Category Archives: Puzzling things

Getting Energy From The Energy Store

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Inspired by an interesting guest post entitled “An energy model for the future, from the 12th century” over at Judith Curry’s excellent blog, I want to talk a bit about energy storage. The author of … Continue reading

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Settled science update – of mice and men

Just when you think you know everything there is to know about a model you run tests on, out comes some whippersnapper to upset the scientific apple cart. It makes you wonder how this could have gone on for so … Continue reading

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The R. W. Wood Experiment

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Pushed by a commenter on another thread, I thought I’d discuss the R. W. Wood experiment, done in 1909. Many people hold that this experiment shows that CO2 absorption and/or back-radiation doesn’t exist, or at … Continue reading

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New NASA satellite data tool, ‘forbidden’ right out of the box

From Elsevier  and NASA, comes this press release, which when you try the URL they give, doesn’t seem all that inviting compared to the headline: Guys, you really ought to read and try out your own press releases before putting … Continue reading

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Sailing On The Moon Wind

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I grew up on a remote cattle ranch surrounded by miles of forest, far from street lights. The nights were large and silent and very dark when there was no moon. But when the moon … Continue reading

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It’s all relative: superluminal neutrino discovery explained

Update: October 17 00:00 UTC:  whether this supposed explanation out of at least 80+ different papers attempting to debunk the neutrino FTL results has a shred of truth will take a while for the physics community to sort out.  Regardless, the point … Continue reading

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Puzzling shape – adventure in bulldozing?

Now that we all survived the rapture, readers are invited to help figure out what this is. Details here:

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Wild Photos! cougars acting like a pride of lions

This is rather offbeat, but it does fit in with the “nature” and “puzzling things” portion of WUWT as indicated in the masthead. These photos were emailed to me by the former Butte County Sheriff, Mick Grey, whom I have … Continue reading

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A helpful note to Dr. Eric Steig

Perhaps Dr. Steig was too busy writing snark (in response to a peer reviewed paper that is a rebuttal his own) to figure it out, but this made me laugh. Comment # 6 in this thread over at Real Climate … Continue reading

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Environmentalist marries Gaia in E-ceremony

From the Huffington Post, a tale of bliss. WUWT Readers may remember Mr. Bloom from a  previous story where he did something outlandish, but it appears he was simply protecting his future bride. There’s no mention at HuffPo if Earth … Continue reading

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Tempest in a teapot: International team of scientists describes swirling natural phenomena

Via press release: (Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Scientists can use cylinders as small as teapots to study the mechanisms involved in powerful hurricanes and other swirling natural phenomena. The earth’s atmosphere and its molten outer core have one thing in … Continue reading

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Dr. Ray Bradley’s amazing photo

Here is the web page for Dr. Raymond S. Bradley who is listed as: University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences and Director of the Climate System Research Center (http://www.paleoclimate.org). Readers may also recognize Dr. Bradley from his co-authorship … Continue reading

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Mystery “missile launch” off California – solved?

UPDATE: Contrail Science writes: Note to the media – since this was almost certainly Flight AWE808 (US Airways) from Hawaii to Phoenix, why not have a camera crew somewhere in the vicinity (does not need to be exact, or a … Continue reading

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