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6 May 2010
Monsoon Vagaries

At http://calderup.wordpress.com 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 www.cosmictusk.com/deep-time-impact-induced-volcanism-a-colloquy 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 http://calderup.wordpress.com 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 www.nytimes.com ) May 3rd (see also Science Daily and www.physorg.com ) 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 www.physorg.com/print192044027.html 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.

3 May 2010
Rainforest regeneration

Will Gosling of the Open University (talk at Aylesbury Museum) says recent research into past climate change in the Amazon basin via ancient pollen preserved in lake sediments, has shown that climate differed in the Ice Ages - and the rainforest was not as extensive as it is now. Pollen analysis also showed the extent of human impact on the rainforest in the 1000 years preceding Columbus - and it was considerable. There are distinct layers of charcoal in lake sediments which appear to denote human activity - as well as evidence humans worked soils (agriculture).

3 May 2010
Lizards on islands

At www.physorg.com/print191781096.html April 29th ... a genetic study of lizards isolated geographically on islands, sometimes for thousands of years, possibly even millions of years, do not appear to have evolved into separate species as demanded by conventional evolutional theory. They remained stubbornly like their predecessors. They were also capable of reproducing with similar species from elsewhere. However, the PLoS Genetics paper says that research was ongoing.

3 May 2010
Early Earth

At www.dailygalaxy.com April 30th it asks, 'Were Comets incubators of Life on Earth?'. The fact that life apeared soon after the termination of a long bombardment from space some 3.8 billion years ago suggests incoming comets and asteroids may have delivered the compounds necessary for life on earth to develop. However, the origin of life theory favoured by scientists depends on their field of speciality. Oceanographers like to think it began in a deep sea thermal vent, biochemists prefer a warm tidal pool, and astronomers looks towards comets.

3 May 2010
Electric Earthquakes

At http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/hardware/earthquake-alarm there is an article by Tom Bleier and Friedemann Freund but dates back to December 2005. It refers to the October 2005 Kashmir/Pakistan earthquake in which 70,000 people died and 3 million were left temporarily homeless - and asks, what happened in the weeks and days leading up to the EQ?