Stratospheric Warming bring Snow to Somewhere near You

Tim Cullen at http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/a-christmas-recipe-for-snow/ ... makes the point the Sudden Stratospheric Warming events show that the polar vortex is an electro magnetic phenomenon in that it can be slowed down or can even reverse its direction - much in the same way that electro magnetic factors as a result of CMEs striking the atmosphere can switch or change the position of the Jet Stream.

67P and counting

Comet Churyumov Gerasimenko, known also as 67P, is almost as black as coal - but images show it as grey - see http://phys.org/print337631011.html ... This is a halfway mix between black and the white dots on the surface produced by ... we not what as yet. The image has been enhanced in order to show up surface details and black hides a lot detail. Apparently, there is no indication of icy patches on the surface of the comet - but the surface does have a dark dust, or crust. At http://phys.org/print334505509.html ... we have images of the comet in early November - prior to the lander.

Back to Front

At http://phys.org/print337590873.html ... a group of geologists from MIT and further afield claim there was a major volcanic eruption just prior to the asteroid strike that produced the Chicxulub crater in the Yucatan. Previously, the volcanism has been dated post the asteroid strike - so is this a bit of strained back to front thinking?

Light without the Sun

At www.GenesisFile.com ... there is, according to a recently received email suggesting we might take a look at the site, there is a presentation of a new book that seeks to rubbish the idea of evolution. The author claims to have debunked radiometric dating, for example, but then we have various claims that appear to be years out of date as far as catastrophists might be concerned - such as asking where are evolution's missing fossils. He is also at pains to demonstrate, it seems, there was one major catastrophe, the Flood, and that was it.

Hopewell demise - 400AD

In the Journal of Archaeological Science (December 2014) there is an article on blades and flints from the Hopewell Culture (Ohio, Missouri, Tennesee) - see http://apps.ohiohistory.org/ohioarchaeology/bladelets-flint-ridge-flint-... ... and see also www.dispatch.com/content/stories/science/2014/12/07/01-flint-tool-disapp...

Rosetta, are you wetter

At http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/11/07/virtis-detects-water-and-carbon-... ... as the data is being processed and we may have to wait a while for sound evidence it is worth going back on what was being said as Rosetta approached the comet in November (prior to the Philae lander getting everyone excited). The comment thread appears to have been usurped by EU enthusiasts - and you can keep up to date with the subject of what the comet is composed of at Thunderbolts forum.

Greenland Ice Sheet

Tim Cullen has come up with two more posts on how the ice cores were calculated - which will not please the defenders of the faith ... see http://malagabay.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/the-great-greenland-snow-job-0... .. and the the great greenland snow job 08 (an no doubt he has not finished yet). I don't pretend to know if his criticism is valid or not but it is interesting to know a bit about how such calculations are made. Simply picking out pieces of odd data and criticising that is not of course enough to rest a case for bunkum.

The Axis Age

Michael Wood, in BBC History magazine (Christmas issue 2014) writes from China - and specifically, from the birth place of Confucius. In East Asia the erstwhile Confucius defines the collective values of hard work, duty, and benevolence. A very important cultural figure.

The 2300BC event hits Orkney

At http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/08/neolithic-orkney/smith-text ... the temple complex at the Ness of Brodgar was built around 3000BC but only some 10 per cent of stone buildings at the site have been excavated. A lot has been talked about the pottery, Grooved Ware, as it pops up at Stonehenge.

It's a Hoot

Humour is a useful tool, especially when outnumbered. At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/12/05/friday-funny-over-a-centurys-worth... ... this is a guest post (not by Anthony) and is mostly a light hearted look at some of the things doomsayers have been proclaiming through the early 20th century (1920s, 1930s warming), the mid 20th century (ice ages and global cooling) and the late 20th century (1980s, 1990s warming) up to the great shut-off around 2005.