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3 Jun 2011
Decay Rates

An interesting piece at http://arxivblog.com/?p=596 'Do nuclear decay rates depend on our distance from the Sun?' ... is a question that came up in a recent Study Group meeting in London. Decay rates of elements have always been thought to be constant regardless of ambient conditions. However, at the same time it is long known that decay rates can be influenced by powerful electrical fields - and we can all see electricty in the atmosphere in the form of lightning.

3 Jun 2011
The Big Bang dissenter

At www.colorado.edu/philosophy/vstenger/Cosmo/bang.txt is a review of Eric Lerner's book, The Big Bang Never Happened - a refutation of the Dominant Theory of the Origins of the Universe (Random House:1991). The review is somewhat negative and written in the context of defend the consensus at any cost, and damn the radicals, which is amusing really as the review was published in a journal with the hopeful title, The Skeptical Enquirer.

3 Jun 2011
Giant fjords beneath Antarctica

Thiss story can be seen at www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110601134253.htm and is based on a paper in Nature just out. It is also featured, with comments, at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/06/01/radar-mapping-reveals-ancient-anta... which indicates the manner of the research, radar mapping that is able to penetrate thick ice to look at what lies underneath. What they have been looking at is a subglacial basin buried under eastern Antarctica amd this basin, larger than Texas (and therefore larger than Yorkshire) is cut by fjords.

3 Jun 2011
Extinctions

Willis Eschenbach at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/06/01/common-sense-added-to-endangered-s... raises an interesting point. Extinction events in the past have involved lots of dead bodies and fossils in rocks - but where are the dead bodies of the modern AGW induced extinction event?

3 Jun 2011
How old are the Niagara Falls

In Earth in Upheaval , page 139-141, Velikovsky says, that Lake Agassiz, a large glacial lake that once covered the region at present occupied by Lake Winnepeg, Lake Manitoba, and a number of other lakes in Canada as well as part of the North Central States to the south, was formed when the ice sheet melted buts its sediment indicates it had a life of less than a thousand years - before dissipating (presumably by rivers).

2 Jun 2011
The Marlborough Pudding

It has been common knowledge that the pudding shaped mound in the grounds of Marlborough College was probably a smaller version of Silbury Hill. It is now official - see www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/may/31/malborough-mound-wiltshire-silbur... and www.pasthorizons.com/index.php/archives/05/2011/marlborough-mound-a-sibl... and was built in mid third millennium BC. A thousand years ago it became the base of a Norman castle and somewhat later, in the 17th century, was garden landscaped as an oddity.

31 May 2011
Holographic Dark Information Energy

This story with the same title is at www.physorg.com/print225970694.html comes from Universe Today - which is a touch sceptical. A chap called Gough has suggested that in an expanding universe there is, concomitant, a loss of information. As such, this should release dissipated energy - and the dissipated energy is the dark energy component that is thought to exist in space. However, what is exactly being mathematically modelled?

31 May 2011
The Hockey just won't go away

This story is at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/05/30/kill-it-with-fire/ is by Willis Eschenbach. It homes in on the hockey stick climate model which seems to have a life of its own. In spite of being discredited over and over again it keeps on sparking back into life. Why? That is the question Eschenbach seeks to answer.

28 May 2011
Drowned in India

At www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_a-civilisation-as-old-as-indus-valley_154... ... is a rather garbled report of the discovery of what looks like a wall that is submerged off the coast of India. It has been calculated, via sea level change, to date as old as 6000BC - is the claim. It implies this was the last point in which global sea levels rose dramatically. However, the author speaks as if it is contemporary with the Indus Valley civilisation (which flourished after 3000BC).

28 May 2011
Music by Lightning

This story is at www.physorg.com/news/2011-05-tesla-lady-gaga.html ... and the artificial production of lightning via Tesla coils - on stage. The Open Spark project produces music out of lightning - available on video.