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7 May 2014
Chauvet cave paintings

At ... another twist in the dating dispute over the paintings found in Chauvet cave in southern France. On one side the traditionalists, where it is supposed Palaeolithic art developed from crude to sophisticated, and it is possible to date the paintings simply by the style. They have had their nose out of joint recently as C14 dating has suggested the paintings may be somewhat older - a date of 40,000BC has even been suggested.

7 May 2014
Jesus and his wife

It didn't take long and now we have some backtracking - go to ... last week there was a post which included a piece on a papyrus fragment written in Coptic and containing a text which seemed to suggest Jesus had a wife - which stirred a few pots. Funny, most of those pots were secular - but there you are, a bit of sensationalism works wonders (even in those parts that are not tread with tender intent). This update claims it is not an authentic relic which contradicts the Harvard University people (and their press release).

7 May 2014
Piers Corbyn and Timo Niroma

The late Timo Niroma (of Finland) was a member of SIS for several years and an enthusiastic exponent of the Clube and Napier theory and the SIS Cambridge conferences on Bronze Age Destructions. His  web site contained some ideas drawn from SIS journals - but he also became somewhat of a climate sceptic with a specific interest in solar cycles.

7 May 2014
Calculating the Ice Ages and modelling Plate Tectonics

At ... for May 5th, we have a couple of stories of interest. If there was not Plate Tectonics, we are informed, life may not have evolved. Astronomers at the Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics say also that if the Earth was smaller and less massive there would have been no tectonics - or continental drift, or any of the nice bits of uniformitarian consensus earth science. No way to build mountains, for example - assumed to be as a result of Plate Tectonics.

4 May 2014
Gunnar Heinsohn

The Gunnar Heinsohn latest extreme revision of history has been flourishing on an email thread set up by Clark Whelton. Its been on the go for a couple of months and Heinsohn and co are currently getting an ear bashing - by Dick Gagel. He is giving them back a taster of his own theories about the Netherlands and Germania in the Dark Ages. Gunnar Heinshohn's theory has also surfaced at ... and is presented as another example of mainstream bending the truth to fit the accepted version of events.

4 May 2014
The Sun and climate

At ... a new paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research Atmosphere claims a link between solar cycles, natural oscillations, and the winter polar vortex, likely by planetary wave divergence, which is more or less saying the Sun could be the ultimate source of polar vortex/ jet stream blocking (which was the big feature of the weather last winter). Piers Corbyn has been saying something similar for years - and he has been criticised for it.

4 May 2014
One for the mathematicians ...

At ... it is said that mathematicians have found a framework for the celebrated Rogers-Ramasujan identities and their arthmetic properties, solving a long standing mystery stemming from an Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramasujan. See also

4 May 2014
Never before ... so much ice

Oh dear, lots of ice in the Antarctic. Seems like climate scientists are waking up. Joe Bastardi has been saying for years it is the ocean currents that warm the Arctic. Sceptics have been saying for just as long that oceans play a role, acting as one of Earth's thermostats (in this water world). Unfortunately, even while admitting they were wrong they are still trying to bamboozle reality b saying the ozone hole plays a role. Go to ...

4 May 2014
Neanderthals - getting towards reality

At ... seems like Out of Africa might be redundant. US and Dutch researchers are saying Neanderthals were not less advanced than anatomically modern humans. The paper was published in PLoS ONE and it says what most people have been thinking for some time.

4 May 2014
Nitric acid rain

Joanne P Ballard, University of Tennesee, and Dick Mol of the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam, and Andres Bijkerk, a Dutch independent researcher, have written a paper, 'The Tell Tale Tusk; acid rain and the onset of the Younger Dryas' ... and it seems a Siberian mammoth tusk exhibits dissolution on the tusk (as a result of exposure to the atmosphere). They suggest nitric acid rain was responsible - as a result of an extraterrestrial event.