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11 Aug 2011
Roaming planets ... again

At a variety of blogs, for example at www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2023778/Planets-survive-stars-su... , we have this story that is basically a paper that purports to explain the discovery of planets unattached to star systems, lots of them. A new theory has inevitably been devised by (experts, according to the Daily Mail reporter). They suggest such planets may have been ejected from solar systems by supernova events (the explosion of stars).

11 Aug 2011
Cooking the atmosphere

There is another interesting post at Cosmic Tusk (http://cosmictusk.com) which dates back to April 2010, a guest blog by Rodney Chilton, a Canadian climate scientist and the author of 'Sudden Cold: An examination of the Younger Dryas cold reversal' - go to web site and look down RH menu for past posts, a number of which are archived. The titles you want come under Guest Blogs, one of which is by Rod Chilton. Click link.

10 Aug 2011
Tsunami in 1014AD - struck Britain and Caribbean

At http://cosmictusk.com/layer-after-layer-dallas-abbott-finds-cosmic-tsuna... ... not just in 1014AD but on a number of occasions in the first millennium BC and beyond. Dallas Abbott's co-authors included Simon Haslett of the University of Wales. We did at one time try and get him to speak to us but at the time he was unavailable but was willing to speak at a future date. The paper itself can be downloaded from Cosmic Tusk (above) in pdf format, saved and printed out (24 pages including notes).

10 Aug 2011
Geochronology, smokers, and dinosaurs that lived in darkness (?)

See www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110804081850.htm - scientists at the University of York have developed a new dating technology for geological deposits of the Quaternary Period (the last 3 million years). Its basically a refinement of an older process, the use of amino acids in geochronology that measure the breakdown of proteins in fossil snails. Snails are commonly found at archaeological sites in Britain and in geological contexts.

10 Aug 2011
Climate on the blogs this week

Sceptic blogs have been gnawing away at the discovery that some of the leading phone hackers from the mainstream media were hired by the University of East Anglia to indulge in a bit of damage limitation after the Climategate email leak, presumably in order to hack the phones of likely suspects. The fact the source of the leak has never been disclosed almost certainly means it was internal - and the university hired a PR company led by personalities closely involved in the recent hacking rumpus.

5 Aug 2011
East Asia during the Ice Age

At http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/culture/2011-08/03/c_131027429.htm ... Chinese and Japanese archaeologists say that stone tools (of a particular kind),  common to China, Japan, and Korea, and dating from 25,000 years ago, the height of the Late Glacial Maximum (in Europe and N America), are evidence of a land bridge between what are now islands and a peninsular, separated from the mainland. It is possible the continental shelf system off the coast of East Asia was completely different during the Ice Age. 

5 Aug 2011
The mirror in the universe

At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2011/08/could-mirror-matter-be-the-hidden-... (Augusts 4th) ... begins with, if dark matter exists it may take the form of mirror planets, mirror stars, and mirror galaxies (a bit of a mirage it would seem). The failure of physicists to actually find tangible evidence of dark matter has led to the idea of 'mirror matter' (basically a spatial reflection of ordinary matter).

5 Aug 2011
Question mark over c02 - human or natural?

The domino effect predicted that once the CAGW hypothesis began to unwind  new papers would come thick and fast and bury the idea in a terminal fashion. We might ask is this now happening as following close on the heels of the paper by Professor Roy Spencer we have this story at http://joannenova.com.au/2011/08/blockbuster-planetary-temperature-contr... which is a report on a speech by Professor Murry Salby at the Sydney Instiitute, 'Global emissions of carbon dioxide: the contributions from natural sources.

5 Aug 2011
Sea Ice, drought ...

At www.physorg.com/print231687171.html ... 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 www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-242&cid=release_2011-242 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 www.physorg.com/print231669586.html 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.