Over Easy: Monday Science
In view of the near record setting snowstorm that is not at all related to global warming (Al, put down the cheesecake), some items of interest:
Did you ever wonder just how a weather forecast is made?
Those models are going to have to change, I think. We really don’t know for sure how melting arctic ice will effect the weather. We aren’t entirely sure just when we’ll get an arctic basically free of ice, but it could be as early as 2016. This summer set a record for ice melt.
We aren’t the only ones getting hit. Tornado, in Italy, on NOV 28!
And Down Under is roasting. To the point of having to add extra contours to maps.
Otoh, we may have banned CFC’s in time. Ozone hole seems to be on the mend.
And a case study in Toronto points the way to a 70% reduction in carbon.
Here on earth, we sampled the Kermadec Trench, which goes down some 32,000ft. Among other things, a cosmopolitan rattail! Ya gotta love that name. This is the same area and the same team that gave us the supergiant amphipod
A study of the earth’s core via seismic waves may show an extinction level event forming. *sigh* Yet another method of being wiped out we have to worry about.
I missed this when it came out, but found it while wandering through the above. Honey Bee repair wax a weapon against cancer? Apian Duct tape has many uses, it would seem.
The Large Hadron collider will shut down for maintenance and upgrades soon. Just as well, the scientists have tremendous amounts of data nd will need time to sift through it. Despite the general acceptance that the LHC has detected the Higgs, the CERN team was always more cautious. They’re saying we should know for sure by mid year.
If you believe in evolution, your multiple-Great grandmother eats bugs and looked like a shrew.
Flying Squid. No, I’m NOT making that up! And they’re FAST!
Boxturtle (So, what’d all think of Walking Dead Last night?)