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1 November 2011

Dr. Naomi Oreskes On Why Climate Scientists Are Too Conservative

If you google “climate change” or “global warming” you’ll quickly find yourself immersed in a world of pseudoscience. Besides unflattering pictures of former V.P. Al Gore, this world includes claims that the scientific basis for climate change is rapidly falling apart. The words conspiracy and one world government are prominent in this world as well.  It’s ridiculous of course, and the reality is just the opposite, but you’d have to …

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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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4 October 2011

Well Deserved Nobel Prize Goes To Adam Riess

Last week I was chatting with my wife and somehow the mention of Nobel prizes came up. I offhandedly said the Nobel Prize in Physics will go to a guy named Adam Riess, but he will probably split it with two others. Fast forward to today and my wife Marian is painting the bedroom of our home here in Oklahoma City, and listening to BBC Radio 2. The 8 PM …

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30 September 2011

Sixty Symbols Video On Neutrinos Exceeding Light Speed

I was hoping the folks at Sixty Symbols would do something on this! For those who are intrigued about the biggest scientific mystery of the year, this is a must watch video. Two UK astrophysicists at the Univ. of Nottingham talk about the possibilities, and their reaction to the news that neutrinos might be exceeding light speed. Did you hear about the neutrino supercomputer that finished an infinite loop 3.8 …

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29 September 2011

The Hubble Time Machine

HubbleSite has a pretty amazing graphic up showing just how far back in time astronomers have looked using this amazing telescope and no other modern scientific instrument has captured the imagination of humans like Hubble. Eventually Hubble will burn up in the atmosphere, and that is a real shame since the most famous telescope (since Galileo made one) will be lost to history. To say that Hubble has revolutionized our …

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26 September 2011

Major Solar Storm Underway

A major coronal mass ejection has occurred on the sun and while it will only glance Earth, it is big enough to have caused a major warning from NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center. This is called a G3 warning and that means it’s a biggy. From NOAA SWPC: A strong Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) has been observed and is partially-directed at Earth. The Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) has issued …

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23 September 2011

Astrophysicist Brian Cox Comments On Neutrino Mystery

In case you missed it- this is on the Beeb this evening. Click the image for the audio from BBC Radio 6.    

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Neutrinos Travelling Faster Than Light??

Adrian Cho has a story on Science NOW about the scientists at OPERA in Italy asking for some help. OPERA is studying neutrinos released from CERN and they keep coming up with a result that shows the neutrinos are traveling faster than light! Cho rightly points out that this would be the greatest discovery in physics for a half century, but I think it would rank higher than that. This …

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The Aurora Australis from the ISS

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16 September 2011

Common Sense Is Assumed In Scientific Method- Or at least it should be!

I am told reliably that this is a true story, but you always hear that! (Although it’s likely a myth it’s a FUNNY read all the same): Scientists at Rolls Royce built a gun specifically to launch dead chickens at the windshields of airliners and military jets all travelling at maximum  velocity. The idea is to simulate the frequent incidents of collisions with airborne fowl to test the strength of …

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