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12 Dec 2010
Integrity?

At http://johnosullivan.livejournal.com/26669.html ... Kevin Trenberth, IPCC lead author and matey boy with Phil Jones of UEA notoriety, has rushed to defend a peculiar study that contradicts not just a lot of earlier research but the fact that market gardeners pump C02 into growing houses in order to make their crops produce bumper yields. An Australian biologist claims otherwise - and John O Sullivan is on the case.

12 Dec 2010
A crocodile - but different

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101210094416.htm ... a paper in the Journal of Vertebrae Paleontology 30 (December 8th) has come up with some interesting biological differences, as it seems crocodiles come in a variety of adaptations to habitat - long snouts and pug nosed snouts, long tails and shortish tails, lithe bodies and pudgy

11 Dec 2010
Worlds in Collision

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101209141130.htm .... worlds in collision - actually bashing up against each other - is one hypothesis of the early solar system now being floated. An object the size of Mars, it is said, smashed into the earth and ripped out its guts - producing the Moon. Until now it was thought the Moon owes its existence to one random collision event - but why be shy?

10 Dec 2010
Lost World

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/12/101208151609.htm ... a paper in Current Anthropology speculates that the Persian Gulf was an oasis during the last Ice Age - and even in the early Holocene. It was not until around 6000BC that the floor of the Gulf was flooded - and it was dry land during the last Ice Age too. The actual Indian Ocean coastline during the Pleistocene may also have differed - but this is not mentioned. Suffice to say, Arabia was joined to Iran.

10 Dec 2010
Cosmic Fireworks

At http://cosmictusk.com there is suddenly a flurry of posts after a long period of inactivity - on meteorites and fireballs. For example, a fireball train in 1913 was recorded by a Canadian painter, Gustav Hahn. The story comes from www.thestar.com/article/819730 and continues by saying the meteorite train was seen right across the praire States to the Atlantic coast. They appeared to an observer as slow moving, a perfect formation.

9 Dec 2010
The Gemenids

At www.physorg.com/print210942979.html ... the Gemenid annual meteor showers peaks on December 13th and 14th and is quite intense. It lasts for days, is rich in fireballs, and can be seen around the world. Most meteor showers come from comets but the parent body of the Gemenids is a small rocky asteroid - with the tag, '3200 Phaethon'.

9 Dec 2010
The Sleeping Beast at the heart of the galaxy ... and dark matter galaxies?

At www.dailygalaxy.com December 7th there are a couple of further baiting posts to stir up conventional thinking. A super massive black hole is thought to lie at the centre of our galaxy - known as Sagittaurus A. Yet, it is quiet - in spite of the size. The energy radiated from around its edges is also very quiet in comparison to black holes that are thought to lie elsewhere in the universe. It is the energy that delineates a black hole, in most cases - but this one is very quiet.

8 Dec 2010
Solar flares -- and solar activity

The NASA website and various blogs such as http://wattsupwiththat.com December 7th have video clips of a massive flare on the surface of the Sun (see below). This follows the malfunction of one of NOAAs weather satellites a day or so ago - also as a result of solar activity.

8 Dec 2010
A Jupiter sized dark object lurking at the edge of the solar system ... and trillions of potential earths

These two stories come from www.dailygalaxy.com December 7th ... and one begins by claiming comet data over the last hundred years suggests there is a dark Jupiter sized object lurking at the edge of the solar sysem - and it may be hurling ice and dust chunks towards the earth. Planetary scientist John Matese thinks there is a hidden companion to the Sun in the Oort Cloud that is responsible for the trajectories of comets.

8 Dec 2010
Australian fire history

A paper in Quaternary Science Review (see www.physorg.com/print210875954.html ) claims Aborigines were not responsible for landscape fires and other environmental impacts shortly after their arrival, assumed to be around 50,000 years ago - but in  reality, an unknown. On long timescales fire activity in Australia reflects prevailing climate - less during cold glacial periods and greater activity in warmer phases.