Gee-O-Science Happy Holiday’s Links: Part One

There’s a plethora of good science to pass along before 2012 comes to a close. This month, I’ll be splitting my selection up into two posts. There’s plenty to explore, so let’s get started.

Are atmospheric vorticies strictly a Earth phenomenon? No way. Dust devils have been well documented on the planet Mars…and Curiosity is having some close encounters.

Looking for a cool website to monitor seismic activity? Look no further. The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology has a nice map and even an archive of the past thirty days.

People who know me well are aware that I’ve been a long-time advocate of citizen science. AAAS has a nice write up on SciStarter, currently the most prominent citizen science organization. The list of projects is almost limitless. Want to watch birds? Gotcha covered. Documenting snowfall amounts and dates of the first and last freezes of the autumn/winter season? No problem. You can help, and you can give valuable data for scientists to use in important studies.

Few areas of science fascinate me more than physics (thanks to my 7th grade science teacher who spent almost the whole year on the topic) so if that’s in your realm of interest, check out HyperPhysics. It’s got about everything you need to whet your appetite. I highly recommend this site as a good starting place for learning physics on your own, especially if you’re interested in weather and storm chasing. For the budding storm chaser, an intimate knowledge of physics may seem daunting, but is imperative.

Is our species getting more stupid, or is it just easy to say that because people love posting videos on YouTube of folks doing ridiculous things? I’d like to think it’s the latter because, in my humbly optimistic opinion, I think we’re brighter than ever before.

Check out Elementa, a “new, open-access scientific journal publishing original research that will report new knowledge of the Earth’s physical, chemical, and biological systems during this era of human impacts; feedbacks between human and natural systems; and steps that can be taken to ameliorate harmful changes.”  Their description sounds so much better than anything I could devise. You can also follow them on Twitter!

These stunning views of our Earth from NASA have been making the rounds as of late, but I couldn’t help but mention them once again.

The National Weather Service needs your feedback regarding winter weather warnings, advisories, et al. Forecasting winter weather is very tricky…and getting the correct message conveyed to the public can be an equally daunting task. Like to help? Click right here!

The busy 2012 Atlantic hurricane season came to an end with 19 named storms. Here’s a review from NOAA.

The year 2012 will also be known for record arctic sea ice melt. The World Meteorological Organization has a retrospective on yet another warm year.

The uneven nature of climate change is simply due to the fact that our atmosphere is an ever-changing fluid…and fluids are rarely stable.

Could the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change be underestimating the degree of climate change?

Among my favorite things about atmospheric science are the amazing satellite images that are available. Check out this nice satellite blog from CIMMS.

I’m all for the use and development of green energy development. But when wind farms meet radars, well…see for yourself.

Wrapping up the weather and climate links is a nice analysis from the Climate Prediction Center on El Nino and ENSO for the coming months.

Finally, as you set cozy and comfy while curled up on the sofa with your laptop or smartphone, prying eyes are watching you & your every online move. While we may not be able maintain a completely invisible online existence, here are some privacy tips that will help.

Part Two coming along soon…hope you’re having a good holiday season.



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