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13 Oct 2011
Megalithic Star Watching

It seems cosmic alignments are still in vogue in Germany. They have not been stifled in the same manner as in the UK - or so it would seem. At www.heritageportal.eu/index.php?view=article&centid=press-release&kid=an... we are told there is a huge early Celtic calendar construction within the royal tombs of Magdalenenberg in the Black Forest. The order of the burials around the central royal tombs fits exactly, according to a computer simulation,  with the constellations as seen in the sky above Germany.

11 Oct 2011
Comets and Asteroids

At www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2011/10/ecoalert-nasa-see-fewer-big-astero... which is the same story post last week - with a twist.

10 Oct 2011
Clouds

Two papers on clouds - make what you will. See http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/10/09/spencer-finds-the-big-picture-on-c... and on the same web site, a new post by Willis Eschenbach - http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/10/08/estimating-cloud-feedback-from-obs... However, the latter post was updated a day or so later by the author as he realised he had not taken sufficient notice of certain aspects. Hence, it is necessary to read both versions.

9 Oct 2011
The CERN neutrino experiment ... and Mars

Two weeks since the CERN experiment on neutrinos and some 30 papers in response to the claim they move faster than light have been lodged on the preprint server arXiv - suggesting reasons why the experiment was wrong. At www.thunderbolts.info, however, the actual existence of neutrinos are challenged - but in general neutrinos are accepted by scientists (see www.physorg.com/print237106952.html ). 

9 Oct 2011
Leroy

Leroy is a bit late to the plate. He is currently pushing the Ravindra Godbole web site www.themeaningofvedas.com, something that SIS did some months ago (also featured on In the News). Actually, Leroy has provided something of a prod as the web site pages are actually the chapters of a book with the same name - and full of information. Cheers, Leroy. He may not be everybody's favourite bunnie but he does keep promoting the Clube and Napier hypothesis - when most people out there have forgotten all about it.

7 Oct 2011
clouds (missed) and a long lost lake ...

A new paper purportedly debunking the Svensmark hypotheiss, published in the Journal of Climate, follows a similar pattern to other critiques - by apparently ignoring changes to satellite data reception (see http://calderup.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/further-attempt-to-falsify-the-...). The idea appears to be to sidetrack Svensmark before the forthcoming IPCC report - in that way his theory will not be taken into consideration. Anything contrary to the consensus co2 theory is being attacked, the Sun, clouds, the missing heat (escaping into space) etc.

7 Oct 2011
Comets and the Sun

The old idea that water from comets replenished the water on Earth has had a bit of a revival after NASA scientists discovered a comet with an origin in the Kuiper Belt that had water of a similar composition to water in our oceans.

However, at www.physorg.com/print237024685.html there is a video that is far more interesting, and comes from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory that witnessed a comet hitting the Sun on October 1st. Shortly afterwards there was a huge CME - or solar flare - but on the opposite side of the Sun. Are the two events connected?

6 Oct 2011
Stonehenge and Stenness

The Salisbury Journal 4th October 2011 claims that archaeologists from the Open University have unearthed artifacts from 700bc, 1400bc, and incredibly, from 6250bc - in the vicinity of Stonehenge (on private land near what is known as Vespasian's Camp). This is over 3000 years before the henge itself was built - and 4000 years before the iconic layout which can now be seen (in ruins).

5 Oct 2011
Pushing a dead horse ... one and two

At www.physorg.com/print236865130.html there is a report on a paper in Applied Geochemistry that resurrects the issue of acid rain (which died a death a number of years ago) and ocean acidification (a new one on the block). These are scare stories that have been debunked but are regularly regurgitated by environmentalists. In this paper not only is King Coal to blame but the smelting and production of metal ores, various mining processes, and the use of nitrogen as a fertiliser by farmers is given the thumbs down.

5 Oct 2011
co2 and C14

Sediment cores off the coast of Oregon have revealed that the NW Pacific was not a huge reservoir of co2 during the last Ice Age and could therefore not have hastened the rate of warming - see www.physorg.com/print236864292.html. The paper, published in Nature Geoscience, is somewhat baffling, it claims, as the Pacific,nowadays, is thought to be rich in carbon. Indeed, a recent paper alleged that the missing heat was hiding in the oceans - especially in the Pacific.