Posts filed under “Science”

Science: Rising in China, Crashing in Russia

Walter Derzko of Smart Economy gives us the heads up on this interesting map, showing citations in Chemistry papers (below). Thanks to some clever programming, plus Google Maps, we can see the distribution of the cities that produce more excellent papers than expected.  Similar figures are also available for physics and psychology.

Note: Professors Loet Leydesdorff & Olle Persson describe the process of how to use “Google Earth, Google Maps and/or network visualization programs such as Pajek, one can overlay the network of relations among addresses in scientific publications on the geographic map.” (PDF)

Green circles indicates frequent citations, red circles low citations and size of the circle indicates the number of publications:

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Global Chemistry Papers


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Europe Chemistry Papers


Maps via Loet Leydesdorff

Category: Digital Media, Science

How To Have A Rational Discussion

Thought Catalog explains how to have a Rational Discussion: > Hat tip Simolean Sense

Category: Philosophy, Psychology, Science

Are huge earthquakes linked?

> New Scientist.com: “What is clear is that for the 6.2 years since 2004, there have been more great earthquakes around the world than in any 6.2-year period throughout the 110-year history of seismic recordings.” -Thorne Lay at the University of California, Santa Cruz. > Source: The megaquake connection: Are huge earthquakes linked? Catherine Brahic…Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Science

Video: Tsunami Wipes Out Oirase, Japan Harbor

March 11 eyewitness video: In under 10 minutes, a harbor in Oirase Town, Aomori Prefecture is wiped out. A huge dry area that completely fills with water, showing just how much Ocean is moved by the Tsunami.

Hat tip boingboing

Category: Science, Video

Earthquake/Nuclear Accident Warnings Ignored by Japan

“In the 40 years that Japan had been building nuclear plants, seismic activity was, fortunately or unfortunately, relatively quiet. Not a single nuclear facility was struck by a big quake. The government, along with the power industry and the academic community, all developed the habit of underestimating the potential risks posed by major quakes. “Since…Read More

Category: Energy, Really, really bad calls, Science

Perigee Moon

Via NASA >

Category: Science, Weekend

Understanding the Radioactivity at Fukushima

A physics and engineering perspective Prof. Ben Monreal, UCSB Department of Physics > Understanding the radioactivity at Fukushima ~~~ > Understanding the radioactivity at Fukushima View more presentations from ritholtz.

Category: Science, Think Tank

Radiation Dose Chart

Via xkcd comes this very informative chart on radiation exposure: > click for ginormous graphic > Sources: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/cfr/part020/ http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/fact-sheets/tritium-radiation-fs.html http://www.nema.ne.gov/technological/dose-limits.html http://www.deq.idaho.gov/inl_oversight/radiation/dose_calculator.cfm http://www.deq.idaho.gov/inl_oversight/radiation/radiation_guide.cfm http://mitnse.com/ http://www.mext.go.jp/component/a_menu/other/detail/__icsFiles/afieldfile/2011/03/18/1303727_1716.pdf http://blog.vornaskotti.com/2010/07/15/into-the-zone-chernobyl-pripyat/ http://dels-old.nas.edu/dels/rpt_briefs/rerf_final.pdf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sievert > Hat tip Flowing Data

Category: Energy, Science

WeatherSpark Chart Madness

For you hardcore weather bugs, WeatherSpark is sheer chart overload! > click for interactive weather madness! (note the buy and sell patterns!) hat tip Flowing Data

Category: Digital Media, Science

UN: Radiation to Hit U.S. By Friday

Washington’s Blog strives to provide real-time, well-researched and actionable information.  George – the head writer at Washington’s Blog – is a busy professional and a former adjunct professor. ~~~ The New York Times notes: A United Nations forecast of the possible movement of the radioactive plume coming from crippled Japanese reactors shows it churning across…Read More

Category: Energy, Science, Think Tank