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12 Aug 2017
Modelling Climate

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/08/11/when-the-model-models-itself/ ... 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 https://phys.org/print421573007.html ... 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 https://phys.org/print421584715.html ... 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 www.sepp.org ... 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 www.ncgt.org 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 https://phys.org/print421408278.html ... 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?

10 Aug 2017
Chinese Checkers

The Chinese have jumped big time into the global warming controversy - see for example https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/warm-periods-in-the-20th-cent... ... or at https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/08/09/warm-periods-in-the-20th-century-... .. with both derived from a Phys Org press release. Warm periods in the 20th century are not unprecedented during the last 2000 years - in China.

6 Aug 2017
Minoans and Mycenaeans

At http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/summer-2017/article/ancient-dna-rev... ... It seems that DNA confirms that the people of Crete and the Greek mainland, including the Mycenaeans, are all closely related in origin with a strong genetic signal from early farmers in Anatolia. This puts to bed the idea the Minoans arrived in Crete from a more advanced civilisation elsewhere. The article in particular blows the Black Athena hypothesis out of the water (although I don't think it had a lot of traction in any case).

5 Aug 2017
Forest Gardening

When climate change, as in catastrophic global warming, holds hands with archaeology, the latter always comes out the loser and the results are worse than useless. So many assumptions are built into the text at http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/summer-2017/article/humans-have-bee... ... on the subject of forest gardening by stone age humans. The lead author of the study was one Dr Patrick Roberts of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.