Inside science news

BioClay

A nice cheerful press release at http://phys.org/print403337522.html .... the subject is bioclay, an invention that provokes plants into thinking they are being attacked by pests or disease and therefore respond by protecting themselves naturally. We are talking about nano-scale clay particles that are sprayed onto crops instead of pesticides. 

Arie Fairie

At www.spectator.co.uk/2016/10/how-many-scientific-papers-just-arent-true/ ... the link is provided by Robert Farrar. It seems that Robert Horton, editor of the Lancet, is on record as saying 'that much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue ...' and he added, 'science has taken a turn towards darkness.' The article also provides links to reports in pdf format.

Origins of Astrology

Jovan Kesic forwarded this link, www.kepler.edu/home/index.php/articles/history-of-astrology/item/324-ori... ... is an interesting post on a subject usually brushed aside as pseudo science and not given a second glance. Here the author contends this is not an approach a serious researcher into ancient religions and beliefs should follow as he insists Greek astrology of the late first millennium BC absorbed a considerable amount of astrological thinking from the ancient Egyptians.

Valentina Zharkova

I think I did this story last week when it was doing the round of the blogs but here we go again courtesy of a link from William again. It seems the original story was at Investors Business Daily - and was taken up by Benny Peiser at the Global Warming Policy Forum in the UK. Benny is a former member of SIS and I like to keep up with his new role in life, knocking some sense into climate science.

inverted snobs

Not so much inside science I suppose but inside the heads of journalists and some scientists. At http://www.cnsnews.com/commentary/eric-metaxas/perhaps-ancients-werent-s... ... sent in by William Thompson this one is a nice insight to how some people view themselves as ripe red top fruit rather then the too green apple lower down on the tree. The headline to the post is 'Perhaps Ancients Weren't So Dumb' ...

Martin Sieff

Martin Sieff was a prominent member of SIS in its early days (way back when) but what has he been up to since that long ago period. Take a look at www.theglobalist.com/contributors/martin-sieff/

WH McNeil

William H McNeil died this week (July 15th) age 98 years - a very good innings. He was the author of 'Plagues and Peoples' (which I have somewhere, probably in the attic) and 'The Rise of the West' (for which he was both applauded and criticised). He was the son of a theologian and historian of medieval history. McNeil Perceived his scholarship as a secular version of his father's Christian views - and in no way critical. His wife's father was a close friend of Arnold Toynbee, the Marxist historian.

small reactors

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2016/06/01/small-modular-nuclear-reactor... ... we are told. A thousand such small reactors could replace the necessity for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station the politicos are struggling with. A UK based development consortium is behind the move to supply Poland with the micro devices which are designed to produce local power and heat. They also hope to sell them to Canada.

Phil Silvia

Crowd funding is becoming an important part of research outside the box. Scientists researching mainstream subjects have no trouble being bankrolled but scientists researching less popular subjects are usually frozen out of public funds. Phil Silvia is seeking backers for his research into the destruction of Sodom. The archaeologists think that Tall el-Hammam is Biblical Sodom but the very idea is disputed by others who consider the Sodom story a myth and completely fabrication. The research has the capability to disprove this negative view.

sequence stratigraphy

I'm not sure why sequence stratigraphy is being questioned but anything that challenges the neat layer cake method is worth taking note of. The link was sent in by Robert Farrar, http://crev.info/2016/03/is-geology-in-a-scientific-revolution/ .., and one can quickly answer the headline by saying, no. It is an intriguing head line and the suggestion is that a paradigm shift might be in the offing. Sequence stratigraphy is an important feature of geological theory - the time sequence of strata between nonconformities.