Category Archives: Science

A Theory Ready for Extinction

Don’t worry too much over those warmist predictions that millions of species will soon be lost to climate change. Judging by their methods it is the doomsayers who are the real dodos Guest essay by Dr. David Stockwell Will climate … Continue reading

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Giant Convection Cells Found on the Sun

NASA’s Dr. David Hathaway has just published a new paper, and it has advanced solar science. He’s found something they’ve been looking for a long time; long lived convection cells. Massive, long-lasting plasma flows 15 times the diameter of Earth … Continue reading

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The Important Difference between Climatology and Climate Science

Why did the Royal Society need secret meetings? Guest essay by Dr. Tim Ball Recent events underscore problems with understanding climate and how the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) achieved their deception. Comments about my recent article appreciated it … Continue reading

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Science self-corrects: bogus study claiming Roundup tolerant GMO corn causes cancer to be retracted

Whoo boy. This sounds like a familiar climate episode. Andrew Revkin tips me to this retraction of a paper that got screaming headlines worldwide, and says this along with the photo. (Warning don’t click “continue reading” while eating Thanksgiving dinner).

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Contrasting Good and Bad Science: Disease, Climate Change and the Case of the Golden Toad

Guest essay by Jim Steele, Director Emeritus, Sierra Nevada Field Campus San Francisco State University To insure the public does not become complacent as the 16-year hiatus in rising global temperatures continues, the media is spammed with untested models claiming … Continue reading

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Frog extinction theory is going extinct

Remember this WUWT story?  What frog science can teach us about global warming From UC Davis: National survey finds frog abnormalities rare A 10-year study shows some good news for frogs and toads on national wildlife refuges. The rate of abnormalities … Continue reading

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A view of science worth reflecting upon

After watching the movie “The Challenger Disaster” on the Discovery channel tonight, I thought it would be good for WUWT readers to read Feynman’s famous address. At the end, there is a quote from Feynman, which appeared at the end … Continue reading

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Journals Not Enforcing Their Policies

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach From an interesting post entitled “Trust and Don’t Bother To Verify” on Judith Curry’s excellent blog , I’ve taken the following quote: Journals’ growing insistence that at least some raw data be made available seems … Continue reading

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Messaging fail – almost half of Pew survey respondents don’t know the ‘CO2 warms the atmosphere’ claim

People send me stuff. In my Inbox today was a link to a Science Poll conducted by the Pew Research Center. The aim of the poll was to gauge American knowledge of science and it is a parallel poll to … Continue reading

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Using a climate model to map global atmospheric conductivity

From the University of Colorado at Boulder CU-Boulder researchers use climate model to better understand electricity in the air Electrical currents born from thunderstorms are able to flow through the atmosphere and around the globe, causing a detectable electrification of … Continue reading

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Why Climate Science is Fallible

Guest essay by Dr. David Deming We live in a scientific age. The sciences are viewed as the only real sources of authoritative information. Knowledge derived from other epistemological systems is regarded as having less credibility. The conclusions of philosophy … Continue reading

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A window into academia – via a resignation letter

This post contains excerpts of a letter sent to staff at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, English: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) is one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology and is located in … Continue reading

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New paper says ‘No evidence of planetary influence on solar activity’

“Barycentric” influence of the planets on the sun is just statistically insignificant, and a previous paper that claims to find a signal in isotopic records is proven to be nothing more than a statistical artifact. In 2012, Astronomy & Astrophysics … Continue reading

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Limiting scientific debate: A change in the AGU policy on Presenting Alternative Scientific Viewpoints

Guest essay by Roger A. Pielke Sr. In the August 20 2013 issue of EOS both the AGU Statement on Climate Change [ http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2013EO340006/pdf ] and my comment on the Statement [ http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2013EO340007/pdf ] were published. However, I was not … Continue reading

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The sun is about to have a flipping magnetic field reversal

We’ve been watching the progress on the WUWT solar reference page in this plot from Dr. Leif Svalgaard: Solar Polar Fields – Mt. Wilson and Wilcox Combined -1966 to Present Leif Svalgaard – Click the pic to view at source … Continue reading

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Solar Cycle 24 Update

Guest essay by David Archibald Recently, a number of newspaper articles spoke of the potential of cycle 25 to be   “Weakest Solar Cycle In Almost 200 Years”. “We’re in a new age of solar physics,” said David Hathaway of NASA’s … Continue reading

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Fabricating Climate Doom – Part 1: Parmesan’s Butterfly Effect

Addendum by Anthony: This graph is an eyebrow raiser. The infrastructure at Yosemite has increased to handle increased tourism, and the weather station records this by a reversal of the Tmin and Tmax relationship. In this case, the heat sinks … Continue reading

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Length of day governed by Earth’s core processes

From the University of Liverpool , something I found interesting because a few years ago, former State Climatologist Jame Goodridge said he saw correlations between length of day and other atmospheric processes. Research reveals Earth’s core affects length of day … Continue reading

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Can We Actually Even Tell if Humans Are Affecting the Climate? What if we did nothing at all?

