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12 Jun 2011
The outer reaches of the solar system

At ... NASAs two Voyager spacecraft are nearing the edge of the solar system, and surprise, the models scientists had developed of the solar sheaf do not appear to be quite right. Voyager is beaming back information that is being analysed - and modelled. From this it has been deduced that the spacecraft have entered a strange foamy zone of large cosmic bubbles, some of them - 100 million miles across.

12 Jun 2011

The Lindzen paper, it seems, found that climate models are routinely exagerating climate sensitivity. It was accepted for publication on May 22nd and was written by Richard Lindzen of MIT and Song Choi of Seoul. All climate models rely on the hypothesis of feedback increasing the warming effect, the idea being that water vapour increases with rising temperatures so as to inhibit infrared cooling. Clouds become less reflective and cause increased solar absorption and therefore further and deeper amounts of warming.

12 Jun 2011
Rig Veda

Ravindra Godbole was inspired to write about the Birth of Indra after reading Uriel's Machine by Knight and Lomas, two writers rather than scientists (Arrow Books:2000). This was in fact a piece he wrote prior to the book. Both can be downloaded or read online at - you can access the Birth of Indra at the bottom of the table of contents of the book. In Uriel's Machine it is said a comet struck the earth around 9500 years ago, a date otherwise unassociated with a catastrophic event.

11 Jun 2011
Copper mines of Jordan (Edom)

At is a story about the start of a new season at copper mines SE of the Dead Sea in what was ancient Edom. Previously, the mining activities were assumed to date as late as the 7th century BC but it seems in last season's dig they obtained a 12th to 10th century C14 date by the new Bayesian methodology. Hence, expectations are high that these are indeed the copper mines fabled to have come under the jurisdiction of Solomon.

11 Jun 2011
Smashed pots in a pit

At is a story about fragments of beautiful but deliberately smashed bronze age figurines and marble bowls found in shallow pits on a small rocky Greek island, Keros, that have puzzled archaeologists for years. Why were they smashed? As in all such thing inexplicable archaeology falls back to the catch-all 'ritual' deposit idea.

10 Jun 2011
An alarmist throat hold on information

This story can be seen at .... (see also June 10th) ... Professor Richard Lindzen is not flavour of the month with AGW alarmists. It seems he alarms the climate science fraternity and their political lackeys - inside science and not just in government.

10 Jun 2011
Orkneys in the Ice Age and Egypt in the Neolithic

At ... there is a report on an amateur archaeologist discovering a Palaeolithic stone axe on a beach in Orkney. It was so old that it had become part of the geology of the islands. A University of Aberdeen archaeologist says it is anywhere between 100,000 and 450,000 years of age - and presumably is being dated to one of the inter-glacial periods.

10 Jun 2011
Update on solar flare June 7th

Piers Corbyn, at is now saying it's effects were negligible as it was not a face-on event (it was not facing towards the earth) which appears to be a reasonable diagnosis.This, he emphasizes, is ongoing research. Interesting to stay abreast of just how the Sun affects the earth via the solar wind.

10 Jun 2011
Jupiter - when young and sprightly

At ... NASA has a new model, as in a computer simulation, of how the early solar system may have formed in which the orbit of Jupiter once migrated towards the Sun and back outward again. It is likened to the course of a sailing boat when it tacks around a bhoy.

9 Jun 2011
Bits of In the News

At ... a paper published by PNAS by two Japanese scientists has traced back the domestication of rice to around 10,000 years ago - but in 2003 rice grains were discovered in Korea and dated 15,000 years ago. This seems to indicate purposeful breeding and the selective saving of seeds  may actually have predated major genetic change (in this instance a preference for shorter stems). The semi dwarf phenotype has been extensively selected during modern crop breeding as a desirable trait.