Easter puzzle: the Chinese Egg
By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley Since this is the time of year for Easter eggs, here is a Chinese puzzle. The object is to break the egg into nine pieces, as shown, and rearrange them into the shape of a … Continue reading →
The Mail on Sunday takes on the CCC
David Rose of the Mail on Sunday is having a go at the Committee on Climate Change for their denial of the points raised in his article last week and this graph, which was sourced from NCAR and used in … Continue reading →
“Global warming predictions prove accurate”– Guardian
Guest post by Paul Homewood http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/27/climate-change-model-global-warming The Mail on Sunday ran an article by David Rose a couple of weeks ago, pointing out just how woeful most climate models had been in predicting global temperatures in the last decade or … Continue reading →
The Pitfalls of Data Smoothing
Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Since we’ve been discussing smoothing in datasets, I thought I’d repost something that Steve McIntyre had graciously allowed me to post on his amazing blog ClimateAudit back in 2008. Let me start by saying that when … Continue reading →
Crowdsourcing the WUWT Paleoclimate Reference Page – Continued
Image Credit: Photobucket.com – GISP2 – Moberg – Keigwin – HadCRUT3 By WUWT regular “Just The Facts” During the first crowdsourcing thread for the under construction WUWT Paleoclimate Reference Page, we had a number solid recommendations and WUWT moderator D.B. … Continue reading →
Dr. Michael Mann, Smooth Operator
Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach People sometimes ask why I don’t publish in the so-called scientific journals. Here’s a little story about that. Back in 2004, Michael Mann wrote a mathematically naive piece about how to smooth the ends of … Continue reading →
Andrea Letamendi is a clinical psychologist who specialises in the treatment and research of traumatic stress disorders but also has a passionate interest in how psychological issues are depicted in comics. She puts her thoughts online in her blog Under the Mask which also discuss social issues in fandom and geek culture. Recently, she was paid a wonderful compliment when she appeared in Batgirl #16 as Barbara Gordon’s psychologist. I’ve always been of the opinion that comics are far more...
Hallucinating sheet music
Oliver Sacks has just published an article on ‘Hallucinations of musical notation’ in the neurology journal Brain that recounts eight cases of illusory sheet music escaping into the world. The article makes the interesting point that the hallucinated musical notation is almost always nonsensical – either unreadable or not describing any listenable music – as described in this case study. Arthur S., a surgeon and amateur pianist, was losing vision from macular degeneration. In 2007, he started...
James Hansen Says Coal Is Greening The Planet!?!
Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach There’s an interesting measure of atmospheric CO2, called the “airborne fraction”. The airborne fraction is the fraction of the CO2 emitted each year which remains in the atmosphere. When humans emit say 9 gigatonnes of … Continue reading →
Gore to speak at Stanford – open to the public
From Al Gore to Speak at Stanford March 21, 2013 Former Vice President Al Gore will give a lecture on climate change on Tuesday, April 23, in honor of former Senior Fellow Stephen Schneider, a world-renowned climate scientist who died … Continue reading →
Wired Space Photo of the Day: Not Actually a Double Star
The object in this image is Jonckheere 900 or J 900, a planetary nebula — glowing shells of ionised gas pushed out by a dying star. Discovered in the early 1900s by astronomer Robert Jonckheere, the dusty nebula is small ...
Will NASA Announce Plans to Snag an Asteroid and Fly it to Earth?
When the Obama Administration's federal 2014 budget gets released in early April it might include a curious item: a $100-million-request for NASA to conduct a mission to capture an asteroid and bring it back to Earth.
The puzzle: why have rising temperatures been on a ‘Twenty-year hiatus”?
Not sure that “sceptical fringe” would apply here, but I’ll take the press where we can get it. See my comments below. – Anthony Twenty-year hiatus in rising temperatures has climate scientists puzzled | The Australian DEBATE about the reality … Continue reading →
Video: Science Settles the Charcoal vs. Gas Grilling Debate
Chemist-turned-chef Chris Young uses science to answer the burning question: Are charcoal or gas grills better?
