Space researchers illuminate ‘one of the most perplexing puzzles in planetary science’

Discovery of Saturn’s auroral heartbeat An international team of scientists led by Dr Jonathan Nichols of the University of Leicester has discovered that Saturn’s aurora, an ethereal ultraviolet glow which illuminates Saturn’s upper atmosphere near the poles, pulses roughly once per Saturnian day. The length of a Saturnian day has been under much discussion since…

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We enter the age of “…or else”

Excerpts from: EPA left to pick up climate change where Congress dropped the debate By David A. Fahrenthold and Juliet Eilperin The Obama administration told Congress to find a way to regulate greenhouse gases — or else. Last month, Congress refused: Democratic leaders in the Senate declined to take up climate legislation before their August…

Generating energy from ocean waters off Hawaii

This seems like an interesting idea, the feasibility may drop with scale though. College Park, MD (August 3, 2010) — Researchers at the University of Hawaii at Manoa say that the Leeward side of Hawaiian Islands may be ideal for future ocean-based renewable energy plants that would use seawater from the oceans’ depths to drive…

A color scheme change for the SST map

By Steve Goddard WUWT reader “Roy” astutely noted that the NOAA SST map shows a lot of hot yellow, in regions which are just barely above normal temperatures. So I tried an experiment to remove all colors between  -0.5C and 0.5C anomaly (i.e normal.)  The blink comparator below shows the difference. In the original map,…

Morphed Climate/Energy Bill is DOA in the Senate

From:  The Caucus Blog – NYTimes.com Senate Democrats on Tuesday abandoned all hopes of passing even a slimmed-down energy bill before they adjourn for the summer recess, saying that they did not have sufficient votes even for legislation tailored narrowly to respond to the Gulf oil spill. Although the majority leader, Harry Reid, Democrat of…