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12 Feb 2010
Hobbits and small brains.

Science Daily January 30th ... is the brain of the Hobbit too small is the question being asked. Research from a team at Cambridge and Durham universities have challenged the idea that hominid and primate brains tended to get bigger over the course of evolutionary time. They showed that in some primate species brains did evolve to become smaller - in marmots and some lemurs. The Hobbit was no more than 3 feet in height and appears to have lived on Flores Island in Indonesia until 13,000 years ago.

12 Feb 2010

New Scientist (online version) January 26th ... an article speculates that Darwin's ideas were only a part of the story of evolution. Darwin's explanation may apply only to recent history of life on earth whereas in the deep history of the earth evolution may have differed in some respects. At the root of the idea is overwhelming evidence for horizontal gene transfer - in which organisms aquire genetic material horizontally from other organisms around them rather than vertically from their parents or ancestors.

13 Feb 2010
Tarasenko Genadiy

Tarasenko Genadiy sent a message to 'In the News' concerning a theory that there are two hollow spheres within the earth that have a role in electro-magnetism. Astronomer Edmont Galya (1656-1742) advanced the idea to explain the displacement of the magnetic poles. The email goes on to envisage the spiral nature of the universe indicating rotation = dynamo affect = the accumulation of an enormous electric charge.

13 Feb 2010
More on the AGU Fall Meeting

George Howard's web site has a post on a talk by Tom Stafford, author of Redefining the Age of Clovis; Implications for the Peopling of America which was published in the journal Science in 2007. Stafford's talk at the AGU conference laid out details of a very narrow layer of evidence at the Younger Dryas boundary, at a site in Texas, a thin 1 to 2cm layer of material that was host to trillions of nano-diamonds and high levels of soot known as aciniform.

13 Feb 2010
C14 calibration February 11th ... Gerry McCormac and Paula Reimer of Queens University in Belfast (the '14 Chrono Centre') have created a new archaeological tool, a calibration curve that reaches back 50,000 years ago. The curve is known as INTCAL09 and full details are published in the journal Radiocarbon. It not only extends the C14 calibration curve but also improves earlier parts of the curve - which will prove very interesting. More information is available online at 

13 Feb 2010
Black and Dead comets

February 11th NASA newsflash (see full story at ) ... a new satellite, launched in December to track NEOs has discovered it's first comet. It will make an extensive survey of comets, asteroids and NEOs and routinely scan the sky with infra red imaging technology that can not only pick up comets ejecting material but also dark comets and dead comets whose whereabouts is unknown and a potential threat to life on the surface of the earth.

13 Feb 2010
Ice Shelving February 11th ... a study published in Geophysical Research Letters describes how ocean waves originating along the Pacific coasts of North and South America travel across the ocean to impact on Antarctica and it's ice shelves - those below water in the West Antarctic peninsular I assume. These waves lead to periodic collapse of the ice shelves as over time they contribute to the expansion and/or production of crevasse fields on those ice shelves.

14 Feb 2010
Cold Fusion ... a short article on the rebirth of Cold Fusion under the banner of LENR. Cold Fusion got such a bad reputation a few years ago the people concerned, who doggedly stuck to the research in spite of everything, have been forced to pretend that what they are working on is not cold fusion - but it is cold fusion. Under a different name. Sounds as though it still has a long way to go.

14 Feb 2010
The Science of Greenhouse Gases is a blog about greenhouse gases, particularly C02. It is basically a series of long articles written by the blog author in response to lack of understanding on various web sites and blogs. In other words, he felt people were commenting on things they only understood in a general way and his articles are designed to educate - not lecture. As a result of that approach this blog is recommended - to everyone, alarmist or sceptic.

16 Feb 2010
The case of the younger dryas extraterrestrial impact event

An article in Journal of Cosmology volume 2, pages 256-285 Oct 27th 2009, 'The Case for the Younger Dryas Extraterrestrial Impact Event: Mammoth, Megafauna, and Clovis Extinctions 12,900 Years Ago' by Richard Firestone can now be downloaded in pdf format (17 pages of print) at . Firestone, of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, outlines his arguments in a pretty effective manner - with copious references.