Researchers mine Twitter to reveal Congress' ideological divide on climate change

Senate Democrats are three times more likely to follow science-related Twitter accounts than their Republican peers Does human activity drive global climate change? For members of Congress, the answer often depends on party affiliation. In general, Republicans say “nay,” Democrats “yea.” A research team led by Brian Helmuthprofessor in the College of Science and the…

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Shock Study: Bees like Warm Climates

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A study published in the Journal of Hymenoptera finds that Australian bee populations expanded with the end of the last ice age, then plateaued around 6000 years ago. The small carpenter bees, genus Ceratina, are highly diverse, globally distributed, and comprise the sole genus in the tribe Ceratinini. Despite the…

Falling Down the Energy Ladder

By Viv Forbes with help from volunteer reviewers, and Steve Hunter, Cartoonist. When man first appeared on Earth he had no implements, no clothes, no farms, no mineral fuels, no machines and no electricity – his only tools were his brains, hands and muscles. Everything that enables humans to live comfortably in a world where…

More #RICO20 GMU emails released

While some emails were released previously here, due to a glitch in my system, I didn’t get a second file link posted that I should have. Many of the emails in this file have already been released previously and discussed here at WUWT. But to make sure we have not missed anything, here is the…

The first amendment is now dead in California: New California bill would allow prosecution of climate-change skeptics

From The Washington Times and the “your friendly local California thought police” comes this travesty. A landmark California bill gaining steam would make it illegal to engage in climate-change dissent, clearing the way for lawsuits against fossil-fuel companies, think-tanks and others that have “deceived or misled the public on the risks of climate change.” The…

Bionic leaf turns sunlight into liquid fuel

New system surpasses efficiency of photosynthesis The days of drilling into the ground in the search for fuel may be numbered, because if Daniel Nocera has his way, it’ll just be a matter of looking for sunny skies. Nocera, the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy at Harvard University, and Pamela Silver, the Elliott T. and…

Ironing out the mystery of Earth's magnetic field

Scientists directly measure thermal conductivity of iron at planetary core conditions for the first time The earth’s magnetic field has been existing for at least 3.4 billion years thanks to the low heat conduction capability of iron in the planet’s core. This is the result of the first direct measurement of the thermal conductivity of…