Month: December 2010

Vindication: Critic finds Nanodiamonds in Younger Dryas Boundary Claeys

Unbelievable.  Out of nowhere de-facto capitulation.  Phil Claeys, a co-author of the new paper Scribd below, is a persistent and rather snarky critic of the Younger Dryas Boundary theory, see here: Supposed chemical evidence has withered under scrutiny, says impact geochemist Philippe Claeys of the Free University of Brussels. Claeys and colleagues probed YDB samples—both his […]

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Reader Spotlight: Terry Egolf

Reader Terry Egolf has left some interesting and well composed comments on the Tusk lately.  As I say on my “About George” page, I am not a creationist and hardly a student of the good book.  My church in Raleigh is an overwhelmingly social affair that I find spiritually satisfying nonetheless. That said, the Tusk […]

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Pic of the Day: Davias and Perigee Zero stun planet with Carolina Bay image

SEE CORRECTION Update#1:  Larger image now linked to small above;) Mike Davias brought some attention today to one of the Tusk’s favorite subjects: Carolina Bays. His wonderful LIDAR image of the bays — above and first revealed here on the Tusk — was selected as today’s Goddard Space Flight Center Earth Science Picture of the Day. […]

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Brazoria Women: Victim of the Younger Dryas Event?

Report on Brazoria Women 12000 Bc Texas Skeleton

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Heart of the Carolina Bays

Here is a cool LIDAR image of the Carolina Bays in the vicinity of Maxton, N.C. from Michael Davias. Note he highlights a special one that is hard to explain — from any perspective. Michael also has a new Google Earth file I’ll post soon. I haven’t seen the file yet, as my laptop is down […]

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Book: A Chapter in the History of Meteorites

I love out-of-print natural history books.  The observations of the old-timers seem more open-minded and more insightful than modern texts.  Here is a good one: A Chapter in the History of Meteorites

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Unclassified: Dr. Edward Teller and the anomalous nature of Green Fireballs

Dr. Edward Teller REPOSTED FROM: [ – Blacked Out – ] UNCLASSIFIED CONFERENCE ON AERIAL PHENOMENA Held at 1300, 16 February 1949, in conference room P-162, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico. Present: 4th Army: Major Winn Major Godsoe Captain Neef AFSWP: Commander Mandelkorn University of New Mexico: Dr. LaPaz FBI: Mr. […]

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The Rupununi event

  The Rupununi event I now move on to the suspected explosion over British Guyana in 1935. The main source for information on this event is a story entitled Tornado or Meteor Crash? in the magazine The Sky (the forerunner of Sky and Telescope) of September 1939(5). A report from Serge A. Korff of the […]

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Mini Tunguska: The Rio Curuca Impact, Brazil, 1930

The Day the Earth Trembled by John McFarland reposted from the Armagh Observatory here. When the sun began to rise on the morning of 13 August 1930 like any other morning, little did the inhabitants along the banks of the River Curuçá in the Brazilian Amazonas region, near the Peruvian frontier, realise what was about […]

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Fireballs from Heaven: To be or not to be?

Assuming a thermal breakup for 73P, Wiegert and colleagues have calculated the most likely trajectory of its dust cloud. Their results: dust should reach Earth in 2022, “producing a minor meteor shower–nothing spectacular. However,” he adds, “the ongoing splitting of the comet means new meteoroids are being sent in new directions, so a future strong […]

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Kobres: The Case of Carbonaceous Catastrophes

From: Holmes; Are you carbonizing onions or smoking rope in that calabash again? BY GEORGE WATSON LOOK AT THIS! GREAT BALLS OF FIRE! Neutrons out of something the size of a football from a sustainable D to D fusion. Seems it was thought up years ago by old Farnsworth, the fellow who invented television, […]

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Walt Whitman, Gustav Hahn, and the Great Fireball Train of 1913

[BLOCK QUOTES NOT WORKING, FOLKS, OFF SITE MATERIAL BELOW] From The Star at: An obscure painting by the Canadian artist Gustav Hahn (1866-1962) has played a crucial role in unravelling a literary mystery. It’s a story that blends art, poetry, science and history, and involves not only Hahn but also a great American painter […]

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The Paper: Green Fireballs and Ball Lightning

The paper was kindly provided by the author, Dr. Stephen Hughes, and his university website here: Green Fireballs and Ball Lightening

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BBC: Ball lightning 'may explain UFOs'

Ball lightning ‘may explain UFOs’ By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News Some UFO sightings could be explained by ball lightning and other atmospheric phenomena, claims Australian astrophysicist Stephen Hughes. The scientist has made a detailed study of an unusual event in 2006 when large meteors were observed over Brisbane. Their appearance occurred at the […]

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Fireball spewing Comet Schwassman-Wachmann returning in 2011

The revelation that Schwassmann-Wachmann (hereafter SW3) left a cosmic calling card during it’s last pass is significant.  The comet returns every 5.4 years.  The next pass should be around November 2011. Some time around then we could expect another cometary shower.  The intensity of the encounter would seem to be a function of the degree of fragmentation […]

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Australian Comet to Fireball paper here

A diagram of the ‘northern’ fireball drawn by graphic designer, David Sawell of Burpengary(about 7 km south of Caboolture) who saw the fireball travelling in a northwest direction. The characterof this fireball seems to be different from the western and southern fireballs. Green Fireballs and Ball Lightning Click here for full paper and other info Hughes, Stephen […]

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Comet Schwassmann–Wachmann spawned Australian Fireballs in 2006

Green fireballs that streaked across the sky and rolled down an Australian mountainside four years ago, spurring reports of UFOs in the area, might have been meteors and ball lightning, a researcher suggests. At least three traffic-light green fireballs brighter than the moon but not as bright as the sun blazed over northeast Australia on […]

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