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2010 Ties 2005 As Warmest Year On Record Worldwide
Post Date: 2011-01-12 12:20:08 by Brian S
(01-12) 08:29 PST WASHINGTON, (AP) -- It's a tie: Government climate experts say last year equaled 2005 as the warmest year on record. According to the National Climatic Data Center, the average worldwide temperature was 1.12 degrees Fahrenheit (0.62 degree Celsius) above normal last year. That's the same as six years ago. Climate experts have become increasingly concerned about rising global temperatures over the last century. Most atmospheric scientists attribute the change to gases released into the air by industrial processes and gasoline-burning engines. In addition, the Global Historical Climatology Network said Wednesday that last year was the wettest on record. Rain and ...
Magnetic North Pole Shifts, Forces Runway Closures at Florida Airport
Post Date: 2011-01-07 13:06:25 by Brian S
The planet's northern magnetic pole is drifting slowly but steadily towards Russia -- and it's throwing off planes in Florida. Tampa International Airport was forced to readjust its runways Thursday to account for the movement of the Earth's magnetic fields, information that pilots rely upon to navigate planes. Thanks to the fluctuations in the force, the airport has closed its primary runway until Jan. 13 to change taxiway signs to account for the shift, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The poles are generated by movements within the Earth's inner and outer cores, though the exact process isn't exactly understood. They're also constantly in flux, moving a ...
Rudeness Is a Neurotoxin
Post Date: 2011-01-06 13:17:20 by Ferret Mike
Americans are rude. I say this not to preach, which is neither my right nor my intention, but as a scientist, a developmental neuroscientist. My concern about American rudeness relates to my scientific research and knowledge about the development of the human brain. My conclusion comes from a recent trip to Japan, and from a reminder of times past, the death of actress Barbara Billingsley, who died Oct. 16, 2010. Billingsley portrayed June Cleaver, the sympathetic and iconic, nurturing mother on the popular 1950s sitcom "Leave It to Beaver." Remember her signature line? "Ward, I'm worried about the Beaver." She confided her concern earnestly to her husband whenever ...
Mass Bird And Fish Deaths Becoming Worldwide Phenomenon
Post Date: 2011-01-05 12:00:21 by Brian S
The mysterious deaths of thousands of birds and fish is no longer confined to the US. About 50 to 100 dead birds were discovered on a highway in central Sweden Tuesday. Scientists don't know what killed the jackdaws but one veterinarian suspects they may have been frightened by fireworks and then run over by a car. "We have received information from local residents last night," County veterinarian Robert ter Horst told the Swedish site The Local. "Our main theory is that the birds were scared away because of the fireworks and landed on the road, but couldn't fly away from the stress and were hit by a car." "We will continue to look at whether there are other ...
Warmest 12-Month Period on Record
Post Date: 2010-12-29 20:37:56 by go65
The 12-month period from December 2009 through November 2010 was the warmest on record globally, according to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The average land and ocean combined temperature anomaly for the period was .65 Celsius or 1.17 F above the 1951-1980 global mean, beating the previous warmest 12-month period of +.62 Celsius during 2005. Third place is currently held by 2007 with a reading of +.61 Celsius. The maps below show the northern and southern hemispheric temperature anomalies for the Dec 2009 to Nov 2010 period. Red areas show the warmest regions relative to normal. The GISS regional temperature anomaly graph below shows that most of the warming over the ...
Forecasters Keep Eye On Looming ‘Solar Max’
Post Date: 2010-12-29 11:50:54 by Brian S
The coming year will be an important one for space weather as the Sun pulls out of a trough of low activity and heads into a long-awaited and possibly destructive period of turbulence. Many people may be surprised to learn that the Sun, rather than burn with faultless consistency, goes through moments of calm and tempest. But two centuries of observing sunspots -- dark, relatively cool marks on the solar face linked to mighty magnetic forces -- have revealed that our star follows a roughly 11-year cycle of behaviour. The latest cycle began in 1996 and for reasons which are unclear has taken longer than expected to end. Now, though, there are more and more signs that the Sun is shaking off ...
