Use your PC to help map the Milky Way

From a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute press release PCs around the world unite to map the Milky Way Combined computing power of the MilkyWay@Home project recently surpassed the world’s second fastest supercomputer Troy, N.Y. – At this very moment, tens of thousands of home computers around the world are quietly working together to solve the largest…

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Nature suggests IPCC get an overhaul

Meanwhile NASA GISS scientist Lacis, who was highly critical of the chapter 9 executive summary draft says that: I am actually encouraged by the all criticisms that the IPCC AR4 report is receiving. He makes some valid points and provides insight into the review process. More in comments at Andrew Revkin’s NYT Dot Earth blog…

Climate "Twilight of the Gods"

From National Review online, the story a modern opera, though not by Wagner. Climate Götterdämmerung Image from Wikimedia Exaggeration and alarmism have been a chronic weakness of environmentalism since it became an organized movement in the 1960s. Every ecological problem was instantly transformed into a potential world-ending crisis, from the population bomb to the imminent…

Pielke responds to Romm and Time

From the “weather is not climate unless it supports global warming department”, Dr. Roger Pielke Sr. responds to the claim elevated by Joe Romm (and now picked up by Time Magazine) that the east coast snowstorms are indicators of global warming. While you ponder that, click to watch the DC blizzard in progress via the…

Brace for the tipping point

Climate ‘Tipping Points’ May Arrive Without Warning, Says Top Forecaster From a UC Davis press release A new University of California, Davis, study by a top ecological forecaster says it is harder than experts thought to predict when sudden shifts in Earth’s natural systems will occur — a worrisome finding for scientists trying to identify…