Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For July 29 – August 4, 2013

Another week of great science out there. Let’s take a look at a few select stories…

GENERAL SCIENCE

Taking a complex scientific concept and translating it into words that are palatable for the general public can be a daunting task for many a writer. Trust me, I’ve done it many times.

When talking about science to the general public, do we need more Tony Stark and less Big Bang Theory?

CITIZEN SCIENCE

If you’re looking for a great site to answer your questions related to citizen science, SciStarter has your answers.

No surprise here. Citizen scientists rival experts in analyzing land-cover data.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

After reading this, I don’t feel so bad about the clover, chickweed, unsavory vines, and crabgrass that fight with the bermuda in my lawn for survival.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES

Check out this very cool satellite image page from NASA with worldwide views available for the date you choose.

After many weeks of 24 hour daylight, the sun is finally setting in Barrow, Alaska. Yes, winter is on it’s way.

Clouds on Earth don’t just look pretty or give us various forms of precipitation, they also save us from a greenhouse hell.

According to some estimates, heat-related deaths in Australia could quadruple by 2050.

And speaking of heat-related deaths, here’s some good info on heatstroke & motor vehicles. It’s sad in this day & age that safety info like this has to exist, but carelessness and neglect are all too frequent.

Cities, like the one I live in, are prone to the “urban heat island effect.” Temperatures in urban areas can run 10-15 degrees warmer (especially at night) than in suburban/rural areas.

Areas prone to damage from floods and hurricanes often rebuild as soon as possible…then face the dangers of the same damage occurring again…and again.

No surprise here. A warming climate may drive human conflict. No doubt that many historians could verify this.

Here’s another good read on scientists looking back in time to get a better grasp on the future of our planet’s climate.

What would be a surprising tool to measure climate change? Radio waves.

NASA is embarking on a research project to study the pollution-climate link.

A very intriguing read on the interesting, and troubling, connection with climate change and infectious diseases.

By some accounts, the rate of climate change is occurring at a rate faster than ecosystems can adapt.

The latest drought data shows some relief across the United States plains states, but severe conditions still exist in many areas.

Is long-range tornado forecasting feasible? Here’s an interesting read on the topic from NCAR.

A new Doppler radar will take flight this summer over the Atlantic to gather data on tropical cyclones.

Recently, the Lubbock, TX airport has a couple of unexpected guests.

Some recent tornadoes in Italy resulted in some “close encounter” videos. In this video, it’s interesting to note the sudden change (00:21:00) in the wind field as the tornado passes.  This video just as interesting…in both cases, the people really should have been in shelter rather than standing close to large glass windows.

OF GENERAL INTEREST…THE INTERNET, SOCIETY, & MORE

Why do people read the comments…when, far too often, it’s worthless vitriol hidden behind the safety/facade of a monitor?

Speaking of malevolent online behavior, here’s an interesting read on those darling trolls. Overall, I’d agree…but trolls also consist of females, nationalities, and ethnic/socio-economic backgrounds.

Roundabout’s are great…efficient at moving traffic smoothly, safe, and no troubles to navigate during a power outage as opposed to a intersection with lights that’s suddenly a four-way stop. Too bad some folks just don’t get it…and never will.

The prevalence of terrible passwords is…all too prevalent.

Like our planet’s polar ice, the United States citizen’s Fourth Amendment rights are slowly melting away.

Sweden’s “old-timers” (which would include me by some standards) are back in style…but not for the reasons you think.

Finally, here’s a great list of school safety resources from the CDC that covers most anything a parent could be concerned with.

And that’s a wrap for this week! If you’re sweltering in the summer heat, remember to check the back seat!

Cheers!

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