That snow outside is what global warming looks like
Post Date: 2010-12-20 17:13:02 by go65
There were two silent calls, followed by a message left on my voicemail. She had a soft, gentle voice and a mid-Wales accent. "You are a liar, Mr Monbiot. You and James Hansen and all your lying colleagues. I'm going to make you pay back the money my son gave to your causes. It's minus 18C and my pipes have frozen. You liar. Is this your global warming?" She's not going to like the answer, and nor are you. It may be yes. There is now strong evidence to suggest that the unusually cold winters of the last two years in the UK are the result of heating elsewhere. With the help of the severe weather analyst John Mason and the Climate Science Rapid Response Team, I've ...
NASA: Voyager 1 Nearing Edge Of Solar System
Post Date: 2010-12-13 20:25:18 by Brian S
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- NASA's long-running Voyager 1 spacecraft is barreling its way toward the edge of the solar system. Since 2004, the unmanned probe has been exploring a region of space where solar wind - a stream of charged particles spewing from the sun at 1 million miles per hour - slows abruptly and crashes into the thin gas between stars. NASA said Monday that recent readings show the average outward speed of the solar wind has slowed to zero, meaning the spacecraft is nearing ever closer to the solar system's edge to a boundary known as the heliopause. "It's telling us the heliopause is not too far ahead," said project scientist Edward Stone of the NASA Jet ...
An amazing, though clearly little-known, scientific fact: We get more snow storms in warm years!
Post Date: 2010-12-13 16:30:02 by go65
Scientists have been predicting for decades that increased greenhouse gas emissions would lead to an increase in many kinds of extreme weather events, especially more intense precipitation and more brutual heat waves. So its not a big shock that what is likely to be the hottest year on record has witnessed so many blow-out extreme weather events from Nashville to Moscow to Pakistan see NASAs Hansen: Would recent extreme events have occurred if atmospheric carbon dioxide had remained at its pre-industrial level of 280 ppm? The appropriate answer is almost certainly not. Indeed, The first nine months of the year have seen the ...
Global Warming crashes Minnesota Metrodome, cancels Giants vs. Vikings game
Post Date: 2010-12-12 11:10:56 by Happy Quanzaa
Metrodome Roof Collapses Due to Blizzard The Metrodome, home to the Minneapolis Vikings, is known for being able to handle massive amounts of snow. However, this weekend's blizzard in the Midwest may actually be too much even for the Metrodome! According to KARE-TV and ESPN, the roof of the Metrodome has collapsed due to heavy snow and winds. Read: Track the winter storm here The collapsed reportedly happened around 5 a.m. Sunday morning. The teflon roof is an inflatable roof which covers the Mall of America field during inclement weather. According to Roy Terwilliger, chair of the Metropolitan Facilities Commission, there are an unknown number of tears in the roof. One of those ...
NASA: 2010 Meteorological Year Warmest Ever
Post Date: 2010-12-11 16:38:48 by Skip Intro
The 2010 meteorological year, which ended on 30 November, was the warmest in NASA's 130-year record, data posted by the agency today shows. Over the oceans as well as on land, the average global temperature for the 12-month period that began last December was 14.65°C. That's 0.65°C warmer than the average global temperature between 1951 and 1980, a period scientists use as a basis for comparison. The 2010 meteorological year was slightly warmer than the previous warmest year, the 2005 calendar year, when the average temperature was 14.53°C. In 2010, temperatures measured over land alone were also the warmest ever, with instruments showing a December-November average ...
Level 3: Comcast traffic fee 'threatens the open Internet' Read more: Level 3: Comcast traffic fee 'threatens the open Internet'
Post Date: 2010-11-30 08:51:45 by go65
Telecom network operator Level 3 says a new fee that cable operator Comcast is seeking from it to "transmit Internet online movies and other content to Comcast's customers who request such content" essentially "threatens the open Internet." Level 3 says it's lobbying regulators and policy makers to take action to "ensure that a fair, open and innovative Internet does not become a closed network controlled by a few institutions with dominant market power," able to discriminate between content. Sign up for our FREE newsletter for more news like this sent to your inbox! Comcast, meanwhile, the nation's largest cable operator as well as the largest ...
