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28 Jul 2011
Horned altar from Gath

At www.haaretz.com/misc/article-print-page/3000-year-old-altar-uncovered-at... is a reference to a stone altar with horns found at Tel Tzafit - which is thought to be Biblical Gath. It is said to be reminiscent of Jewish altars - by which I think they mean altars described in the Bible from Israel and Judah. It has been dated to the 9th century BC and presumably Iron Age II on the orthodox timescale.

28 Jul 2011
Extreme Weather anomalies over 2000 years

At the nicely named web site www.breadandbutterscience.com there is a pdf of over 500 pages of text with the title, 'A chronological history of early weather events' by James Marusek (2010) as a counter to AGW hype concerning modern weather extremes - which are supposed to be coming thick and fast as a result of rising C02 levels. This composition shows that such a point of view is really rather juvenile and not worth commenting on to be truthful.

28 Jul 2011
Hillscloud

The blog http://hillscloud.wordpress.com is herewith a recommended site to visit, as the author has asked us to make it available for interested parties. It concerns his ideas regarding the early solar system. In a 10 page print out he begins by saying that binary star systems are seemingly more common than solitary star systems such as ours and that it too may have began as a binary system. It became a one star system after a collision that was extremely violent and this event created the comets, asteroids and allowed Jupiter to swallow huge amounts of hydrogen.

21 Jul 2011
A Twisted Tale of our Galaxy

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-216&cid+release2011-216 ... a press release from NASA on the discovery by the Herschel Space Observatory that the Milky Way is not quite like how it was thought to be - and neither is the centre of the galaxy quite where it is supposed to be. An abstract and pdf version of the Astrophysical Journal Letters study is online at http://arxiv.org/abs/1105.5486 and more information can be found at www.nasa.gov/herschel and www.esa.int/SPECIALS/Herschel/index.html 

20 Jul 2011
Earth's internal heat

At http://geology.com/press-release/earths-internal-heat/ there is a nice three page read on current views regarding the source of earth's internal heat - using temperature measurements from 20,000 boreholes around the world in order to estimate that some 44 trillion watts of heat continually flow out of earth's interior into space. Where does it come from? Half of it comes from radioactive decay, it claims - but what about the other half?

20 Jul 2011
Frogs and bioelectricity

This story is at www.physorg.com/print230207865.html where it seems bioelectrical signals for normal head and facial formation in an organism has been captured in a time lapse video of the face of a tadpole. Published in the journal of Developmental Dynamics, biologists have found that before the face of a tadpole developed bioelectricl signals caused groups of cells to form patterns marked by different membrane voltage and pH levels. Hyperpolarised negatively charged areas shone brightly while other parts of the face were distinctly darker, an 'electric face' they say.

20 Jul 2011
Historical sea level change on the opposite side of the North Sea

At www.lancewadplan.org/Cultural%20atlas/WaddenSea/waddensea.htm we have a nice article on an area of the continent opposite East Anglia, bounded by the Frisian islands, the a few small Danish islands on the seaward side, and North Holland, Friesland, Groningen, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Denmark on the landward side, some 12,500km in extent. The Wadden Sea is basically a tidal flat area bounded by barrier islands with a tendencyh to be covered by sea water during high tides.

19 Jul 2011
Vesta

The NASA Dawn spacecraft has returned images after starting its orbit around the asteroid Vesta - and various blogs and web sites have a picture of a lump of rock with depressions in it caused by smaller objects hitting it (the commonest culprit) - see www.jpl.nasa.gov/news.cfm?release=2011-213&cid=release_2011-213. Vesta is 330 miles across, or 530km, one of the biggest objects in the Asteroid Belt. Vesta is thought to be a source of meteorites that hit the earth from time to time.

18 Jul 2011
The 1300AD event

Yes, a new timeline for a sudden change in climate - this time in the Pacific basin (see http://goliath.ecnext.com/coms2/gi_0199-7024384/The-A-D-1300-Event.html ). This is basically the transition between the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age (stage one), a period of roughly 100 years that witnessed environmental change, disruption of human societies and changes in sea level (see Nunn 1999, Nunn 2000, and Nunn and Britton 2001, Kumar et al 2006 and Masse et al 2006).

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.