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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 http://scienceofdoom.com/2010/05/08/radiation-basics-and-the-imaginary-second-law-of-thermodynamics/ 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 www.physorg.com/print192453015.html ... 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 http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/print/2010/997/cu4.htm ) 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 www.int.iol.co.za/general/news/newsprint.php?art_id=mw20100507170221770/ 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 http://calderup.wordpress.com/2010/05/06/why-is-science-so-sloooow/ 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.

6 May 2010
Monsoon Vagaries

At http://calderup.wordpress.com May 5th ... Nigel Calder takes up the article on blips in monsoons in recent history (see earlier post in In the News) that includes some severe famines in India, China, and SE Asia (as previously noted). What he adds to the story are solar influences on the monsoons, based on The Chilling Stars hypothesis.

5 May 2010
Cosmic Tusk update

At www.cosmictusk.com/deep-time-impact-induced-volcanism-a-colloquy is an exchange between Hermann Burchard and Han Kloosterman - with George Howard in the middle. Han calls Veilkovsky a 'scholar' rather than a 'scientist' and physicist Peter Warlow, a Velikovskian who came up with the tippetop theory, a valid model. Warlow was supposedly debunked by Slabinski and his paper was uncritically accepted - especially by Leroy Ellenberger (known to both Burchard and Kloosterman).

5 May 2010
Nigel Update

At http://calderup.wordpress.com we have a post on Einstein and attempts to prove him wrong - but his theory stubbornly remains resistant to detectable error. Next, 'Do clouds disappear when cosmic rays get weaker?' is based on the Henrik Svensmark hypothesis that cosmic rays seed the formation of low clouds. Repeated attempts to prove his theory baseless after research at different times have failed to find the expected decreases in low cloud cover - and are therefore said to debunk Svensmark.