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20 Jul 2011
Earth's internal heat

At 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 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 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

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 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 ). 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 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 is a guest post by Tony Brown at Judith Curry's web site Climate Etc - Brown has his own web site at 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 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  ... another story common to a lot of sites (such as and concerns agriculture's contribution to AGW.

16 Jul 2011
Jumping Genes

At ... 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.