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5 Aug 2011
Sea Ice, drought ...

At ... a paper in Science (August 5th) by Danish researchers from the University of Copenhagen has looked at summer sea ice in the Arctic Ocean throughout the Holocene (roughly the last 10,000 years). For the period 6000-3000BC, known as the Mid Holocene Warm Period, there was far less sea ice in the Arctic Ocean and the coast of northern Greenland was buffeted by waves. 

5 Aug 2011
Water on Mars?

NASA News at claims they have discovered water on Mars - briny water that flows in spring but disappears in the winter. However, the images are in regions too cold for water yet some kind of volatile has been detected - hence the idea of salty water.

At we hear that NASA is reporting two active regions on the Sun, or in general terms, two sunspots have sprouted and a solar flare is being predicted.

5 Aug 2011
Velikovsky, Hibben, and the Alaska 'muck' deposits

Velikovsky in Earth in Upheaval, at the very beginning of the book and therefore in order to draw the reader's attention, chose to quote Hibben on the Alaska muck deposits (he also quotes Rainey). Hibben was specific that the muck had a catastrophic origin - by tsunami or whatever. Hibben's article in American Antiquity, 1943 (volume 8:3) has over the last 60 years or so come under a lot of fire by detractors - but has enjoyed a consistent vogue amongst catastrophists of various persuasions, and is quoted endlessly by creationists resistant to uniformitarianism.

4 Aug 2011
Speaker Meeting in September - addition

Robert Johnson, 'Evidence for the Anisotropy  of the Speed of Light' is available for download in pdf format at

4 Aug 2011
Panning out ....

As record sea ice melt this summer appears to have stalled we also learn that Scandinavian lakes during the 1970s and 1980s were not as acidified as environmental activists at the time got into a tizzy about - blaming the British coal industry and putting thousands of miners out of work (see ). See also on July 12th - is Venus the Ultimate poster child for Global Warming?

4 Aug 2011

At ... a paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Research (Aug 2011) has been looking at tides in the early to mid Holocene and they have discovered some serious differences with the tides of today. For example, on the east coast of North America tides were 10 to 20 feet high compared with 3 to 6 feet of  today, and tides in the Bay of Fundy, which are now very extreme, at 55 feet, were much less 5000 years ago. At that time tides on the coast of the Carolinas south to Florida were much higher than today.

4 Aug 2011
Comet Elenin

At we learn that NASA has just rolled its STEREO solar satellite to have a look at Comet Elenin P/2010X1, a comet which has attracted a lot of hullabaloo. The comments to this story are therefore worth browsing. One link for a sober look at Elenin is 

4 Aug 2011
Mariemont Serpent Mound


31 Jul 2011
Pandemics from Space

Mike Baillie's book, 'New Light on the Black Death: The Cosmic Connection', Tempus:2006, drew on the Hoyle and Wickramasinghe theory of Panspermia to make the astonishing claim that the 14th century plague outbreak that struck the medieval world came from space. This idea had merit in so far as peoples, separated by long distances, fell victim at roughly the same time, even where the rat population was minimal.

30 Jul 2011
Peter Warlow was right - NASA satellite says so

Peter Warlow, who was due to speak at the 2011 SIS autumn speaker meeting, also gave a talk in 2009, on April 25th at the Harlequin theatre in Redhill, with the title, 'Global Warming Nonsense' and was adamant that the greenhouse theory was flawed. At we learn that NASAs Terra satellite has shown climate models are in error - and a greater amount of heat is lost to space than they are programmed to remit.