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As an experiment, I thought I’d try posting some science instead of nonsense or mountains. From Nurture (Peter van der Sleen et al., Nature Geoscience 8, 24–28 (2015) doi:10.1038/ngeo2313): The biomass of undisturbed tropical forests has likely increased in the past few decades1, 2, probably as a result of accelerated tree growth. Higher CO2 levels…

Ruderhofspitze: fail

Prev: September 9th: Dresdener to Neue Regensburger Next: September 10th: Neue Regensburger to Franz Senn Another in the line of mountain climbing posts; I need to get them all out before next year. This one contains few decent photos because I failed due at least in part due to cloud; but its still quite instructive…

Where are they now?

I wander thro’ each charter’d street, Near where the charter’d Thames does flow. And mark in every face I meet Marks of weakness, marks of woe. In every cry of every Man, In every Infants cry of fear, In every voice: in every ban, The mind-forg’d manacles I hear Over the year a number of…

Aunty has a story about how Nato has formally ended its 13-year combat mission in Afghanistan. I got to watch it on TV, and noticed that the ceremony looked odd – like it was being held in a gym. And indeed the Beeb article sez Sunday’s ceremony was low-key – held inside a gymnasium at…

Tee hee

VV has the main story but this little pic tells the tale… …that “Stoat” is in bigger letters than just about anyone else other than RealClimate (well, duh) and ATTP (gnashes teeth). Actually, that’s not the story. The funny bit is the “yellow ghetto” featuring the anti-science folks: WUWT, BH, and Climate Etc, tee hee.…

The year in stoats: 2014

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…

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…

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…

Foundation and Empire, part II

Following up on my brilliantly prescient Foundation and Empire from April, the current economic situation in Russia is worth commenting on. The Russian rouble [is] in free-fall despite [a] shock 17% rate rise says Auntie (and she really does, doesn’t she, which is silly: rates rose to 17%, not by 17%), and Timmy has some…