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Monthly Archive: August 2011

Aug 25 2011

Irene could rival the great New England storm of 1938

Hurricane Irene 2 PM EDT 25 Aug 2011 via the National Hurricane Center. Click image for latest storm forecast

If you watch hurricanes a lot, you might notice they often turn more than initially forecast. Systems moving west curve more north than expected, north moving storms curve more east. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it happens alot. When the tropical depression that gave birth to Irene first formed, many storm trackers assumed or …

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Aug 25 2011

Russian rocket fails high above earth

A Soyuz-U rocket launching the Soyuz 19 mission, part of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project circa 1974

A Russian Soyuz U failed earlier today losing three tons of supplies for the International Space Station. But no lives were lost or even at risk: The unmanned spacecraft, called the Progress, lifted off from the Baikanur Russian Space Center in Kazakhstan on top of a Soyuz rocket. A little more than five minutes later, the …

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Aug 25 2011

No, there is no room for science in the GOP base

It was a rhetorical title/question when I wrote it last week, but now we have a temporary answer. The results of the latest Gallup poll of Republicans and Republican leaning voters showing Rick Perry opening up a commanding 12 point lead over Mittens will be sliced and diced all day by the usual suspects. The controversial …

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Aug 25 2011

Hurricane Irene update

Hurricane Irene as of 2 AM EDT via the WeatherUnderground

Hurricane Irene remains a Category 3 storm and is forecast to briefly achieve Cat 4 status over the next day or two. The latest 5 AM EDT update from the National Weather service agrees closely with the image above: Irene is on track to buzz essentially the entire mid and upper US east coast and could …

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Aug 24 2011

These guys are just plain evil

I don’t know another word to describe it. Using fundamentalist religious hype centered on a divine being who commanded generosity and charity to mislead sincere believers and rip them and everyone else off of their last damn nickel, so the evildoers can feed more tax cuts and government subsidies to a tiny sliver of already …

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Aug 24 2011

Cool brown dwarf spotted nearby

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Well, nearby is relative, this object is nine light-years away, that’s over 50 trillion miles for us earthlings! But cool is correct no matter what part of the universe you live in. This brown dwarf is a balmy 25 C, about 80 F. “The brown dwarfs we were turning up before this discovery were more …

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Aug 24 2011

Irene update

Track via NWS, ocean temperatures via NOAA, graphics DemFromCT. Click image for latest on Irene

Hurricane Irene intensified back to Category 2 status and may reach Category 3 today. The storm has broken away from island highlands farther to the south and now nothing but the Bahamas lays between Irene and warm water hurricane paradise. Irene could well reach Cat 4 strength over the next several days and make landfall …

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Aug 24 2011

Twin double standard

Twin genomes

Annie Laurie writing at Balloon Juice brings up an interesting point I hadn’t thought about, at least in this context. She spends the first part of the post briefly reviewing the rise in twin births and all the technology that makes multiple births possible these days, and then concludes with this FreeThought money graf: And yet, …

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Aug 23 2011

Climate researcher Michael Mann cleared, again

Paleoclimate record for last 1000 years by Mann et al

I know Mike Mann, one of the progenitors of the Hockey Stick shown above. I consider him a friend and one hell of an expert to run things past. So I was happy to see this: Finding no “evidence of research misconduct,” the Arlington, Virginia-based National Science Foundation closed its inquiry into Mann, according to an …

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Aug 23 2011

Dwarf planets may hold water and methane ice

A possible reconstruction of what OR-10 might look like. Source Wiki

The California Institute of Technology is reporting that half of the Dwarf Planet nicknamed Snow White is covered in water ice that may have flowed from ancient cryo-volcanoes and clad in a thin layer of frozen methane. Discovered in 2007 orbiting the Sun at the edge of the solar system, Snow White, about half the …

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