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15 Aug 2017
Banded Iron

Gary sent in this link, ... banded iron consists of alternating layers of silica and iron rich bands ...

13 Aug 2017

Sorry about the amount of climate change posts in the last week but here we go again. At ... which features Dr Judith Curry in a YouTube interview in which she lays out the many flaws and failures of common climate science and how this highly politicised subject misleads policy makers. It is meant to. On balance, she says, I don't see any particular danger from greenhouse warming as a result of co2.

13 Aug 2017
lithosphere research

At ... researchers at the University of Southampton have been looking at the thickness of Earth's continents (results published in the journal Science) by using seismic reflections to gain a better understanding of craton boundaries. The Earth's lithosphere includes the oceans, crust, and portions below this, which sit upon the Mantle. The lithosphere includes the continents - but how thick are they? They mkae use of seismic waves generated naturaly by hundreds of earthquakes.

12 Aug 2017
Modelling Climate

At ... is an interesting read. A climate scientist on falsifiability (or the lack of it in climate science) said, climate models are carefully developed and evaluated based on their ability to accurately reproduce observed climate trends. This is why climatologists have confidence in them as scientific tools, not because of ideas around falsifiability ...

12 Aug 2017
Lida Ajer

At ... human teeth from a cave on Sumatra has been analysed and it seems they date back over 60,000 years ago. This date supports recent findings that Aborigines were in Australia at least as early as 65,000 years ago. The evidence that modern humans, or people identified as modern humans by their teeth, has led to a revision of when these same people would have left Africa, their assumed place of origin. There are, however, some oddities in the report. The Lida Ajer cave is in the highland zone of Sumatra, a long way from the coast.

12 Aug 2017
House Size asteroid

At ... a house sized asteroid will whizz past the Earth on October 12th, we are told, well within the orbit of the Moon and not too far from the orbit of satellites going around the Earth. It will pass by at a distance of 27,300 miles, an eighth of the distance from Earth to Moon.

11 Aug 2017
Jonathan Swift

I've already done a post with the title of Clive James, author and journalist and former TV personality. Hence, the above title - although this is not the first time Jonathan Swift has cropped up in the pages of SIS in the past. At ... the Week that Was (August 5th 2017), always has some interesting information. Following a quote by Einstein we are told that following the peak of El Nino in early 2016 temperatures have dropped - but not as sharply as they did after the previous peak in 1998. The 1998 El Nino was followed by a La Nina cooling.

10 Aug 2017
Magnetic stripes

Peter M James has a new article at June issue. He has been a long time critic of Plate Tectonics and notes that over the last 50 years there has been a lot of criticism of the hypothesis by geologists, admittedly a minority, but this has had little impact. He adds that critical importance is no doubt related to the fact that the mechanisms involved in the mobilist mainstream model are still of unknown magnitude and/or are taken to act at unknown depths, beyond the gaze of the critics (and the proponents).

10 Aug 2017
climate hysterics

The quality of climate change research appears to be ever more hysterical. We have had one missive suggesting we should not have dogs and cats as pets as they eat meat - and cows and sheep eat grass and are prone to flatulence. Instead, they suggest we should have a hamster for a pet instead, even though they might be less attentive or loyal. A hamster won't sit at your feet when reading or writing, and a hamster won't stay by your side if you are unfortunate enough to have a heart attack while on a walk in the local woods.

10 Aug 2017
Millions of black holes

At ... there are a lot more black holes in the Milky Way than previously thought according to a University of California Irvine study. There are in the order of tens of millions in our galaxy alone - and we once thought there was just one big black hole in the galaxy centre - somewhat like the black liquorice surrounded by pink or yellow coconut in a Bassets Liquorice Allsorts. There might even be as many as 100 million of the black holes - so how does this abundance square with mainstream black hole theory?