Wednesday, September 29, 2010

...Greater uncertainty about future temperature increases TPS

TPS=than previously suggested
Link to the article.

FTA: Britain’s leading scientific institution has been forced to rewrite its guide to climate change and admit that there is greater uncertainty about future temperature increases than it had previously suggested.

The Royal Society is publishing a new document today after a rebellion by more than 40 of its fellows who questioned mankind’s contribution to rising temperatures.
Professor Anthony Kelly and Sir Alan Rudge are members of the academic advisory council of the Global Warming Policy Foundation. They were among 43 fellows who signed a petition sent to Lord Rees, the society’s president, asking for its statement on climate change to be rewritten to take more account of questions raised by sceptics.

Not yet on the Royal society website but confirmed in this link to the BBC.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fewer Extinctions TPT

Back from the dead: One third of 'extinct' animals turn up again

'Conservationists are overestimating the number of species that have been driven to extinction, scientists have said.

A study has found that a third of all mammal species declared extinct in the past few centuries have turned up alive and well....'

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Cancer Stem Cells more complex TPT

Link to story

Not likley. Whoever thought this would be simple, wasn't thinking very far ahead.

Phantom limbs more common TPT

Link to news release:

Milan, Italy, 24 September 2010 – After the loss of a limb, most patients experience the feeling of a phantom limb – the vivid illusion that the amputated arm or leg is still present. Damage to the nervous system, such as stroke, may cause similar illusions in weakened limbs, whereby an arm or leg may feel as if it is in a completely different position or may even feel as if it is moving when it is not. Cases of phantom limbs in non-amputees have previously been considered rare events, but a new study published in the October 2010 issue of Elsevier's Cortex ( reports that more than half of patients recovering from stroke may in fact experience phantom limb sensations.

Neanderthals More Advanced TPT

Link to the story:

The findings by anthropologist Julien Riel-Salvatore challenge a half-century of conventional wisdom maintaining that Neanderthals were thick-skulled, primitive `cavemen' ...

"Basically, I am rehabilitating Neanderthals," said Riel-Salvatore, assistant professor of anthropology at UC Denver. "They were far more resourceful than we have given them credit for."

His research, to be published in December's Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, ...

"It is likely that Neanderthals were absorbed by modern humans," he said. "My research suggests that they were a different kind of human, but humans nonetheless. We are more brothers than distant cousins."

Friday, September 24, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Population of Asia's rarest waterbird 30% higher TPT

Here is the link.

FTA: A record-breaking 429 White-shouldered Ibis (Pseudibis davisoni) were recorded in a new survey in Cambodia, dramatically expanding the known global population of the critically endangered bird species

Monday, September 13, 2010

Average Life Expectancy worse TWT

Imagine when you use data collected for one purpose to calculate results and make conclusions for an entirely different purpose. Original article.

FTA: [In Japan] More than 77,000 people aged 120 or over – 884 aged 150 or higher – are listed on government records as still alive.

As blogged at Watt's Up with That:
1,000′s of Japans Centenarians Died Decades Ago, Average Life Expectancy “worse than we thought”…

This happens when people in charge are spending 'other peoples money'.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Challenge of Feeding 9 billion in 2050 [different TPT]

Brazillian Agriculture.

FTA: ” If we see anything like what happened in Brazil itself, feeding the world in 2050 will not look like the uphill struggle it appears to be now.

The increase in Brazil’s farm production has been stunning....

Brazil increased its beef exports tenfold in a decade [1996-2006], overtaking Australia as the world’s largest exporter.

...Moreover, Brazil supplies a quarter of the world’s soyabean trade on just 6% of the country’s arable land....