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26 Mar 2011
India and early human activity

At is a story about the discovery of stone tools in SE India that date back one million years ago - or longer (see Science March 25th 2011). Acheullian tools are usually associated with Homo erectus and on this evidence they were in South Asia not long after their appearance in East Africa. However, no fossil bones have been discovered so an argument might develop on what species of human was responsible.

26 Mar 2011
Climate Update as we head towards the end of March

Over at Piers Corbyn is predicting some extreme weather or even an earthquake in the next few days - as a result of solar activity. Meanwhile, at we learn that sea ice extent is at nearly its lowest point - ever (or since the modern AGW phenomenon took root some 25 to 30 years ago). However, at where we learn the opposite side of things. It is not the extent that matters, it is being argued, but the thickness of the ice.

25 Mar 2011
Amino acids, RNA ... and toads in Australia

Two papers with a bearing on biology and evolution. One can be found at where a Mexican biochemist has decyphered part of the 'code of life' - within a large RNA protein enzyme responsible for expressing genetic code for the amino acid glutamin. The second paper is at and published in PNAS by threee biologists in Australia. For 150 years biologists have thought evolutionary change is caused by just two factors - survival and reproduction.

25 Mar 2011
The Earth is Greening

At ... global warming or not the earth's biosphere appears to be benefiting from increased C02 in the atmosphere - the earth is greening. This post is based on one paper by three Chinese scientists, Liu et al, 'Spatial and temperal variations of global LAI during 1981-2006' in the Journal of Geophysical Sciences 20 (2010) - the LAI in this instance stands for Leaf Area Index.

24 Mar 2011
Green fuel

At March 22nd. The headline says it all - this particular biofuel creates more C02 than burning coal or oil. Third world countries are being encouraged by green western governments to reduce emissions and bring a halt to the destruction of rainforest - or any other wild and green place.

24 Mar 2011

See and for some perplexing signals from Saturn. The Cassini spacecraft has revealed a variaton in radio-waves as a result of the planet's rotation in its southern and northern hemisphere. They also change with the seasons (see Apparently, Saturn is weird. Saturn emits radio waves - but unlike Jupiter. It may all be to do with the Sun's influence on Saturn.

23 Mar 2011
The Sun and global warming theory

There is a lovely post at ... basically, it has been assumed that solar activity was not trending upwards, a situation endlessly trotted out by climate scientists that had the goal of negating solar activity as a cause of the 1990s/early 2000s spike in global temperatures.

21 Mar 2011
Geomagnetic storms

A paper published by the Annales Geophyscae 27 (2009) (see or ) is about the connections between sun spots and geomagnetic storms. At there is a short piece on the Great Sun Spot of 1947 - accompanied by bursts of solar noise - yes, noise. An hour long burst of solar noise occurred two days running with intermittent periods on both days.

21 Mar 2011
Global Warming on Mars

At there is a story, 'Chasma Boreale, Mars' with an image supplied by NASA. The chasm is a long flat floored valley that cuts deep into the Mars polar ice cape. Its walls rise up 4600 feet and it seems the ice has retreated as sheets of sand are emerging that accumulated in earlier ice free periods. The depiction comes from images taken between 2002 and 2005 by the Thermal Emissions Imaging System onboard the Mars Odyssey spacecraft. Melting ice on Mars appears to replicate melting mountain glaciers on the earth - why?

21 Mar 2011
The third YD impact crater has been found

The  story is at ... unaware of the first two it now seems this one makes three - two underwater and one in a bog and dated, it is alleged, to the YD boundary event. This comes after considerable criticism by retractors who joyfully pointed out the fact there are no known impact craters dating to the YD boundary - debate is hotting up again it seems.