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9 May 2012
Solar Flares ... and Octopussy

At http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2012/05/1859s-great-auroral-stormthe... ... in 1859 Richard Carrington spotted a peculiar sun spot and drew and plotted some intensely bright patches that he was flash through his telescope. A huge solar flare had erupted in the direction of the Earth and 12 hours later there was a massive auroral storm. Electro-magnetic gusts enveloped the globe and it seems the newly emergent telegraph system was able to work without batteries - there was so much electricity in the atmosphere.

7 May 2012
How do geologists know how old a rock is? (and liquid stone)

At http://geology.utah.gov/surveynotes/gladasked/gladage.htm ... Mark Milligan tells us the why and wherefore in an easy to understand style. Relative Dating is the easy part as it follows the sequence of superposition - each bed laid down like a layer cake. However, even this follows certain assumptions. These include they were originally laid down near horizontal and were not overturned after deposition. This is augmented by fossil succession - groups of fossil animals and plants occur in a similar layer cake formation.

7 May 2012
New light on flawed data ... steve is back with a bang

Steve McIntyre has been off-colour as well as concentrating on business issues and all has been quiet - but today his web site is alight ... see http://climateaudit.org/2012/05/06/yamal-foi-sheds-new-light-on-flawed-d... and please trawl the comments. An FOI  request made months ago has produced results at last - and CRU have been caught in the act of making the data fit the facts, not the facts of real life but the facts of the CAGW belief system. It's a bonus on top of lots of other stuff going on to bring CAGW into disrepute.

4 May 2012
The magnetosphere from a different perspective

Member Gary has wrote in to say that the image of Earth's magnetotail on page 21 of http://tallbloke.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/the-mystery-of-the-missing-... is very similar to Horus Behdety, the winged disc, manifest as Amenhotep III (see www.gks.uk.com/winged-disk-mars/ and www.gks.uk.com/Horus-Behdety-Winged-Disk/ - an interesting observation.

4 May 2012
Bronze Age trade

At www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,518,830958,00.html ... folding chairs, of skilfil construct, have been found in graves from Bronze Age northern Europe. They have striking parallels to Egyptian examples and appear to be local copies made of imported finery. One of the folding chairs was found in the tomb of Tutankhamun.

4 May 2012
Carbon dating problems

At www.nature.com/news/archaeology-date-with-history-1.10573 is a post on problems encountered with C14 dating in the early Holocene and Palaeolithic periods, including a redating of the 'Red Lady of Paviland', discovered by William Buckland in the early 19th century, in South Wales, together with ivory, shell beads, and various ornaments. Tom Higham, an archaeological scientist at Oxford's 'Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit' appears to have ruffled a few feathers and demanded a more consistent treatment of samples.

4 May 2012
Liquid Stone

Now, there is some interesting speculation here, at http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/dinosaurs-liquid-stone-and-radio... ... a three pronged assault. EM Smith, as one might do, was watching the History Channel and somebody claimed dinosaur bones were radio-active. EM Smith explains why this is sometimes so - what the somebody didn't know was that dinosaur bones are actually rocks in the shape of a dinosaur bone. Water has leached away the calcium in the bones and replaced it with mineral silicates.

4 May 2012
Blondes and genes

It seems blonde hair is not confined to Scandinavia and Europe as up to ten per cent of Melanesians, who are somewhat black in skin colour, also have blonde hair. This trait didn't come from sex starved ships crew from the West either - a study has shown it evolved long before contact with foreigners in boats looking for girls in grass skirts (see www.nature.com/news/blonde-hair-evolved-more-thanonce-1.10587 (the study was published in the journal Science).

4 May 2012
Sea surface temperatures and Arctic ice melt

Some interesting pieces on the time lag between cool water in the Pacific, with an origin in the Southern Ocean, and its appearance in the Arctic Ocean, at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/04/29/tisdale-on-the-17-year-itch-yes-th... and at http://chiefio.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/sea-temperature-time-delay/ where EM Smith says the pop and drop point was in 1998/2000 but the time lag for the Arctic is not until 2016 - still a few years away.

3 May 2012
Evolution of the Solar System

At http://phys.org/print255086031.html ... the solar system, it is thought, is over 4 billion years of age - but its formation may have occurred much quicker than realised, until now. A team of researchers at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, aided by laboratories in Japan and the US, have come to this conclusion as a result of nucleus samarium-146 (146Sm) dating methodology. However, one can see there are a number of caveats - if not elephants in the room.