Climate change scientists warn of 4C global temperature rise
Post Date: 2010-11-29 13:53:40 by go65
A hellish vision of a world warmed by 4C within a lifetime has been set out by an international team of scientists, who say the agonisingly slow progress of the global climate change talks that restart in Mexico today makes the so-called safe limit of 2C impossible to keep. A 4C rise in the planet's temperature would see severe droughts across the world and millions of migrants seeking refuge as their food supplies collapse. "There is now little to no chance of maintaining the rise in global surface temperature at below 2C, despite repeated high-level statements to the contrary," said Kevin Anderson, from the University of Manchester, who with colleague Alice Bows contributed ...
LHC May Locate The Higher Dimensions Next Year
Post Date: 2010-11-18 15:23:21 by WhiteSands
The Large Hadron Collider took several years to construct, and it was expected that it would take several more to begin yielding game-changing scientific data. But, to the delight of CERN researchers, that hasnt been the case. The LHC is already yielding reams of valuable scientific data, and a bulletin released by lead researchers Monday indicates that the ATLAS experiment is working so well that researchers should be able to confirm or rule out the existence of the Higgs Boson by next year, and could even find evidence of extra dimensions before the end of 2011. The pace of experimentation and accuracy of data coming from ATLAS one of the LHCs primary experiments ...
'Overwhelming' Breakthrough: CERN Traps The Antimatter Atom
Post Date: 2010-11-18 11:43:34 by Brian S
PARIS -- Scientists at CERN said they had trapped dozens of hydrogen "antimatter" atoms, a technical feat that boosts research into one of the great puzzles of particle physics. Under a theory expounded in 1931 by the eccentric British physicist Paul Dirac, when energy transforms into matter, it produces a particle and its mirror image -- called an anti-particle -- which holds the opposite electrical charge. When particles and anti-particles collide, they annihilate each other in a small flash of energy. If everything were equal at the birth of the cosmos, matter and anti-matter would have existed in the same quantities. The observable Universe would have had no chance of ...
Is the universe a big hologram? This device could find out.
Post Date: 2010-11-15 17:39:41 by WhiteSands
During the hunt for the predicted ripples in space-time known as gravitational waves physicists stumbled across a rather puzzling phenomenon. Last year, I reported about the findings of scientists using the GEO600 experiment in Germany. Although the hi-tech piece of kit hadnt turned up evidence for the gravitational waves it was seeking, it did turn up a lot of noise. Before we can understand what this noise is, we need to understand how equipment designed to look for the space-time ripples caused by collisions between black holes and supernova explosions. Gravitational wave detectors are incredibly sensitive to the tiniest change in distance. For example, ...
Proof of Extra Dimensions Possible Next Year: CERN
Post Date: 2010-11-15 17:34:24 by Brian S
GENEVA (Reuters) - Scientists at the CERN research center say their "Big Bang" project is going beyond all expectations and the first proof of the existence of dimensions beyond the known four could emerge next year. In surveys of results of nearly 8 months of experiments in their Large Hadron Collider (LHC), they also say they may be able to determine by the end of 2011 whether the mystery Higgs particle, or boson, exists. Guido Tonelli, spokesman for one of the CERN specialist teams monitoring operations in the vast, subterranean LHC, said probing for extra dimensions -- besides length, breadth, height and time -- would become easier as the energy of the proton collisions in ...
Swiss Archaeologists Find 5,000-Year-Old Door
Post Date: 2010-10-20 18:15:20 by Brian S
GENEVA (AP) -- Archaeologists in the Swiss city of Zurich have unearthed a 5,000-year-old door that may be one of the oldest ever found in Europe. The ancient poplar wood door is "solid and elegant" with well-preserved hinges and a "remarkable" design for holding the boards together, chief archaeologist Niels Bleicher said Wednesday. Using tree rings to determine its age, Bleicher believes the door could have been made in the year 3,063 B.C. - around the time that construction on Britain's world famous Stonehenge monument began. "The door is very remarkable because of the way the planks were held together," Bleicher told The Associated Press. Harsh ...
Plants Kick-Started Evolutionary Drama of Earth's Oxygenation
Post Date: 2010-10-12 15:35:04 by Ferret Mike
A panser shark (predatory fish greater than 30 feet long) is a consequence of the Earth's oxygenation event of 400 million years ago. (Credit: Staffan Waerndt / Swedish Museum of Natural History) ScienceDaily (Oct. 9, 2010) An international team of scientists, exploiting pioneering techniques at Arizona State University, has taken a significant step toward unlocking the secrets of oxygenation of the Earth's oceans and atmosphere. Evolution of the Earth's multitude of organisms is intimately linked to the rise of oxygen in the oceans and atmosphere. The new research indicates that the appearance of large predatory fish as well as vascular plants approximately 400 million ...
