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8 Jul 2011
YD Impact hypothesis bounce-back?

I'm getting dizzy but it seems that a few days ago the Firestone et al hypothesis was on the ropes, even bent forwards on its knees, but now it seems it might bounce back - with a vengeance. At http://cosmictusk.com July 6th in a post by George entitled 'Swiss Kiss: Nanodiamonds and Iridium independently confirmed at Bern INQUA session on Younger Dryas climate crash' - so the hypothesis still has legs and is walking, it would seem - in spite of all the negativity over in the US.

6 Jul 2011
Two Times Mann

It seems we have two climate scientists with the monicker of Michael Mann (but with different middle names). This emerged with the publication of a paper where the 'other' Michael Mann was a co-author of the Kaufmann et al release that has admitted, for the first time, that global surface temperatures did not rise between 1998 and 2008 (ignoring the last couple of years) (see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/07/04/a-peer-reviewed-admission-that-glo... ).

6 Jul 2011
Sea Floor Strips

Musings from the Chiefio, July 4th 2011 (http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2011/07/04/why-does-the-sea-floor-move-in-s... ... EM Smith looks at consensus theory on sea floor spreading, mainly in the Pacific as he lives in California, and finds some apparent anomalies. This is a not a serious study of sea floor spreading but the blog author just playing around with an idea. He therefore does not reach a firm conclusion - merely points out that the sea floor itself may move, in pieces, but not necessarily in a uniformitarian pattern.

4 Jul 2011
YD boundary event in a nosedive

At http://cosmictusk.com/a-personal-essay-from-vance-holliday-on-the-clovis... is another nail in the coffin of the comet impace theory at the beginning of the Younger Dryas. It looks more and more like they rushed into press without fully weighing up alternative ideas. Claim and counter claim has become a problem and the theory has one glaring problem that it can't get around - the Younger Dryas event was a carbon copy of the Older and Oldest Dryas events and half a dozen Heinrich events that took place over the last 70,000 years (conventional dating).

4 Jul 2011
Soon and Baliunas

As Willie Soon and Sally Baliunas have again come in for some high octane criticism from the doomsaying community as alarmist quarters scratch around waving their arms in all directions looking for conservatives under their beds - and for some reason to explain why their once unassailable position is repeatedly being challenged. The accusation against Soon and Baliunas is that they were partly funded by Big Oil - via their university.

3 Jul 2011
dark energy - what is it?

At www.physorg.com/print228659903.html we are told that zombie stars are the key to measuring dark energy. At www.physorg.com/print228643916.html we are informed there is a cosmic Axis of Evil. Astronomers, it seems, are puzzled by the announcement that the masses of the largest objects in the universe appear to depend on which method is used to estimate their mass. At www.physorg.com/print228642235.html we are told there is proof dark matter actually does exist.

3 Jul 2011
How not to report archaeology

Spiegel Online 7th January 2011 (see www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,771569,00.html ) reports on a Bronze Age burial mound at Leubingine where tree rings on wooden planks or beams have been used to come up with a date of 1831BC. The 20 feet high mound in Thuringia (eastern Germany) was originally excavated in the 19th century, and contained the remains of a man with a significant number of grave goods together with the skeleton of a child lying across his lap.

1 Jul 2011
Aborigines are the whipping boys again

At http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/06/did-australian-aborigines-... there is a report on a paper in Geophysical Research Letters that claims Aborigines burnt old vegetation from the landscape in the hot dry season in order to help stimulate regrowth during the upcoming rainy season (the monsoon rains of northern Australia and the Darwin peninsular).

1 Jul 2011
Homo erectus ... clues and counter clues

At www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-06/nyu-fsh062811.php there is a report from PLoS One (online journal) on Homo erectus in Indonesia, widely regarded as a human ancestor as they resemble Homo sapiens in a variety of ways. It is standard theory that Homo erectus also migrated Out of Africa - but some 1.8 million years ago. Now, we all read these dates but they are pretty meaningless except in a geological context, as geochronology has a pattern.

1 Jul 2011
A black hole ... Cygnus X1

At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2011/06/cygnus-x-1-a-black-hole-harvard-sm... is one of those posts where you wonder if the use of proof is a bit stretched, but never mind, apparently some people think Hawking has lot a bet he made with Caltech astrophysicist Kip Thorn on Cygnus X1. Hawking said it was a neutron star and Thorn was sure it was a black hole. It seems Thorn has won himself a year's subscription to Penthouse magazine as astrophysicists claim to have measured the distance and mass of the star.