Kerr Watch

Elapsed time since Richard Kerr failed to inform his Science readers of the confirmation of nanodiamonds at the YDB: 6 years, 3 months, and 8 days

#YDB impact confirmed again: Volcanos and Asteroids and Mammoths — Oh My!

My dear Kepler, I wish that we might laugh at the remarkable stupidity of the common herd. What do you have to say about the principal philosophers of this academy who are filled with the stubbornness of an asp and do not want to look at either the planets, the moon or the telescope, […]

Another informative blog!?!

I came across a well-researched and informative blog today summing up the recent findings and YDB science to date. I was so impressed by Abby Tabor’s post at Science Works Now, “New Evidence for Climate-Changing Cosmic Impact,” I have added a permanent link to her on the side-bar.

Tabor it seems was driven — shudder […]

Dutch Diamonds Demand Extraordinary Explanations

The Aalsterhut / Hut van Mie Pils

The recent paper from van Hoesel et al., Nanodiamonds and wildfire evidence in the Usselo Horizon postdate the Allerød-Younger Dryas Boundary, confirming nanodiamonds in the Dutch Younger Dryas Boundary (YDB), or Usselo Horizon, establishes a cynical new low for the intellectual integrity of […]

Trust but Verify: Independent confirmations of the Younger Dryas Impact Boundary

Skeptics of the YDIB hypothesis frequently state that “no one can reproduce the YDIB results” (Kerr, 2010); “nobody has found anything” (Kerr, 2010); there is a “lack of reproducibility of data” (Holliday, 2011); and “unique peaks in concentrations at the YD onset have yet to be reproduced” Pinter (2011). These casual dismissals […]

[Update] Swiss Kiss: Nanodiamonds and Iridium independently confirmed at Bern INQUA session on Younger Dryas climate crash

The titles for the talks and posters at the upcoming INQUA session, The Enigmatic Younger Dryas, have been posted for some time. Typical of scientific conferences, the narrative abstract revealing the findings (or musings) of the presenter is posted later, a few weeks before the conference. The abstracts for the conference have […]

Skeptic Press Release: Daulton, Pinter and Scott publish finding NO diamonds in Younger Dryas Boundary layer

Impact hypothesis loses its sparkle Shock-synthesized diamonds said to prove a catastrophic impact killed off North American megafauna can’t be found

Link to Press Release from the Washington University in St. Louis

About 12,900 years ago, a sudden cold snap interrupted the gradual warming that had followed the last Ice Age. The cold lasted for […]

Tusk Exclusive: Bunch makes brief comments on Daulton paper

Ted Bunch

From an email from Bunch to Leroy Ellenberger:

Dear Leroy – not to worry, Dalton is a competent scientist and did what he could do with the materials given to him. The problem lies with Scott and Pinter.

Some brief reasons why the Dalton et al paper is […]

Journal of Glaciology: Discovery of nanodiamond rich layer in the Greenland ice sheet

discovery of nanodiamond rich layer in the greenland ice sheet


Tusk drops all pretense of objectivity, joins YD team for Laramie rodeo

Poster for AMQUA in Laramie, Wyoming, August 12-15, 2010. See here for program.

NatGeo gets it wrong on Carbon Spherules and Nanodiamonds

Don’t get me wrong from the headline. I love National Geographic. I have received an issue every month of my entire life. But the reporter here, John Roach, made a critical mistake in his otherwise largely accurate report regarding Scott and Pinter’s work.

Here is what he says:

What’s […]

Breaking: Dirt balls -- not diamonds?

(Press Release, Royal Holloway, University of London) — A team of scientists – led by Professor Andrew C Scott of the Department of Earth Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London – have revealed that neither comet nor catastrophe were the cause for abrupt climate change […]