College students lack scientific literacy, study finds

After reading this I asked myself: Is it any wonder college students get sucked in to emotionally based eco-causes/NGO’s that spout claims based on questionable science?  This troubling press release comes from Michigan State University. A link to the full paper follows below, which is well worth reading because it gives insight into the questions…

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Moon revealed to have an Earth-like core

NASA Research Team Reveals Moon Has Earth-Like Core WASHINGTON – State-of-the-art seismological techniques applied to Apollo-era data suggest our moon has a core similar to Earth’s. Uncovering details about the lunar core is critical for developing accurate models of the moon’s formation. The data sheds light on the evolution of a lunar dynamo — a…

New rate of stratospheric photolysis questions ozone hole

By Joseph D’Aleo, CCM, AMS Fellow   Dr. Will Happer of Princeton wrote “The Montreal Protocol to ban freons was the warm-up exercise for the IPCC.  Many current IPCC players gained fame then by stampeding the US Congress into supporting the Montreal Protocol. They learned to use dramatized, phony scientific claims like “ozone holes over…

Putting the Brakes on Acceleration

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Various pundits and scientists keep talking about a threatened acceleration in the sea level rise. Here’s the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: Anthropogenic forcing is also expected to produce an accelerating rate of sea level rise (Woodworth et al., 2004). The usual font of misinformation says: Church and White (2006) report…

Most energetic particles ever from a celestial object

Our last story was about crabs, so is this one. I’m sure we’ll figure out a way to work in lobsters soon too. From the Stanford Linear ACcellerator Lab (SLAC): Fermi’s Large Area Telescope Sees Surprising Flares in Crab Nebula Menlo Park, Calif.—The Crab Nebula, one of our best-known and most stable neighbors in the…