Gee-O-Science Links: June 30 – July 6, 2013

I hope everyone in the USA or Canada had a great Independence or Canada Day holiday. As usual, there’s a lot of cool science of all kinds out there. Allow me to let my muse throw caution to the wind &  take a look at what’s been going on recently.

GENERAL SCIENCE

NPR’s Science Friday has a new theme song…and I must say that I like it a lot!

Happy 1st birthday to the Higgs boson!

Here’s a great read by Kathleen Raven of Scientific American ~ Chemistry & Physics: One Needs The Other.

TECHNOLOGY

As most of you know, Google Reader is no more. Here’s a nice list of alternatives. I use Feedly and highly recommend it to everyone.

Dozens of top websites banded together against the NSA’s breach of US Constitution’s 4th Amendment with an online protest…which I heartily support.

This is one of the coolest websites I’ve seen in some time. Plane Finder lets you watch aircraft of all kinds fly round the world.

Let’s throw the baby out with the bath water & start over again…living in sod huts and using stone tools. Why? The internet is dangerous!

ASTRONOMY

After 105 years, the mystery of the devastated hundreds of square kilometers of uninhabited Siberian forest around the Tunguska River may have been solved.

Solar prominences put on a strange and spectacular show in the sun’s sky.

Planning an interstellar trip? Here’s your one-stop-shop for all the info you’ll need…like how long it’ll take you to drive to Saturn in your ’63 Chevy babe magnet.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

With the help of over 4,000 citizen scientists worldwide, NOAA”s Cyclone Center has a fantastic new website!

I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, but it’s worth an encore. You can help the Nat’l Severe Storm Laboratory (NSSL) year round with research using the PING app.

Read about the EPA’s new project to to encourage citizen scientists to learn more about the air, water, and resources around them.

Here’s another great read on the often overlooked importance of citizen scientists from all walks of life.

Let’s get the citizen science out of the lab and onto the streets…or wherever you like to indulge in your field of interest. 🙂

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Social and psychological resilience of individuals & communities in the wake of hurricane Sandy.

Can introverts (like yours truly) and extroverts co-exist without an emotional “cold war”? Here are some tips on how it can be done.

As a proud Swede, I can’t say I take issue with the subject matter of this article, but the author needs to accept the truth…in general, we Scandinavian’s have little or no use for small talk. We’re not anti-social, we’ll just blame it on the looooong winters.   😉

While we’re on the topic of small talk, here’s an utterly charming (and just as relevant today as it was in 1866) article on some do’s and don’ts for the “art” of conversation.

SCIENCE EDUCATION

K-12 science education may have a new set of standards in the USA, but unfortunately the history of science is taking a back seat.

Here’s a fun activity for students bored to tears with dissecting frogs. How about a tornado in a bottle?

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

In a bitter cold lake under a glacier in Antarctica, a surprising amount of life goes on.

Take a look at this amazing view of June, 2013 Colorado wildfires from the ISS.

Are wildfires in the western USA becoming larger and more fierce? Be sure to read the additional links at the bottom of the article for a more complete perspective.

The Red River rivalry between OK & TX goes much farther than football.

Some technology & environmental science rolled into one: up to 45% of Sweden’s energy supply comes from renewable resources.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES

The latest drought outlook from NOAA show’s little or no relief for many plains and western states in the contiguous 48 USA.

If you need to find your local National Weather Service office online, the Tulsa NWS has a nice map where you simply click and find the site you need. Many other centers (SPC, CPC, et al.) are listed as well.

Assuming the late June/early July heat wave in the southwest doesn’t break any long-standing records, here’s info on the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the highest temperature ever recorded on planet earth.

The Climate Prediction Center has released their latest El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) diagnostic discussion

Very interesting read from the World Meteorological Organization, a review of climate extremes from 2001-2010.

El Nino was very active in the late 20th century. Could there be a connection to climate change? (My tweet of this article brought out an unusual spike in vitriol from attention-hungry trolls.)

The Red Cross has come up with a cartoon to help demystify climate change to people living on low-lying Pacific islands, which are especially susceptible to rising ocean levels.

Climate change could have permanent effects on the growing and/or survival habits of certain species of trees.

Here are two very diverging opinions on the Artic’s impact on weather “whiplash.”

Lightning safety has been in the news lately. It’s a weather hazard that exists year round & should be taken very seriously.  How hot is a lightning bolt? Much hotter than you think! What popular recreational activity is at the top of NOAA’s list for lightning deaths? You may be surprised to find out.

Interesting read from AccuWeather: What’s causing an increase in high-rated tornadoes?

Considering taking up storm chasing as a hobby? Read this very thoughtful and thorough essay from Tornado Titans…then reconsider. There are some very good points made here.

At a recent hearing, it was suggested that research on storm warning lead time should include an examination of how people respond to them. Good idea!

I’ve decided to make a separate post regarding the May, 2013 tornado events in Oklahoma. I still need to sort through some videos and read over many essays. After the disastrous events of the May 31st El Reno, OK event, I need extra time to properly gather my thoughts.

As usual, you can follow me on various social media sites…and I invite you to check them all out:  Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, & Facebook.

See you soon…cheers!

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