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14 Aug 2010
Life influenced by cosmic rays (?)

At August 12th ... palaeontologist Bruce Leiberman suggests we should think about extraterrestrial events leading to higher rates of mutations in organisms and damage to DNA. However, the rate of change is on a uniformitarian scale and relates to the rotation of the solar system within the Milky Way galaxy and periodic encounters it may have with greater rates of radiation and cosmic ray bombardment.

14 Aug 2010
Space Time may be just a mirage?

At August 10th ... Casey Kazan is winding people up again by questioning space time. Quoting a scientist from Berkely University in California, Peter Horava, who wants to split time apart from space in order to reconcile quantum mechanics with the mystery of dark energy (source New Scientist). The problem is that if he is right it will require a major overhaul of black hole physics.

14 Aug 2010
An Indonesian glacier

At we have an interesting story about a shrinking glacier on a 16,000 feet high Indonesian mountain ridge that is disappearing - rapidly. The glacier is another victim of AGW according to the bumph (supported by a National Science grant). Three cores have been drilled out of the glacier and it is hoped evidence of past climate change will emerge that might throw some light on the ebb and flow of El Ninos, for example, as well as past cooling and warming episodes.

14 Aug 2010
Big Bang

At August 11th ... Casey Kazan wonders why the prevailing Big Bang theory predicts all galaxies should be evenly distributed on the outer rims of the initial expanding explosive force, but aren't. Galaxies move in the wrong directions, at different speeds, and collide into one another from every conceivable angle throught the Hubble Length Universe. Hundreds of millions of galaxies appear to clump together forming super clusters while great walls of galaxies are separated by apparently vast voids of empty space.

8 Aug 2010
Back to Kola

Pierre Gosselin, on his blog August 7th ... discusses a series of tree ring proxies near the Arctic shores of Euroasia which includes the Kola peninusular proxy mentioned on a post last week. Only one of these proxies actually showed any evidence of a hockey stick - but it's inclusion in the series gave shape to the multiplication of proxies (some four or five).

7 Aug 2010
Strings and Things

At physicists use an offshoot of string theory to describe the puzzling behaviour of super conductors - material that conducts electricity without resistance. Published in Science August 5th

7 Aug 2010
Demise of rainforests once again, and a paper in Conservation Letters says 45 per cent of plants and animals making up the rainforest habitat will remain intact over the next 100 years - but they add the caveat that may be as low as 18 per cent (to make it more scary). However, the rest of it will disappear, they say, but fear not this is a computer simulation based on an assumption that temperatures will continue to rise over the same period.

7 Aug 2010
Himalayan Odds

At html there is a report on a geological study into the formation of the Himalayas, the movement of the Indian plate into the Asian plate. The Indian plate was subducted and this in turn led to the creation of the mountain chain as it just kept pushing against the other. The Indian plate also included oceanic crust which was pushed down into the mantle. Now, researchers on the high mountains have discovered eclogites and the samples have been found to contain garnet.

7 Aug 2010
Almagest Ephemeris Calculator

At is a web page with Java Script calendar and ephemeris modules for calculating geocentric luni-solar and planetary positions for an arbitrary calendar date according to the kinematical models of the sun, the moon and the planets as described in the Almagest of Claudius Ptolemy in AD150.

7 Aug 2010
Neanderthal Sleeping Quarters

At otherwise Discovery News, there is a description in juvenile terminology of the discovery of a separate space set aside in a cave in Cantabria with a makeshift bed.