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9 Sep 2011
The Grail and the Moon

Gary Gilligan sent in this link to a story about NASAs Grail mission which is set to blast off in an attempt to unravel some of the mysteries of the Moon (see http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2011/07sep_twomoons/ - and one such mystery concerns a paper in Nature that claimed there was once two moons orbiting the earth. The small of the two struck the bigger one and created the bumps and humps on the far side of the Moon.

8 Sep 2011
Antarctica in the News

There is a fun post at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/09/07/frozen-global-warming-research/ a post by Willis Eschenbach, in a dry style. It seems that because of faith in AGW the Americans did away with their ice breaker fleet some years ago. At some later point they found they needed an ice breaker in order to bring in supplies for their team of scientists studying the effects of co2 on the Antarctic ice sheet and hired one from Sweden - and this has been the situation for the last few years.

8 Sep 2011
Aliens

At www.physorg.com/print234443910.html ... as a result of the expanding universe, or the belief in an accelerating expansion of the universe, cosmologists have come up with a timetable for the creation of life forms and conclude it is unlikely that intelligent life could have evolved anywhere in the universe prior than the present, basically the last few billion years (source Universe Today). 

8 Sep 2011
Climate models - how they might differ

In a comment at www.drroyspencer.com/2011/09/a-primer-on-our-claim-that-clouds-cause-tem... ... Richard Courtney outlines some research on climate models he did ten years ago and some follow-up papers by others, since then. He says none of the models (the IPCC tracks 20 of them) could match mean global average temperatures in teh 20th century if they did not make use of an assumption, namely that cooling is caused by aerosols in the atmosphere. Hence, all the models input a cooling effect on past temperatures - which they might describe as a mysterious impact from clouds.

7 Sep 2011
Climate ... frantic seesaw

At http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/09/05/cet-vs-meto-a-problem-with-tempera... is a bit of a cheeky pieces that asks why the Met Office temperatures for the peripheries of Britain are somewhat warmer than the central region of the country. The Central England Temperature series shows cooler temperatures than the Met Office data which may indicate its super computer has an inbuilt AGW bias. It is amazing this has not been rectified as they have repeatedly been criticised for using a data series that is not up to scratch.

4 Sep 2011
Climate update first week in September

At http://thegwpf.org/the-observatory/3779-henrik-svensmark-the-cosmic-rayc... ... Henrik Svensmark, co-author of The Chilling Stars, answers some questions posed to him by GWPF. It seems that solar flares send out plasma clouds that shield the earth and cause the cosmic ray influx to go down - within half a day. This affects cloud formation.

4 Sep 2011
More on early humans

At http://in.news.yahoo.com/study-suggests-earliest-humans-were-not-very-di... there is a report on a study from an American university by archaeologist John Shea which claims early humans were variants of Homo sapiens rather than different species. The evidence in the ground shows a wide variability in human tool making strategies from the earliest times onwards. He argues there is no such things as modern humans, as such, just different kinds of behaviour.

4 Sep 2011
Spherules

At http://meetings.aps.org/Meeting/APR05/Event/29058 there is a short abstract by CJ Ransom and Wal Thornhill that claimed z-pinch simulations in the laboratory actually produced spherules (in an experiment). The idea was to reproduce a plasma discharge in order to create spherules, which duly happened, that were nearly identical in appearance to those found on Mars, the so called blueberries (Bulletin of the American Physical Society, the 2005 APS Spring Meeting).

3 Sep 2011
Pleistocene mammals

At www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id//333948/description/Woolly_rhinos_ca... ... is a report on a paper published in Science (Sept 2nd) and is all about the discovery of a new cache of mammal fossils - this time found in the foothills of the Himalayas, on the high Tibetan plateau. The bones date back nearly 4 million years ago - preceding the so called Ice Ages. Concentrating on the rhinoceros it was found they had some features in common with the woolly rhinoceros of the Ice Ages.

2 Sep 2011
Ham Hill

The Guardian (see www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/sep/01/iron-age-hill-fort-excavation/ ) has a report on excavations at the large Iron Age hill fort of Ham Hill in Somerset - some 80 hectares in size. It was conquered by the Romans in AD45, by the 2nd Legion under the command of Vespasin (later to become emperor). However, it was already a town, it would seem, with streets lined with houses (round houses of the Iron Age variety). A town implies roads - so how many Roman roads were actually built on the line of pre-existing routes?