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14 Jan 2012
The Quasicrystal

A rock from a mineral collection donated to a museum in Florence has an origin in the Koryan mountains in the Kamchatka peninsular. It was recently found to include grains of icosahedrite, a quasicrystalline mineral that was first discovered in a laboratory, according to a paper in PNAS - see www.physorg.com/print245661710.html. It is the inner structure of these minerals that is novel as rather than being clusters of atoms as in ordinary crystals their composition is much more intricate and can form strange shapes such as a 20 sided icosahedron - with the symmetry of a ball.

14 Jan 2012
Lamb on Ice

HH Lamb on the Ice Age, from chapter 6 of 'Climate History and the Modern World' made some interesting points on the landscape and the fauna illustrated on cave paintings, which as far as Europe was concerned was quite different to what thrived there during the Holocene (since 9500BC). There were mammoths, rhinoceros and horse for example, all mammals that were herbivores and relied on vegetation for sustenance. How much vegetation is a contentious point, and can tie people up in knots - but usually the subject is simply ignored.

13 Jan 2012
100 billion planets in our galaxy

This story can be found at a variety of places, and was also sent in by member Gary Gilligan ( www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/337517/title/Planets_as_common_as_st...) but can also be found at www.physorg.com/print245572422.html where it claims the Milky Way galaxy contains a minimum of 100 billion planets - all based on statistical methodology as a result of the detection of three exoplanets by microlensing.

12 Jan 2012
Do the Plates move around the globe, or is that an illusion?

The actual idea of continental drift has never been accepted - what we have in the consensus theory of Plate Tectonics is something more subtle. In this all the plates move but in different directions and at different speeds, and the plates consist of both continental crust as well as the attached sea floor bottom. In Wegener's theory it was just the continental crust that moved, and Africa, it was said, was formerly joined to South America and NW Europe to Newfoundland and the Appalachians.

7 Jan 2012
Velikovsky gets a mention ...

Velikovsky gets a mention in a climate change post at www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2012/1/6/cosmos-and-consensus.html (see also the comments) not so much for his hypothesis but for the way he was slapped down by the 'consensus' scientists of the day. This is then compared to the attitude of modern science, a generalisation, has for anyone stepping out of the group line on CAGW.

7 Jan 2012
Watch the face of the Sun ...

You can now pick up a video or image of theSun on a weekly basis, just to see what it has been doing in the previous 7 days - www.physorg.com/print244977331.html. The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) is a co-operative venture between NASA and the European Space Agency (EPA) designed to study the internal structure of the Sun, its outer atmosphere and the origin of the solar wind, and the stream of ionised gas, or plasma, that blows outward throughout the Solar System.

7 Jan 2012
What a lot of That

On January 7th Anthony Watts passed a significant milestone, the number of visits to his site reached 100,000,000 - yes, that was 100 million hits - see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/01/07/a-small-milestone/ and http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/01/07/hurrah-for-8-orders-of-magnitude/

6 Jan 2012
Wegener

At www.physorg.com/print244918262.html ... there is a piece that describes how modern Plate Tectonics has migrated from the idea originally proposed by Alfred Wegener in the early 20th century. Wegener proposed' continental drift' - he had it wrong after all, they say. In fact, since his work was published under the title, 'The Origin of Continents and Oceans', Wegener's hypothesis has been consistently under attack - and continues thus. Modern scientists are convinced they know more about everything than their predecessors - but is this true?

3 Jan 2012
The Peter Warlow tippe top theory and the last Ice Age

If Peter Warlow's interpretation of the Late Glacial Maximum at the 2007 SIS Cambridge Conference has any substance to it then it follows that climate in East Asia will have been somewhat different than expected in the purely Milankovitch based consensus model. Peter Warlow (see also SIS Review 2008) placed the North Pole in the Davies Straits which gave a revised Arctic Circle. Suffice to say that a large part of Siberia was excluded - which is actually what facts on the ground might be saying.

3 Jan 2012
The Ice Age in East Asia

Human endeavour, in Europe during and immediately after the Late Glacial Maximum may have been quite different to what it was in East Asia. For example, human activity on what is now the submerged continental shelf system of Beringia, between Siberia and Alaska, which was dry land during at least parts of the last Ice Age, may have been wiped out - suddenly. The tide may have come in - and continued to come in until the ocean had covered Beringia, in a single day. Perhaps.