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31 Aug 2010
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

30 Aug 2010
Alternative Science on the Web

At www.thunderbolts.info 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.

29 Aug 2010
Vortex of Fire

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/08/27/tornado-of-fire-in-brazil/ you will find some short video clips of a tornado of fire created during wild fires - transient phenomena captured by the abundance of mobile phones with cameras. Are these combustible tornados?

The video clips are available on a variety of blogs.

29 Aug 2010
The peculiar properties of sound at Stonehenge

New Scientist August 27th ... acoustic experiments were made at Stonehenge in an attempt to determine how it may have sounded during prehistoric gatherings. Once the acoustic fingerprint was discovered it could then be analysed - or modelled, using an anechoic chamber (at the University of Salford), and afterwards, convoluted. Due to reflection of sound from the stones, reverberating sounds such as drumming become deeper - as if the bass had been turned up and the tenor turned down.

28 Aug 2010
Neutrinos and decay rates - ongoing

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2010/08/27/folow-up-on-the-solar-neutrino-radioactive-decay-story/ --- which is the story that broke a few days ago concerning research that seemed to show a variation in radioactive decay rates on earth - is being reopened after a cascade of criticism. The real shocker is they attributed it to solar neutrinos - and they aren't supposed to react with matter and ar particularly difficult to detect. In fact, they might even not exist.

28 Aug 2010
The birth of black holes

At www.physorg.com/print201957102.html ... a paper in Nature purports to have discovered the origin of the universe's first super massive black hole - by computer simulation of dark matter, stars, gas, and black holes. They were born when early galaxies collided and fused together - quite simple really. However, it is not quite simply simple as it means the old hypothesis that gravity draws small pieces of matter together and these then go on to form large structures is - well, redundant.

28 Aug 2010
Shrinking atmosphere

Yes, the atmosphere is shrinking - as a result of low levels of solar radiation - a lack of sun spots. At www.physorg.com/print202054025.html there is a report on a paper in Geophysical Research Letters from research funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation which sponsors the National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) at Boulder, Colorado. It is now thought the Sun's magnetic cylce may vary much more than previously considered possible.

28 Aug 2010
Radio emissions from sun spots

At www.physorg.com/print201972151.html ... professor Jeongwoo Lee (see also www.csun.edu/physicsandastronomy/IAUS273/) seeks to explain why sun spots are a source of radio emissions because hot electrons gyrate in the coronal magnetic field. As they gyrate they produce an efficient radiation called gyro-resonant emission. This serves as an indicator of the magnetic field and of temperature in the coronae above sun spots.

28 Aug 2010
Arrows give the game away

BBC News August 26th ... archaeologists in South Africa have unearthed stone points dated 64,000 years ago which were probably arrow heads. A microscope revealed traces of blood and bone. They also found traces of a glue - a plant based resin that was possibly used to fasten them to a wooden shaft. The use of bows and arrows as a hunting tool enabled humans to kill from a distance where previously they had used ambush tactics in order to move in with spears at fairly close quarters.

28 Aug 2010
Electricity in the brain and electricity in the weather

At http://opa.yale.edu/news/article_print.aspx?id=7646 July 14th 2010, Yale University press release - scientists at Yale have a paper in Neuron which claims electrical fields can influence the activity of brain cells - the little grey cells of Monsieur Poirot perhaps? It is known that transcranial magnetic stimulation and deep brain stimulation are effective in the treatment of neurological disorders.