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1 Aug 2010
Index of earlier postings - Part Two

2010

May 3rd ... The Science of Doom (new web site devoted to explaining the inner workings of the Greenhouse Gas Theory of Global Warming). Recommended by Steve McIntyre as its policy is not to criticise heretics (or even old codgers) but is committed to engaging with the general public.

May 3rd ... new web site by Nigel Calder, co-author of The Chilling Stars

1 Aug 2010
YD Boundary event - critics thick and fast

George Howard at http://cosmictusk.com/space-com-zoe-macintosh-and-the-delusory-dr-pinter-another-confusing-half-truth-botch-job-on-the-YDB-hypothesis/ on a mounting number of critics who purposely skew the evidence to make it look awry. Sounds just like AGW resistance to the sceptics. Common sense doesn't exist in science - does it?

1 Aug 2010
July Sea Ice Melt

At http://pgosselin.wordpress.com July 2010 ... is this the slowest melting July since AMSR-E satellite data was recorded (referring to summer ice melt). It has stopped melting he says, and AGWs have their bets on that not happening. They think maximum melt will come in August - still some weeks of counter claim to come. Pierre Gosselin asks why when June was full of media reports about melting ice in the Arctic there is a studied silence on the July figures - or numbers only mentioning the first week of July.

1 Aug 2010
Lots of dark matter in a recently discovered galaxy

www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/61683/title/Dark-matter-eldorado/ a report online at arXiv.org that claims that a galaxy discovered in 2007, known as Segue's Galaxy, is composed almost entirely of dark matter (because very little can be seen). Is that logical? 

31 Jul 2010
Fossil Coral Reef Systems

Apparently, samples can be extracted from fossil coral reef systems which can be used to assess sea levels and climate in the past. The process is described at www.physorg.com/print199712597.html but unfortunately the details are not elaborated on and only that the fossil coral indicates there have been big swings in sea level in the Late Pleistocene, not just at the end of the Ice Age but perhaps as early as 30,000 years ago.

31 Jul 2010
Chile EQ aftermath

Another link to www.physorg.com/print199692636.html comments on geology in South America investigating the February 2010 earthquake in Chile. It ruptured a very long fault that follows the coastline of Chile but its effects on land varies. In the south it tended to cause an elevation of land while in the north the land tended to sink.

31 Jul 2010
Elevation in the Andes

Along the coastline of South America there are a series of well known stranded beaches which indicate changes in sea level - or seismic shifts. The idea that mountain building in the Andes was recent was popular at one stage because Lake Titicaca, for example, was formerly located at a much lower altitude, it was thought, as it had been a coastal lagoon.

31 Jul 2010
Mitanni and Nuzi

Revision of history is rarely mentioned on In the News, mainly as it is a speculative subject. In addition, it is very often a personal creation that may not be in tune with what others have in mind. However, Barry Curnock (author of a couple of articles in SIS journals recently and a speaker at an SIS meeting in Redhill a couple of years ago) has just posted a short paper on Mitanni and Nuzi on the Eric Aitchison chronology thread in which members of SIS interact with each other (and non-members too).

30 Jul 2010
No big bang ... no beginning ... and no end.

At www.physorg.com/print199591806.html July 29th (see www.dailygalaxy.com July 30th) ... Wan-Yi Shu has proposed a new class of cosmological model that may bit observations of the universe better than the current big bang model.

30 Jul 2010
A New Greenland Ice Core in the offing

At www.physorg.com/print199550264.html we learn that a drilling team has reached bedrock in Greenland after 5 years of boring through 2.5km of solid ice. What they want are sample from the core dating between 130,000 and 115,000 years ago during what is known as the Eemian warming (the last inter-glacial period). It is thought temperatures were a few degrees warmer than they are now so they want to know to what extent the Greenland ice cap shrank.