Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Dec. 30, 2013 – Jan. 6, 2014

I hope everyone in the US & Canada is weathering the “polar vortex” and staying warm. The polar vortex is nothing new. I recall one meteorologist explaining what basically amounts to a polar vortex to me back in the mid 1980’s.

Here’s a look at this week’s links…

GENERAL SCIENCE

A good read for non-scientists…how to read and understand a scientific paper.

Communicating science to non-scientists can be a daunting challenge for many scientists. Here are a few habits that don’t work.

Sadly, in spite of well established scientific facts, this is still an issue in 2013 C.E.

TECHNOLOGY

My, how far we’ve come. Smartphones, DSLR’s & film. What’s next?

While geared towards business settings, these tips on protecting yourself against a data breach should be considered across the board.

ASTRONOMY

Take a look back at 10 years of spectacular Mars images from the Spirit and Opportunity rovers.

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Recovering from a natural disaster means more than a clean up and rebuild. The social & psychological effects are addressed in this information page from FEMA.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

An ecosystem that has nothing but long-term deleterious consequences…the plastisphere.

Recycling is not a new idea. In fact, it’s been around for hundreds of years.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

The Daily Climate takes a look ahead at the potentially hot (and perennially un-hot sophomoric trolls) of climate news for 2014.

Speaking of lively topics, Ars Technica has taken a bold and very appropriate stance on moderating online discussions that so often are the fodder of climate change denialist trolls. Mind you, professional and objective debate is one (rare) behavior if for no other reason than the scientists who really understand climate have better things to do than waste time on endless discussion threads, but bullying, nefarious trolls spewing impertinence and vitriol is pandemic in the online world.

A very thoughtful essay by Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd reflecting on his year as president of the American Meteorological Society.

2013 will likely be remembered as a good year for climate science, but a mixed bad for climate policy.

And that’s a wrap for this week. I hope everyone’s new year got off to a good start & regardless of the weather, you’re having a grand time.

Cheers!

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