Posts filed under “Science”

First Pictures: Big Bang

Well, not quite.

But the European Space Agency released a spectacular picture of the microwave sky Monday, an artful mosaic of interstellar dust and the relic light from the birth of the universe.

Planck sees sky in new light:

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Planck, a roughly $800 million mission to detect the leftover radiation from the Big Bang, when a condensed ball of hot gas exploded to form the universe 13.73 billion years ago. Planck collected data for the all-sky map from August 2009 to June 2010.

Category: Science, Weekend

NASA Images: BP Oil Invades Louisiana Coast

Multiple cameras on JPL’s MISR instrument on NASA’s Terra spacecraft were used to create two unique views of oil moving into Louisiana’s coastal wetlands: click for larger images > Here is NASA: These images, acquired on May 24, 2010 by the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument aboard NASA’s Terra spacecraft, show the encroachment of oil…Read More

Category: Energy, Science

EM Waves Decommissioned Due to Budget Cuts

XKCD: > Hat tip Dave F

Category: Humor, Science, Weekend

Oil Spill Trajectory Hindcast/Forecast

Fascinating animation via the College of Marine Science at the University of South Florida based on West Florida Shelf ROMS: > click for interactive graphic Hat tip Steve W

Category: Energy, Science

How to Forecast Weather

Very cool info for sailors, hikers, campers, etc. > click for ginormous graphic via Marisys

Category: Science, Weekend

How Bad is BP Deepwater Horizon?

Here is a decidedly contrarian viewpoint, from University of Alabama Professor Dr. Roy Spencer. Prof Spencer notes that the general commentary regarding the BP spill as “the worst environmental disaster in history” is wildly overblown. His graph below is designed to put this spill into perspective. Now, before you wail that he is a global…Read More

Category: Contrary Indicators, Energy, Science, UnScience

Human Capital “Density”

All those forecasts of the end of cities have yet to come to fruition. Perhaps the following chart, via Richard Florida (The Atlantic) helps to explain why: >

Category: Psychology, Science

The Hottest Known Planet is Doomed

That hottest known planet may be its shortest-lived … This NASA artist’s concept image shows that the hottest known planet in the Milky Way galaxy may also be its shortest-lived world. The doomed planet is being eaten by its parent star, according to observations made by a new instrument on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, the…Read More

Category: Science, Weekend

Oil Slick Moving North?

Here is some scary news: The Gulf Oil leak has developed a tail. This suggests it is catching onto the loop current, which could take this around the Florida peninsula and up the East coast. Check out these NASA photos: Oil Tail Below Spill Loop Current The hell with this . . . I am…Read More

Category: Energy, Science

Michael Specter: The danger of science denial

Vaccine-autism claims, “Frankenfood” bans, the herbal cure craze: All point to the public’s growing fear (and, often, outright denial) of science and reason, says Michael Specter. He warns the trend spells disaster for human progress. hat tip boingboing

Category: Really, really bad calls, Science, Weekend