Dust’s excellent global adventure ends in California’s Sierra Nevada

From the Scripps Institute: Saharan and Asian Dust, Biological Particles End Global Journey in California UCSD, NOAA study is the first to show that dust and other aerosols from one side of the world influence rainfall in another Scripps Institution of Oceanography / University of California, San Diego A field study of aerosol impacts on…

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Disney research figures out “twinned rainbow” optics

From Disney Research (who knew?) Researchers unlock secret of the rare ‘twinned rainbow’ ZURICH — Scientists have yet to fully unravel the mysteries of rainbows, but a group of researchers from Disney Research, Zürich, UC San Diego, Universidad de Zaragoza, and Horley, UK, have used simulations of these natural wonders to unlock the secret to…

The gases of the early atmosphere and the primordial soup

I find this very interesting, partly because I recreated Stanley Miller’s famous experiment for my high school science fair. It brings back fond memories of basement science projects. – Anthony Primordial soup gets spicier ‘Lost’ samples from famous origin of life researcher could send the search for Earth’s first life in a new direction Stanley…

Ancient “Hyperthermals” aka global warming, more frequent than previously thought

Ancient “Hyperthermals” a  Guide to Anticipated Climate Changes Scripps researchers document the history of sudden global warming events, impacts on marine life By Mario Aguilera, Scripps Institute News (h/t to Dr. Leif Svalgaard) Sediment samples in the lab of Richard Norris obtained by the Ocean Drilling Program reveal the mark of “hyperthermals,” warming events lasting…