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8 September 2011

Sun Unleashes Second X-Class Flare in 24 Hours

The Solar Dynamic Observatory captured the flare at 2256 GMT, just over 24 hours after yesterday’s X 2.1 flare. The NOAA X-ray flux shows it as well and the indication is this will reach the X class level. The last two flare are already causing widespread radio disruptions. Here is an update from the NOAA SWPC: 2300Z, September 7, 2011 – Twenty four hours after unleashing an R3 (Strong) Solar …


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3 September 2011

So Much For That Huge Hole in Climate Science

Below is the editorial in REMOTE SENSING today announcing that the paper written by Spencer and Braswell, was deeply flawed and should not have been published. The story (as of Friday evening U.S. time) is now the most viewed on the BBC World-wide website and to say it was a major topic of conversation in the Earth science world would be an understatement. If researchers in a particular field begin …


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1 September 2011

A Lonely Speck In The Great Enveloping Cosmic Dark

I know  have posted it before but this demands a reprise for Carl Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot: Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, …


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20 August 2011

Weekend Science Digest

Images, blog posts, quotes and other geeky science things that caught my eye this week. Rivers of Ice The image above is from research published in SCIENCE this week by Eric Rignot et al. NASA released a fantastic movie that shows the flow much better:   Note to HM- Give Cox a Knighthood. The BBC reported Friday that there has been a sharp increase in the number of students taking …


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17 August 2011

Our Amazing Planet- Top to Bottom-Courtesy the BBC



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16 August 2011

When Did Ignorance Become A Point of View

prop·a·gan·da  noun /ˌpräpəˈgandə/  Information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view – he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda The dissemination of such information as a political strategy There are plenty of things in climate physics that one can argue about; the climate sensitivity, the negative feed-backs that may slow down Arctic melting and many more, but Joe …


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13 August 2011

Weekend Digest- Skeptical Dictionary for Kids

  The Scientists are the real skeptics Skepticism is the heart of science. Nothing is accepted by faith, you must have a ton of evidence and observation  for something to reach the level of  consensus and thus the status of theory. This level is reached only after hundreds and in most cases thousands of independent observations/experiments. Any one observation or experiment can bring the whole thing crashing down. Richard Feynman …


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10 August 2011

Tsunami from Japan quake breaks off huge bergs from Sulzberger Ice Shelf in Antarctica

We live on a very connected planet!


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8 August 2011

Weekend Digest- New NASA App & Record Low Arctic Ice In July

  I spent much of the week in Washington,DC for a meeting of a committee that looks at the science involved with the GOES R weather satellite that will be launched in 2015 (budget allowing!). GOES R will be a totally new generation of weather satellite and will change the way the planet is monitored for weather and climate. More about this soon but here are some of the interesting …


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30 July 2011

Forbes Version of Science Is More Than A Little Deluded

  Someone on twitter asked me about an op-ed in Forbes with the breath-taking title NEW NASA DATA BLOWS GAPING HOLE IN GLOBAL WARMING ALARMISM. With a title like that, you know right off the bat that this article is written for people looking for confirmation to their belief that ALL of the planet’s major science bodies are wrong and a very tiny handful of skeptics are right. Furthermore, this is …


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