Scientists Turn Snails Into Slug-Like Creatures
Post Date: 2010-10-12 14:27:06 by Ferret Mike
Marisa transformed. (Credit: Heinz Köhler and Irene Gust, Universität Tübingen) ScienceDaily (Oct. 12, 2010) Biologists have re-shaped the body design of snails. Exposure to platinum results in the formation of an internal shell instead of the normal external shell. During embryogenesis of the freshwater snail, Marisa cornuarietis, a time slot of just one or two days determines whether the animals form an outer shell or not. Reprogramming of the direction of growth of the molluscs´ shell-generating tissue during this sensitive phase prevents the development of the usual convoluted shell. In lieu thereof a small hollow cone grows inside the body -- similar to ...
Top scientist resigns from post – admits Global Warming is a scam [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2010-10-11 14:56:03 by Badeye
Top scientist resigns from post admits Global Warming is a scam Share As reported by the Gateway Pundit: Top US scientist Hal Lewis resigned this week from his post at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He admitted global warming climate change was nothing but a scam in his resignation letter. From the Telegraph (because for some reason the Liberal Media here in the U.S dont like this stuff getting out). The following is a letter to the American Physical Society released to the public by Professor Emeritus of physics Hal Lewis of the University of California at Santa Barbara. Sent: Friday, 08 October 2010 17:19 Hal Lewis From: Hal Lewis, University of ...
Russian-American Crew Launched To ISS Aboard New, Modified Soyuz TMA-01M Spacecraft
Post Date: 2010-10-08 00:31:15 by Brian S
KAZAKHSTAN (BNO NEWS) The Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft carrying two Russian astronauts and one American launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station (ISS) on early Friday morning. At approximately 5.10 a.m. local time, the Russian spacecraft departed towards the ISS, carrying NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka. The mission is controlled by the Russian Federal Space Agency (ROSCOSMOS) which assured that the crew is ready to fly the new, modified Soyuz rocket. "For the Soyuz commander, Alexander Kaleri, its his 4th trip to space," Roscosmos Head Anatoly Perminov said. ...
Oil-drilling worms (eat oil) and brittlestar cities: taking stock of life in the oceans
Post Date: 2010-10-04 14:16:54 by hondo68
What lives in the sea? That question has been the singular focus of the Census of Marine Life, an ambitious 10-year survey, launched in 2000, that is reporting its findings at a Royal Society symposium in London today. Of course, the project hasnt catalogued all the life in the worlds oceans, but census has vastly increased our knowledge of the ocean biodiversity and filled in many gaps, its scientists say. Highlights profiled in last week's Nature news feature on the project include a tubeworm that drills for oil at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, a 'brittlestar city' with tens of millions of the creatures living in close quarters atop a seamount south of New ...
NASA Gets New Orders That Bypass the Moon (Orion - Deep Space)
Post Date: 2010-09-30 22:30:43 by hondo68
NASA, best known as the agency that put the first man on the moon, is about to end its moon program for the foreseeable future. Under legislation passed by the House late Wednesday, the nations spaceflight program will take a new direction. NASA the National Aeronautics and Space Administration will turn to private companies to launch astronauts into space, while it starts work on a larger rocket for travel to more distant destinations an asteroid, perhaps, and eventually Mars. The bill helps put the U.S. space program on a more sustainable trajectory, Lori B. Garver, NASAs deputy administrator, said Thursday during a telephone news ...
New Earth-like planet discovered; Gliese 581g in 'Goldilocks zone' [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2010-09-29 18:30:09 by hondo68
Gliese 581g in 'Goldilocks zone' of space where liquid water could exist is strong contender for a habitable world An artist's impression of Gliese 581g, which astronomers say is near Earth - relatively speaking - at 120 trillion miles. Photograph: Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation/AP Astronomers have discovered a potentially habitable planet of similar size to Earth in orbit around a nearby star.A team of planet hunters spotted the alien world circling a red dwarf star called Gliese 581, 20 light years away.The planet is in the "Goldilocks zone" of space around a star where surface temperatures are neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water to ...
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