curious things, Tag

  • Fun With Lunar Temperatures Fri, 14 Feb 20, 5:00am
    Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach A while ago, I wrote a post called “The Moon Is A Cold Mistress”. In that post I discussed how the average temperature is not accurate when there are huge swings in temperature....
  • Rutan, Lovelock & Branson Wed, 8 Jan 20, 1:00pm
    Guest post by David Archibald, Burt Rutan is one of the most interesting men on the planet. He has designed 46 aircraft, six of which are included in the collection of the National Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport....
  • Guest “don’t you just?” by David Middleton Before we get to self-driving vehicular manslaughter, don’t you just love futurists? Sep 13, 2018Driverless Cars Will Dramatically Change Where And How We...
  • The “climate doom” timeline Mon, 30 Sep 19, 4:22am
    Have you ever wanted a nice, compact image you could share on social media whenever you need to put some eco-worrier in his/her/its place? Well, one showed up in my social media timeline this morning, and it is worth sharing.
  • Scientists advised against consuming hypersexual zombie cicadas infected with psychoactive fungus.https://t.co/zeOSj2oxwx — Harper's Magazine (@Harpers) September 11, 2019 For more info: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190625173456.htm...
  • I received this submission, which is interesting as well as business promoting.  I have no objections, and check out their page on climate.~ctm Guest post informercial by Tom Davis and Tracey Degraff We are Tom Davis and...
  • How’d They Calculate That? Thu, 8 Aug 19, 3:00pm
    News Brief by Kip Hansen   There are two recent stories in the NY Times that bring up a curious seemingly inconsequential oddity of mathematical computing.  They are both written by Steven Strogatz — in time...
  • Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach A 2015 paper by Xiaochun Zhang and Ken Caldeira has come to my attention. Inter alia, the abstract says: For example, the global and time‐integrated radiative forcing from burning a fossil...
  • California Super Bloom Sat, 6 Apr 19, 12:00pm
    This winter’s exceptional rain season is leading to stunning sites in California.~ctm From Space.com California’s ‘Superbloom’ of Wildflowers Looks Spectacular from Space! By Elizabeth Howell 3 days ago...
  • At relatively balmy temperatures, heat behaves like sound when moving through graphite, study reports From MIT: Exotic ‘second sound’ phenomenon observed in pencil lead The next time you set a kettle to boil,...
  • A provocative hypothetical question: What if the Moon was not there? Video follows. This giant rock lights up the night and can even change colors. So what would we do without it? Would we all need night vision goggles? How...
  • From the website Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science  at Columbia University comes this hilarious but real bit of data analysis...
  • Guest essay by Eric Worrall Quartz claims that internal combustion engine vehicle drivers are bullying Tesla owners by parking their ICE vehicles in Tesla charging station bays...
  • The Limits Of Uncertainty Fri, 21 Dec 18, 9:00am
    Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach In the comments to my post called “Inside the Acceleration Factory“, we were discussing how good the satellite measurements of sea surface heights might be...
  • Researchers on CERN’s multipurpose Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector have spotted downright weird bumps in their most recent data. The team at CMS think they might have discovered a mysterious particle with twice the...
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