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25 Feb 2017
Sustaining the consensus

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/02/24/rock-strata-dating-suggests-plane... ... this story is all over the internet but I have chosen this link as the comments are worth scanning. It was published in the journal Nature (Feb 23rd 2017) and it appears to contradict the co2 meme in as far as it is not mentioned as a factor in palaeo-climate change. This is not surprising as it is dealing with great chunks of time - and cycles of thousands of years.

25 Feb 2017
skulls

At https://phys.org/print407057607.html ... the study of ancient skulls in the Americas seems to suggest there were multiple migrations, which contrasts with what the study of genes has been telling us. Genetic research seems to show a remarkable conformity in the original settlers of the Americas - so is genetic research really at the cutting edge if skull shapes seem to weigh against it? It may be due to limited sampling of genetic material and the bigger the data base becomes the more variety will be found.

25 Feb 2017
Dust and Mammoths

At http://creation.com/woolly-mammoths-choked-by-dust ... sent in by Robert Farrar. Once again a Creationist web site goes where others fear to tread and the issues raised are interesting from a Catastrophist point of view. Some of the mammoths died as a result of asphyxiation we are informed. Of course, very few mammoths did survive in a nearly intact form and those that did must have been buried pretty quickly.

24 Feb 2017
Glowing Blob

At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2017/02/nasa-scientists-pluto-flybys-point... ... which begs the question - does Pluto have the ingredients of life? This is a far cry from the situation prior to the New Horizons mission when Pluto was regarded as a distant and cold cosmic object that was dead. Since the flyby last year scientists are now having second thoughts - even though Pluto's atmosphere is thin and sparse.

23 Feb 2017
Bees

At https://risk-monger.com/issues/agriculture/beegate/ ... we have an exposure on the great bee catastrophe - colony collapse disorder amongst honey bee populations. It has long since been attributed to beekeepers taking too much honey and substituting sugar syrup solution but you would never think this if you relied on the media for your information. Environmentalists of the activist persuasion saw colony collapse disorder as an opportunity to throw a spike in the spokes of agriculture by claiming to be concerned about agriculture, and the lack of honey bees.

23 Feb 2017
Imaging a Black Hole

At https://phys.org/print406804023.html ... scientists, we are told, are in the process of making an image of a black hole. It seems a black hole cannot be photographed (which is why only simulations of black holes have been produced to date). In the hypothetical black hole scenario light cannot reflect or escape. One might argue that has been convenient for the continued faith in the existence of black holes. Light cannot escape the grasp of a black hole and therefore there is no light to see - a perfect storm if you like.

23 Feb 2017
iron stones

Planet Nine is in the news again - see https://phys.org/print406903223.html ... where the orbits of two asteroids have been analysed to see if they might explain the hard to find orbit of the lost planet at the edge of the solar system. The two asteroids seem to be binary in nature, two halves of what was once a single object. Hence, it is speculated that Planet Nine may have had something to do with the separation event. Worlds in collision in the solar system.

23 Feb 2017
Danish labyrinth

There has been a long tradition of antiquarians fascinated by prehistoric mazes, troy towns, and labyrinths, and this one follows in the same tradition.

23 Feb 2017
Judith Curry

Climate scientist Judith Curry has produced a new study that has been published at www.thegwpf.com and basically she says that computer predictions of climate claims are flawed - fundamentally. Most people have intuitively understood this - without a climate scientist telling them. Now it is explained in easy language by a scientist well versed in how the climate works, the author and co-author of many papers on climate, and a university lecturer on the subject to boot.

23 Feb 2017
worms and monster worms

At https://phys.org/print406885152.html ... we have a primordial giant worm with snapping jaws. Worms are usually measured in inches but this worm was two or three metres in length. The lead author of the study, Mats Eriksson, says it represents a case of gigantism, a poorly understood phenomenon. In this case gigantism belongs to the Palaeozoic, 400 million years ago. The same story is at www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4242734/Worm-two-metres-long-dsi... ... (sent in by Robert Farrar).