Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Sept 9 – 15, 2013

It’s been an active week in the Atlantic with two hurricanes in an otherwise very quiet season. There are still several weeks in the official hurricane season and a lot can happen over the next few weeks, so stay weather aware if you live in a hurricane prone region. On that note, September is National Preparedness Month in the USA…so prepare now for a disaster…better safe than sorry. Plenty of other interesting science stories this week as well, so let’s get started…

GENERAL SCIENCE

If you’re in the science field as a professional or citizen scientist, you’ve no doubt come across people who argue with research that’s not to their liking. If a polite, “agree to disagree” doesn’t work, just kill the messenger. Trolls, are you listening?

Is the NSA’s next move silencing university professors?

A little public heath mixed with climatology in this interesting read about climate change and those adorable mosquitoes we love to hate.

Another interesting multidisciplinary read: Insights on protecting the worlds poor (public heath, economics, etc.) from climate change.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

A very interesting read on the role of apps, data, and their application to citizen science.

ASTRONOMY

The voyager spacecraft are well on their way to interstellar space. Here’s a look at the “golden records” that are traveling along with sounds of the Earth.

WIRED magazine has an incredible view of Martian sand dunes that, like the dunes on our planet Earth, move with the winds.

EVOLUTION

As much as I admire the work of Sir Richard Attenborough, I have to agree with the author of this article: Humans are still evolving.

EMERGENCY/DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

There are many ways in which you can receive emergency information. FEMA, as a part of Emergency Preparedness Month, has important information on Wireless Emergency Alerts that can be received on cell phones.

While on the topic of emergency preparedness, here’s some very important information on NOAA weather radios…the where, what, and whys of a potentially life-saving device that should be as common in homes (regardless of where you live) as smoke/carbon monoxide detectors.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

New Orleans has a radical new plan for dealing with floods…as in ‘let them happen’…sort of.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

NOAA’s National Climactic Data Center has released their State Of The Climate report for August and Summer 2013.

Here’s a very good read from UCAR/NCAR on a detailed view of the Colorado floods that caused a great deal of damage and resulted in several fatalities.

The Colorado flash floods were often referred to as a, “100 year flood.” What does that mean?

Hurricane Humberto tied a record as the latest date in the Atlantic tropical cyclone season without a hurricane. Here’s an inside look as to why it’s been quiet so far in the Atlantic.

NASA is using converted military drones to gather data for improving forecasting of tropical cyclones.

Some new research indicates that climate change will upset vital ocean chemical cycles.

An interesting read on the USA’s inadequate response to a major security threat: climate change.

The warm season in Europe is heating up…and at a faster rate than previously thought.

Check out this very interesting map from the Storm Prediction Center’s data of the number of tornadoes in the USA as of the end of June, 2013. So far, Oklahoma takes the top spot, Texas coming second.  It’s also important to remember that this is still preliminary data and tornado occurrence varies from year to year and is oblivious to political geographic barriers. If you’d like a more detailed look at USA tornado statistics, browse through the Storm Prediction Center Warning Coordination Meteorologist’s page for some fascinating data.

A LITTLE OF THIS & THAT

Why the NSA loves Google’s Chromebook…as if they didn’t already have their claws deep into the Fourth Amendment already.

This proud metal-head sees no irony in finding happiness in “angry” music.

Some people should not be allowed the privilege of parenthood…and here’s one village idiot who needs to be sent to Coventry.  Permanently.

Finally, here’s a very enjoyable read on the fine art of conversation. Though written in 1866, it’s advice is still quite applicable in today’s society.

And that’s a wrap for this week. Keep your eyes on the tropics. The season’s quiet, but not over. And while you’re thinking about it, remember to put together your emergency preparedness plans.

See you good folks next week!

Cheers!

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