Month: April 2010

Guest Blog: Rodney Chilton author of 'Sudden Cold: An Examination of the Younger Dryas Cold Reversal'

Rod Chilton, author of the most recent (and perhaps only) comprehensive review of Younger Dryas science, was kind to contribute this fine critique of David Morrison’s recent paper in Skeptical Enquirer. I am reading Rod’s excellent book and look forward to reviewing it soon: The debate continues as to the cause of the more than […]

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Adults in Charge?: NASA #2 Lori Garver published Neo-Catastrophist!

The frequency of impacts of objects of various sizes is known only to limited precisions. In particular, objects up to several meters in diameter explode in the atmosphere without reaching the surface. Although the energy released in these explosions may be many times greater than that released by the Hiroshima bomb, they most frequently occur […]

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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 airburts in Antarctica […]

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Creepy notes: E.P. Grondine fingers Obama Asteroid Mission as reaction to comet Schwassmann Wachmann's next pass

I’ve asked Ed Grondine to put some more some flesh on these bones, but he recently sent me some notes with background on the lead up to Obama’s bold asteroid mission. One can devine his drift — but the Tusk needs more…. BTW, Ed’s “Dead Car Book Special” is still underway, I recommend his Man and Impact […]

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Wisconsin fireball causes....fires?

Bob Kobres is a good friend and a peer when it comes to finding intellectually provocative information about strange things from space and posting or reposting the info and speculation regarding it on the Internet.  In addition, Bob has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things bolide.  Gene Shoemaker among others has appreciated Bob’s contributions to the […]

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Obama whipsaws nation from Moon to Asteroid: Is he WISEing up?

You’ve got to wonder sometimes what could be going on behind the scenes.  Could it be that the early results of the WISE mission and other disturbing government science projects are encouraging the bold (but not entirely unexpected) move of the White House to ditch the return to Moon in order to land on an […]

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Oldie but Goodie: The 2350 BC Middle East Anomaly Evidenced By Micro-debris Fallout, Surface Combustion And Soil Explosion

Abstract of talk by Marie-Agnès Courty CNRS-CM. Lab. de Science des Sols et Hydrologic, INA P-G, 78850 Grignon, France. email: fedoroff[at]diamant.jouy.inra.dr Presented at the SIS Conference: Natural Catastrophes during Bronze Age Civilisations (11th-13th July 1997) Further investigations allow to re-examine the nature, age, causes and effects of the third millennium catastrophe identified from our earlier […]

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Dutch spurns geology and challenges Firestone on his home turf -- Isotopic Chemistry

Steve Dutch, a geologist and avocational skeptic, has gone from criticism of the Great Lakes as impacts craters (not a central claim of the YDB team, in any case) to taking on Rick Firestone and others in Isotopic Chemistry. The interdisciplinary nature of this debate is fun and healthy, but if were Dutch, I would […]

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Heinrich and Dutch to Firestone: Hang it up on Great Lakes crater speculation

Dear Friends, Dr. Firestone wrote: “The other argument against the YD impact is that there is no crater near the Great Lakes. That is not necessarily true. The second deepest terrestrial place on earth is the Lake Superior basin and the basins of three other Great Lakes are deeper than Death Valley despite lying in the flat Midwest […]

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Tusk bullish on old Taurid Comet papers

Articles pertaining to the Taurid Complex: Title: Meteor observations in Japan: new implications for a Taurid meteoroid swarm Authors: ASHER, D. J.; IZUMI, K. Affiliation: AA(Communications Research Laboratory, 893-1, Hirai, Kashima-shi, Ibaraki-ken 314-0012, Japan), AB(Nippon Meteor Society, 812-8 Namiki-machi, Shibukawa-shi, Gunma-ken 377-0033, Japan) Journal: Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 297, Issue 1, pp. 23-27. (Journal Homepage) […]

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Crater Hunter blog turns it up a notch

The Tusk recommends the blog Crater Hunter: A Catastrophe of Comets as another stop to study strange claims and the science that supports them.  I think it is authored by Dennis Cox(?), but regardless, the author is clearly a brave and dedicated soul — and the writing ain’t half bad. The more I learn about “ […]

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Whipple Watch

Days since NASA’s David Morrison and his “colleagues who do dynamics” have failed to answer Bill Napier’s simple query: 13 or so

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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 […]

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Napier telegraphs from Old Country: Eats lunch of NASA's Morrison, USA

  TEXT OF BILL NAPIER’S REPLY to the [Morrison paper in Skeptical Inquirer] forwarded by Leroy Ellenberger: “It is too late to add anything on Napier’s paper. My colleagues who do dynamics are unimpressed with this work, however, and they consider it to be almost as unreasonable as the original Firestone et al. impact hypothesis.” David […]

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Citizen Catastrophist Burchard apologizes to NASA official Morrison

From: [email protected] To: [email protected] Sent: 4/6/2010 7:33:33 P.M. US Mountain Standard Time Subj: Re: No YDR? An Apology to Dave Morrison Dear David, Sorry to have used words that you find offensive and to which you object understandably.  You have my sincere apology for having overstated things. My choice of words betrayed my own inner […]

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Morrison of NASA disputes Younger Dryas Impact Team -- touts Tusk despite obscurity

Unfortunately, the overcrowded session ran late, and there was no time for discussion or questions. Even when their conclusions were challenged, most of the scientists in the audience chose not to respond. The result was a lost opportunity for real debate. Perhaps not surprisingly, the AGU session received very little press attention. Indeed, following the AGU and GSA meetings, the YD impact hypothesis seems to […]

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Shrill and Hysterical: NASA official seeks personal apology from citizen Catastrophist

When I worked in politics, we won a primary — and knew we would beforehand — when the opponent became, as was noted in the newspaper, “Shrill and Hysterical.”  To us, that meant we were doing something right because the opponent was losing her grip as the evidence of the pending loss mounted. We see […]

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Astronomical model for YDB event gets big Britain, Canada and France!

Bill Napier’s profound paper  is big news everywhere but stateside.  This continues a long tradition of intermittent and fickle coverage  of the YDB science by the beleaguered U.S. Science press. A selection of articles: Massive comet shower may have caused cool-down era, Vancouver Sun Did comet smashup unleash Earth’s mini Ice Age?  AFP – Paris

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