Houston, we have a temperature problem

Eric Berger writes (excerpt below) at the Houston Chronicle “SciGuy” blog about the wicked hot record breaking temperatures people were getting in Houston on their iPhones. Turns out the whole issue is over station siting. While he located the station, doing some further investigation, I’ve got shots of the actual equipment and error analysis. The…

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Fuel cells get the dynamite treatment

From the University of Southern California  a parallel for Alfred Nobel’s design of a stable substrate for dynamite (which at the time used unstable nitro-glycerin). This solves the collision problem for automobile mounted fuel cells. Breakthrough in hydrogen fuel cells USC chemists develop way to safely store, extract hydrogen A team of USC scientists has…

Byrne on “The real science trashers”

I think this was directed squarely at Joe Romm and his band of TPers. One of Romm’s favorite put downs is “anti-science”, a label he uses with abandon. This opinion piece appeared in the Chicago Tribune today to wide circulation. It’s pretty strong stuff. The real science trashers Dennis Byrne August 30, 2011 – The…

The next hurricane to be is on the move: Katia

As we were given an early forecast of by Dr. Ryan Maue, NHC has now declared tropical depression 92L a tropical storm with the name Katia. UPDATE: 18z 08/30/2011 GFS forecast puts Gulf of Mexico in for a meandering powerful hurricane. While this is a long-range model — keep an eye on the Gulf… The…

Precautionary Principle Memo – ready for transmission

Guest post by Reed Coray Two members of the Penn State University faculty (Seth D. Baum and Jacob D. Haqq-Misra) and one employee of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Shawn D. Domagal-Goldman) have taken valuable time to address the issue of how mankind might deal with beneficent, neutral and hostile Extraterrestrial Intelligence (ETI).  The…