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11 May 2010
Seeding the earth

At May 10th ... Nigel Calder freely admits he was not keen to embrace the idea comets seeded life on earth when it was first proposed by Hoyle and Ramasinghe (when he was editor of New Scientist). In the meantime he has changed his mind and reports on a French team that has found extraterrestrial dust grains rich in carbon  in the snow of Antarctica (see also Science May 7th).

11 May 2010
Blobs of crust that excite May 9th ... old pieces of continental crust that are thought to fall to the bottom of earth's mantle region are being blamed for mysterious dents in the planet's gravitational field. At some points on  the globe, such as the middle of the Indian Ocean, the NE Pacific, and the Ross Sea, earth's gravitational field is weaker.

11 May 2010
Ho Hum ...

The blogosphere got a bit agitated the other day when 225 members of the American National Academy of Sciences 'paid' for a letter to be published in Science complaining about victimisation by climate sceptics.

11 May 2010
New Chronology Update May 10th

The New Chronology Yahoo group has a series of emails from Eric Aitchison on reign lengths, and dynasties 18, 19 and 20 in respect of Manetho and other ancient sources. He is arguing that Manetho is more reliable than some forum members are prepared to admit.

11 May 2010
Second Law of Thermodynamics

At is the second post at this site concerning sceptic arguments that cite the Second Law of Thermodynamics - usually in a puffed and fillibusting manner. The second law is supposed to contradict global warming, and popped up online and in print at American Thinker, a Republican orientated magazine that very often has some interesting articles.

10 May 2010
Space Blob

A strange jelly like substance appears to fall out of the sky giving rise to the term, star jelly, and variously the rot of the stars. It is sometimes associated with meteorites. Not always as other people see it as regurgitated frog spawn. Indigestible pieces of frogs and toads, discarded by birds, foxes, or cats, that retch the stuff up - an idea that has traction when you consider it is often found in gardens, or where people walk and observe. It also occurs in rural locations but fewer people notice it. Reports of star jelly go back for centuries.

8 May 2010
Roger thorpe

At ... research by evolutionary biologist Professor Roger Thorpe of Bangor University is contributing to a change in the way we think about evolution. A paper published in the online journal PLoS Genetics (April 29th) has been reported in Science and Nature (see doi:10.1371/journal.pages.10000929 (PLoS Genet 6 (4) ie10000929)

8 May 2010
Third century AD climatic blip/ event

At the Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram Weekly (see ) there is a couple of pages on the Kushite kingdom based at Meroe, contemporary the Greeks and Romans. From a lot of evidence I picked out the fact the kingdom entered a phase of decline in the 3rd century AD - which must be significant.

8 May 2010
Beakers in Morocco

At there is a very brief report on the find of seven skeletons from graves found in a cave 80 km east of Rabat in Morocco which have Beaker parallels - including the introduction of copper artifacts. This post will probably be updated when further information is available.

7 May 2010
Science discoveries

At May ^th ... Nigel Calder queries if the number of scientific breakthroughs is not keeping apace with the rusing number of scientists, and why is that? Is science more highly organised and able to resist new ideas? In other words, in spite of all the new scientists in diverse parts of the world science has become skill at blocking new knowledge and new ideas.