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13 Oct 2018
IPCC Report, cost

At https://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2018/10/11/ipcc-sr15-report-lacks-cost-b... ... the 2018 IPCC Report lacks cost analysis according to Bjorn Lomborg. He says the costs involved are not worth it - a theme he has repeated endlessly for several years.

13 Oct 2018
Cosmological Lithium Problem

Apparently, there is a cosmological lithium problem - see https://phys.org/print458379012.html .... and it is one of the unresolved issues of the Big Bang theory. Nuclear reactions responsible fro the creation and destruction of atomic nuclei during Big Bang are crucial in determining the primordial abundance of lithium, the third chemical element formed during the very early phase of the universe. The standard model predicts an abundance of lithium - four times the amount that has actually been observed.

8 Oct 2018
Neanderthal Glue

At https://gizmodo.com/new-experiment-reveals-secret-behind-200-000-year-ol... ... experiment reveals the secret behind Neanderthal glue. Most human societies used glue in one form or another to fix bone and stone to shafts of wood - in combination with other measures such as joints and bindings. In Europe the Neanderthals occupied a large part of prehistory - deep into Middle Pleistocene. They became extinct, for unknown reasons, around 40,000 years ago.

8 Oct 2018
CAGW data riddled with errors

Not much to say about this one as it will be ignored by the great and the good, our masters. At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/10/07/bombshell-audit-of-global-warming... ... John McLean, PhD, has produced a detailed audit that shows surface temperature datas is unfit for purpose (in the words of Anthony). This mostly concerns HadCRUT4 data sets from the Univeristy of East Anglia climate centre in Norwich. This report supports some of the sceptic arguments from over the years on data manipulation.

7 Oct 2018
Voyager 2

At https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7252 ... the Voyager 2 spacecraft probe has detected an increase in cosmic rays that originate outside our solar system - which suggests it is fast approaching interstellar space. Since 2007 it has been travelling through the outer layers of the heliosphere. Voyager 1 is already in interstellar space it is thought. It is unclear if the general lack of solar activity has caused the heliosheaf to retract (as we in between two solar cycles).

7 Oct 2018
Cassini Final Descent

At https://phys.org/print457947412.html ... results from Cassini's final mission phase show protons of extreme energies between the planet and its rings. A series of 6 article in the journal Science (5th October 2018) describe the initial results and thoughts - by a vareity of authors.

7 Oct 2018
Puffins

At https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/10/05/the-problem-with-puffins/ ... we have an article on the decline of the puffins. In a nutshell we have a fine example of how alarmism works. It constructs a narrative that is based on doom and gloom - an entirely false case that can easily be refuted (but which the media are loathe to do for reasons only they understand). This is achieved by being economical with the truth - or in this case with actual reality.

6 Oct 2018
Distant Objects

At https://phys.org/print457686574.html ... a new very distant object found in the hunt for Planet X, far beyond the orbit of Pluto. Full details are available in October's issue of Astronomical Journal (2018). It has an elongated orbit and never comes anywhere near the gas giants (such as Neptune) so cannot be influenced by gravity pull. However, Planet X (currently invisible) is said to affect the orbit of the object.

6 Oct 2018
Holding Back the Desert

In this story humans are not the environmental bad guys it would seem. The preaching bit takes a back seat as they are exonerated of blame. Indeed, they managed to hold back the onslaught of desertification in the Sahara (and presumably also in Arabia) even though we are talking about cattle herding pastoralists. Does this mean that the farting of cows in the proto desert environment  was not as awfully bad as has been made out in temperate parts of the world? At https://phys.org/print457605723.html ... we have a study into how humans impacted the global desertification of the Sahara.

30 Sep 2018
Phosphate from Space

At https://phys.org/print457252479.html ... did building blocks for life arrive on earth from space (from comets and meteorites, it is suggested). This article is published in Nature Communications (September 2018), 'An Interstellar Synthesis of Phosphorus Oxoacids' by Andrew Turner and Ralph Kaiser. According to this theory phosphate and dephosphoxic acid, two elements required in the building blocks of molecular biology, came out of the sky. They are the main constituents of chromosomes, the carriers of genetic information in which DNA is found.