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Saturday, 23 October 2010

Video: Surfing on Supersonic Shock Waves at 3000MPH 23CT2010

Video: Surfing on Supersonic Shock Waves at 3000MPH

Saturday, October 23, 2010 11:51 AM
How to Surf a Supersonic Shock Wave
MIT Technology Review, ‎Oct. 19, 2010‎

Video: Surfing on Supersonic Shock Waves at 3000MPH
Popular Science, by Clay Dillow, Oct. 19, 2010

The Video is at:

Parziale, N. J., S. J. Laurence, R Deiterding, H. G. Hornung, and
J. E. Shepherd, 2010, Experimental Investigation of Shock Wave
Surfing. arXiv:1010.3248v2 [physics.flu-dyn]


Paul H.

Mysterious Rock Is a Meteorwrong (Tom River, New Jersey) 23OCT2010

Mysterious Rock Is a Meteorwrong (Tom River, New Jersey)

Saturday, October 23, 2010 11:58 AM
Toms River man learns mysterious rock that landed in his yard
is not a meteorite. Asbury Park Press, Jersey Shore, Oct. 6, 2010

"Toms River, New Jersey — The mysterious rock that almost
conked township resident Salvadore D'Addario on the head
a year ago is still that: a mystery."

" most definitely is not a meteorite."


Paul H. 

Meteorite hunters go far afield - Jacksonville, Illinois 23OCT2010

Meteorite hunters go far afield - Jacksonville, Illinois

Saturday, October 23, 2010 12:04 PM
Meteorite hunters go far afield, Jacksonville
Journal-Courier by Jake Russell, Sept 26, 2010

Scientist confirms meteorite fall north of Jacksonville,
, by David C. Blauer, Journal-Courier



Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Double-Blind Experiments Testing Dowsing 20OCT2010

Double-Blind Experiments Testing Dowsing

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 10:42 PM
In "You Naysaying Denialists Are All Wrong, Dowsing Works!"
for the meteorite list, JoshuaTreeMuseum wrote:

"Speaking of experimental scientific method, I would
like to propose a simple, reproducible experiment
that can be performed by any genius, near-genius,
idiot or near-idiot.",

Actually double-blind experiments testing the effectiveness
of dowsing have been conducted and published. They include:

Banks, G., D. Gill, and V. Ezerins, 2005, Test Report: The
Detection Capability of the Sniffex Handheld Explosives
Detector. Naval EOD Technology Division, Naval Seas
Systems Command, Department of Defense, Indian
Head, Maryland.

Enright, J. T. 1995. Water dowsing: The Scheunen
experiments. Naturwissenschaften. vol. 82, no. 8, pp. 360-369.

Enright, J. T., 1999, Testing Dowsing: The Failure of the
Munich Experiments. Skeptical Inquirer. vol. 23, no. 1.

McCarney, R., F. Fisher, F. Spink, G. Flint, and R. van Haselen,
2002, Can homeopaths detect homeopathic medicines by
dowsing? A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.
Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. vol. 4, pp. 189-191.

Murray, D, 2002, Double-Blind Field Evaluation of the
MOLE Programmable Detection System. Entry Control
and Contraband Detection Department, Sandia National
Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Murray, D. W., F. W. Spencer, D. D. Spencer, 1998, Double-
Blind Evaluation of the DKL LifeGuard Model 2. Sandia
Report SAND98-0977. , Sandia National Laboratories,
Albuquerque, New Mexico.

A book that discusses dowsing in great detail is:

Vogt, E. Z., and R. Hyman, 2000. Water Witching USA., 2nd ed.,
University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 248 pp.

Related articles and papers are:

Brassington, F. C., 1998, Water divining. Encyclopedia of
Hydrology and Lakes. Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series
no. 22, pp. 690-695. Kluwer Academic Publishers, New

Carpenter, W. B., 1852, On the influence of suggestion in
modifying and directing muscular movement, independently
of volition. Proceedings of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.
vol. 1, pp. 147-153.

Carrold, R. T., 1999, Dowsing for Dollars: Fighting High-Tech
Promises with Low-Tech Critical Thinking Skills. Skeptics

Enright, J. T., 1996, Dowsers Lost in a Barn. Naturwissenschaften.
vol. 83, no. 6, pp. 275-277.

Perrine, L., 1998, 'Human presence detector' fails controlled
tests conducted by Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia
National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Randi, J. dowsing, 1995,  James Randi Educational Foundation.


Paul H.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Mass Extinction, Iridium Anomalies, and Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary in New Jersey

Mass Extinction, Iridium Anomalies, and Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary in New Jersey
Sunday, October 3, 2010 11:37 PM
by Paul
Miller, K. G., R. M. Sherrell, J. V. Browning, M.P. Field, W. Gallagher, R. K. Olsson, P. J. Sugarman, S. Tuorto, and h. Wahyudi, 2010, Relationship between mass extinction and iridium across the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary in New Jersey. Geology. vol. 38, no. 10, pp. 867-870.

Paul H.

Friday, 1 October 2010

New Paper About Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis

New Paper About Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis
Friday, October 1, 2010 3:52 AM

by Paul H.

Dear Friends,

A new paper about the Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis has been published. Associated with it are a number of comments, both pro and con, about it. The paper is:

Holliday, V. T., and D. J. Meltzer, 2010, The 12.9-ka ET
Impact Hypothesis and North American Paleoindians.
Current Anthropology. vol. 51, pp. 575–607 (Oct. 2010)

The Current Anthropology press release about the above paper can be found at:

Comments about this paper is “No Evidence For Clovis Comet Catastrophe, Archaeologists Say” by Alton Parrish at:,_Archaeologists_Say.html


Paul H.

Meteorites in Maine Web Page (Maine Geological Survey)

Meteorites in Maine Web Page (Maine Geological Survey)
Friday, October 1, 2010 12:00 PM

by Paul H.
The web page that the Maine Geological Survey has on Maine meteorites is "Meteorites in Maine: Is the sky falling???" at:
This web page states:
"Though many meteorites probably have landed in Maine, only 5 have been found and authenticated and described in the scientific literature, and portions of each are preserved in museum collections."
Nowhere in this web page is there any mention of meteorites being found by lobstermen as described in previous posts, which started with:

I am a little skeptical of such finds without seeing some documentation because last year, a person call me and another geologist to tell us that he had hauled up a 3-foot in diameter "meteorite" from the bottom of the the Gulf of Mexico off of Terrebonne Island, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana while fishing. Anyway he brought over to my office in the back of his minivan. It turned out to be a well rounded boulder of granite gneiss. I still wonder how a 3-foot in diameter nicely rounded boulder of granite gneiss ended up on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.
Best wishes,