In The News

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8 Apr 2012
York Minster, St Paul's Cathedral, and other bits and pieces

At ... road construction has come across a burial going back 8000 years on Taiwan and believed to be of direct descent of the people that eventually became the Polynesians.

A geophysical survey on Skomer Island, a former Viking stronghold just off the coast of Pembrokeshire, has revealed the island was settled over thousands of years, from the Neolithic to Roman times - see

7 Apr 2012
Carolina Bays (and similar geological features)

At ... Michael Davias is placing a date around 40,000 years ago on the Carolina Bay formation. George Howard makes the point that no single explanation as yet accounts for all the observed characteristics of the Bays.

6 Apr 2012
Science in desperation?

At ... we are told, with a trifle of Auntie's biased glee, rising co2 may have been, in part, responsible for the end of the last Ice Age. Has desperation set in we may wonder as various geologists, Plimer springs to mind, have pointed out unceremoniously over the years that co2 invariably lags behind rising temperatures. The paper in question has just been published by Nature (behind a pay wall) and appears, at face value to the news blurb, to be an attempt to say this is not always so.

5 Apr 2012
Talkshop talking points

There are some fascinating posts on the blog of Tall Bloke over the last few days - see or Tall Bloke's Talkshop. For example, on 3rd April and again, on the 5th, some interesting graphs by Vukcevic. Is the Svensmark theory vindicated by what happened during the last couple of weeks, in reference to that huge sunspot and sbusequent solar flare. On the 3rd April the subject is late 20th century warming - has it got it's origins elsewhere and has it nothing to do with co2?

5 Apr 2012
Cosmic Dust

'Cosmic Dust in the Terrestrial Atlmosphere' was the focus of a meeting at the National Academy in Manchester on March 30th. An EU research grant has been provided to investigate the cosmic dust impact over the next five years (scientists from Leeds University, from Germany and from the US are involved). See blog April 4th and and the Royal Astronomical Society web site. The project was mentioned a few days ago but cosmic dust is clearly a very important component of climate change - or it might be.

4 Apr 2012
Woolly Mammoths

Excellent TV programme this evening, 4th April 2012, on BBC 2, 'Woolly Mammoth:Secrets from the Ice' .... although Alice Roberts bows to the BBC doctrine on CAGW and all that, her books are not so strictly observant of the meme. Not only that, unlike a lot of BBC presenters of all things science, Kate Humble or Grif Rhys Jones for example, she is not a pretty face in front of a camera but a real scientist - and she is not averse to reviewing contrary ideas.

4 Apr 2012

At ... the South Pole Telescope is being used to explain the mystery of dark energy. The paper is in the Astrophysical Journal and implies an accelerating universe by means of dark energy and neutrinos - thought to be the most abundant particles in the universe (see also and

4 Apr 2012
Glass on Mars

At ... a piece on the discovery of glass on the surface of Mars - and explanations offered. Dark patches visible across much of the northern hemisphere of Mars are not canals or other geological features as once thought, in the dimmer past, but volcanic glass - via data from ESAs Mars Express Orbiter. It is unclear if this is glass as we might understand it or something else. It is also described as basalt - and basalt has an origin in magma from volcanic and seismic activity.

4 Apr 2012
Sun quakes, the March weather, and solar induced climate change

At ... sun quakes can be produced from eruptions of magnetic field and charged particles, according to the National Academy Meeting 2012, which is apparently a revamp of a former In the News post on sun quakes - as created by CMEs.

1 Apr 2012
Earthquakes and the Moon

At ... in 1866 the winter solstice coincided with a Full Moon and the Moon was also at perigree - its closest point to the Earth. EM Smith then lists a succession of earthquakes around the world - all in 1866, and then adds a few volcanoes to the brew. Might mean nothing at all - might mean something important. Same goes for a piece at ... did the ancient Danes have a lunar and solar calendar.