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4 Feb 2012
When there really were more days in a year

Nature 217 (March 9th, 1968) had a paper that said that back in the Cretaceous (final era of the dinosaur age) there were some 370 days in a year, derived from ridges on the surface of fossil corals and other sea shells (annual growth patterns). Even further back in time fossil corals indicate there were 400 days in a year, a fact now encompassed in consensus thinking as it is supportive of uniformitarianism and suggests the spin of the earth is actually slowing down - very slowly.

4 Feb 2012
Velikovsky's Sources

Bob Forrest wrote a couple of articles published by SIS and it seems he was in regular communication with Rene Gallant, author of Bombarded Earth (as we know from the private letters of Eric Crew as well as Gallant).

1 Feb 2012
Electricity and human arteries

See ... scientists have found that arteries react curiously to external electric fields, according to a new paper in the forthcoming Physical Review Letters. Meanwhile, at we learn that in the 1930s Hans Alfven proposed the Milky Way contained a huge magnetic field so that incoming cosmic rays could move in spiral orbits along the arms of the galaxy.

1 Feb 2012
Phil Plait getting a pasting at the blogs

Phil Plait, the know it all defender of the faithful at Bad Astronomy is getting a bashing at and at and of course at

31 Jan 2012
God and Climate Change

The idea of God becoming involved in climate change is not new as the CAGW public relations propaganda people have attempted to embrace every sector of society - or is that brain wash every sector of society. They appear about as successful among church communities as they have been with the rest of the population - some have fallen for the meme and others have resisted the temptation to be swallowed up in the giant bean feast. In fact, notable sceptic churchmen roll off the tongue quite easily - the Bishop of Chester for example.

30 Jan 2012
The lunar dynamo theory, white earth, and magnetic graphite

At ... a paper in Science (Jan 27th, 2012) claims the Moon once had a molten, convecting core of liquid metal that generated a strong magnetic field - 3.7 million years ago. Its amazing what a few moon rocks can spawn but it all stems back to the Apollo mission in 1969. The rocks were magnetised - and scientists have been looking for an explanation. The idea is that the Moon's dynamo was powered by Earth's gravitational pull as millions os years ago the Moon was much closer to the Earth than today.

30 Jan 2012
Gibraltar's bottom waters

At there is a report on research off the coast of Spain near Gibraltar and in the Gulf of Cadiz where sediment cores were drawn up for study. The Strait of Gibraltar re-opened just 6 million years ago, fairly recent in the geological time-scale. Way down on the bottom off Gibraltar the Mediterranean waters are pouring into the Atlantic like a cascade. As the Mediterranean is more salty than the Atlantic it sinks, plunging 1000 metres downslope and scours the sea floor carving out canyons and building up mountains of mud.

30 Jan 2012
More on plasma and the magnetosphere

For those interested the discovery of cold plasma in the upper atmosphere has sparked a debate on the internet - see for example and and

26 Jan 2012
Cold Plasma

'Low energy ions: a previously hidden solar system particle population' is the title of a paper in Geophysical Research Letters - see Cold plasma in the upper atmosphere are low energy ions that couldn't be seen, or could not be detected, until recently. These electrically charged, and yes, they did mention the word electric, affect how the earth's system interacts with the Sun - and there is an abundance of cold plasma up there.

26 Jan 2012
Met Office out on a limb ... again

At we learn that new research by the University of Reading and the Met Office admit that solar output is in decline - and will stay in decline over the next 90 years (how do they know that?) More guesswork on top of even more guesswork is added to the brew, using that super computer they have which gobbles up stuff like this like a hungry toddler devouring a banana yogurt. In saying that low activity on the Sun will not affect near-surface temperatures on Earth appears to be rather adventurous - or somewhat hopeful.