A brief tale of wind and steam

About a year ago I read in a Dutch national newspaper an article which elaborately and somewhat aggressively argued that if you had the choice between, say, a 1000MW gas-fired power plant and a few thousands windmill generators the latter was the way to go.

When a bird changes its song . . .

I like birds – big birds, small birds, common birds, rare birds – all kinds of birds.  I have fed them in my backyard for years and watched then wherever my travels have taken me.  I am not your typical birder – I just find birds interesting.

Diamond Princess Mysteries

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach OK, here are my questions. We had a perfect petri-dish coronavirus disease (COVID-19) experiment with the cruise ship “Diamond Princess”. That’s the cruise ship that ended up in quarantine for a number of weeks after a number of people tested positive for the coronavirus. I got to wondering what the…

The Math Of Epidemics

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Watts Up With That is about more than just the climate. It’s also about interesting things in the world. So if you’re looking for just climate, this isn’t the post for you. However, it’s an interesting peregrination through the world of the mathematics of illness. We’ve been hearing a lot…

The Hot And Cold Of Space

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach For those who enjoy mathematical puzzles, I’m putting this one out there for your pleasure. Suppose we have a 1 metre by 1 metre by 1 metre concrete block floating in outer space. For the purposes of the puzzle, let’s suppose that there is no longwave background radiation at all.…

Fun With Lunar Temperatures

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach A while ago, I wrote a post called “The Moon Is A Cold Mistress”. In that post I discussed how the average temperature is not accurate when there are huge swings in temperature. Or to be clearer, I discussed why the average temperature of the moon is much lower than…

Rutan, Lovelock & Branson

Guest post by David Archibald, Burt Rutan is one of the most interesting men on the planet. He has designed 46 aircraft, six of which are included in the collection of the National Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport. One of his designs, Voyager, was the first to fly nonstop around the world on…

Self-Driving Uber Killed Pedestrian for Jaywalking

Guest “don’t you just?” by David Middleton Before we get to self-driving vehicular manslaughter, don’t you just love futurists? Sep 13, 2018Driverless Cars Will Dramatically Change Where And How We Live Jim Morrison Driverless cars aren’t coming. They’re already here. Much of he technology has been around for decades and many features are available on…