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21 Nov 2011
Neutrinos ... real or imagined?

David de Hilster, in 'The Neutrinos: Doomed from Inception'  published in the Proceedings of the NPA, College Park, MD 2011, begins by saying some scientists are attracted to the neutrino as it adds desirable characteristics to new theories. However, neutrinos are clearly linked to special relativity. If special relativity is fiction then the neutrino cannot exist. The author, de Hilster, leans on the work of Argentine physicist, Ricardo Carezani.

20 Nov 2011
Tall Bloke

At http://tallbloke.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/andrea-rossi-e-cat-megawatt-co... there is a post that covers a good deal of the ground e discussed at our recent Study Group get together in Willesden, the Andrea Rossi cold fusion experiment. The comments at the end of the post are also interesting. One refers to www.blacklightpower.com, also part of the discussion, and another one notes nickel is limited, also mentioned by Tony Haynes. Tall Bloke seems to think the Rossi experiment might be a scam - but he is not alone in this.

20 Nov 2011
Study Group meeting november 17th, Willesden, London.

Apart from skirmishing with a few subjects most of the session was taken up by Tony Haynes talking about the promising areas of research that offer the prospect of cheap electricity - with a follow-up question and answer period. He described three new methods, all making use of Hydrogen in one way or the other. All three, he said, have potential but in various ways are at the fringe of acceptable consensus science.

19 Nov 2011
The Schoch Effect

A recent Thunderbolts email update on the January 2012 conference in Las Vegas indulged in a spot of Doomsaying - was the Sun about to become over active? I don't know if this was inspired by some of the hype on the Internet involving 2012 and massive CME events with an origin in the Sun but it served to introduce the fact Robert Schoch is going to be a speaker at the conference - a figure well known to the public.

19 Nov 2011
Easter Island

At www.robertschoch.com there is a link to a pdf of an article he had published elsewhere, The Mysteries of Easter Island. Robert Schoch, wearing a hat that is almost a replica of the hat that David Rohl favoured when in Egypt, is co-author, with Gary Baddeley. It begins by querying how old the Easter Island statues might be - were they all erected in fairly recent times, and asks were they constructed by Polynesian voyagers or are they considerably older.

19 Nov 2011
Gobekli Tepe according to Robert Schoch

At www.robertschoch.com there is a pdf of an article on Gobekli Tepe he had published in the magazine, New Dawn (September 2010) - see www.newdawnmagazine.com. The site of Gobekli Tepe is interesting in so far as little real information has percolated into the English language press. Some comments by Ian Hodder, a report on the discovery, and a recent suggestion the stone structures may have been dwellings rather than a temple.

18 Nov 2011
Little Rascals

Neutrinos are rascally little devils according to Ask a Physicist at http://io9.com/5859576/whats-the-strangest-thing-about-neutrinos/ in reply to a query on why neutrino oscillations occur. At www.thunderbolts.info the actual existence of neutrinos is questioned and the recent experiment in which neutrinos were said to move faster than light involved something going into a mountain  and some shreds of something coming out the other side - but was it neutrinos?

18 Nov 2011
Neanderthals, too clever by half

A computer programme has come to the rescue of the reputation of Neanderthals - otherwise described as dull-witted and rather unpretty, with great big conks. It seems they were too clever by half - see http://popular-archaeology.com/issue-printer/september-2011/ and they were actually victims of their own success. This is the latest attempt to rationalise the inexplicable disappearance of the Neanderthals - and computers don't lie.

18 Nov 2011
Compromise at K/T boundary

Geoscientist Gerta Keller is extraordinarily consistent and has been a long time critic of the asteroid strike that killed the dinosaurs - based on geological dating of the strata (see www.physorg.com/print240753344.html). Now, somewhat of a compromise seems to have been reached - there was more than one asteroid strike, not at the same time, but separated by 100s of thousands of years. It is geochronology that has caused this compromise as sedimentary layers are assumed to have been laid down over long periods of time.

17 Nov 2011
Loess ... coming from the wrong direction, and that sinking feeling

The consensus view is that loess, the fine grains of silt that have accumulated in different parts of the world but especially in great big dunes in China, is thought to be wind blown dust from the direction of the Arctic. In the case of China the loess was thought to have blown in from the north west, in the direction of Siberia and presumably the tundra. It seems this interpretation may be up for grabs. Not the theory of course but the origin of the loess.