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18 Jul 2011
The Consensus

At http://judithcurry.com/2011/07/16/manufacturing-consensus/ there is a post with hundreds of comments on the AGW consensus. Judith Curry is a published climate scientist whose aim is to open a dialogue with sceptics, in an attempt to bridge the gulf. It seems one of Peter Warlow's villains was responsible. Worth reading.

18 Jul 2011
Changing levels of the sea

At http://judithcurry.com/2011/07/12/historic-variations-in-sea-levels-part... is a guest post by Tony Brown at Judith Curry's web site Climate Etc - Brown has his own web site at www.climatereason.com. Basically, there were big changes in sea level at the end of the Ice Age - and a further surge around 8000 years ago. Since that period the sea level has been surprisingly uniform - just a few jumps and plunges at significant points in time (3000BC for example, or towards the end of the 3rd millennium BC).

16 Jul 2011
Hacked phones ... and Climategate

Its beginning to look like the implosion by the press as a result of the News of the World 'dodgy practises' might in the end shed a shaft of light into the politics of Climategate. A certain individual, a spinmeister by trade, implicated in the affair, seems not to just have been employed by the police in the battle to counter terrorism but was also hired by the University of East Anglia in the wake of the Climategate email leak. Basically, his role was as a PR advisor, deflecting the blogosphere that had gone ballistic after the release of those emails.

16 Jul 2011
Growing glaciers, missing heat and ethanol

At www.physorg.com/print229770933.html we have a new study in Environmental Research Letters July 5th that claims it will get hotter even than the extravagant claims made by the IPCC - all down to modelling efficiencey. At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/07/12/the-grass-is-greener-on-the-ethano...  ... another story common to a lot of sites (such as www.physorg.com/print229685676.html) and concerns agriculture's contribution to AGW.

16 Jul 2011
Jumping Genes

At www.physorg.com/print229856609.html ... Murdoch University researchers have gathered evidence on jumping genes - why some species adapt and others fail. Jumping genes are sequences of DNA that can move to a new position within the genome of a cell. Such movement can result in mutations.

16 Jul 2011
Ceres and Vesta - a foretaste to a visit by the Dawn spacecraft

Astronomy and Astrophysics journal is publishing a study of the orbital evolution of minor planets, including asteroids such as Ceres and Vesta, in the lead-up to the visit by the Dawn spacecraft. It seems that the earth's past orbit cannot be reconstructed beyond 60 million years ago, it is claimed. In other words, the past orbit of the earth is open to conjecture and it is not as cut and dried as uniformitarianism would have us believe.

15 Jul 2011
Volcanoes

It seems that volcanic aerosols may be under-estimated when it comes to global temperatures. Research in France has just been published by PNAS (July 2011) (see http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/07/11/new-study-suggests-that-the-volcan... ). What caught my attention in this post is the possibility that aerosols may play a role in the cool weather of the Little Ice Age (but unsaid).

15 Jul 2011
Dwarf Galaxies ... again

At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2011/07/is-there-a-fundamental-flaw-in-our... is an interesting question - and it is all up for grabs. The bigger galaxies are supposed to form from a merger of smaller galaxies but the properties of dwarf galaxies do not seem to match this scenario. Eline Tolstoy from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands draws attention to this anomaly. Dwarf galaxies are the most straight forward objects astronomers can study as far as star formation is concerned.

15 Jul 2011
The Sun ... dark fireworks

This story is at a variety of sites but www.physorg.com/print229686172.html is as good as most. On June 7th this year, 2011, a flash of X-rays was registered with an origin in the Sun - but was fairly moderate as these things go. However, when astronomers looked at the images taken by cameras on satellites circling the earth they were astonished at the intensity of the solar storm. A video and a smaller You Tube version is available online to view.

15 Jul 2011
Nematodes

At www.physorg.com/print229686718.html is a story about worms, or nematodes, living two and a half miles beneath the surface of the earth, according to a paper in Nature (June 2nd). Speculation is now that life may exist even deeper within the crust and this raises the possibility that such life may exist elsewhere in the solar system - or beyond.