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21 Aug 2014
Dust in the atmosphere and climate

Gary Gilligan sent in the following link - www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/newsreleases/2014/august/dust-and-t... ... and the title describes the contents at the link. Dust in the atmosphere can influence rainfall. The research used mass spectrometry which sample cloud droplets and ice crystals onboard research aircraft flying through clouds. An unintended consequence of the research is that they discovered a lot of material that is loaded with signs of life.

21 Aug 2014
Dinosaurs and the Expanding Earth Theory

In Dinosaurs and the Expanding Earth Stephen Hurrell (One Off Publishing) claims he was intrigued by the fact that dinosaurs were often massive - but so too were other forms of life such as dragonflies and various plants such as giant horsetails and club mosses the size of trees. A geologist, sceptical of the claims, checked out surface gravity during the Permian era and found it was 50 per cent what it is today. According to Hurrell this mans the Earth was smaller in the dinosaur era (which came later) and he decided the Earth must have expanded.

21 Aug 2014
Carboniferous

In mainstream geology the Carboniferous (coal beds) were laid down 300 million years ago. At that time most of the ocean floor did not exist. Some of it did - but mostly, it didn't. What existed was a large continent, Pangeae, composed of all the major land masses of today - joined up. Some of this was covered by a shallow sea - it is thought. The Earth itself was much smaller according to Stephen Hurrell and due to the smaller size the gravity at the surface was much less than today.

21 Aug 2014
Loitering around second hand book shops

Loitering around second hand bookshops while waiting for other members of the family to do their own thing, I came away with some interesting tomes wearing faded jackets. One of them was Hurrell's book 'Dinosaurs and the Expanding Earth' (see earlier post) but more importantly I purchased 'Bellamy's Britain' published by the BBC way back when. He used to be a regular on the small screen with his sense of humour and love of plants and the book is based on some of his programmes on biology and the environment.

19 Aug 2014
North Africa and the spread of early humans

Humans living in North Africa, including what is now the Sahara desert, are thought to have been at the vanguard of the Out of Africa movement, the consensus scenario of human origins. Modern humans, that is. They were ideally placed to enter Europe and western Asia. This fact can actually be turned on its head as North Africa is ideally placed for migration in the opposite direction, from Europe and western Asia into Africa, as happened during the Holocene period.

19 Aug 2014
Models and Proxies

At http://phys.org/print326994700.html ... we have an interesting story sent in by member William Thompson. He was fascinated by the fact there is actually a conflict of opinion regards global warming - between models and reality. An article in PNAS by Zhengyu Liu of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a variety of co-authors. They seem to have done the research ostensibly at the instigation of the IPCC. Why? It all revolves around an article in the journal Science published last year which claimed that for the last 7000 years global temperatures have been cooling.

18 Aug 2014
Erupting Filaments

A magnetic filament winding down the face of the Sun has been compared to a canyon of fire at www.spaceweather.com August 17th. It appeared two days previously, launching a CME towards the Earth (expected to arrive on Monday). The web site has a video clip of the appearance and eruption of the filament.

18 Aug 2014
The other comet is also set to cause a stir

At http://phys.org/print327069680.html ... comet Siding Spring, the other comet of interest this autumn, will pass by Mars in October, just 132,000km away - which is the equivalent of a comet passing the Earth at one third the distance away from the Moon. A spokesman is quoted, 'we hope to witness two atmospheres colliding'. Planets have atmospheres (Mars is on the thin side) but so do comets, he claims - only it is called a coma and is capable of stretching to the width of Jupiter.

18 Aug 2014
Defending the consensus model

At http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/discovery-suggests-... ... a set of tusks in a museum, once attached to a mastodon skull that was thrown overboard, ended up in the nets of fishermen from Chesapeake Bay, along with some stone tools. They have been stored away for some 40 years or so, in the dark recesses of a museum. The interesting thing about them is that the sea floor in which they were dredged up from is continental shelf that would have been dry land during the last Ice Age. It is the North American equivalent of the North Sea basin.

18 Aug 2014
Gunnar Heinsohn and the first millennium AD

Gunnar Heinsohn and Trevor Palmer are currently locked into a debate that mainly centres around the conventional version of Roman history. Palmer is on the mainstream side, producing reams of evidence in support of his position, and Heinsohn, as is his want, is lobbing the occasional hand grenade to cause a splutter or two. Now, Heinsohn's ideas have been taken up by the redoubtable Tim Cullen and he has his own variation on it all - - go to http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/friends-romans-countrymen/ ...