Surprising things and places in science, engineering and geography named “niggerhead”

By now we are all probably aware of the media flash-mob that has erupted over presidential candidate Rick Perry’s badly named hunting ranch leased plot near Haskell, Texas. There’s quite a story in the New York Times about it here. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/04/us/politics/in-west-texas-wagons-circle-around-perry-over-racially-charged-controversy.html Seeing the word used today, it reminded me of an odd experience in west…

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Possible earthquake early warning signal discovered

From the AGU: An atmospheric precursor to the recent Japan megaquake Most scientists believe that earthquakes are inherently unpredictable, and reports of various kinds of earthquake precursor signals have been difficult to verify. However, in a new study, Heki reports a possible ionospheric precursor to the devastating 11 March 2011 magnitude 9 Tohoku earthquake in…

Hansen rakes it in

Disclosure Obtained by ATI Environmental Law Center Shows the Wealth Keeps Flowing for Dr. James HansenFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday, October 3, 2011Contact: Paul Chesser, Executive Director, paul.chesser@atinstitute.orgAs it waits for the resolution of its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit ( http://bit.ly/nnKpxS )  against the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which seeks the outside employment permission…