Category Archives: Science

A new twist on an old grade school science project

From Stanford University something familiar to most anyone who has taken science – electrolysis of water into hydrogen and oxygen. Stanford scientists develop a water splitter that runs on an ordinary AAA battery In 2015, American consumers will finally be … Continue reading

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The central climate fallacy is that the unknowns are known

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley What is science for? Its end and object is to stretch out a fumbling hand for the truth by a humble and eternally-unsatisfied attempt to constrain uncertainties. The scientific method is hungry curiosity, followed by … Continue reading

Posted in Hiatus in Global Warming, Science | 263 Comments

‘Goldilocks zone’ exoplanets would not be habitable without an ocean

UEA: Oceans moderate the climate Story submitted by Eric Worrall h/t The Register – University of East Anglia researchers have challenged the view that any planet in the Goldilocks zone (the right distance from a star so water is likely … Continue reading

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The Science Publishing Complex – 1% publish 41% of all papers

Erik Stokstad in Science (AAAS) writes: Publishing is one of the most ballyhooed metrics of scientific careers, and every researcher hates to have a gap in that part of his or her CV. Here’s some consolation: A new study finds … Continue reading

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AAAS on reproducibility – ‘a cornerstone of science’

Reproducibility — the ability to redo an experiment and get the same results — is a cornerstone of science, but it has been the subject of some troubling news lately. In recent years, researchers have reported that they could not … Continue reading

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Beware of false Prophets

By Charles Battig, M.D. Positive public perception of the scientist has long been powerful.  The public has the tendency to defer to scientists, as it does to authority in general.  It is part of the educational and socialization process inherent … Continue reading

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The perils of Science by press release: ‘overly exaggerated presentation of research findings’

From the London School of Economics and Political Science: The growth of the science PR industry has resulted in an overly exaggerated presentation of research findings. Science journalism is not immune to the budget crisis facing newsrooms more widely. With … Continue reading

Posted in media, Science | 28 Comments

‘Settled science’ – paper claims the Universe is static, not expanding

New evidence, based on detailed measurements of the size and brightness of hundreds of galaxies, using The Tolman test for surface brightness, indicates that the Universe is not expanding after all. I’m betting that somewhere, some activist is trying to … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy, Science | 335 Comments

Steve Burnett’s Hard vs. the Soft Sciences Essay; An Ongoing Debate Central To Climate

Guest essay by Dr. Tim Ball Steve Burnett’s “Hard vs. the Soft Sciences” essay is interesting but misses the problem in studying climate and other generalist areas in an era of specialization. It also misses information about the nature of … Continue reading

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Hard vs. the Soft Sciences

Guest essay by Steven Burnett This is an essay regarding the fundamental differences between the hard and soft sciences. While I don’t emphasize climatology much in the essay, I believe this may provide some insight into the chasm of evidence … Continue reading

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Friday Funny – ‘Giant sucking sound’ over siphoning definition

Physicist demonstrates dictionary definition was dodgy It is the defining moment that demonstrates a QUT physicist was correct in pointing out a 99-year-old mistake to one of the world’s most authoritative dictionaries. QUT Senior Lecturer in Physics, Dr Stephen Hughes, … Continue reading

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Hearing restoration with gene therapy – I knew this day would come

For me, this is a profound moment. It will be even more profound if many people can benefit from it. Some of you may know that I suffer about an 85% hearing loss, and even with powerful hearing aids I … Continue reading

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The Empire of the Viscount Strikes Back!

By Christopher Monckton of Brenchley Professor Shaun Lovejoy, as he continues the active marketing of his latest paper purporting to prove that “the world desperately needs to drop the skepticism and change course – humanity’s future depends on it”, writes … Continue reading

Posted in 99% certainty, Opinion, Science | 296 Comments

New paper finds solar UV-B output is correlated to global mean temperature

Map of correlations suggest it may be affecting biomass and planetary albedo. From the Hockey Schtick: A paper published today in Methods in Ecology and Evolution describes a new satellite dataset of solar UV-B radiation for use in ecological studies. According … Continue reading

Posted in Albedo, Biomass, Science, Solar | 87 Comments

Ice dating from Krypton

Here’s something useful that works like radiocarbon dating, but on ice. Since it is cosmic ray based, it makes me wonder if it could be used to reconstruct the cosmic ray record to test Svensmark’s theory of cosmic ray modulation … Continue reading

Posted in Antarctic, Paleoclimatology, Science | 42 Comments

Methane: The Irrelevant Greenhouse Gas

Water vapor has already absorbed the very same infrared radiation that Methane might have absorbed. Guest essay by Dr. Tom Sheahen Q: I read that methane is an even worse greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, and cattle are a big … Continue reading

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More support for Svensmark’s cosmic ray modulation of Earth’s climate hypothesis

There is a new paper in Environmental Research Letters that give additional support to  Henrik Svensmark’s cosmic ray hypothesis of climate change on Earth. The idea is basically this: the suns changing magnetic field has an influence on galactic cosmic … Continue reading

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Why a compelling theory is not enough

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Consider the following descriptions of three scientific theories. Which is the odd one out?

