entrails of a sheep, or the flight of birds. While I enjoy the potential reference to the classical world, to seek a statement of confrontation or reply in this post won't be fruitful. The information came on the television as a little filler, and I happened to be watching. I was interested in it, and posted it for general enjoyment. As to James' post, one could likely find a news story about the contamination of the Japanese fishing boat, and find further info that way, but I certainly didn't make it up, and judging by the films accompanying the narration it wasn't any great secret. It does remind me of the situation at the time of the first nuclear explosion at Alamagordo New Mexico, where one of the scientists thought there was a possibility that the explosion might set the atmosphere of the world on fire (but let's try it anyway!!!??).
"Accepted science" is a popular term, not a scientific one. Effectively, all science is up for grabs all the time, and its acceptance rests on the ability of the "theory" to explain what we see both in the present world, and in the the fossil record, or in the behaviour of atoms in the various accelerators they use for research, or how chemical reactions work.
You're right about Piltdown Man, and thank you for the information regarding its influence on the Scopes trial. I did not know that, but it makes sense that it might have had an impact since it was a heavily publicized "discovery" about 15 years before.
I'll try Googling that nuclear test, and see if I can nail down some references.