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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 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 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 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 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.

5 Oct 2011
Gravitational Waves

For the story in brief go to (however, October 5th also has the story in lighter format). The research was done at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University and was published by Nature. It involves the detection of gravitational waves by the electromagnetic light signal - or a brief flare. 

1 Oct 2011
Mars, Mercury and NEOs

The Messenger spacecraft orbiting Mercury has provided a raft of information - see - from flood volcanism,  crater like depressions, measurements of chemical composition, and lastly, observations of its magnetic field. A series of papers based on Messenger data have been published in Science, Sept 30th 2011.

1 Oct 2011
Are you ready for Las Vegas - in January 2012

On January 6-8th the Thunderbolts team are going to put on another conference on the Electirc Universe - in Las Vegas. Combine a holiday in the US with a weekend of serious business as they claim they are assembling a best yet collection of speakers.

1 Oct 2011
How is AGW shaping up in September going on for October?

Well, the media are taking full advantage of current mini heat-wave conditions in the UK - all four days of it. They are implying that records are going to be broken - and as we enter day one of October they have been smashed. Meanwhile, over at Weather Action Piers Corbyn is saying a solar storm will bring lots of rain - which may spoil some of the media excitement. This is now happening - in the northern half of the UK. Piers Corbyn is also forecasting further storms and heavy rain later on in October.

29 Sep 2011
A lushly Green Land

Greenland was once a tropical country - near the equator - or was it? Scientists from the Smithsonian have the evidence from rocks they have collected (see ). During the Cretaceous era Greenland was covered in a tropical rainforest and the same situation has been noted in NE America and Spitzbergen.