Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Nov. 2 – 10, 2013

In my neck of the woods, there’s a crisp cool morning breeze and the trees are turning a myriad of yellows, reds, gold, & bronze. Autumn has settled in. The big weather story this week is Super Typhoon Haiyan which devastated much of the Philippines.

Here’s a look at this weeks links…

GENERAL SCIENCE

A very thought-provoking read: “We All Start Out As Scientists, But Then Some Of Us Forget.”

And another very thought-provoking essay: “I Don’t Believe In Science.” As Carl Sagan said, “Science is a way of thinking much more than a body of knowledge.”

More political science than social science…but still a spot on article: “Virginia governor’s race shows global warming science denial is a losing political stance.”

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Here’s a great list of apps than help put the citizen in citizen science!

ASTRONOMY

The shadow from an early November solar eclipse was captured in spectacular fashion by the Meteosat-10 weather satellite.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

As was the case with the United States Dust Bowl, civilizations rise and fall with the quality of their soil.

The recent air pollution in China was so bad that it kept the government from spying on people…which is good.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Read how the Montreal Protocol helped climate change.

Social media often documents the after effects of natural disasters faster than mainstream media. Flickr is a good example of how the impacts of Hurricane Sandy were captured for posterity.

With over 6 petabytes of data, browsing through NOAA’s climate data base can be daunting. NOAA View is a cool new tool to help you out.

An ice core can give scientists a glimpse into a 1.5 million year old record of the Earth’s climate.

No surprise, but research shows solar activity plays a very minimal role in climate change.

Finally, the Red Cross has set up this page for donations for Typhoon Haiyan relief. The devastation across the Philippine islands is horrific…and those folks need a great deal of help.

And that’s a wrap! Have a great week everyone!

Cheers!

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