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31 May 2011
Holographic Dark Information Energy

This story with the same title is at www.physorg.com/print225970694.html comes from Universe Today - which is a touch sceptical. A chap called Gough has suggested that in an expanding universe there is, concomitant, a loss of information. As such, this should release dissipated energy - and the dissipated energy is the dark energy component that is thought to exist in space. However, what is exactly being mathematically modelled?

31 May 2011
The Hockey just won't go away

This story is at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/05/30/kill-it-with-fire/ is by Willis Eschenbach. It homes in on the hockey stick climate model which seems to have a life of its own. In spite of being discredited over and over again it keeps on sparking back into life. Why? That is the question Eschenbach seeks to answer.

28 May 2011
Drowned in India

At www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_a-civilisation-as-old-as-indus-valley_154... ... is a rather garbled report of the discovery of what looks like a wall that is submerged off the coast of India. It has been calculated, via sea level change, to date as old as 6000BC - is the claim. It implies this was the last point in which global sea levels rose dramatically. However, the author speaks as if it is contemporary with the Indus Valley civilisation (which flourished after 3000BC).

28 May 2011
Music by Lightning

This story is at www.physorg.com/news/2011-05-tesla-lady-gaga.html ... and the artificial production of lightning via Tesla coils - on stage. The Open Spark project produces music out of lightning - available on video.

27 May 2011
Olivine falling as rain

At www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2011-161&cid=release_2011-161 ... tiny crystals of a green mineral called olivine are falling down like rain on a star observed by NASAs Spitzer Space Telescope. Astronomers aren't sure how such crystals got to be where they are - but jets of gas are projected as a likely culprit.

27 May 2011
Games people Play

The Los Angeles Times in 1979 quoted two scientists ( a professor of engineering and a research scientist in geochemistry) that had taken an interest in past, present, and future climate trends. They predicted, in one of those eerie prophecies, that 1980-2000 would be much warmer than 1950-1980 - but this would be followed by cooling. This is exactly what has happened - so far. They used past proxy climate data, such as ice cores and tree rings, to reach their conclusion. This is just like alarmist AGW climate scientists that claim to use similar data.

25 May 2011
Mounds ... on flood plains

Len Saunders, SIS member and contributor (see www.stonehenge-info.org ) thought Silbury Hill was constructed in response to heavy rainfall and abnormal flooding of the Kennet Valley, a view that is repeated in an article at www.examiner.com/architecture-design-in-national/were-mounds-originally-... but in this instance, on the other side of the pond. Flooding on the Mississippie flood plain is in the news at the moment, some levies being deliberately dismantiled to avoid the drowning of big urban centres such as New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

25 May 2011
BBC ... Lost Cities of Egypt (and other things)

On Monday 30th May, 8.30-10.00pm BBC One will show 'Egypt's Lost Cities' ... archaeologist Sarah Parak says that just a few per cent of the remains of ancient Egypt are known - a lot of remains to be discovered. She has enlisted the help of satellite imaging with infra-red cameras tp see beneath the sand. This, she claims, has revealed the outlines of what she thinks are lost pyramids, temples and lost cities.

24 May 2011
AGW claim of no MWP in the southern hemisphere is debunked ... again

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/05/23/study-on-paleo-rainfall-records-cl... ... this post is based on a paper published last week in PNAS on research in South America and appears to show, and indeed it does show quite transparently that warmth in the northern hemisphere coincides remarkably well with lower precipitation in the Peruvian Andes. A sediment core taken from a lake displays evidence of big swings in rainfall levels.

24 May 2011
The biosphere ... beginnings

At www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110518121227.htm 'Young Graphite in Old Rocks challenges the Earliest signs of Life' ... (the same story can be found at www.geology.com May 24th) and it seems that carbon found within ancient rocks has played a leading role in the development of a time-line for the emergence of biological life on earth. The rocks have been dated millions and even billions of years in the past - but now it has been found graphite (a carbon) dates somewhat younger, even very much younger, in what are some of the oldest rocks on earth in NE Canada.