Large Synoptic Survey Telescope gets big funding boost from Republicans and the NSF’s and AAASA’s ungrateful responses.

Guest commentary by David Middleton Back in March, Eric Worrall authored a nice post about “climate scientists running for congress.” Eric’s subject was a really goofy Clean Technica article about Joseph Kopser, touted as some sort of climate scientist.  Clean Technica even spelled his name wrong (Kosper instead of Kopser).  Yesterday, Mr. Kopser won the runoff election…

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Oh Boo-Hoo! NSF to Sell Only Taxpayer-Funded Seismic Survey Vessel!

  Guest ridicule by David Middleton Somebody call the wambulance!!! From who else? The American Association for the Advancement of Science of America (homage to Dodgeball is intentional)… Update: Despite protests, NSF plans to sell seismic research ship By Paul Voosen Apr. 30, 2018 , 1:00 PM Marine seismologists are decrying a move by the National…

NSF says biosphere is breathing in CO2 more deeply

Press Release 13-139 Seasonal carbon dioxide range expanding as more is added to Earth’s atmosphere Northern Hemisphere land-based ecosystems “taking deeper breaths,” scientists find Levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rise and fall each year as plants, through photosynthesis and respiration, take up the gas in spring and summer, and release it in fall…

Murry Salby responds to critics

Jo Nova writes: Murry Salby was sacked from Macquarie University, and Macquarie  struggled to explain why, among other things, it was necessary to abandon, and strand him in Paris and hold a “misconduct” meeting in his absence. Since then he has been subject to attacks related to his previous employment. I’ve asked him to respond,…

If storms are worse now, why did they need a sea wall 150 years ago?

From Virginia Tech something that makes you wonder about past storm intensity and the need to protect shorelines from storms coming from the sea. With all the hype surrounding “Superstorm Sandy”, it is interesting to see that 150 years ago, simple engineering made the storm less intense in this one area. Long-forgotten seawall protected New…

Solar panels as inexpensive as paint?

This would be nice, except this idea keeps surfacing every couple of years, and I’ve yet to see one actually become viable. – Anthony “Organic photovoltaics can be fabricated over large areas on rigid or flexible substrates potentially becoming as inexpensive as paint.” From the University of Buffalo – Most Americans want the U.S. to…