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5 Oct 2011
co2 and C14

Sediment cores off the coast of Oregon have revealed that the NW Pacific was not a huge reservoir of co2 during the last Ice Age and could therefore not have hastened the rate of warming - see The paper, published in Nature Geoscience, is somewhat baffling, it claims, as the Pacific,nowadays, is thought to be rich in carbon. Indeed, a recent paper alleged that the missing heat was hiding in the oceans - especially in the Pacific.

5 Oct 2011
Gravitational Waves

For the story in brief go to (however, October 5th also has the story in lighter format). The research was done at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University and was published by Nature. It involves the detection of gravitational waves by the electromagnetic light signal - or a brief flare. 

1 Oct 2011
Mars, Mercury and NEOs

The Messenger spacecraft orbiting Mercury has provided a raft of information - see - from flood volcanism,  crater like depressions, measurements of chemical composition, and lastly, observations of its magnetic field. A series of papers based on Messenger data have been published in Science, Sept 30th 2011.

1 Oct 2011
Are you ready for Las Vegas - in January 2012

On January 6-8th the Thunderbolts team are going to put on another conference on the Electirc Universe - in Las Vegas. Combine a holiday in the US with a weekend of serious business as they claim they are assembling a best yet collection of speakers.

1 Oct 2011
How is AGW shaping up in September going on for October?

Well, the media are taking full advantage of current mini heat-wave conditions in the UK - all four days of it. They are implying that records are going to be broken - and as we enter day one of October they have been smashed. Meanwhile, over at Weather Action Piers Corbyn is saying a solar storm will bring lots of rain - which may spoil some of the media excitement. This is now happening - in the northern half of the UK. Piers Corbyn is also forecasting further storms and heavy rain later on in October.

29 Sep 2011
A lushly Green Land

Greenland was once a tropical country - near the equator - or was it? Scientists from the Smithsonian have the evidence from rocks they have collected (see ). During the Cretaceous era Greenland was covered in a tropical rainforest and the same situation has been noted in NE America and Spitzbergen.

29 Sep 2011
An exoplanet that gobbles the light but glows in the dark ... and freshwater springs feed the Dead Sea

Yes, at astronomers at Princetown University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics have found a distant exoplanet that absorbs 99.9 per cent of the light that strikes it - why? The planet is non-reflective, it seems, high in hydrogen and helium. It is thought to be a hot planet, however, in spite of being very dark and very alone, as it glows 'thermally' - or that is the explanation. The little light it emits, the glow, is compared to a burner on an electric stove.

26 Sep 2011
Jordan 20,000 years ago

One of the major planks of Ice Age theory is that the climate during the Last Glacial Maximum was bot hot and dry in the Levant and in the process restricted human activity. There is evidence of this during the Younger Dryas episode (see Steven Mithen, After the Ice) and most probably during the earlier Heinrich events (well known as periods in which dust levels in the atmosphere were much higher than normal). Now, the occurrence of dust is assumed to imply drier environments - extensive desert conditions in North Africa and the Near and Middle East, for example.

25 Sep 2011
That Speed of Light dispute

The subject pops up at as it threatens Einstein's 'Relativity Theory' - but as we heard at the last SIS member meeting in Luton, that theory may not be quite as sound as supposed by consensus physicists. Naturally, mainstream scientists are sceptical of the results of the experiment - and so they should be. That is their function. The assumption is that there is something wrong with the experiment rather than with Relativity.

25 Sep 2011
A nice kind of aurorae ... and the case of the missing planet

At an image of sea green aurorae - one click away. Have a look. It was taken near Yellowknife in northern Canada.