Global Warming Expedition called off due to extreme cold

From the “You might want to check the weather forecast before you start out” department: I’m sorry, but I just have to laugh at this one. There’s just too much…

A Big Solar Storm Coming

This week researchers announced that a solar storm is coming — the most intense solar maximum in fifty years. The prediction comes from a team led by Mausumi Dikpati of…

The Red 40 Menace

I’m not usually a fan of food additive scares, as I find a lot of the "science" driving them to be somewhat emotionally based rather than factually based. For example,…

Aging weather satellite's failure feared…Forecast accuracy could be reduced…

Jessica Gresko at the Associated Press reports: Certain hurricane forecasts could be up to 16 percent less accurate if a key weather satellite that is already beyond its expected life…

Air Car

This from the “fun things you can do with compressed gas” department: Now I’ve seen everything. Tata, India’s largest automotive manufacturer, has developed a car that runs on compressed air,…

My 100th entry – some other views on Global Warming

I figured for my 100th entry, I’d make it a big one. Especially in light of the fact that a recent editorial in the ChicoBeat said that I’m completely wrong.…

The sun is blank – welcome to the solar minimum

No I’m not asking you to fill in the blank, but I am asking you to notice that at this time, there are no sunspots on the sun at all.…

Blue Angels

Last Saturday I took a brief diversion from a long business trip to attend the air show at NAF El Centro as the guest of former navy pilot Vance Parker.…

Beat Up

There’s an article in this issue of the Chico Beat about my views on global warming. You can read it here: http://www.chicobeat.com/?q=in_denial I knew going into it that they’d probably…

Trains

Yesterday while driving north on Highway 99 from Bakerfield, I passed a Union Pacific freight train. To my surprise, it was quite long, I counted over 120 cars. When I…

Internal Combustion Engine could get new lease on life

Ok, everybody’s favorite modern boogeyman, the Internal Combustion Engine, has been blamed for everything from global warming, to wars over oil, to baby booms caused by backseats in 57 Chevy’s.…

YouTube sued for 1bil$, are local bloggers at risk?

Viacom has filed a $1,000,000,000.00 lawsuit for ‘massive intentional copyright infringement’ against Google over YouTube video clips. ‘”YouTube’s strategy has been to avoid taking proactive steps to curtail the infringement…

Can outing an anonymous blogger be justified?

Ok I’ll bet the first word that went through your mind was “Tasker” right? Even though our own local and vocal anonymous blog commenter can sometimes raise some ire, this…

Got SLAC?

As a kid, science was my big deal. Science fairs were even bigger. In my senior year of high school, I made my grand project, a 10MEV cyclotron. It weighed…

10 Laws of Physics That Don't Apply in Hollywood

In general, Hollywood filmmakers follow the laws of physics because they have no other choice. It’s just when they cheat with special effects that we seem to forget how the…

Dieting? Buy Calorie Credits !

Recently it was revealed that Al Gore has a large “carbon footprint” and that he setup a corporation and as CEO that allows him to assuage guilt over that large…

Huh, imagine that!

National Geographic reports that simultaneous warming on Earth and Mars suggests that our planet’s recent climate changes might have a natural — and not a human-induced — cause. Mars, it…

Note to pilot: run Windows Update prior to takeoff

The new US stealth fighter, the F-22 Raptor, was deployed for the first time to Asia earlier this month. On Feb. 11, twelve Raptors flying from Hawaii to Japan were…

ER Outlook- Sustainability – My missing article

A “computer glitch” when the reporter sent my story to copy editing added an extra “o” to the word “Outlook” in the title, sending my entry into “etherland”. You can…

No more regular light bulbs?

The California legislature may want to revisit the wording of their proposed ban on incandescents (AB 722). California assemblyman LLoyd Levine, a Democrat from Van Nuys in Los Angeles, wants…

Bacteria to prevent earthquake damage?

If you live near the ocean, chances are high that your home is built over sandy soil. For example many places in San Francisco are built on sandy soil or…

Flame On !

Suppose a commenter posts a libelous comment here at NorCalBlogs. It’s been known to happen. Can the blogger, Enterprise Record, and its corporate owners be sued for defamation? A federal…

Critical Mass

You know you’ve reached critical mass in an argument when you start having editorial cartoons drawn about you. In this weeks Chico Beat, the editorial cartoon above appeared. While editor…

Solar Lotto Numbers

What do the numbers 923, 930, 935, 941 and 944 have in common? Answer: They’re different names for the same sunspot, this one shown above. Greg Piepol of Rockville, Maryland,…