Thursday, January 19, 2017

Science below the fold

Remembering the year without a summer, caused by a volcanic eruption.and mackerel fishing in Maine.


Remembering the Green Sahara.

The Sahel was full of people until it started to dry up 10 000 years ago.

PopMech has a list of big holes in the earth.
most are mines, but one is the IceCube Neutrino observatory in Antarctica

this article calls this Nutrino observatories "butterfly nets for ghosts" and explains why.

At the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, a team of pioneering researchers has buried thousands of these sensors miles deep into the ice at the bottom of the Earth, all in an attempt to catch the rare neutrino that crashes into an atom of ice. By analyzing the specific path of this subatomic train wreck, the researchers can trace the neutrino’s path to its distant cosmic source. In this way, IceCube looks through the Earth and to the northern skies, using the planet as a filter to select neutrinos. “I like to say we’re building butterfly nets for ghosts,” says Francis Halzen, principle investigator of the project. “The ultra-transparent Antarctic ice itself is the detector. And a real bargain at just 25 cents per ton!”

what causes Namibia's fairy circles?

no, not fairies or UFO, just the lowly termite.

Namibia will get a lot more tourists who go there after seeing the bad boys of Amazon's Grand Tour there.



SJW decide to work against funding science museums because one lady on the board dared to donate to Trump's campaign.

via Instapundit who comments:

The chutzpah is astonishing. The only ones politicizing science at the museum are Brune and the other witch-hunters quoted in the Times. One of them is Michael Mann of Penn State, the researcher who produced the infamous hockey-stick graph and has done even more to discredit climate science with his unhinged activism. As usual, the threats to science come from one direction: the left.

Scott Adams (Dilbert) is writing about persuasion again, using climate science as his example for confirmation bias in who you believe.

Assume the following three things ARE true. What’s missing?
Best expert in the world on Climate Science. Currently works in the field. Great communicator, answers all of your questions.
See what’s missing yet?
The thing that is missing is that you can’t know what the expert didn’t tell you. If you are not an expert in the field yourself, how could you possibly know what has been left out?
or  as Rumsfeld reminded us:

 There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know.

but the real problem is not just the "unknown unknowns", but in politicized science like "global warming",  the "known knowns" which are not in agreement with the party line. All the money is going to find proof of global warming, not the truth of global warming. Find the wrong result and you  will often get ignored.

Alas, the public will then find out the deception and throw the baby (the problems of pollution and ecological destruction) out with the bathwater (the politics of global warming, used by the NWO to push for a global dictator).

It is possible to portray all the facts so the public doesn't recognize the problem hidden deep within a huge wordy report. This is a game played by bureaucrats playing CYA or when they wish to adhere to the party line so they don't get fired, but are too honest to completely ignore the truth....

and example of this is Feynman and the Space Shuttle, where he broke open the fog of official facts to the public with a simple experiment.


and the really really important science report of the week;

What's behind the Durian/s horrible stench?

Scientists interested in the fruit have identified several compounds that contribute to its smell, which has been said to reek of gym socks, garbage and rotting meat.
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