Category Archives: Technology

NASA to fly ‘green’ rockets

I have to wonder if this is a good idea, what with so many other green ventures not living up to expectations, this might actually end up getting people killed if it isn’t fully tested before making it into the … 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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Inverse hockey stick in the lower troposphere – real or not?

Bishop Hill via correspondent Gras Albert noted this event early today: I looked through the entire satellite record, and couldn’t find any similar event. That meant it was either unique, or indicative of a technology failure like we witnessed with … Continue reading

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Introducing the Quantum Refrigerator – the coolest cool tech

Since Willis just published an essay on refrigeration systems and how the Earth has its own version, I thought this story might be fun and educational. Many people don’t know that Albert Einstein invented a refrigerator system in 1926 after … Continue reading

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New satellite to warn of severe weather by watching lightning

NOAA and NASA’s next generation weather satellite may provide earlier warnings A new satellite that will detect the lightning inside storm clouds may lead to valuable improvements in tornado detection. The GOES-R satellite is currently being built with new technology … Continue reading

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Cooltech: a nanoscale foglifter and frost inhibitor coating

From the American Chemical Society, something interesting. A new anti-frost and anti-fog coating for glass In an advance toward glass that remains clear under the harshest of conditions, scientists are reporting development of a new water-repellant coating that resists both … 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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Citizen driven PressureNet offers real time barometer network

Smartphones, tablets help UW researchers improve storm forecasts By Hannah Hickey The next advance in weather forecasting may not come from a new satellite or supercomputer, but from a device in your pocket. University of Washington atmospheric scientists are using … Continue reading

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A follow up on the ‘it was warmer in 1790 in Sydney’ story

Readers may recall the story  Global Warming?……. It was warmer in Sydney in 1790 by Craig Kelly, MP in NSW Australia in response to some of the recent alarmist caterwauling in the press about the hot summer in Australia being … Continue reading

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Why ice loss and sea level measurements via satellite and the new Shepherd et al paper are highly uncertain at the moment

There’s a paper (Shepherd et al) on ice loss and sea level rise that has been making the rounds in media (such as this article in Science Recorder, claiming it validates global warming) that is causing some stir, mainly because … Continue reading

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Finally: JPL intends to get a GRASP on accurate sea level and ice measurements

A climate science bombshell: New proposal from NASA JPL admits to “spurious” errors in current satellite based sea level and ice altimetry, calls for new space platform to fix the problem. People send me stuff. Today it is a PowerPoint … Continue reading

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Wyoming experiences that “giant sucking sound” as new coal fired climate supercomputer is turned on

Did your lights dim yesterday? It might have been Trenberth’s “travesty calculator”. Readers may recall when I covered the announcement of the building of this new supercomputer: NCAR’s dirty little secret Measuring 108,000 square feet in total with 15,000-20,000 square feet … Continue reading

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Something practical – new roof design saves energy

ORNL roof and attic design proves efficient in summer and winter By Emma Macmillan OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Sep. 10, 2012 — A new kind of roof-and-attic system field-tested at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory keeps homes cool … Continue reading

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Beefing up security on skeptical blogs

It has been noted that in the past week we have seen two prominent skeptic websites attacked: Jo Nova and The GWPF, the latter of which has been overtaken, and a message from the attackers replaced the home page. I … Continue reading

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Earth, with some MSG added

PR 25 2012 – Today, the Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) instrument on MSG-3 captured its first image of the Earth (August 7th). This demonstrates that Europe’s latest geostationary weather satellite, launched on 5 July, is performing well … Continue reading

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NASA’s 7 minutes of terror tonight – more than a curiosity

UPDATE: Touchdown confirmed! Congratulations NASA JPL! First image received. See below. ======================================== I thought I”d take a minute to advise you that some real science and engineering that will be see from NASA tonight rather than the politically motivated science … Continue reading

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New gadget: remote WiFi Temperature & Humidity Data Logger

Measurment of temperature is getting so much easier these days. Some of you may have a need for this WiFi Temperature / Humidity Data Logging Sensor, so I thought I’d list it here. It allows you to log temperature and … Continue reading

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Some stuff I’ve been up to…Cellular Weather Station

As many people know, weather stations are my specialty. I’ve been busy with inventing a number of things as of late, trying to stay competitive. So thought I’d drop this out there in case anyone has a use for either … Continue reading

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Global Hawk drones to be used to hunt hurricanes this year

From the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, it seems the days of the Orion P3 Hurricane Hunter aircraft may soon be numbered. NASA mission sending unmanned aircraft over hurricanes this year Beginning this summer and over the next several years, NASA … Continue reading

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US Congress Rejects UN Internet Takeover

http://phys.org/news/2012-05-internet.html As a followup to a previous story about congressional hearings regarding a proposal to turn over control of the internet to the United Nations International Telecommunications Union, we are happy to report that extensive public pressure has ensured that … Continue reading

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