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22 Apr 2010
The Solar Dynamics Observatory

NASAs new Eye on the Sun delivers a series of stunning images at (and see also April 21st). Some images show material streaming away from sun spots - others are close-up images of the surface of the Sun. The spacecraft has also made high resolution measurements of solar flares in a range of ultra-violet wavelengths.

22 Apr 2010
Keenan versus Baillie

The Douglas Keenan story has resurfaced across the blogosphere but see for probably the best treatment - and it's implications. The FOI commissioner has agreed tree ring data from Queens University in Belfast should be passed over to Keenan. Mike Baillie, in various mainstream media sources such as The GuardianNew Scientist and The Times, has come across as a very angry man.

22 Apr 2010
Fireballs ... and fire ...

At April 20th ... reports of a fireball over Wisconsin were accompanied by reports of fires breaking out on the ground. This prompted Bob Kobres (see ) to check his files and he found something similar occurred in Jordan on April 18th 2001 (almost exactly 9 years ago). Eyewitness reports again reported ground fires and tree fires. The general public might think there is nothing peculiar about this, as fireballs = fire. Right? No.

22 Apr 2010
Searching for Neutrinos

At April 20th ... a series of detectors to capture cosmic rays striking the Earth has been set up in Antarctica with the idea of finding neutrino generated signals bounced off the bottom of the ice cap. It is hoped they will be able to pinpoint the unidentified source of ultra high energy cosmic rays. The Earth is constantly peppered by showers of debris from cosmic ray outburst colliding with atoms in the atmosphere.

21 Apr 2010
Oysters, MWP and the Romans

At April 20th ... we have a report from 'C02 Science' of a paper on temperature reconstruction from plankton shells in a sea bed core off Sulawesi in Indonesia - and the Medieval Warm Period (MWP) is clearly distinguishable, as well as the Little Ice Age (drop in global temperatures). For years, climate scientists in Europe and North America have been insisting the MWP and LIA were regional and local phenomenons of not much consequence. This new paper suggests it was global.

21 Apr 2010
Chinese Pigs

This is one of those stories that seems to show that anything in print (books, written documents etc) but not published online has in some way become sidelined. For example, Hubert Lamb wrote a number of very thick books about climate over the last thousand years and more and yet he is rarely if ever quoted by your average modern climate scientist - who appears to be more a computer geek than somebody that actually does field research.  

20 Apr 2010
Intelligent Design and Human Behaviour

At ... although evolutionists and creationists strongly differ over the role of intelligent design in the origin of species they do appear to agree about the role it plays in the origin of human inventiveness. In the May issue of American Scientist there is an article on this issue.

20 Apr 2010
Electrified Lunar Craters

Science Daily April 17th ( ) ... as the solar wind flows over natural obstructions on the moon it may charge polar lunar craters to 100s of volts according to new NASA calculations. Polar lunar craters are an object of interest as a possible source of water for astronauts and have therefore attracted interest. The moon's orientation towards the sun keeps polar craters in permanent shade - allowing temperatures to plunge to -400 degrees Fahrenheit.

20 Apr 2010
The Origin of Water on Earth

At April 18th ... we have a post by Steven Goddard, 'Volcanoes and Water' ... with a series of stunning images. Water vapour is consistently the most abundant of volcanic gases - normally comprising some 60 per cent of total emissions. C02 accounts for between 10 to 40 per cent. Around 70 per cent of the surface of the earth is covered with water - but where did all that water come from?

18 Apr 2010
Dark Matter Doubts

At www.physorg>com/print190631146 ... astrophysicists are looking everywhere for dark matter - inside the Large Hadron Collider, in deep mines, and way out in space, but evidence of dark matter cannot yet be found. It is claimed it makes up a quarter of the energy density of the universe. Current models and simulations cannot acount for the excess in positrons being observed - on the satellite experiment of PAMELA for instance.