Inside science news

Antarctica in the News

There is a fun post at a post by Willis Eschenbach, in a dry style. It seems that because of faith in AGW the Americans did away with their ice breaker fleet some years ago. At some later point they found they needed an ice breaker in order to bring in supplies for their team of scientists studying the effects of co2 on the Antarctic ice sheet and hired one from Sweden - and this has been the situation for the last few years.

Tiljander lake sediment data

Proxy data known as the Tiljander series, named after the original researcher on lake varves in a Scandinavian body of water, pops up in the new sea level hockey stick model in spite of the controversy that exists, as pointed out by the original research and by Steve McIntyre and others in a series of searing demolitions of its use in Mann hockey sticks - upside down. Now, the myth is that this particular series of data is used bottom up for a reason - to produce a desired result (eliminating the Medieval Warm Period).

When scientists and the powers that be get miffed by the little people

An interesting story at where scientists working on genetic modification and improved seed research associated with the 'green revolution' in the hope of inventing the Mark 2 version have pubicly criticised a spot of down to earth on the ground and get your hands dirty bit of homespun improvised rice growing improvements that began life in Madagascar under the auspices of a priest.

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