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Brief in the News (May)

At ... Dennis Cox has a new post on craters - this time espied in New Mexico and western Texas - by using the Google Earth tool. What is interesting in this post is that craters appear to cluster around the oil fields region of Texas. He asked David Morrison who expressed doubts that so many craters could be of the same age ... which we may assume is the mainstream opinion.

Some things are worth looking at ... some things are not ...

At we have news from a German team that have been checking the thickness of ice in the Beaufort Sea (in the Arctic) and they have found that ice formed over this current winter is thinner than it was over the last couple of years. This implies it will melt in the summer - as it does every year.

We are also informed the earth's iron heart, its inner core, can melt - this discovery was learnt from a computer simulation (see Nature May 19th).


An Egyptian mummy has created a medical stir - but will it upset all those trendy theories about cholesterol. The story is at and revolves around the mummy of Ahmose-Meyet-Amen, an 18th dynasty princess. She died of heart disease as a result of atherosclerosis - hardening of the arteries. If she had lived in the modern world she would have required a by pass operation.

Post Normal and all that

At ... is a rant about Post Normal Science and its role in AGW doomsaying. Not sure if it is relevant as it has a wisp of conspiracy about it, but an interesting observation.

The Donana Atlantis

The Daily Telegraph of March 15th 2011 had a report on a National Geographic Channel film screened in the US and promoted by Professor Richard Freund. The film and the professor made the claim Atlantis lies beneath the Donana wetlands in Spain - not far from Cadiz. It is a national park famous for its birds and animals but a satellite photograph appeared to reveal what looked like rectangular buildings and concentric circles - and archaeologists have since been digging holes to find out what they were.

Index of Postings in November and December 2010

November 2010

November 4th ... Approaching Comet Hartley2

November 4th ... Mars - asteroid strike? ... gamma ray bubbles and a newly found neutrino

November 4th ... Mammoth and Mastodon cache in Colorado Mountains

November 4th ... The Book of the Dead

November 5th ... Study Group Meeting - November 4th (London)

November 5th ... Dating Rocks

November 5th ... The Atlantic current during the Ice Age - and melting ice sheets

November 5th ... Comet Hartley2 - flyby images

Index of Postings in October 2010

October 2010.

October 2nd ... The Heliosphere

October 2nd ... A Bahamas treasure-chest found in a hole ... a number of holes

October 2nd ... Big Stone Axes for chopping down trees

October 2nd ... The Eemian again - same article, different take

October 2nd ... The God King scenario

October 3rd ... -and even more on the YD boundary event debate

October 3rd ... Sprites on a video clip

October 3rd ... Lascaux constellations

Index of Postings in August 2010

August 2010

August 2nd ... Science and the Brotherhood of Silence

August 2nd ... Cooking the Data to warm it up

August 2nd ... What the Large Hadron Collider is doing - in a nutshell

August 2nd ... Stratigraphy and a Revision (the Alan Montgomery solution)

August 3rd ... a negrito migration?

August 3rd ... Current World Archaeology

August 3rd ... A New Mann non-tree ring hockey stick model

August 3rd .... geoglyphs from the Atacama Desert in Chile

August 3rd ... the Jared Diamond myth in tatters

Alternative Science on the Web

At there is a forum posting, Links to Related Alternative Science Web Pages. It is very useful as it provides some different takes on a number of issues such as gravitation, aether, aetherneutrinos, glowing magnetism, wave particles, electric stars, the fractal Sun theory, electrogravity, electrodynamics, and red shift etc.

Drought, Lightning, and the Sun ...

At tree rings have been used to compile a temperature proxy over 900 years in North West Africa (Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia) and they show dry periods in the 13th and 16th centuries - and in the late 20th century. They appear to coincide with warmish weather in northern Europe - droughts are virtually absent after 1500AD for about 400 years when it was very cold in northern Europe.