Dr David Evans

Major new climate change project by Dr David Evans - see http://joannenova.com.au/2014/06/big-news-part-i-historic-development-ne... ... produced without any funding whatsoever (apart from personal donations). No government handouts (grants), no environmentalist input, deep pockets (from the renewables mafia), hedge funds, banks, oil companies, all the normal villains involved in CAGW alarmism - none of that. Zilch.

Green famines

An interesting post at www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2014/6/13/the-inhumanity-of-the-environmentalis... ... which is a bit political - but raises an interesting issue. Does opposition to genetically modified food, which is claimed to make it possible to feed the world if growing conditions worsen as a result of climate change, mean they would have turned a blind eye to people dying in the Irish potato famine - and will they avert their eyes if a major famine as a result of global cooling occurs in the near future? What is the object of having NGOs.

A problem with dwarf galaxies

At http://phys.org/print321643387.html ... we are told the cosmologists may have certain astronomical ideas wrong - and they require adjusting. In other words, the whole kaboosh is not up the creek - just one of the paddles that is treading water. According to the consensus theory material stripped from galaxies during a collision with another smaller galaxy forms a long tail of debris. However, the reality of dwarf galaxies at the edge of the Milky Way and Andromeda appear to contradict the way theory dictates what takes place.

Sand ... and Gibraltar

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/06/12/climate-change-its-the-motions-of-... .... there is an interesting paper in the journal Science that claims a link between climate change and ocean currents over the past six million years. The area studied was the Atlantic at the Straits of Gibraltar. Sea bed sample were taken of the sediments and this indicates, they say, various shifts of climate change. However, it is the thick layer of sand and mountains of mud spewed nearly 100km into the Atlantic from the Gibraltar gateway that is most fascinating.

Geology, glaciology, and climate change

At http://notrickszone.com/2014/06/09/giant-of-geologyglaciology-christian-... ... and sidestepping the blowback and snake oil of climate science, Christian Schluechter has some interesting things to say about glaciers in the Alps over the last 10,000 years. For example, the Swiss geologist found chunks of wood at the edge of a glacier in the 1990s. Laboratory analysis revealed it was 4000 years old. He went on to find multiple wood fragments of the same, or nearly the same, age.

Magnetic pulses

Very low frequency magnetic pulses have been observed in the run-up to earthquakes since the 1960s. Now, geophysicists claim they have discovered how rocks produce magnetic pulses - go to https://medium.com/the-physics-arxiv-blog/geophysicists-reveal-how-earth... ... the new model, it is hoped, will target regions of the crust at immanent risk. However, it is acknowledged it is not entirely certain if rocks produce magnetic pulses when there is no earthquake. It is a developing theory.

Lakes in N America in the Late Pleistocene

This is another example of the uniformitarian mind. The findings, however, should not be dismissed - as they are telling us something. The story is at http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/scientists-solve-my... ... and scientists solving mysteries is very often a PR tactic used by universities releasing details of research. In this instance, the mystery is how ancient lakes in N America grew enormously in size at the peak of the last Ice Age 20,000 plus years ago.

Ancient Aberdeen

We've had evidence of a long occupation at Inverness and now a similar discovery has been found at Aberdeen - see http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/bronze-age-settleme...

Early Bronze Age pottery, at least 4000 years of age, and evidence of continuous occupation down to the Iron Age, have been found during construction work at a park and ride facility. The site promises to be a bonanza - and proper excavations are now set to take place.

Dinosaur Days

Here's one for the kiddies - and the twinkle in the eyes. Chinese researchers have come across a cache of hundreds of pterosaur eggs - flying reptiles with wing spans up to 12m across. It seems they lived in colonies - much like some modern birds. Rooks spring to mind, and budgerigars in Australia. See http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/first-3d-pterosaur-....

Magnetic fields and black holes

This story is at http://phys.org/print321105310.html ... a new study of supermassive black holes has found magnetic fields play a prominent role in proceedings. This was actually predicted and amounts to a confirmation of theory. It goes on to say that in the dozens of black holes so far surveyed (what are thought to be black holes to be more correct) the magnetic field strength matched the force produced by the black hole gravitational pull.