Correction: Ocean heat Buildup


On the 31st October a paper was published in Nature that laid out the evidence for Earth’s oceans soaking up about 60% more heat that had been previously estimated. On 2nd Nov I wrote a posting that highlighted it. Since then there has been an update on all of this. Mathematician Nic Lewis, who is … Read more

Are some people born religious?

born religious or not

There has been some previous research that suggested that people who hold strong religious beliefs are more intuitive and less analytical, and when they think more analytically their religious beliefs decrease. This opens up an interesting question – are they born that way, or do they simply inherit this modality? It is a rather fundamental Nurture … Read more

Oldest galaxy is lone ranger

The most distant galaxy ever detected has been found .. how old? 13.2 billion light years … <insert stunned silence here> …Yikes!! … that’s close to the start of the universe … now that is truly fascinating. And here it is … Spotted in the Hubble Ultra Deep Field infrared image. The finding “pushes the … Read more

Peer review: Trial by Twitter

Interesting article in nature a couple of days ago … first the core of the article, then some additional thoughts from me .. Blogs and tweets are ripping papers apart within days of publication, leaving researchers unsure how to react. “Scientists discover keys to long life,” proclaimed The Wall Street Journal headline on 1 July … Read more