Tornado Quest Science Links and Much More for Jan. 12 – 19, 2015

Save for a few bouts of wintry weather, it’s been a relatively quiet weather week across most of North America. Drought conditions still persist across parts of CA, NV, OK, and TX with little relief in sight. The big news is the final analysis of global climate for 2014. Since records have been kept, 2014 was the warmest year on our planet. As is often the case, burning the candles at both ends with a full dance card chasing after me…so this will be a short post for this week.

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

CITIZEN SCIENCE/SCIENCE EDUCATION

Citizen Science: Theory and Practice is taking submissions for their 2015 launch! “The journal will provide a central space for cross-disciplinary scholarly exchanges that are aimed at advancing the field of citizen science.”

Need some citizen science project ideas to get involved in? SciStarter has a great list to start with!

Here’s a very cool list of awesome outdoor apps for kids…or those who are young at heart AND interested in the wonders of nature.

GENERAL SCIENCE

A stark reminder on the importance of basic science research.

TECHNOLOGY/SOCIAL MEDIA

If you’re a user and fan of Firefox, there’s a critical security update that you need to address ASAP.

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/RENEWABLES

The world’s first solar bike path has been unveiled in the Netherlands.

New York City’s newest recycling center is a state-of-the art facility. Such a shame these aren’t as common as landfills.

If you’re traveling to Beijing, you’d better bring your own oxygen supply. Their toxic air is literally off the charts.

An amazing array of images from NASA that reveal how much climate change has transformed our Earth.

A thought-provoking essay that, indirectly, proves the superior value of the scientific method. “The Danger The Planet Faces Because Human Instinct Overpowers Human Reason.”

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE

There’s been little change in this week’s USA Drought Monitor with extreme to exceptional conditions persisting for parts of CA, NV, OK, and TX. With no relief in sight, the stress of dealing with the drought is taking its toll as the dry conditions become a way of life.

Considering the ongoing drought in California, there are many questions pertaining to atmospheric conditions that bring rain to that region. This study will answer many of them.

How much will climate change cost us? More than we think.

When words alone aren’t enough. Five charts that help explain why 2014 was so warm on our humble home. Here are some very cool animations that further drive the point home.

And lastly, a little meteorology, a little sociology. “Weather May Influence Institutional Investors’ Stock Decisions.”

THE QUIXOTIC SIDE

For the record, I have no problem with selfie-sticks. But, I will go on record for hoping that this doesn’t become the next social media fad.

That’s a wrap for this post…

Cheers!

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