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23 Oct 2011
Climate - further note on BEST

The BEST debate is still in its infancy. Steve McIntyre has now joined in - see where he begins in a positive tone by saying he is impressed by the BEST results as it represents strong evidence against the Hockey Stick model and shows the Little Ice Age as a reality. It is 2 degrees warmer now than at the beginning of the 19th century. It makes you wonder how all those mainstream media journalists managed to get hold of the wrong end of the stick - all guns firing.

22 Oct 2011
Addendum to climate in mid-October

Lots of noise is being generated in the media, desperate to keep the gravy train in place, following a press release concerning the BEST research on global warming - rather, restricted facets of that research. Many blogs have responded to the double talk and the obvious fact that some of the journalists have not even read what they were reporting - or is this a piece of purposeful misrepresentation?

20 Oct 2011
Electric Plankton

At a PNAS paper has shown that electricity lies at the root of blue flashes, a kind of bioluminescence, visible at night in various marine environments, is activated by tiny plankton.

20 Oct 2011
A comet broke up in the 19th century - very close to the earth?

Two Mexican astronomers have uploaded a paper onto the prepress server arXiv concerning objects passing in front of the Sun in 1883, surrounded by a hazy mist. They think it was fragments of a comet that must have come apart very near the Earth. At the time, photographs of the object were explained away as bugs on the camera lens, casting aspersions on the astronomer that presented his findings to the French astronomical association.

20 Oct 2011
Climate News mid October

Donna Laframboise, a prominent Canadian sceptic and investigative journalist, scourge of the various IPCC reports, has set the wags alight on the blogosphere with her just released book. It pummels the IPCC mercilessly - piece by piece and author by author. The IPCC are given a roasting - and they have come under a lot of criticism after their last couple of reports became an object of derision amongst some sections of the populace.

19 Oct 2011
The Flat Universe?

At ... it seems that in recent years cosmologists have discovered the universe is flat - or purportedly so. This is in spite of its apparent accelerating expansion. Why should it expand flatly? Why would the Big Bang be wholly one dimensional - why not spray outwards? The blame is being put on dark energy.

19 Oct 2011
Clever Lower Palaeolithic people - again

At ... we learn that cutting tools, long blades prised from worked flints, were being used as early as 400,000 years ago as a result of discoveries in the Qesem cave near Tel Aviv. It had been thought such tools had not been produced before the onset of the Upper Palaeolithic around 30,000 years ago. This is perhaps one more indication to cast doubt on the consensus view that before the appearance of modern humans, albeit with a pristine origin, other forms of humanity were dumb and brutish.

17 Oct 2011
Hotting Up ... solar system dynamics

At ... the effects on climate are expanded to include the solar system and the universe which are linked in what is called a common bowl of gravitational and magnetically connected and driven mass of ions and regular atoms. Mutual static repulsion keeps the stars separated just as mutual static epulsion keeps the neutralised moisture in a cloud from condensing. As the background cumulative charge gradient increases it reduces droplet size and polarises them.

16 Oct 2011
Electric Universe Conference 2012

The Thunderbolts World Conference on the Electric Universe: 2012 - you can now keep up to date at a web page devoted to what is on offer - go to 

16 Oct 2011

A beautiful piece with the title, 'Why Einstein was wrong about being wrong' is at and begins with the Theory of Relativity, a mathematical equation, and how it meant the universe was either expanding or contracting. Einstein went on to tweek the theory and adopted the 'cosmological constant' in order to counteract gravity. Some years later Edwin Hubble found the universe was in motion and this led, after some deliberation, to the Big Bang Theory.