Gee-O-Science Links For July 15 -21, 2013

Summer has a firm grip on much of North America. There have been several rounds of severe weather across the northern plains of the USA & the south-central provinces of Canada. From a climate standpoint, it’s the time of year for their “severe weather season” and it will last a few more weeks. As usual, there are a plethora of science links to enjoy, so let’s get started…

GENERAL SCIENCE

Interesting take on the scientific peer review process and it’s limitations.

TECHNOLOGY

Home of the strange: “The web’s weirdest places” ~ Truly idiosyncratic places…

Does weather affect website traffic and search engine performance?

A very interesting and timely essay from the Electronic Frontier Foundation regarding online privacy.

PALEONTOLOGY/EVOLUTION

Fellow fans of the Tyrannosaurus Rex can rest easy. Our favorite carnivore’s reputation is left intact with recent evidence.

A interdisciplinary article…evolution is having trouble keeping up with climate change.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Increasing amounts of plastic debris in our oceans is having a detrimental effect on many aspects of ocean life.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Oklahoma’s OETA has put together an excellent episode of “Stateline” on the National Weather Center!

Check out the new experimental National Weather Service User Defined Area Forecast!

Data from the National Climactic Data Center shows what a histrionic month June, 2013 was for the contiguous 48 U.S. states.

It should come as no surprise to anyone that air pollution can be held responsible for up to 2 million fatalities per year.

When it’s hot, it’s not just the heat. Ozone is a significant health threat to millions worldwide (and many major U.S. cities).

When summer temperatures soar, pets need special attention. Here’s some great info on helping your pets keep their cool.

If you live in Oregon or Washington state and it seems the nights are warmer, it’s not your imagination.

Why does hot weather cause power outages? The answer is surprisingly simple.

With the loss of many natural buffers, the number of people at risk from hurricanes could double.

Farmers in the U.S. view climate change as just another weather challenge.

Interesting read on how “brown oceans” fuel hurricanes.

Speaking of hurricanes, the Dept. of Homeland Security is taking an interest in predicting hurricanes.

The sequester’s worrisome impacts on hurricane hunters is a potentially dangerous shortcoming.

Here’s an example of an exclusive club that you really don’t want to join. Trust me.

In a rapidly changing Arctic climate, the U.S is playing catchup…and currently has no surface-based Navy ships that are capable of navigating the icy waters.

A bill mandating that NOAA ignore climatology is blasting through legislation with little or no attention. Lawmakers/public elected servants are woefully ignorant of the fact that NOAA’s primary purpose is far more diverse than short-term forecasts.

JUST FOR FUN

Take a look at several dozen stunning libraries from all over the world.

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

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And that’s a wrap! Have a great week everyone and if you’re sweltering in the summer heat, take it easy out there.

Cheers!

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