Monthly Archives: December, 2013

Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links Dec. 16 – 30, 2013

For those celebrating the holiday season, I hope it’s been a good one for you. Much of the US & Canada is still reeling from the effects of an ice storm that has left many without power for over a week. For those of us who were in the path of this event (including yours truly), winter certainly got started with a bang. As is always the case with weather, things are bound to get more interesting.

Here’s an abbreviated post with some links for the end of 2013…

GENERAL SCIENCE

One take on the “science scorecard” for 2013…Did the year live up to expectations?

Speaking of expectations, some things are to be expected and will never change.

Looking ahead to 2014, scientists from many disciplines chime in on their “wish list.”

CITIZEN SCIENCE

If you enjoy “bird watching” as much as I do, you’ll enjoy this citizen science essay by @CoopSciScoop.

TECHNOLOGY

Not your average puffy cloud. The value and potential of the cloud in computer technology.

If there was ever a reason for keeping your webcam under covers when not in use, this is it.

Need new light bulbs? Get ready. The old, wasteful incandescent bulbs that create more heat than light are about to vanish for good.

ASTRONOMY/SPACE SCIENCE

Had two nights of spectacular ISS flyovers at my house. If you’ve ever wondered when the ISS may be visible from your location, check out this site from NASA.

A nice compilation of imagery from the BBC: Best space images of 2013.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Conservationists take a look back on the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.

Many of the traditional energy-saving tips are in need of reevaluation.

Sprawl Crawl. The reason people waste hours of their lives commuting is not necessarily because of too many motor vehicles, but urban sprawl.

As daunting as many environmental science issues may seem, there’s always a sliver lining.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES

Check out this awesome global Earth wind map that is bookmark worthy!

Here’s an interesting read on research concerning the Earth’s upper atmosphere (which isn’t easy to study).

A short and to-the-point video: “Global Warming Explained In Under A Minute”  Obviously the topic at hand is far more complex, but if you’re wondering what all the climate change chatter is about, this could help.

Atmospheric scientists learned a great deal about climate change in 2013. “Six Things We Learned About Our Changing Climate In 2013.

Part atmospheric science, part social science: How Wintry Weather Affects Emotions.

TIS THE SEASON…

Swedes don’t let a little cold or snow get in their way of ringing in the new year!

And speaking of the new year, I hope you have a good one. Many heartfelt thanks to all of you!

Happy New Year…and cheers!!!

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Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Dec. 9 – 16, 2013

There’s a lot going on this week in many science fields. Here’s a look at a few choice articles…

GENERAL SCIENCE

Scientists need to focus, and market, their knowledge via social media in ways that are second nature to a marketer.

ASTRONOMY

China has just thrown their hat into the space exploration ring by putting their first lander on the Earth’s moon.

GEOLOGIC SCIENCE

As seismic activity in Oklahoma increases, scientists are turning an eye toward the oil and gas industry.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

I’ve been reading about this problem for years concerning ocean pollution. “Scientists Turn Their Gaze Toward Tiny Threats To Great Lakes”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Is there a relation between our changing climate and tornadoes? It’s likely no clear consensus will answer that question from some time.

Interesting read on NASA research into new studies on the ozone hole over Antarctica.

Atmospheric scientists studying clouds could uncover many complexities on climate change.

The Geological Society of London has issued a statement on climate change: “Earth’s Sensitivity To Climate Change Could Be Double Previous Estimates”

In the UK, a “stormy meeting” between climate change skeptics and believers is underway.

The yuletide season is upon us. What better way to set the spirit than with an enjoyable video, “The Art And Science Of Snow

Part meteorology, part physiology. Studying the impacts of lightning on the human body.

What are you chances of a white Christmas across the contiguous 48 United States? Check here to find out!

Have a great week everybody!

Cheers!

Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Dec. 2 – 9, 2013

Much  of the contiguous USA had more than enough bitter cold, snow, sleet, and all the other trimmings over the past week. From CA to New England, the meteorological winter made its presence known.

Lets take a look at a few stories from this week…

GENERAL SCIENCE

An important and interesting essay on the peer review process…which should never get stoic.

Check out these amazing images of our humble home take from space.

TECHNOLOGY

Most of us keep a vast amount of data on the “cloud.” That’s the easy part. Protecting your data is another matter.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Here’s some citizen science anyone can take part in regardless of where you live. Check out the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.

ASTRONOMY

NOAA has a new instrument to gather information on the Sun’s effects on the Earth.

GEOLOGIC SCIENCE

Some recent research has shown some lethal qualities of the Japanese fault that cause the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Mapping the demise of the dinosaurs. Not as easy as it sounds when the evidence is buried deep underwater.

At 12:10 pm on Dec. 7, much of OK was shaken by a 4.8 magnitude earthquake (preliminary info). Here’s the link to the Oklahoma Geological Survey with complete information on all seismic activity in OK.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

This has been a bad week for air pollution in Shanghai. No, that’s not fog you see in the photos.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Getting snow? Here are some quick tips from the Norman, OK NWS on how to properly measure snowfall.

In high latitude areas, logging and deforestation may be beneficial to the local climate.

Who has the best chance for a white Christmas in the contiguous USA?

A ‘bookmark worthy’ page from the American Red Cross with winter weather safety tips.

2013 is well on its way to being the hottest year on record for Australia.

Here’s the latest information on the “Weather Forecasting Improvement Act” moving one step closer to reality.

And that’s a wrap for this week…stay warm folks…hope your holiday season is going well!

Cheers!

Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Nov. 25 – Dec. 2, 2013

As we welcome meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere, the Atlantic hurricane season quietly winds down. Fortunately, it was a very quiet season. The big news over the contiguous 48 states this week will be an early December blast of winter complete with snow, sleet, and all the frigid wind chills your thermal underwear can stand.

Here are this week’s links…

GENERAL SCIENCE

Here’s a very cool project for a science fair…or just for fun. How to make your own Spectroscope.

I’ve posted this before, but it’s worth another look. The title may as well be “How To Explain Science Research To The Non-scientist”

Good read by Chris Mooney: “Why Climate Change Skeptics and Evolution Deniers Joined Forces

This essay is as good a reason as I need for being a perennial advocate for critical thinking, the scientific method, and high quality science education.

ASTRONOMY

Did Comet ISON survive its close encounter with the sun? Only it’s hairdresser knows…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Another reason why trees are awesome: “Study shows tree leaves can capture 50% of particulate matter pollution.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

Here’s NOAA’s summary of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season…the sixth least active since 1950.

Interesting Op-Ed: “Climate Change Needs An Elephant Whisperer

The challenges of operational synoptic meteorology blending with climactic research is well explained in this article.

Another well written Op-Ed from people who really know what their doing: “The Truth About Tornadoes

Weather and climate research on the open seas can be a lonely but fascinating endeavor for the scientists involved.

Interesting concept…would be interesting to see if it works: “Using moving cars to measure rainfall

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE…

Note to fellow storm chasers…never leave your camcorder unattended if eagles are present.

Check out sixty-two of the world’s most beautiful libraries. Yes, I have my favorites, but none of them look modern.

Finally, ten reasons to spend winter in Sweden!

And on that note, it’s a wrap!

Cheers!

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