In The News

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9 Jun 2011
The Sun and the climate

At which is a post that leans heavily on a paper in the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics. It claims current global warming is very similar in extent to earlier episodes and an increased in solar activity over the last 400 years can explain it without invoking the greenhouse model. There are links to video and other web sites focussed on solar flares - and the enormity of them.

9 Jun 2011
Dark Matter, Triton, the eating habits of black holes and rogue black holes

At June 8th, there is a post on Dark Matter - the invisible stuff that is thought to fill the universe. It refuses to interact with light - and cannot be seen by optical instruments, does not reflect, emit, or absorb light. However, one garoup of scientists say they can see dark matter - searching for it in deep mines in Europe and North America. Rather, they think they have discovered a heartbeat - that may be dark matter.

9 Jun 2011
The Younger Dryas Impact hypothesis - update on the situation regarding Allen West

George Howard, at June 8th has been investigating the smeer against Allen West, the geologist at the centre of a controversy over his ability, credentials and an alleged criminal record. He was accused of being a criminal and imposter, or as George Howard puts it, a charlatan, by an ex-Nature journalist, Rex Dalton, on a blog posting. It seems that his so called criminal record does not actually exist. Not only that.

9 Jun 2011
Convergence July NPA Conference updates

At there is a page now on the NPA conference and details of what is hoped to be the agenda.

7 Jun 2011
Ancient Egyptian pollution

At ... a study of the lungs of aancient Egyptian mummies shows that particulates in the air were very little different to what they are tody. This is quite remarkable when you think of all the hype about air pollution and the poison supposedly spewed out by the burning of fossil fuels in power stations and automobiles. So one big question might be - what caused the air pollution in ancient Egypt?

7 Jun 2011
Eocene - tropical jungles thriving in what are now temperate zones

At is a report on a paper in the journal Science (June, 2011) that focuses on the Antarctic Circumpolar Current as a cause of the assumed global cooling 38 million years ago that led to the icing over of the southern continent. Up to this point, it seems, tropical jungle thrived in what is now the US Midwest, and Antarctica was temperate - with large numbers of marsupials. Was it still joined to Australia?

7 Jun 2011
Volcanoes and earthquakes

At there is a report on a volcano in Chile that erupted on June 4th. A rift, 6 miles by 3 was torn out of the surface of the earth. The volcano lies 40 miles away from some magnitude 5 earthquakes which may indicate a tectonic origin for the volcano - and the volcano was again active on the 5th and 6th. Piers Corbyn, at has suggested a link with a 10 meV proton burst on the Sun, as well as tornadoes in Massachusetts and Saskatchewan and wild winds in Montreal.

7 Jun 2011
Super Solar Flare

It seems solar flares are in the news as Paul La Violette, in the journal Radiocarbon (June 2011, 53:2 page 303-323) claims a super solar flare was responsible for the Pleistocene extinctions - or those that occurred at the onset of the Younger Dryas event. He says that there was an abrupt rise in atmospheric radiocarbon concentrations in the Cariaco Basin varve record (from lake sediments) at 12.837 years BP (the beginning of the Younger Dryas event).

7 Jun 2011
All things green and wonderful

At (or at simply June 6th) there is an interesting post by Doug Keenan on a paper by Koutsoyiannis which seems to show little empirical evidence of rising global temperatures and that the case supporting AGW rests almost entirely on computer simulation - but everybody knows that already. Basically, IPCC climate scientists make an assumption known as ARI - derived from the statistical concept of 'first order autoregression'.

3 Jun 2011
Decay Rates

An interesting piece at 'Do nuclear decay rates depend on our distance from the Sun?' ... is a question that came up in a recent Study Group meeting in London. Decay rates of elements have always been thought to be constant regardless of ambient conditions. However, at the same time it is long known that decay rates can be influenced by powerful electrical fields - and we can all see electricty in the atmosphere in the form of lightning.