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4 Jul 2011
Soon and Baliunas

As Willie Soon and Sally Baliunas have again come in for some high octane criticism from the doomsaying community as alarmist quarters scratch around waving their arms in all directions looking for conservatives under their beds - and for some reason to explain why their once unassailable position is repeatedly being challenged. The accusation against Soon and Baliunas is that they were partly funded by Big Oil - via their university.

3 Jul 2011
dark energy - what is it?

At we are told that zombie stars are the key to measuring dark energy. At we are informed there is a cosmic Axis of Evil. Astronomers, it seems, are puzzled by the announcement that the masses of the largest objects in the universe appear to depend on which method is used to estimate their mass. At we are told there is proof dark matter actually does exist.

3 Jul 2011
How not to report archaeology

Spiegel Online 7th January 2011 (see,1518,771569,00.html ) reports on a Bronze Age burial mound at Leubingine where tree rings on wooden planks or beams have been used to come up with a date of 1831BC. The 20 feet high mound in Thuringia (eastern Germany) was originally excavated in the 19th century, and contained the remains of a man with a significant number of grave goods together with the skeleton of a child lying across his lap.

1 Jul 2011
Aborigines are the whipping boys again

At there is a report on a paper in Geophysical Research Letters that claims Aborigines burnt old vegetation from the landscape in the hot dry season in order to help stimulate regrowth during the upcoming rainy season (the monsoon rains of northern Australia and the Darwin peninsular).

1 Jul 2011
Homo erectus ... clues and counter clues

At there is a report from PLoS One (online journal) on Homo erectus in Indonesia, widely regarded as a human ancestor as they resemble Homo sapiens in a variety of ways. It is standard theory that Homo erectus also migrated Out of Africa - but some 1.8 million years ago. Now, we all read these dates but they are pretty meaningless except in a geological context, as geochronology has a pattern.

1 Jul 2011
A black hole ... Cygnus X1

At is one of those posts where you wonder if the use of proof is a bit stretched, but never mind, apparently some people think Hawking has lot a bet he made with Caltech astrophysicist Kip Thorn on Cygnus X1. Hawking said it was a neutron star and Thorn was sure it was a black hole. It seems Thorn has won himself a year's subscription to Penthouse magazine as astrophysicists claim to have measured the distance and mass of the star.

1 Jul 2011
Maryland Meeting update

The July Maryland conference is being updated daily at the Thunderbolts web site - speakers and subjects are evolving and more information is forthcoming at so that those planning to attend can get a broader picture of the event. Good luck to all.

30 Jun 2011
Laughing at the climate news

A nice piece of humour in the form of a letter written to a prominent AGW journalist, here just named Fiona (a spoof or otherwise) - see  ...

 .... while at is a short piece on AGW funding. Not quite funny but useful to know for those unaware of the $ and £ involved in the oh so saintly we know what is good for you brigandage. 

26 Jun 2011
A trillion bolts of lightning

Yes, a trillion bolts of lightning are being emitted from what is said to be an enormous black hole in a distant galaxy (see ). Philipp Kraberg of the University of Toronto and some colleages say they have measured the alignment of radio waves around Galaxy 3C303 where a giant jet is shooting out of the centre. A sudden change in the alignment of waves coinciding with the jet was 'an unambigous signature of an electric current' he said.

26 Jun 2011
Dr Strangelove ... and scary AGW solutions

At .... ideas to combat the rise in levels of co2 in the atmosphere and in the oceans are beginning to feature some Dr Strangelove kind of ideas - and one of them is adding iron filings to the oceans. The threat of global warming, they think, is good reason to tinker with ecological systems - in the air we breathe and the water that feeds us with its bounty. Luckily, a few other scientists are getting worried something crazy will be set in motion, and a bit of research into the oceans is in order.