Antarctic summer effect confined to peninsula
From the British Antarctic Survey , at least they didn’t pull a Steig and try to claim the observed effect on the Peninsula affects the entire continent. The peninsula is essentially a different Koppen climate class than the main continent, … Continue reading →
Newsbytes: The Met office blunders again – warm bias in forecasting
From The GWPF and Dr. Benny Peiser Met Office Apologises For Wrong Forecast – And Makes Another One Warm Bias: The Met Office’s Disastrous Track Record Met Office apologises for warning of ‘dry spell’ before wettest April on record. –The … Continue reading →
A misinterpreted claim about a NASA press release, CO2, solar flares, and the thermosphere is making the rounds
I loathe having to write this story because I truly dislike giving any attention to the people who are known as the “slayers” from the “Slaying the Sky Dragon” book. They now operate under the moniker of “Principia Scientific”. But, … Continue reading →
Second Lewandowsky conspiracy theory paper delinked from journal
I’ve been waiting to get some confirmation on this since yesterday , and now that I have it, I can state that the link to the second Lew paper Recursive fury: Conspiracist ideation in the blogosphere in response to research on … Continue reading →
Spencer, Ridley, and Gavin on Fox tonight
Readers may recall that Dr. Mann had an unprofessional visceral reaction to the invitation. Kudos to Dr. Gavin Schmidt for taking the invitation and to follow through with it in a professional manner*. Dr. Roy Spencer writes: Stossel Show: Schmidt, … Continue reading →
Mysterious African Fairies Might Be Termites
For decades, people have been baffled by thousands of bare, circular soil patches that dot arid western African landscapes with inexplicable geometric precision. They're known as fairy circles -- and the fairies, says ecologist Norbert Jürgens, are termites engaged in ...
Stranded Sea Lion Pups Arrive in Northern California
Since the beginning of the year, nearly 1,000 starving, dehydrated pups have stranded themselves on Southern California’s shores. In the last week alone, 240 pups have been rescued and delivered to five rehabilitation centers from San Diego to Santa Barbara ...
Almost Friday Funny – rotten to the core
Josh writes: Apologies for the lack of cartoons this month but I have been snowed under (!) with the day job. Even sadder when the Climate Blogosphere has had so much hilarious material on offer. This cartoon was inspired by … Continue reading →
Wired Space Photo of the Day: We Three Moons
The Cassini spacecraft observes three of Saturn's moons set against the darkened night side of the planet.
4-Billion-Pixel Panorama From Curiosity Rover Brings Mars to Your Computer Screen
Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images.
Wired Space Photo of the Day: One Star, Two Star, Red Star, Blue Star
This pretty sprinkling of bright blue stars is the cluster NGC 2547, a group of recently formed stars in the southern constellation of Vela (The Sail). This image was taken using the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope ...
Strange Biology Inspires the Best New Materials
From the shiny, strong nacre that gives abalone shells an unbreakable, opaline sheen, to the goopy mix of proteins fired by a velvet worm that solidify and snare prey upon impact, nature is packed with inspiration for scientists designing new ...
Brain Scans Predict Which Criminals Are Most Likely to Reoffend
Brain scans of convicted felons can predict which ones are most likely to get arrested after they get out of prison, scientists have found in a study of 96 male offenders.
Wired Space Photo of the Day: Something Wicked in the Trifid Nebula?
Three huge intersecting dark lanes of interstellar dust make the Trifid Nebula one of the most recognizable and striking star birth regions in the night sky. The dust, silhouetted against glowing gas and illuminated by starlight, cradles the bright stars ...
The Dangers of Social Isolation
Researchers have found that older people with fewer human contacts are more likely to die—even if they're happy in their solitude—than are people with richer social lives.
Say We Really Do Bring the Passenger Pigeon Back From Extinction — Then What?
The plan to bring back the passenger pigeon, which has been extinct for nearly a century, will push the bounds of genetic engineering. But let's just say for now that the technical challenges are surmountable. If researchers actually do create ...
Wired Space Photo of the Day: Landforms on Mars
This image was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) flying onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter mission. Gully landforms like those in this image are found in many craters in the mid-latitudes of Mars. Changes in gullies were first ...