Lopsided Core ... of the Earth...

At www.physorg.com/print191053615.html April 21st ... the inner core at the centre of the earth is growing as a result of crystalliation of iron in the liquid 'outer core' - so much so the 'solid core' permanently drifts eastwards. Why is the inner core asymmetrically out of shape? New light has been shed on this by research published in Science on April 16th. Variations in the core appear to match up directly with the shape of the earth's magnetic field.

Hidden Wonders of Sardinia

At http://www.stonepages.com/news/archives/003769.html you will find a report of a tour of Sardinian megalithic tombs, two pages of text. The tombs contain images painted in red ochre on the stones which include spirals and huge heads of bulls. The tombs are currently dated to the Ozeiri culture, 3800-2900BC. In one of the tombs a series of spirals form a sort of tree of life.

Searching for Neutrinos

At www.physorg.com/print190976193.html April 20th ... a series of detectors to capture cosmic rays striking the Earth has been set up in Antarctica with the idea of finding neutrino generated signals bounced off the bottom of the ice cap. It is hoped they will be able to pinpoint the unidentified source of ultra high energy cosmic rays. The Earth is constantly peppered by showers of debris from cosmic ray outburst colliding with atoms in the atmosphere.

Fireballs ... and fire ...

At http://cosmictusk.com April 20th ... reports of a fireball over Wisconsin were accompanied by reports of fires breaking out on the ground. This prompted Bob Kobres (see www.abob.libs.uga.edu/bobk/ ) to check his files and he found something similar occurred in Jordan on April 18th 2001 (almost exactly 9 years ago). Eyewitness reports again reported ground fires and tree fires. The general public might think there is nothing peculiar about this, as fireballs = fire. Right? No.

Keenan versus Baillie

The Douglas Keenan story has resurfaced across the blogosphere but see http://climateaudit.org for probably the best treatment - and it's implications. The FOI commissioner has agreed tree ring data from Queens University in Belfast should be passed over to Keenan. Mike Baillie, in various mainstream media sources such as The GuardianNew Scientist and The Times, has come across as a very angry man.

The Solar Dynamics Observatory

NASAs new Eye on the Sun delivers a series of stunning images at www.nasa.gov/sdo (and see also http://wattsupwiththat.com April 21st). Some images show material streaming away from sun spots - others are close-up images of the surface of the Sun. The spacecraft has also made high resolution measurements of solar flares in a range of ultra-violet wavelengths.

Chinese Pigs

This is one of those stories that seems to show that anything in print (books, written documents etc) but not published online has in some way become sidelined. For example, Hubert Lamb wrote a number of very thick books about climate over the last thousand years and more and yet he is rarely if ever quoted by your average modern climate scientist - who appears to be more a computer geek than somebody that actually does field research.  

Oysters, MWP and the Romans

At http://wattsupwiththat.com April 20th ... we have a report from 'C02 Science' of a paper on temperature reconstruction from plankton shells in a sea bed core off Sulawesi in Indonesia - and the Medieval Warm Period (MWP) is clearly distinguishable, as well as the Little Ice Age (drop in global temperatures). For years, climate scientists in Europe and North America have been insisting the MWP and LIA were regional and local phenomenons of not much consequence. This new paper suggests it was global.

The Origin of Water on Earth

At http://wattsupwiththat.com April 18th ... we have a post by Steven Goddard, 'Volcanoes and Water' ... with a series of stunning images. Water vapour is consistently the most abundant of volcanic gases - normally comprising some 60 per cent of total emissions. C02 accounts for between 10 to 40 per cent. Around 70 per cent of the surface of the earth is covered with water - but where did all that water come from?

Intelligent Design and Human Behaviour

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/04/100413170731.htm ... although evolutionists and creationists strongly differ over the role of intelligent design in the origin of species they do appear to agree about the role it plays in the origin of human inventiveness. In the May issue of American Scientist there is an article on this issue.