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Feb 21 2014

Scientific lies from the pit of Hell!

The abiotic oil idea is geologic nonsense, but it’s found a second life by being highly useful for disarming concerns among the faithful over the finite supply of fossil fuels. As Rachel correctly points out above, this is an outgrowth of young earth creationism aided by wishful thinking and the willful ignorance now in the …

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Jun 16 2013

Iran elects new President

  Iran elected a new President this weekend, a relative moderate by most accounts. One can almost hear the neo-conservative wing of the GOP sighing in disappointment as the prospect of a lucrative war with an oil rich Islamic nation scuttles further out of reach:

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May 17 2013

Who could have predicted 97% of all climate scientists accept human induced warming?

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  Who coulda predicted? Umm, anyone who can read at the third grade level? Click image for details.

May 13 2013

Last time CO2 levels were this high we lived in trees

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The difference between 399 parts per million of carbon dioxide and 400 ppm isn’t much, but new data from NOAA shows that that thresh-hold has now been crossed. The last time earth saw levels this high it was a very different place:

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Feb 24 2013

Mars flyby and other links

This was supposed to be a secret until this coming Wednesday, and it was secret, right up until someone spilled the beans almost a week early: Buzz is building about a planned 2018 private mission to Mars, which may launch the first humans toward the Red Planet. A nonprofit organization called the Inspiration Mars Foundation …

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Aug 13 2012

Here comes the power of the sun

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  The power of the sun, 4 trillion terawatts of pure, clean energy baby! That’s been the dream ever since the secret of the sun’s power was first gleaned by nuclear physicists almost a century ago. Fusion has been a long time coming, but we may finally be getting close:

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Jul 05 2012

Report concludes Fukushima nuclear meltdown was avoidable

There’s a reason we have regulations in place for various industries: accidents can kill huge numbers of people. But as a new report on the Fukushima nuclear crisis underscores, those regs only work when they are well written and well enforced:

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Jul 02 2012

Energy from a can

You’ve heard of spray on solar cells, scientists at Rice University have developed paint on batteries: BBC — The new work, from Rice University in Texas, US, opens up completely new avenues for putting batteries on nearly any surface in a simple and robust way. Pulickel Ajayan and his colleagues chemically optimised the recipe for …

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Jun 01 2012

The spin on Iranian centrifuges

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Reports have appeared that the US ran a cyber war program infecting the networks that manage Iranian centrifuges with computer viruses intended to slow down the production of weapons grade fissile material by the pariah nation:

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Apr 20 2012

Number one selling car in America may drive wingnuts mad

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Update 21 April ’12, too early AM: The comments below were so helpful I added a link to this piece on the DKos open science thread. Now, you’re all going to be marked as subversives … As the AOL piece linked below says, “we didn’t see this one coming.” According to them, the hottest selling car in …

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