Mapping Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko

The point of the map is to differentiate different morphological sections of the comet - hence the bright colours. This has been achieved in a few short weeks, since Rosetta arrived in the vicinity of Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The images shows areas of the comet dominated by cliffs, depressions, boulders and grooves, a surprising number of different terrains - and no sign of a dirty snowball.

alcohol in space, and other stories

At ... astronomers have detected a great cloud of alcohol in space - all to do with molecular chemistry in molecular clouds (which includes dust and various chemical compounds). Alcohol, in this instance, is a combination of hydrogen, carbon and oxygen so the reality is not that surprising. However, adding energy to the mix can result in a stimulated emission of light.

Calendars and Sea Levels

Yes, back to another post at ... which on this occasion takes a look at Illig, Niemitz, and Hunnivari, who have each produced a different version of an AD revision to that of Gunnar Heinsohn. I'm not sure to what extent the arguments are valid but here we go - starting with Zoltan Hunnivari, who was unable to find a suitable eclipse to fit the prodigy seen on the death of Augustus Caesar in AD14. This supposes that such a prodigy did occur and even if it did that it was an eclipse (or rather an annular eclipse).

John Daly

At ... Australian John Izzard looked back on the world's first blogger to get serious about the global warming scam. John Daly was born in Bournemouth and served in the merchant navy as a radio operator - and later migrated to Australia for a better life. Like Peter Warlow of SIS he was totally unimpressed by the Greenhouse Theory. At ...

Ice cores, tree rings, radiocarbon ... in the News

Doug Keenan refers Bob Porter to an article in the Journal of Geophysics Research 117 (2012), 'Holocene tephras highlight complexity of volcanic signals in Greenland ice cores' at NewChronology [at] yahoogroups [dot] com

Rosetta Update

At ... ESAs Rosetta mission has found the comet is 'unusually' dark and there is no sign, as yet, of water ice. It's a lump of rock - apparently.

Contrasts in Climate Science points of view

At ... a new paper by Ross McKitrick of the University of Guelph in Canada, claims there has been no warming of the lower troposphere for the last 26 years (the length of the satellite record). It is, of course, a computer simulation of data, a statistical exercise if you like, but contradicts almost everything that alarmists have been squawking about over the same time period.

Solar Activity

At ... an article in the Astrophysical Journal, 2014:792 (1) 'Deciphering Solar Magnetic Activity' - and based on NASA images and data, tells us a little more about how the Sun ticks. Roughly, every 11 years, the Sun switches from a stable and fairly quiet situation into a violently active one, which is the solar maximum. At this time there are numerous sun spots and eruptions of radiation and solar particles that are ejected around the solar system.


At ... Tim Cullen introduces the concept of catastrophic outliers in dendro constructs that are artefacts of the smoothing process within calibration of tree rings and C14. It is a remarkable insight into what may or may not be what happened during the construction of the modern dating system so faithfully relied upon by archaeologists, historians, and various others - including anthropologists (in the previous post).

Another brick out of the wall

At ... some lines scratched into rock inside Gorham's Cave on Gibraltar are said to prove Neanderthals were more cognitive that consensus theory allows. This is another brick out of the wall of an attitude formed in the 19th century with the discovery of Neanderthals in Germany.