Friday Funny: praying polar bear caption contest

A Canadian photographer was stunned when she went back through the photos she snapped of a polar bear in her backyard to find it praying in front of a cross. Jessica Andrews, 22, learned the bear was roaming around the Wesleyville, Newfoundland on an island behind her house from an online alert Wednesday. Andrews didn’t…

Why did the buffalo cross the land bridge?

To get to the other side… Guest post by David Middleton “There has long been a controversy about the timing of bison arrival in North America,” said Shapiro. Bison arrival in North America marks the beginning of what geologists call the “Rancholabrean Land Mammal Age,” which is used to discriminate between different ecological periods in…

February 1998 Global Temperatures Reach Unprecedented Levels

Guest Post The satellite-measured temperature of the lower troposphere—the layer of Earth’s atmosphere that’s closest to the surface—has risen about 0.75 deg C (more than 1.3 deg F) in less than a year in 1997 and 1998, astounding climate scientists from around the world and confirming that man-made greenhouse gases are causing catastrophic global warming.…

Fun video: fire in ultra slo-mo

From The American Chemical Society To fire up the grill or the gas stove, we often reach for a match. It turns out there’s a lot of chemistry going on to make those little wooden wonders work. The best way to find out about the chemistry of burning matches is to watch it in ultra-slow…

Twas The Fright Before Christmas

Poetry, by Davis Swan (h/t to Dr. Judith Curry) T’was the night before Christmas and all through the town The temperature was dropping, going down, down, down, down The weatherman said that a front was to blame A high pressure ridge from Alaska he claimed It sat like a lump on the hard prairie stubble…

Awesome time-lapse video: Undulatus Asperatus clouds

Unique clouds like you’ve never seen them before! I just thought I’d pass these along due to the unique “catch the wave” appearance of these. Time lapse video follows. This video was taken with an iPhone 6 by Dr. Alan Walters from the University Hospital window in Augusta, GA. Walters, an anesthesiologist at the hospital,…