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6 Oct 2017
Ian Plimer

New book by Australian geologist Ian Plimer, 'The Climate Change Delusion and the Great Electricity Ripoff' ... sure to zoom into the best selling lists. He is a professor emeritus in the Earth Sciences at Melbourne University and a professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide. He has published numerous scientific papers, seven books, and is the co-editor of Encyclopedia of Geology.

5 Oct 2017
Solar and Mars

At ... a huge solar storm doubled radiation levels on the surface of Mars - back in September. It was observed and recorded by NASAs Mars mission in orbit and on the ground.

5 Oct 2017
Flood of 1014

Tom Whipple in The Times a couple of weeks ago had a piece on the flood of AD1014. I cut it out and came back to it yesterday with a few internet searches. Whipple said that according to medieval chronicler William of Malmesbury 'a wall of water reached an astonishing size such as the memory of many cannot parallel' (which sounds very much like a tsunami wave). In the autumn of 1014 people were drowned far inland, their homes inundated.

4 Oct 2017
Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson is addressing the autumn speaker meeting at the weekend so it is opportune to look at his presentation at the EU Conference in 2013. The text and images have been posted to Google Docs but the text itself can be read at

1 Oct 2017
Hawaii coral reef

At ... did rapid sea level change drown fossil coral reefs around Hawaii? Recent discoveries suggest there have been episodes of very rapid sea level rise as a result of ice sheet collapse at the end of the Ice Age. This change in sea level was associated with the drowning of coral reefs in Hawaii.

1 Oct 2017
Juno Mission

At ... I don't know anything about this web site although I notice they support the Velikovskian idea of errant planets - Mars, Venus, and Mercury. They quote from a press release concerning a new paper on initial findings of the Juno mission - which is an interesting admission by scientists that Jupiter does not conform to the consensus theories as predicted over many years by astronomers. One would need to go back to source to get a full picture much the same as anything reported on News at the SIS web site.

1 Oct 2017

Sorghum is a native sub-Sahara grass that has been utilised for thousands  of years by hunter gatherers as well as farming communities. It emerged as an important cereal crop along with rice, wheat, barley and maize and it is thought Africans may have domesticated sorghum in areas south of Egypt (where wheat and barley cereals dominated). The discovery, in modern Sudan, that people in the 4th millennium BC (3500 to 3000BC) had domesticated sorghum is the earliest archaeological evidence so far. The evidence comes from pottery residues of the Butana culture people of eastern Sudan.

1 Oct 2017

A study in the journal Science pots modern human origins in South Africa back to 300,000 years ago. The DNA from the remains of a 2000 year old boy found at Ballito Bay in Natal during the 1960s has been used to re-write human history - after reconstructing his full genome (and that of 6 others who lived between 2700 and 300 years ago). Three of these people were Khoe-San (which includes Bushmen) and four were of Bantu origin. The genome of the Ballito boy was used to calculate the split between modern humans and earlier human groups and came up with the 300,000 figure.

1 Oct 2017

An article in Scientific American covers the same ground as a press release reported here a week or so ago - see ... which tells us geologists have been comparing early Earth with Iceland - where black lava fields stretch as far as the eye can see and beaches with black sand can be found. Black rocks and black sand can be seen elsewhere of course, with an origin in volcanic lava eruptions.

25 Sep 2017
More fun ... or is it games

At .... reports on a piece by Nigel Hawkins in The Sunday Times concerning the Nature Geoscience article (see earlier post). This admitted the estimates of global warming used for years to torture the world's conscience and justify massive spending on non-carbon energy were, er, wrong. The admission overdue he says, something that has been obvious for years. Temperatures hardly changed between 1998 and 2013 - which is a pause, according to the IPCC.