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HMS Beagle on You Tube

At .... sketchbooks from the voyage of HMS Beagle have been digitised to produce a video of pencil drawings and watercolours by Conrad Martens, shipmate of Charles Darwion. These are available at Cambridge University Digital Library - go to

Some of them can be seen in a video slide show at the Phys Org link above, bringing to life views from nearly 200 years ago.

Unravelling String

At ... the String Theory hypothesis has been around for 30 years - and nobody has really been able to get to grips with it. Is it real ... or is it the product of being too clever by half?

This link provides a fascinating glimpse into all those high expectations associated with super strings and elaborate mathematical calculations. One suspects the theory will survive enthusiastically until all the excited young students of the time are living off a pension and swallowing statens.

Skeptical about Skeptics

American spelling above derives from a new web site at which has been set up to try and counter so called sceptics. As noted before, internet sceptics are not sceptical of consensus science - instead, they are sceptical of novel ideas and new science. Most so called sceptics are out there for one reason only, to suppress science they do not personally like, or which counters the mainstream point of view. In contrast, this web site is not in cyberspace to slap the academics on the back - it is out there for one reason, to give a platform for new ideas.

African technology

At ... a post on a professor from Zimbabwe, Clapperton Chatanetsa Mavhunga (I like his Christian name, presumably from a missionary or somebody the family were aquainted with), who says that hunting technology in his part of the world was developed on the hoof and designed for the local and specific game animals of the region. In other words, it was novel to Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.

Nicola Tesla

Nicola Tesla is one of those people very often sidelined in life but almost worshipped after his death. There is a review of him at ... and it seems Tesla most famously invented AC - in opposition to Edison's DC. Tesla's AC was eventually adopted in spite of all the money and influence that Edison was able to throw at his preferred system. AC was simply more reliable.

New fangled computer modelling and science

Apparently, the BBC have recently issued a response to a complaint by the Green lobby, complaining about an interview in which Lord Lawson allegedly led listeners astray. This is all part of the campaign to silence dissent on CAGW - as so much money is riding on the scam and it must continue if wallets are not to be depleted. The complaint appears to be that Lawson was unqualified to speak on the climate - even though he had written a best selling book on the subject.

Pointing out what is wrong with a theory can get you into trouble

No. I'm not talking about climate change or global weirding - or even the elusive global warming. At ... Tim Cullen is digging holes in C14 methodology and in this post looks at the shoddy treatment history has dished out to Eric Anderson, who worked with Willard Libby, a mainstream big gun and consensus hero of the faithful, and yet Wikipedia describes him as a student when in fact he was a physical chemist (the same as Libby).

speak of the devil ...

Speak of the devil. I mentioned Neanderthal DNA research two days ago and the very next day spied this story at ... Technical objections to the idea Neanderthals interbred with the ancestors of EuroAsians have been overcome thanks to a genome analysis method described in the April 2014 issue of the journal Genetics. The research is ongoing and already thee are two camps in the debate.

Technology developments

At ... we have a story with Einstein leading from the front. This is the way 'entangled particles' stay connected even when separated by long distances, part of quantum mechanics theory and potentially able to make message sending more secure.

Waffle Science

The Guardian has a somewhat belated tale at ... that has caused a bit of amusement. The comment section is somewhat muted and it seems the eco-loonies realise it is all a bit too close to home.