Tornado Quest Science Links For Dec. 15 – 22, 2014

The Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere is finally upon us. If you’ve been aggravated by the lack of sunlight, take heart. From now until late June, the amount of daylight will increase every day. Obviously we have a great deal of wintery weather ahead…so don’t put the long-johns away just yet.

For your consideration, here are this week’s links…

GENERAL SCIENCE

A recent episode of Science Friday had a very good segment that’s worth a listen…and discussion. “Scientists Speak Out About Attacks On Science

Sadly, no shortage of these as this year draws to a close. The worst anti-science stories of 2014.

TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA

Good food for thought. “10 Ways We’re Being Rude In Social Media And Don’t Even Know It.”

Online privacy is something far too many take with far too little a grain of salt.

CITIZEN SCIENCE

From SciStarter: 12 Days Of Christmas: Citizen Science Edition!

PALEONTOLOGY/EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

A very cool time-lapse video of the world’s most complete Stegosarus skeleton being assembled.

A fascinating read on genetics confirming the relationship between fins and hands

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/SUSTAINABILITY

A lofty goal, but very worth one in my book. Austin, TX to get 55% of its power from renewables by2025.

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

There are countless colloquial and/or provincial weather terms that need to be put to rest. Among them are “twister,” “thunderhead,” “snowpocalypse,” “snOMG”…and “superstorm.”

Here’s the latest USA Drought Monitor. In spite of recent heavy rains, the surface was barely scratched (for long-term benefit) in CA, NV, OK, TX.

If you live in an area prone to severe thunderstorms and tornadoes, there are some recent changes in the Storm Prediction Center’s Day 4-8 Outlooks that you should be aware of.

Living in much of Alaska is tough enough, but this village will give us insight as to how it’s residents…and the rest of us…are unprepared for climate change.

At this year’s conference of the American Geophysical Union, a great deal of climate change research was shared. Communicating that important data to a largely apathetic public is something else.

An interesting read from NOAA on changes in the Arctic due to rising air and sea temperatures.

And that’s a wrap for this post. If you’re celebrating the holiday, my best wishes to you and yours. Have fun and God Jul!

Cheers!

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