Qatar Runs Out of Sand!

Guest geo-humor by David Middleton The future of the diplomatic crisis surrounding Qatar may come to hinge on an unlikely commodity: sand. An analysis of Qatar’s export and import data conducted by Al Arabiya suggests that Qatar is facing serious challenges to meet its construction needs for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The precious commodity is…

Moss Piglets: First Interstellar Travelers?

Guest post by David Middleton People are gearing up to spread life from our solar system out into the cosmos. But the first life-forms to make that journey won’t be human beings, or even critters most folks would recognize. Instead, scientists plan to send tiny, chubby, pinch-faced tardigrades on the first living journey out past the Oort…

The Value of Old Textbooks

Guest post by David Middleton Back in my early days of “debating” climate change on the Internet, I ran across this New York Times article: From a Rapt Audience, a Call to Cool the Hype By WILLIAM J. BROADMARCH 13, 2007 Hollywood has a thing for Al Gore and his three-alarm film on global warming,…

Science Gone Stupid: DARPA BS Detector Edition

Guest post by David Middleton ADAM ROGERS SCIENCE 07.30.17 07:00 AM DARPA WANTS TO BUILD A BS DETECTOR FOR SCIENCE ADAM RUSSELL, AN anthropologist and program manager at the Department of Defense’s mad-science division Darpa, laughs at the suggestion that he is trying to build a real, live, bullshit detector. But he doesn’t really seem to think…

More Fun With Sea Level

The Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL) is perhaps the best source for sea level data. Established in 1933, the Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (PSMSL) has been responsible for the collection, publication, analysis and interpretation of sea level data from the global network of tide gauges. It is based in Liverpool at…

The Solar-Powered Oil Field… An Adjustocene Fable

Guest post by David Middleton This post is sort of a sequel to Charles the Moderator’s “Climate impacts of super-giant oilfields go up with age, Stanford scientists say.”  It was also inspired by comment from my friend Griff on the utility of solar power in oilfields. This section of the article, in particular, caught my…