Archives for February 8, 2012

Even better than science!

… well, not really, but … No matter how interesting the big expensive science NASA does is, or how important the work is to understanding our planet and solar system or figuring out important problems, nothing is as cool as seeing your own house on a satellite photograph, as it were: The High Resolution Imaging…

Has Global Warming Stopped?

The following is a short version of the litany of global warming denialists’ current rhetoric: “Current pause in global warming” “lack of global warming for well over 10 years now.” “There is no credible (statistically significant) data that says global warming is occurring” “fifteen years of warming, then fifteen of cooling” “The last decades “rate…

Breatkthrough at Lake Vostok

Rumors have been in the air for days, but we now think it confirmed that Russian Scientsts have penetrated the liquid part of Antarctica’s Lake Vostok. The lake has been frozen over for something like 20 million years. Certainly there was life in it at the time. Is any of it still there? Has something…

Cannon Fired in White House!

Obama instantly reacts by hiring his new science advisor!

Melting Ice and Sea Level Rise

If all the water currently trapped in all the glaciers across the entire world melted, the sea level would rise far more than most people imagine. Almost everyone living anywhere in the world at an elevation of below about 500 feet with a direct drainage to the sea would be directly affected; The sea level…

At the moment, the Wandering Albatross of the Southern Ocean is getting a free ride; Changes in wind patterns due to Global Warming seem to enhance the efficiency of foraging of this pelagic bird. However, as Global Warming continues, this rare case of a positive benefit of anthropocentric climate change will probably reverse. Climatic hormesis,…

Chemists Can Dance

Actually, they can’t, but they’re having fun.

So What’s A Teacher to Do?

There is a guest commentary by Genie Scott at Real Climate: Imagine you’re a middle-school science teacher, and you get to the section of the course where you’re to talk about climate change. You mention the “C” words, and two students walk out of the class. Or you mention global warming and a hand shoots…

I know some of you are Piercians, and some of you are interested in Neuroscience. So, without comment I give you this abstract of a recent paper: Past experience provides a rich source of predictive information about the world that could be used to guide and optimize ongoing perception. However, the neural mechanisms that integrate…

I like the way the solar heat dives into the ocean at the last moment.