Tornado Quest Gee-O-Science Links for April 1- 8, 2014

This was a busy weather week across the contiguous 48 states. For the time being, the Great Plains are in a quiet spell for now, but it won’t last. Before we get to this week’s links, I’d like to thank the 200+ people who mentioned or re-tweeted me on Twitter. When possible, I like to thank everyone but with so many especially during severe weather events, it would be time consuming for me and blow up my followers Twitter feeds with dozens of tweets full of Twitter handles. So, for those who did RT/Mention me, a heartfelt “Thank You.” Also, due to several ongoing projects related to Tornado Quest and the severe weather season, it’s necessary for me to limit the number of links to 10-15 per week. As many of you well know, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day for all the priorities that come with our busy & harried lives.

On that note, here are some links for your consideration…

GENERAL SCIENCE

Science has an advantage over almost any other field in that it is self-correcting…or is it?

Science, like many other fields of study, has its own philosophy. What is it and should scientists care?

Particle Fever looks like a “must-see” movie!

CITIZEN SCIENCE

Citizen scientists can revel in the fact that there are many apps for citizen science projects! To the list in the article, I’d also add the mPING app that helps the National Severe Storms Laboratory with research!

Citizen scientists not only help research, but can aid in keeping non-scientist-minded public servants on their toes.

PALEONTOLOGY/EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

Read about a very cool project where footprints of a dinosaur chase were digitally reconstructed.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

If you’re an avid recycler like me, you are always on the lookout for things that can be recycled or up-cycled. Here’s a good read on 20 things we didn’t know could be recycled.

Stanford scientist unveils 50-state plan to transform U.S. to renewable energy.

This week, the federal government announced a record-breaking $5 billion settlement in a remarkable environmental case.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

This past week marked the 40th anniversary of the 1974 Superoutbreak of tornadoes.

The Union of Concerned Scientists has taken a look at climate science coverage on cable news networks. Not surprisingly, the results range from lukewarm to ghastly.

Will the new IPCC report help climate action? It could, but some modifications could help.

Speaking of IPCC reports, could a streamlining aid in their conveying information to both scientists and non-scientists?

Take a look at climate change impacts in eight stark IPCC images.

No easy answer to this dilemma…but here’s an interesting view on why increasing funding of tornado research wouldn’t be a good idea.

THE QUIXOTIC

I can’t embrace Swedes’ obsession with the hug.” Hey, this Swede has nothing against hugs, we’re just not naturally a demonstrative lot. πŸ˜‰

And that’s a wrap for this week…

Cheers!

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