Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links For Jan. 20 – 27, 2014

It’s been an active week in science news from many areas of study. Weather wise, a severe drought continues across parts of the contiguous USA from OK and TX westward to CA. As of this post, many southern states are taking a shellacking from a rare and robust winter storm. While it may look laughable, keep in mind that southern winter storms often have freezing rain (aka a  layer if ice) below just a couple of inches of snow…ergo, the gridlock that’s paralyzing many metro areas. As a veteran of many devastating ice storms in OK, I’ll take 18″ of powdery snow any day over 1/2″ of ice.

Let’s take a look at this week’s links…

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Citizen scientists can not only gather data for scientists, but increase the quality of research.

Here’s a very nice interview with biologist Caren Cooper, “How Rise of Citizen Science Is Democratizing Research.”

Are you a teacher? Ever wonder if citizen science benefits your students? Good news…yes it does!

SOCIAL SCIENCE/EDUCATION

There’s something to be said for “snow days” and this article renews my belief in them.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Considering the tinderbox conditions that are plaguing much of the USA, here are some tips on conserving water.

I’m looking forward to some good info from a new journal from the American Geophysical Union called Earth’s Future.

The EU has taken on an ambitious quest to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030.

GEOLOGICAL SCIENCE

The USA’s Grand Canyon is old…but new studies show it may have formed more recently than previously though.

Read how a virtual earthquake generator shows that Los Angeles would experience stronger-than-expected ground motions.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

A new NASA satellite will be launched in February, 2014 and do something pretty amazing…measure precipitation from space.

Part climatology, part business: “Industry Awakens To Threat Of Climate Change

Was there a recent hiatus in global warming? Simply put, no.

Arctic sea ice is melting rapidly…freefall style.

If you’ve not seen this wind map, take a look and have fun interacting.

The big Superbowl game is coming soon. UCAR/NCAR takes a look at forecasting the big game: 1967 vs. 2014.

While a rare winter snow storm gives Dixie a southern shellacking, Alaska basked in record January warmth.

FIGHTING FIRE WITH FIRE

Considering the abundance of vitriol spreading from nefarious trolls that’s aimed at the scientific community, here are several items worth reading. Most of the titles speak for themselves.This is as much a sociological and/or psychological look into a certain element of human behavior as it is a documentation of a plethora of anti-science elements in media…both broadcast, print, or social media.  I’m offering for your consideration the following articles under the spirit of, “know thy enemy.”

I’ve been described as being “polite to a fault” by an evangelical Christian minister no less. Are scientists (both professional and citizen) too polite?

An insider’s story of the global attack on climate science.

Targets of climate hate mail rally to support one another.

Why conservatives can’t resist “snow trolling.”

Climate and vaccine deniers are the same: Beyond Persuasion.

As for the trolls…why we can’t ignore Twitter abuse: a guest post by a police officer.

Speaking of trolls, they are often two-faced. Critical of the trolling in person while anonymously engaging in the behavior behind the safety of their monitors. They often lead two lives.

Normally, I try to “tweet with a smile” but this is not often the best policy to adhere to for every single tweet or post…especially in an increasingly hostile social media environment. Your perceptions of the information I pass along are your responsibility regardless of whether you agree with me or not. Having said that, it’s my intention to leave the world a better place for our children and the many generations to follow. We owe it to them.

And on that note, it’s a wrap…

Cheers!

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One response

  1. hmorley2013 | Reply

    Thanks for sharing our citizen science post! You have some really interesting links here. I’m looking forward to exploring them!

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