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27 Aug 2011
Star gas

William Thompson sent the following link,, which is Notre Dame University. It seems that two of its astrophysicists, N Lehner and C Hawk, have published a paper in Science (August 26th) that is important in our understanding of how stars are made - continuously. The same story can be seen at and at

27 Aug 2011
Cern CLOUD again ...

The mainstream media is either ignoring the potential of the experiment at CERN or is taking, once again, soundbites from the establishment - as if they would tell them the truth. Various critics have been dragged out of nowhere, possibly not having read the paper, and asked for their opinions. One of them claimed that clouds do not cause cooling ... because it is hot on the surface of Venus and yet there are enormous swirling clouds clogging up its atmosphere. Therefore, it seems, the Sun can't warm the earth - or something like that.

27 Aug 2011
Neanderthals and Denisovans - and genetic links to modern humans

This story can be seen at and at and is derived from the journal Science - at the online Science Express, August 25th. Some modern human gene pools have derived beneficial versions of immune system genes from Neanderthals and Denisovans - this is additional to the shared DNA, from 4 to 6 per cent. The HLA class 1 immune system gene is rare in African populations and therefore could not have accompanied the migrants per the Out of Africa theory of modern human origins.

27 Aug 2011
Shorter In the News - links

At is a report on s study published in PNAS which uses evidence from the fossil record, and therefore relies on geological dating methodology, which is based on uniformitarianism. The object is to inform us  that lasting evolutionary change takes on average a million years to take place.

26 Aug 2011
Its all in the genes

Interesting web site to browse ..., while at, BBC News reports on a DNA study that overturns earlier genetic research which claimed farmers displaced the indigenous Mesolithic population of Europe - or a large part thereof. The latest research now says that most of Europe's males can trace descent from Stone Age hunters (research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B). It seems the results vary depending on the genetic markers studied and different interpretations are being made.

25 Aug 2011
The CLOUD experiment

theComments on the CLOUD experiment results and a paper in Nature this week, August 25th, are somewhat revealing. Andrew Mountford, author of The Hockey Stick Illusion, at his blog sets the tone of the blogosphere flavour by running through some reactions. For example, the internet home of The Team, Real Climate, says the results don't really matter because cosmic ray levels haven't changed, while Nature, hand on heart, says cosmic rays do cause change, but ...

24 Aug 2011
Higgs bosun

Previous upbeat press releases from the CERN laboratory near Geneva have now been superceded by a hint of pessimism - see and However, according to research director Sergio Bertolucci, if the Higgs exists the LHC experiments will soon find it. If it does not, its absence will point the way to new physics.

22 Aug 2011
Some Thunder Bolts

There are some interesting posts over at Thunderbolts. For example, is about water on Mars - was the erosion caused by water or some other process? At is about the doubt expressed by some mainstream scientists in the existence or otherwise of dark matter - is it real, or not?

22 Aug 2011
Dating Rock Art

At there is a revealing article on dating rock art. In Europe it is the Late Pleistocene cave art of Iberia and southern France that dominates university course and it has created a euro-centric view that is causing some chagrin in other parts of the world - such as Australia, India and South Africa. This is no trifling matter as from a euro-centric view rock art is securely within the Upper Palaeolithic - post 40,000BC.

22 Aug 2011
Homo erectus - boats (update)

In a follow-up to the story of a few days ago on Homo erectus reaching Crete by using boats (see for instance I have come across an article at where Homo erectus in boats is accepted as a means by which early humans colonised islands off the mainland in various parts of the world - such as Australia and New Guinea, the Solomons, Japan etc.