Kerr Watch

Number of days writer Richard Kerr has failed to inform his Science readers of the confirmation of nanodiamonds at the YDB: 3 years, 8 months, and 24 days

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Smoke Linked to Gun: Napier upheld by Nesvorný and Jenniskens on Zodiacal Cloud and short-period Comets

Richard Kerr, the oldest rat in the barn over at Tusk competitor Science Magazine, has written a disturbingly matter-of-fact piece reporting the myth busting work of David Nesvorný and Peter Jenniskens (hereafter N&J) on the source of Interplanetary Dust and the Zodiacal Cloud. N&J are the same fellows who last month deduced massive ancient meteoritic [...]

Napier invokes Whipple: Challenges NASA's Morrison

[Whipple Obit]

In an independent defense of  David Morrison’s ham-handed screed in the (giggle) Skeptical Inquirer challenging the science of the YDB event, respected British astronomer Bill Napier invokes some greats of the past — in particular, Fred Whipple of Harvard, the grandfather of American comet science — in support of his central claim that [...]

Royal Astronomical Society touts new Napier paper

Napier paper: Palaeolithic extinctions and the Taurid Complex

When the story books are re-written, the increasing — but uncoordinated — coherence between the Brit Neo-Catastrophists and the American YDB team will make interesting study for students of science history.   These two groups have no overlap but the facts are [...]

Rare Bill Napier Essay: Giant Comets -- Messengers of Life and Death

GIANT COMETS — MESSENGERS OF LIFE AND DEATH William P. Napier (Appeared in an anthology: “God, the universe and men – Why do we exist?” (ed. Wabbel, T.D.), Patmos, Dusseldorf, 2003 (original in German). A Neolithic comet Comets are jokers in the celestial pack. They irrupt, usually without forewarning, into the orderly progression of [...]