An indicator of rock bottom for the solar minimum

Solar minimum surprisingly constant More than half a century of observation yields new discovery NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF NATURAL SCIENCES Using more than half a century of observations, Japanese astronomers have discovered that the microwaves coming from the Sun at the minimums of the past five solar cycles have been the same each time, despite large…

Scottish Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)

Study: Warmer Water is Pressuring Scottish Shags

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A new study claims that Scottish sea birds are being forced to diversify their diet by a shortage of their favourite prey species. But in my opinion the study ignores other issues, such as chemical pollution and long term radioactive contamination in regions adjacent to the study location. Warmer water…

Study: Some faiths may turn to religion for science answers

From RICE UNIVERSITY Some faiths more likely to turn to religion for answers to science When it comes to seeking answers to questions about science, evangelical and black Protestants and Mormons are more likely than the general population to turn to religion, according to a new study by researchers from Rice University’s Religion and Public…

Green Pass

Study: Greens Have a Fat Carbon Footprint

Guest essay by Eric Worrall h/t Willie Soon – a group of Cambridge Conservation Scientists have discovered that greens enjoy the same carbon belching perks as the rest of us, and rarely purchase carbon offsets or make other personal sacrifices such as reducing meat consumption. Conservationists take nine flights a year, despite knowing danger to…

Science Gone Stupid: Human Extinction Edition

Guest post by David Middleton Wonkblog Analysis We have a pretty good idea of when humans will go extinct By Christopher Ingraham October 6 “The probability of global catastrophe is very high,” the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists warned in setting the Doomsday Clock 2.5 minutes before midnight earlier this year. On nuclear weapons and climate change, “humanity’s…

Discovery: Bernie Sanders spider

From Eurekalert A scientist at the University of Vermont and four of his undergraduate students have discovered 15 new species of “smiley-faced” spiders–and named them after, among others, David Attenborough, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. You won’t find them in Washington, DC, Hollywood, or Vermont–but on Caribbean islands and…