartwheels,  and the Nestle company has found a way  to achieve  just that by altering the structure of the sugar.   My taste buds and I will enjoy every extra morsel in a little more than a year,  but we will be the final arbiters as to whether the promise of the claims is met.

 

 

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December 3, 2016 at 10:09 am

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Was Einstein wrong?

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About  the speed  of light,  perhaps,  if this new theory pans out.  Einstein has  been wrong  before,  but none of this makes him any less of a genius.

Once again I should remind you that consensus is NOT science.   The more fervently you hear someone say “consensus says”  the more you can be sure that no actual,  provable,  repeatable,  evidence-based science stands behind the claim.   The entire rationale for climate science is based on consensus and outright lies so atrocious they can’t even qualify as junk science.

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November 30, 2016 at 11:57 pm

Russian ice balls…

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These are  in northern Russia,  but they form elsewhere under the proper conditions.   Mother Nature is just full of interesting phenomena,  isn’t she?

 

 

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November 5, 2016 at 11:53 pm

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Record-breaking super-moon…

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The biggest and  brightest super-moon  in almost 70 years is headed our way on the eve of November 14th.   It will appear about 14% larger and 30% brighter than the average full moon, so it really will e special for us regular sky-watchers,  not just the astronomers.   If you miss this even, you’ll have to wait until 2034 to see something as spectacular,  so mark your calnedars!

 

 

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November 4, 2016 at 11:58 pm

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Black Sea’s dead zone…

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The dead zone in the Black Sea is an area at the bottom which is devoid of light and oxygen,  which generally preserves whatever happens to land there.   The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project has been scouring the bottom and has located a batch of more than 40  ancient shipwrecks  from the Ottoman and Byzantine periods.

The photos are fascinating,  and we will undoubtedly learn a great deal,  both culturally and archaeologically,  from the discovery.   When I was a child,  I thought being an archaeologist would be the neatest job in the world.   I’m not sure I was wrong about that.

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October 24, 2016 at 11:43 pm

Bermuda Triangle solved?

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The large number of ships and planes which have gone missing in the Bermuda Triangle has puzzled us for many years.   Could the peculiar hexagonal-shaped  clouds meteorologists have found over that dicey patch of water actually produce  “air bombs”  capable of causing disasters?   Assuming they are caused by micro-bursts,  but are larger than what we normally take that term to mean,  they certainly could produce  sufficient disturbances in the air or on the water to explain this enduring myster.

 

 

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October 21, 2016 at 11:51 pm