Silver Ants

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I stumbled across a lovely article about the Saharan silver ant over at phys.org. These ants have special hairs that reflect strongly in the visual and radiate strongly in the infrared. They show a photo of the ant hairs under a couple different amounts of magnification: Figure 1. Photograph from the phys.org…

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A Conversation with an Infrared Radiation Expert

A guest post by Ken Coffman and Mikael Cronholm In clicking around on the Internet, I found an outstanding paper called Thermodynamics of Furnace Tubes – Killing Popular Myths about Furnace Tube Temperature Measurement written by Mikael Cronholm. The paper was clever and wise…and made a lot of sense. Clearly Mikael knows a lot about…

Greenhouse Thought Experiment

UPDATE: Jeff provides his answer below Guest post by Jeff Condon (reposted by request from The Air vent) Derek has been in a war with ScienceofDoom over the what appears to be Planck radiation. I’m actually not sure of his position because it doesn’t make sense yet to me but he left a thought experiment…