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8 May 2010
Roger thorpe

At ... research by evolutionary biologist Professor Roger Thorpe of Bangor University is contributing to a change in the way we think about evolution. A paper published in the online journal PLoS Genetics (April 29th) has been reported in Science and Nature (see doi:10.1371/journal.pages.10000929 (PLoS Genet 6 (4) ie10000929)

8 May 2010
Third century AD climatic blip/ event

At the Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram Weekly (see ) there is a couple of pages on the Kushite kingdom based at Meroe, contemporary the Greeks and Romans. From a lot of evidence I picked out the fact the kingdom entered a phase of decline in the 3rd century AD - which must be significant.

8 May 2010
Beakers in Morocco

At there is a very brief report on the find of seven skeletons from graves found in a cave 80 km east of Rabat in Morocco which have Beaker parallels - including the introduction of copper artifacts. This post will probably be updated when further information is available.

7 May 2010
Science discoveries

At May ^th ... Nigel Calder queries if the number of scientific breakthroughs is not keeping apace with the rusing number of scientists, and why is that? Is science more highly organised and able to resist new ideas? In other words, in spite of all the new scientists in diverse parts of the world science has become skill at blocking new knowledge and new ideas.

6 May 2010
Monsoon Vagaries

At May 5th ... Nigel Calder takes up the article on blips in monsoons in recent history (see earlier post in In the News) that includes some severe famines in India, China, and SE Asia (as previously noted). What he adds to the story are solar influences on the monsoons, based on The Chilling Stars hypothesis.

5 May 2010
Cosmic Tusk update

At is an exchange between Hermann Burchard and Han Kloosterman - with George Howard in the middle. Han calls Veilkovsky a 'scholar' rather than a 'scientist' and physicist Peter Warlow, a Velikovskian who came up with the tippetop theory, a valid model. Warlow was supposedly debunked by Slabinski and his paper was uncritically accepted - especially by Leroy Ellenberger (known to both Burchard and Kloosterman).

5 May 2010
Nigel Update

At we have a post on Einstein and attempts to prove him wrong - but his theory stubbornly remains resistant to detectable error. Next, 'Do clouds disappear when cosmic rays get weaker?' is based on the Henrik Svensmark hypothesis that cosmic rays seed the formation of low clouds. Repeated attempts to prove his theory baseless after research at different times have failed to find the expected decreases in low cloud cover - and are therefore said to debunk Svensmark.

5 May 2010
Mammoth Blood

The New York Times (at ) May 3rd (see also Science Daily and ) all have a story about research on mammoths, claiming they have adapted to living in a cold environment. Scientists have managed to reconstruct mammoth hemoglabin. Mammoths originated in a tropical climate but diverged from elephants some 7 million years ago. They adapted to a cold environment by developing smaller ears, a thick coat of fur, and glands in their skin to keep the fur well oiled.

4 May 2010
The Jordan River

At May 2nd ... the Jordan river is nowadays little more that a polluted stream a few metres wide that is on the verge of drying up according to environmentalists. Although it is easy to say this is another example of the dripping effect of AGW alarmist stories it is not strictly climate change - but pollution. Mind, they do pull the correct strings as they use Christian pilgrims to milk the apocalyptic tenor of the alarmist preacher.

4 May 2010
Iron Age overlap with Bronze Age

Bene Israel: Studies in the Archaeology of Israel and the Levant during the Bronze and Iron ages, Leiden: 2008. This book is dedicated to Israel Finkelstein, archaeologist and teacher, and is a collection of 12 contributions from his former students. It concerns Bronze and Iron age chronology, stylistic pottery peculiarities, land use, resettlement distribution, the formation of states, and economies etc. From a brief look it is clear that some of his students do not agree with Finkelstein's chronology.