Essay by Charlie Martin We know, with great certainty, that the overall average temperature of the Earth has warmed by several degreees in the last 400 years, since the end of the Little Ice Age. Before that was a period … Continue reading

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Peer Evil – the rotten business model of modern science

Guest essay by Abzats. The most exciting period in science was, arguably, 1895-1945. It was marked by discoveries that changed the foundations of modern science: X-rays, quantum mechanics, superconductivity, relativity theory and nuclear energy. Then, compare this with the next … Continue reading

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Desktop Sized Atom Smasher Demonstrated

From the “E.O. Lawrence would be jealous department”  and the University of Texas Austin comes this bit of interesting news (h/t to “View From the Solent”). Full disclosure, I made a cyclotron myself and went to the National Science Fair … Continue reading

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Tropical lizards safe from climate change forced extinction

Some good news from Dartmouth College Climate change may have little impact on tropical lizards Dartmouth study contradicts predictions of widespread extinction A new Dartmouth College study finds human-caused climate change may have little impact on many species of tropical … Continue reading

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What We Don’t Know

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Back in August 2010, WUWT ran an article wherein it was claimed that variations in the sun changed the rate of radioactive decay. This, of course, flew in the face of years and years of … Continue reading

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Wild claim from University of East Anglia

No mays, coulds, or mights here in this press release headline from UEA. They say “will“.  As usual, they assume nature so poorly equipped her creations that they can’t adapt. That’s some ballsy certainty. Climate change will cause widespread global-scale … Continue reading

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Claim: solar cells that produce two electrons for every photon, resulting in over 100% quantum efficiency

From the I’ll believe it when I see it department comes this claim. From R&D magazine: Throughout decades of research on solar cells, one formula has been considered an absolute limit to the efficiency of such devices in converting sunlight … Continue reading

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Correlation, filtering, systems and degrees of freedom

Guest post by Richard Saumarez Correlations are often used to relate changes in climate variables in order to establish a potential relationship between them. These variables may have been processed in some way before they are correlated, possibly by filtering … Continue reading

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Well said – the central issue to Marcott et al

I’m reminded of this quote: “No one is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart: for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.” ― James Baldwin, Nobody Knows My Name This below pretty much says it all.

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Asteroid likely caused global fires, which led to extinctions

From the AGU: Global fires after the asteroid impact probably caused the K-Pg extinction About 66 million years ago a mountain-sized asteroid hit what is now the Yucatan in Mexico at exactly the time of the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) mass extinction. … Continue reading

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The PR is in: the ‘may haves’ have it at NSF

From the National Science Foundation, another bit of Speculative Science™ note the caveat in bold, which is all they need for a headline that screams certainty: This sudden release of gases into the atmosphere may have created intense global warming, … Continue reading

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Science, Surfing, Stratification, Overturning, and Timing

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Surfing When I was a kid, swimming in the ocean was a rarity. We kids spent summers with my Dad, and once, maybe twice over the summer we’d go to Stinson Beach. I loved the … Continue reading

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How long to the 24/25 solar minimum?

Guest post by David Archibald Climate has real world consequences, and those operating in fields that will be affected by changing climate bring a different perspective to the problem of predicting what will happen. Bill Fordham, advising the grain industry … Continue reading

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Mysterious ‘electron stash’ found hidden among Van Allen belts

You’d think the science on the Van Allen Radiation belts was long ago considered “settled science”. Nope. And yet, while we discover new things like this, some insist we fully understand all aspects of the workings of Earth’s climate. Instruments … Continue reading

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The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project, Original Data For Science Posterity

Guest post by Dennis Ray Wingo Introduction The foundation of all observational science is data. This is true whether the data is temperature measurements from ground networks, satellites, or any other thing in nature that can be observed, quantified, and … Continue reading

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Solar Update February 2013

Guest post by David Archibald Solar Cycle 24 has already seen five consecutive colder winters. This is a link to a post about a German meteorologist who has seen the light. Eventually people will work their way back to where … 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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