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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Previous upbeat press releases from the CERN laboratory near Geneva have now been superceded by a hint of pessimism - see and However, according to research director Sergio Bertolucci, if the Higgs exists the LHC experiments will soon find it.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.

22 Aug 2011
How real is the DNA evidence?

At there is another article by Robert Bednarik, on beads and symbolism and the fact that Homo erectus in all likelihood had the capability to make them and make use of them (the same article or something very similar was published in Time and Mind two years ago). In doing so he outlines his opposition to the Out of Africa hypothesis - the idea of an African 'Eve' that gave birth to modern humans, Homo sapiens sapiens. They duly spread around the world in the Late Pleistocene - a wholly unsound idea he thinks.

21 Aug 2011
Huge lava plume

A paper in Earth and Planetary Science Letters ( see has found evidence of a lava plume on now widely distributed pieces of the earth's crust that at the time are thought to date from when all of them were joined together in what is geologically known as Gondwanaland (a combination of South America, Africa, India, Antarctica and Australia). The lava plume, it is suggested, broke apart Gondwanaland - but what event might have caused an outwelling of lava on such a scale? 

19 Aug 2011
Aurora and Ash

NASAs Goddard Space Flight Centre spokesman Tony Phillips says the STEREO spacecraft in combination with new data processing techniques has succeeded in tracking a solar storm from its origin in the Sun's corona to impact with the Earth, resolving a 40 year controversy on the structures of space weather. There is a video that can be watched at which shows a CME event swelling into an enormous wall of plasma and then washing over the Earth.

19 Aug 2011
Homo erectus - and boats

The Boston Herald had an interesting story, possibly a rehash of something from last year, on Homo erectus and discovery of stone tools on Crete, the large island in the middle of the Mediterranean/Aegean (see Researchers say human ancestors were crossing the Mediterranean Sea at least 130,000 years ago, a claim based on stone tools found on Crete. This island, it is alleged, has been cut off from the mainland for 'eons' - whatever the reporter concerned may mean.

18 Aug 2011
Youthful Moon - or not so youthful

A paper in Nature August 17th - see - is suggesting the Moon is somewhat younger than previously alleged, created by a giant impact between two bodies one of which was proto-earth. The Moon then formed from melted material ejected into space. It is further alleged that analysis of lunar rocks, or sample so far retrieved, can only be dated as far back as 4.36 billion years ago. This may sound quite old but apparently it is younger than earlier estimates of the Moon's age - which were 4.5 billion years ago.

17 Aug 2011
More cold water poured on AGW science

This time it emanates from a paper by Lindzen and Choi - see and claims c02 influences global temperature on a much lower scale than consensus climate science allow. In fact, their conclusion is that current modelling exaggerates climate sensitivity - some of the models, greatly so. The full paper can also be accessed at Lindzen's personal web space at