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4 Aug 2011
Tides

At www.physorg.com/print231409994.html ... a paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research (Aug 2011) has been looking at tides in the early to mid Holocene and they have discovered some serious differences with the tides of today. For example, on the east coast of North America tides were 10 to 20 feet high compared with 3 to 6 feet of  today, and tides in the Bay of Fundy, which are now very extreme, at 55 feet, were much less 5000 years ago. At that time tides on the coast of the Carolinas south to Florida were much higher than today.

4 Aug 2011
Comet Elenin

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/07/31/roll-to-observe-elenin-stereo-behi... we learn that NASA has just rolled its STEREO solar satellite to have a look at Comet Elenin P/2010X1, a comet which has attracted a lot of hullabaloo. The comments to this story are therefore worth browsing. One link for a sober look at Elenin is www.skyandtelescope.com/community/skyblog/observingblog/119704774.html 

4 Aug 2011
Mariemont Serpent Mound

At http://news.cincinatti.com/article/20110731/NEWS01/110801008/Mariemont-s...

31 Jul 2011
Pandemics from Space

Mike Baillie's book, 'New Light on the Black Death: The Cosmic Connection', Tempus:2006, drew on the Hoyle and Wickramasinghe theory of Panspermia to make the astonishing claim that the 14th century plague outbreak that struck the medieval world came from space. This idea had merit in so far as peoples, separated by long distances, fell victim at roughly the same time, even where the rat population was minimal.

30 Jul 2011
Peter Warlow was right - NASA satellite says so

Peter Warlow, who was due to speak at the 2011 SIS autumn speaker meeting, also gave a talk in 2009, on April 25th at the Harlequin theatre in Redhill, with the title, 'Global Warming Nonsense' and was adamant that the greenhouse theory was flawed. At www.physorg.com/print231155725.html we learn that NASAs Terra satellite has shown climate models are in error - and a greater amount of heat is lost to space than they are programmed to remit.

29 Jul 2011
Alfven Waves

At www.physorg.com/print230986047.html ... a paper in Nature on the role of oscillation in the corona of the Sun, known as Alfven waves, points out that when first observed in 2007 their amplitude did not appear great enough to drive the solar wind. New satellite observations reveal Alfven waves a 100 times stronger - enough to heat the Sun's outer atmosphere to millions of degrees and drive the solar wind. The waves are seen in high resolution images and can be viewed at www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110727131404.htm

Trojan Asteroid.

29 Jul 2011
Iron meteorite, 25 tons

At www.skyandtelescope.com/news/126009563.html there is news of a huge iron meteorite in the remote Altai mountains, on July 16th (2011). It has an estimated mass of 25 tones and is partly buried beneath a large slab of granite. This means both rocks have probably moved - and as it lies in a glacial valley the culprit is obvious. The question is how old is it, is it part of a larger cosmic object, and where might the other bits lie?

28 Jul 2011
Cycles

The idea of solar cycles or any kind of weather cycle is discussed at Judith Curry's web site Climate Etc, www.judithcurry.com/2011/07/27/cyclomania/ and at Tallbloke's Talkshop at http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2011/02/21/tallbloke-and-tim-channon-a-cy.... Are such cycles imaginary, a product of computers, or are they real and even if they are how far back into the past can they be extrapolated? The comments on both sites are interesting as the posts are designed to get the commenters on song.

28 Jul 2011
Volcanoes on the Moon

At www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2011/07/25/3274891.htm (and many other blogs around the world) there is a report on the discovery of a volcano hotspot on the far side of the Moon (source being the journal Nature Geoscience) which came about as a result of images taken by NASAs Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The volcanic activity took place millions of years ago - 800 million years ago according to ABC. This is of course an estimate basied on consensus thinking of the Moon's geology and origin.

28 Jul 2011
Horned altar from Gath

At www.haaretz.com/misc/article-print-page/3000-year-old-altar-uncovered-at... is a reference to a stone altar with horns found at Tel Tzafit - which is thought to be Biblical Gath. It is said to be reminiscent of Jewish altars - by which I think they mean altars described in the Bible from Israel and Judah. It has been dated to the 9th century BC and presumably Iron Age II on the orthodox timescale.