Forecast: Thunderstorms with a chance of germstones

American Society for Microbiology The role of bacteria in weather events NEW ORLEANS, LA – May 24, 2011 — Researchers have discovered a high concentration of bacteria in the center of hailstones, suggesting that airborne microorganisms may be responsible for that and other weather events. They report their findings today at the 111th General Meeting…

Tornado season update

NOAA’s Preliminary tornado statistics including records set in 2011, from noaa.gov On Sunday, May 22, a devastating tornado hit the city of Joplin, Mo., leaving an estimated 116 people dead and several hundred others injured. This tied the June 8, 1953, tornado that hit Flint, Mich., as the deadliest single tornado to strike the U.S.…

Five years of “An Inconvenient Truth”

Executive Summary: Science Fiction 5 Years After: Networks Celebrate Al Gore’s ‘Inconvenient Truth,’ Ignore Scientific Flaws, Criticism By Julia A. Seymour, Business and Media Institute The cause for the end of the world has been imagined by screenwriters to include everything from giant insects and malevolent robots to asteroids the size of Texas. But five…