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Study: WUWT near the center of the climate blogosphere

New paper finds climate skeptical blogosphere is important source of expertise, reinterpretation, & scientific knowledge production From The Hockey Schtick: A paper published on April 5th in Global Environmental Change finds the climate skeptical blogosphere serves as an alternative network … Continue reading

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What Defines A Scientist?

By WUWT Regular “Just The Facts” According to USA Today on April 3rd and repeated on April 4th: “Keith Baugues is not a scientist, but that didn’t stop him on a recent wintry day from expressing skepticism about global warming … Continue reading

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Nature fights poison with carbon dioxide

‘Evil’ carbon dioxide saves plants from another poison. Consider that the next time you eat a piece of fruit. From Saint Mary’s University Taming a poison: Saving plants from cyanide with carbon dioxide The scientific world is one step closer … Continue reading

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IPCC admission from new report: ‘no evidence climate change has led to even a single species becoming extinct’

In 2007, the IPCC predicted that rising global temperatures would kill off many species. But in its new report, part of which will be presented next Monday, the UN climate change body backtracks. There is a shortage of evidence, a … Continue reading

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Faint whispers of the early universe detected, bolsters the cosmic inflation theory, aka ‘big bang’

“This has been like looking for a needle in a haystack, but instead we found a crowbar…” From the Stanford Report, March 17, 2014 (h/t to Dr. Leif Svalgaard) video follows New evidence from space supports Stanford physicist’s theory of … Continue reading

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The Sun wakes up: highest values of Solar Cycle 24 observed in February 2014

The updates from NOAA’s SWPC are now available, and there are big jumps all around in February 2014. Sunspot number reaches the highest ever for SC24:

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CRISES IN CLIMATOLOGY

Guest essay by Donald C. Morton Herzberg Program in Astronomy and Astrophysics, National Research Council of Canada ABSTRACT The Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released in September 2013 continues the pattern of previous ones raising alarm about … Continue reading

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Science Fairs Make Scientists

Guest Essay by Kip Hansen I complain a lot about poor science being done by what I assume to be professional scientists. I’d like to think that if I were in their labs, I would do better. [ *** see … Continue reading

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NASA’s IBEX Helps Paint Picture of the Magnetic System Beyond the Solar Wind

IBEX research shows influence of galactic magnetic field extends well beyond our solar system Understanding the region of interstellar space through which the solar system travels is no easy task. Interstellar space begins beyond the heliosphere, the bubble of charged … Continue reading

Posted in Science, Space | 58 Comments

Friday Funny: Science by the kilogram

From Aarhus University, and the department of weighted (by the kilogram) peer review comes a really heavy new report. See actual photo caption at right, bold mine, I kid you not. I loved this quote from the press release: ‘Polar … Continue reading

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Statistical flaws in science: p-values and false positives

To make science better, watch out for statistical flaws by Tom Siegfried First of two parts As Winston Churchill once said about democracy, it’s the worst form of government, except for all the others. Science is like that. As commonly … Continue reading

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The Scientific Method and Climate Science

Guest essay by Dr. Vincent Gray Science is supposed to take place by the use of the “Scientific Method” defined in the following way.

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High levels of molecular chlorine found in Arctic atmosphere

From the Georgia Institute of Technology Scientists studying the atmosphere above Barrow, Alaska, have discovered unprecedented levels of molecular chlorine in the air, a new study reports. Molecular chlorine, from sea salt released by melting sea ice, reacts with sunlight … Continue reading

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New study claims low solar activity caused “the pause” in global temperature – but AGW will return!

This is on a tip from Dr. Leif Svalgaard, WUWT’s resident solar expert. It was just published in the journal Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, and is open access. I found this study’s conclusion a bit amusing, because there are numerous … Continue reading

Posted in Climate News, ENSO, Hiatus in Global Warming, Peer review, Science, Solar | Tagged , , | 180 Comments

Cherry flavored ClimaPsychoTamiflugate

By Matt Ridley, The Times 06/01/14 It’s not only Tamiflu where inconvenient data goes unpublished. Try climate science and psychology too Perhaps it should be called Tamiflugate. Yet the doubts reported by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee last … Continue reading

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Thanks, I’ll pass

People send me stuff. I got this email today with the subject: Publish Your Research Paper And then I read the image that was the advertisement for the new journal. Yo, I’m invited to contribute “resarch”.

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New paper: Clouds blown by the solar wind

This paper suggests a terrestrial impact on cloud cover from the interplanetary electric field (IEF) via the global electric circuit. A primer video on the GEC is below. Clouds blown by the solar wind M Voiculescu et al 2013 Environ. Res. … Continue reading

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