Posts filed under “Science”
Here is a fascinating suggestion — from an economist, yet — on how to reconcile the debate between those who believe Global Warming is real and man-made, versus those who don’t:
“To end this political stalemate, Dr. McKitrick proposes calling each side’s bluff. He suggests imposing financial penalties on carbon emissions that would be set according to the temperature in the earth’s atmosphere. The penalties could start off small enough to be politically palatable to skeptical voters.
If the skeptics are right and the earth isn’t warming, then the penalties for burning carbon would stay small or maybe even disappear. But if the climate modelers and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are correct about the atmosphere heating up, then the penalties would quickly, and automatically, rise.”
All those in favor say “Aye.”
All those opposed, hack in Dr. McKitrick’s email account . . .
Trusting Nature as the Climate Referee
NYT, December 14, 2009
The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated…Read More
Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Source: Looking for alien Earths? Here they come Space probes pick up exoplanets galore, beginning with the weirder ones Alan Boyle msnbc.com Dec . 11, 2009 http://www.today.msnbc.msn.com/id/34350505/ns/technology_and_science-space/
Back in October, we discussed what I described as an over reaction to Swine flu: H1N1 Fatality Rates: Overreaction? Many of the comments disagreed. The WSJ reports today that 1 in 6 Americans were exposed to H1N1, and of those “47 million Americans who were sickened with swine flu from April to mid-November, 9,820 of…Read More
Here is yet something else I missed while out to sea last week: All men watch porn, scientists find. Regular readers know I am very pro-Science, but I cannot see how this research adds anything: “We started our research seeking men in their 20s who had never consumed pornography,” said Professor Simon Louis Lajeunesse. “We…Read More
I love information, and I especially appreciate a good depiction of information. This ginormous graphic, from Information is Beautiful, does an excellent job conveying a lot of info in an easily digestible manner: Global Warming Skeptics versus Scientific Consensus click for ginormo chart
University of Utah’s Learn Genetics site has this terrific animation showing relative size in the micro world: click for interactive chart: via Cell Size & Scale > Previously: Science: It Works, Bitches (November 4th, 2009) http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2009/11/science-it-works-bitches/
Apparently, forces of nature and supernature do not like the collider: “The Large Hadron Collider, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, just cannot catch a break. First, a coolant leak destroyed some of the magnets that guide the energy beam. Then LHC officials postponed the restart of the machine to add additional safety features. Now,…Read More