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31 October 2011

Happy Halloween!

    “Starting now, we cannot soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates by tomorrow night, so we did the next best thing. We annihilated the World before your very ears, and utterly destroyed the CBS. You will be relieved, I hope, to learn that we didn’t mean it, and both institutions are still open for business.” “So, goodnight everybody, and remember for the next few days …

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25 October 2011

Northern Lights Visible As Far South As Alabama Monday Night (Updated)

BREAKING NEWS! Saturday’s coronal mass ejection has sparked a moderate to strong geomagnetic storm and the aurora borealis is visible as far south as North Alabama tonight. Go outside and look for a red/greenish glow in the sky. The Kp index is at 7 and this indicates a major geomagnetic storm. Spaceweather.com has some pics already up on their site and more to come I suspect. The best view will …

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19 October 2011

Quantum Locking- The future is getting scary!

I spotted this on YouTube today- The quantum world is so different from what we experience everyday but it’s just as real.  Imagine the possibilities with this technology. Our descendants will live in a fantastic world if we do not destroy our home first. Just noticed Greg Laden has this on his exc. blog as well- but it deserves to be spread around the net! Joe Hansen on It’s OK …

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6 October 2011

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

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8 September 2011

John Cook at Skeptical Science Wins Eureka Prize

John Cook has won a well deserved Eureka Prize in Australia.  His website has done much to dispel the many myths about climate change that those with a political axe to grind love to spread. It is amazing how many will believe an absolutely ridiculous falsehood if repeated loudly and constantly. Skeptical Science is a one stop misinformation killer that uses real science to dispel the myths. I’ve been proud …

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5 September 2011

Out of Control Texas Wildfire from Space

  The wildfire to the SE of Austin remains out of control and has burned 300 homes according to press reports. The wildfire is also visible on GOES images as well. The weather could not be possibly any worse in this situation. A summer of the worst drought in history and now a strong cool front has brought gusty northerly winds with dewpoints in the 30’s, giving very low relative …

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Weekend Science Digest- A Symphony of Science

  Lots of science news this week caught my eye and number one on the list is the video above (thanks to “Bad Astronomer” Phil Plait) . John Boswell has his entire collection of videos online along with the music. You can download them for whatever you think is fair. These videos are IMHO a great teaching tool about what and who we are, and what science and scientific method …

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1 August 2011

Weekend Digest- Tropical Trouble, Melting Ice and Mainstream Scientists Speak Out

    This is the weekly digest of Earth science news that I said would be posted every Friday. OK, so it’s a bit late but it is still the weekend and what follows is a summary of interesting tidbits I’ve seen this week on other science blogs etc. We begin with the great 2011 drought/heat wave: Deep Fried Texans Austin, Texas is happy to wave so long to July. …

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22 July 2011

Friday Science Digest

My daughter suggested I start doing a once a week digest of interesting science news/blog posts from the previous week. So welcome to the first edition! The Guardian has a great piece today about a study the BBC commissioned on its science coverage, and the results come as no surprise to the science community. That said, I still rate the Beeb as one of the more reliable sources of science …

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23 May 2011

Different Volcano, Same Problem- Ash cloud delays flights in Europe.

The NASA Terra Satellite passed over Iceland and grabbed this shot today, ( in true colour) showing the ash cloud from an erupting Iceland volcano. Click the image for a much higher res. view. The UK Met Office has just released a new ash advisory, and airlines have canceled flights into Scotland for Tuesday. I’m headed to Manchester UK myself on Thursday, so I’ll be watching this closely. The latest …

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