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Written By: grant on August 29, 2014 No Comment

You might have heard, like many Discovery News readers, of the weird moving rocks of Death Valley – the ones with the long, curving trails behind them. No one’s ever seen how these huge boulders skate across the desert until now:

The first witnesses to an enduring natural mystery are an engineer, a biologist [...]

Written By: grant on June 15, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>NASA Satellites [Earth Science Research Spacecraft]</i>

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Look! Look at all the birds!

I honestly can’t find where this image came from originally, but it pops up just about everywhere researchers partner with NASA to do atmospheric research.

Written By: grant on May 6, 2014 No Comment

Scientific American paints a peculiar picture of the Big Apple’s future, with the hustle and bustle taking place behind a series of levees, walls and other barriers to keep the ocean out:

“The city is on a good path … but it needs to be studying the barriers,” said Jeroen Aerts, a professor of risk [...]

Written By: grant on April 2, 2014 No Comment

Laboratory Equipment wards off bad weather with a new finding… that lasers can be used to divert lightning strikes:

Currently, high-intensity lasers, produced with modern technology essentially disappear over distances greater than a few inches or several feet at best when focused tightly, due to diffraction – the same effect that makes a stick [...]

Written By: grant on March 11, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily says “aerosols produced by human activities” – that is, soot and exhaust fumes and all that great air pollution – definitely has an effect on the weather. It’s just not the one you might expect:

Renyi Zhang, University Distinguished Professor in Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M, and colleagues Yuan Wang, Keun-Hee Lee, [...]

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Written By: grant on October 16, 2013 No Comment

Pennies from Heaven? P’shaw! Nature looks over the vastly overvalued weather report on Saturn and Jupiter:

…Mona Delitsky of California Specialty Engineering in Flintridge, and Kevin Baines of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, now say it is possible. They are laying out their argument this week at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for [...]

Written By: grant on November 5, 2012 No Comment

SONG: “Cloudbusting” [Download] (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: This is a penitential cover. I was late with the last song. This is a song about Wilhelm Reich’s tragic life (through the eyes of his son), written by Kate Bush, although I kinda favor [...]

Written By: grant on September 23, 2012 No Comment

SONG: “Particle.” [Download] (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant (with apologies to Antonio Vivaldi).

SOURCE: Based on “How Fungi Create the Amazon’s Clouds”, Time, 5 September 2012, as used in the post “Mushrooms that make the weather.”

ABSTRACT: Unlike the last few songs, this one [...]

Written By: grant on September 14, 2012 No Comment

Time travels to the Amazon to reveal the fungi that creates the clouds:

The clouds in the Amazon, just like everywhere else, consist of water vapor clinging to tiny clumps of carbon compounds. In forested areas, the carbon compounds are byproducts of plants’ metabolism; in populated areas, they are often from human pollution. Most [...]

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