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16 Feb 2010
Hurricanes

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02.15/hatton_on_hurricanes/print.html The Registor, the blog of Andrew Orlowski, claims more trouble is heading the way of the IPCC as they may need to reassess the 4th Report as hurricanes and global warming may not have a connection. A statistical analysis of the raw data shows that claims made about hurricanes and AGW cannot be supported by the facts.

16 Feb 2010
Avenue of Sphinxes

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg is the web site of Al-Ahram Weekly, February 15th ... the avenue of sphinxes once connected the temples of Luxor and Karnak, where processions took place between the two during the Opet Festival. There were 1350 human headed sphinxes with the bodies of lions flanking the avenue - and some of them have now been restored. It was built during the reign of Nectanebo I of dynasty 30 and replaced, it is said, one built during dynasty 18 as recorded by Hatshepsut on the walls of the red chapel in Karnak.

14 Feb 2010
Cold Fusion

http://scientificcomputing.com/Cold-Fusion-Rebirth-New-Evidence-for-LENR.aspx ... a short article on the rebirth of Cold Fusion under the banner of LENR. Cold Fusion got such a bad reputation a few years ago the people concerned, who doggedly stuck to the research in spite of everything, have been forced to pretend that what they are working on is not cold fusion - but it is cold fusion. Under a different name. Sounds as though it still has a long way to go.

14 Feb 2010
The Science of Greenhouse Gases

http://scienceofdoom.com is a blog about greenhouse gases, particularly C02. It is basically a series of long articles written by the blog author in response to lack of understanding on various web sites and blogs. In other words, he felt people were commenting on things they only understood in a general way and his articles are designed to educate - not lecture. As a result of that approach this blog is recommended - to everyone, alarmist or sceptic.

13 Feb 2010
Tarasenko Genadiy

Tarasenko Genadiy sent a message to 'In the News' concerning a theory that there are two hollow spheres within the earth that have a role in electro-magnetism. Astronomer Edmont Galya (1656-1742) advanced the idea to explain the displacement of the magnetic poles. The email goes on to envisage the spiral nature of the universe indicating rotation = dynamo affect = the accumulation of an enormous electric charge.

13 Feb 2010
More on the AGU Fall Meeting

George Howard's web site http://cosmictusk.com has a post on a talk by Tom Stafford, author of Redefining the Age of Clovis; Implications for the Peopling of America which was published in the journal Science in 2007. Stafford's talk at the AGU conference laid out details of a very narrow layer of evidence at the Younger Dryas boundary, at a site in Texas, a thin 1 to 2cm layer of material that was host to trillions of nano-diamonds and high levels of soot known as aciniform.

13 Feb 2010
C14 calibration

www.physorg.com February 11th ... Gerry McCormac and Paula Reimer of Queens University in Belfast (the '14 Chrono Centre') have created a new archaeological tool, a calibration curve that reaches back 50,000 years ago. The curve is known as INTCAL09 and full details are published in the journal Radiocarbon. It not only extends the C14 calibration curve but also improves earlier parts of the curve - which will prove very interesting. More information is available online at http://chrono.qub.ac.uk 

13 Feb 2010
Black and Dead comets

February 11th NASA newsflash (see full story at www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/ ) ... a new satellite, launched in December to track NEOs has discovered it's first comet. It will make an extensive survey of comets, asteroids and NEOs and routinely scan the sky with infra red imaging technology that can not only pick up comets ejecting material but also dark comets and dead comets whose whereabouts is unknown and a potential threat to life on the surface of the earth.

13 Feb 2010
Ice Shelving

www.physorg.com February 11th ... a study published in Geophysical Research Letters describes how ocean waves originating along the Pacific coasts of North and South America travel across the ocean to impact on Antarctica and it's ice shelves - those below water in the West Antarctic peninsular I assume. These waves lead to periodic collapse of the ice shelves as over time they contribute to the expansion and/or production of crevasse fields on those ice shelves.

12 Feb 2010
Chumash archaeo-astronomy?

www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1960661,00.html  February 9th ... a tree in California was carved with astronomical signs representing constellations, it is alleged. The scorpion tree, a gnarled oak in the Santa Lucia Mountains, has the image of a six legged lizard meticulously scrawled across it's trunk, nearly 3 feet in length and topped with a rectangular crown and two large spheres. It belonged to the Chumush, it is thought, as they were responsible for similar painted rock art elsewhere in California.