Environment

Happy Christmas

I was going to do something for a Christmas post, but find I can’t do much better than this image (which is via TPP via BA) and (lightly edited) TPP’s words: Think about how many stars are in such a galaxy. Then think about all those other little lights in the background that are also…

Scientists have now determined the complete mitochondrial genome sequence of Aoluguya reindeer (Rangifer tarandus). I wonder if the sequence will hold any more clues as to why Rudolph’s nose is so red and bright. Although according to this prior blog entry perhaps it was the other 8 reindeer who were different… Source: Ju Y, Liu H, Rong M,…

2014 Blog Year In Review

This is a brief year in review, for 2014, of stuff that happened here on this blog. I know, a few more things could happen before the end of the year, but probably not. Things get pretty slow around the holiday season. January Remember the Namibian Black Rhino for which a hunting permit was auctioned…

I’ve been reading History of programming languages—II which is a book of a 1993 conference. There’s lots of interesting stuff, if you like that kind of thing, but I’m particularly struck by the section on Ada. There’s fun like the distinction between general-purpose and “embedded” computing, which is always somewhat hard to define: In the…

With what may be the warmest year in centuries about to close, I thought it would be fun to have a graphic comparing the march of global average temperature over several years about a century ago with the present state of affairs. This graphic is based on NASA’s data, using John Abraham’s estimate for the…

Every now and again its nice to be reminded that the Dork Side really are a bunch of swivel-eyed loons. So I’m thankful, so to speak, to Eli (and, now I look, Sou) for pointing me at Settled science? The IPCC’s premature consensus is demonstrated by the Orbiting Carbon Observatory. I didn’t bother read the…

Environmental stewardship policies are hip, work environment policies get a shrug

Why is it that so many companies boast about their “green” practices to protect the environment, while allowing (or creating) hazards in their employees’ work environment?

Can you hear me now?

New research shows that pearlfish (Onuxodon fowleri) not only reside in black-lip pearl oyster shells, they also use the shells to amplify sounds created by vibrating their swimbladders. According to lead study author Dr. Loic Kéver, “amplification probably improves the efficiency of communication by increasing the propagation distance of the sounds.” Following high resolution CT scans,…

Enough! That’s Peter Doran’s opinion on the “debate” about a scientific consensus on climate change. There clearly is one — a strong one. So why do the public and the politicians think otherwise? Why the big disconnect between what the vast majority of scientists know to be fact, and what the public thinks. Dr. Doran…

The Republican’s Greatest Hoax?

My friend Paul was on the Ed Show. A few classic lines: