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Friday, March 05, 2010

There They Go Again!

Reuters reports:

A giant asteroid smashing into Earth is the only plausible explanation for the extinction of the dinosaurs, a global scientific team said on Thursday, hoping to settle a row that has divided experts for decades.

A panel of 41 scientists from across the world reviewed 20 years' worth of research to try to confirm the cause of the so-called Cretaceous-Tertiary (KT) extinction, which created a "hellish environment" around 65 million years ago and wiped out more than half of all species on the planet.

Scientific opinion was split over whether the extinction was caused by an asteroid or by volcanic activity in the Deccan Traps in what is now India, where there were a series of super volcanic eruptions that lasted around 1.5 million years.

The new study, conducted by scientists from Europe, the United States, Mexico, Canada and Japan and published in the journal Science, found that a 15-kilometre (9 miles) wide asteroid slamming into Earth at Chicxulub in what is now Mexico was the culprit.

Read it here.

This is terrible! It is institutionalized "Science" at its worst.

Science is a never-ending dialogue, a discourse in which many voices and perspectives and constantly being heard. It is not an authoritative pronouncement from a blue-ribbon panel of experts that settles things once and for all. That is religion or government, not science. We saw where this kind of perversion can lead in the case of the global warming boondoggle. We should have learned a lesson from that, but apparently we haven't.

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