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A room dedicated to online scientific communication. Previously: Science Blogging 2008.
Eric Logan
Could Giant Viruses Be the Origin of Life on Earth? -
Could Giant Viruses Be the Origin of Life on Earth?
The ancestors of modern viruses may have laid the groundwork for cellular life as we know it. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
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Eric Logan
Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown. -
Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown.
A US Department of Defense (DoD) research programme is funding universities to model the dynamics, risks and tipping points for large-scale civil unrest across the world, under the supervision of various US military agencies. The multi-million dollar programme is designed to develop immediate and long-term "warfighter-relevant insights" for senior officials and decision makers in "the defense policy community," and to inform policy implemented by "combatant commands." Launched in 2008 – the year of the global banking crisis – the DoD 'Minerva Research Initiative' partners with universities "to improve DoD's basic understanding of the social, cultural, behavioral, and political forces that shape regions of the world of strategic importance to the US." Among the projects awarded for the period 2014-2017 is a Cornell University-led study managed by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research which aims to develop an empirical model "of the dynamics of social movement mobilisation and... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
The militarization of social science. How the Pentagon is Bracing for Societal Collapse | Interview with Nafeez Ahmed. - Eric Logan
*Everything* can be weaponized -- without exception. - Sean McBride
Understanding ways to foment or discourage unrest using social media is just another form of herding investors and controlling market sentiment. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
True. - Sean McBride
Eric Logan
Why the Many-Worlds Formulation of Quantum Mechanics Is Probably Correct. -
Why the Many-Worlds Formulation of Quantum Mechanics Is Probably Correct.
Why the Many-Worlds Formulation of Quantum Mechanics Is Probably Correct.
HIV transmission networks mapped to reduce infection rate #HIV #AIDS
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have mapped the transmission network of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in San Diego. The mapping of HIV infections, which used genetic sequencing, allowed researchers to predictively model the likelihood of new HIV transmissions and identify persons at greatest risk for transmitting the virus. - Halil
Do they still teach safe sex education in schools? They did when I was at school eons ago. Why are we still seeing "newly" infected individuals? - Halil
Some schools do and many schools do not. I think if parents weren't so immature when it comes to sex talk, it wouldn't be an issue. I've already discussed STDs with my kids. I do it constantly, so they're not caught by surprise. - Anika
Eric Logan
It was advertised as the largest rush, even larger than the gold rush! The government had paid over $2,000,000 in bonuses for uranium discoveries in the past two years in 1955. Some prospectors were being paid over $150,000 per month. The fever in uranium prospecting could be illustrated from the many magazine covers of the period. As early as 1949, popular science magazines started highlighting the uranium prospecting as a hobby. The U.S. Atomic Energy Agency would analyze samples free of charge. A sample of 10 lbs. should be sent for analysis with the location and occurrence or quantity. The government was guaranteeing $3.50 per pound of recoverable uranium oxide. A bonus of $10,000 is authorized for discovery and production of high grade ores from new domestic products. No special governmental license or permit is needed to prospect for or mine uranium or thorium on public or private lands. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
Leaked Memo On Climatology Exposes Growing Worry Within German Meteorological Society…”Unacceptable Unethical Developments” -
Leaked Memo On Climatology Exposes Growing Worry Within German Meteorological Society…”Unacceptable Unethical Developments”
Memorandum On the situation in the field of meteorology-climatology Based on observations made for quite some time, and due to the current occasion (IPCC 5), colleagues in the meteorological circles have been witnessing with worry how certain developments are becoming cemented into their scientific fields (foremost climatology) which from a scientific point of view simply cannot be accepted and do not comply to their professional ethics. These developments involve first of all something in the lines of a democratization of science: Everyone is allowed and should have a say in it. In meteorology-climatology every one includes a highly very visible army of organized, little known persons; in Germany this is almost the entire public! The changes that have taken place in science as a result have in our opinion (and that of others) led to very negative impacts on the quality standards of science. For example expressed and disseminated meteorological flaws can hardly be contained and cannot... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Fwd: What are dreams trying to tell us?It has been suggested that dreams are osme kind of mixture made up from originally unconnected information from different areas of the brain. Read More (via
Eric Logan
Scientists In Cover-Up Of ‘Damaging’ Climate View. -
Scientists In Cover-Up Of ‘Damaging’ Climate View.
Lennart Bengtsson, a research fellow at the University of Reading and one of the authors of the study, said he suspected that intolerance of dissenting views on climate science was preventing his paper from being published. “The problem we now have in the climate community is that some scientists are mixing up their scientific role with that of a climate activist,” he added. Professor Bengtsson’s paper challenged the finding of the UN’s Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that the global average temperature would rise by up to 4.5C if greenhouse gases in the atmosphere were allowed to double. It suggested that the climate might be much less sensitive to greenhouse gases than had been claimed by the IPCC in its report last September, and recommended that more work be carried out “to reduce the underlying uncertainty”. The five contributing scientists, from America and Sweden, submitted the paper to Environmental Research Letters, one of the most highly regarded journals,... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Explains more fully his resignation. Prepare for the coming climate disruption hypocalypse. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
[Google; west antarctic ice sheet melting] - Sean McBride
I already have in the article it says between 200 and 1000 years minor detail of course. I would bet we actually have viable renewables way sooner. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Bengtsson was saying that the models don't match the observed data, and the reviewer for the journal said that requiring the models to match the observed data was harming the global warming cause and feeding climate sceptics; therefore the paper should be rejected. - MRW_8
"west antarctic ice sheet melting" HUNH? From Andrew Revkin corrected it this week: QUOTE. That’s why it’s important to get beyond headlines — including the titles of papers — in considering new research pointing to the inevitable “collapse” of ice... more... - MRW_8
Page not found -- the link doesn't work. - Sean McBride
Here is the link to pay attention to: [Murdoch-owned media hypes lone metereologist's climate junk science] - Sean McBride
From MRW's link: "So what does this mean for society? Curbing greenhouse gas emissions, and particularly the use of coal, makes sense for a host of reasons. But whatever happens on that front, there will be no new “normal” coastline for centuries to come. For mayors of coastal cities, that means the persistent rhetoric of “we will not retreat” is a form of denial as unscientific as the stances of those saying greenhouse gases don’t matter." - Sean McBride
[expert reaction to claims climate research was ‘suppressed’] Lennart Bengtsson: "I do not believe there is any systematic “cover up” of scientific evidence on climate change or that academics’ work is being “deliberately suppressed”, as The Times front page suggests." - Sean McBride
A garbled mess: "Here is the link to pay attention to: [Murdoch-owned media hypes lone metereologist's climate junk science] - Sean McBride" - MRW_8
One can see that you have an artistic temperament. - Sean McBride
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Ah well maybe someday. Governor Brown corrects statement about LAX and sea level rise. - Eric Logan
"Ununseptium" or the superheavy element Z = 117 could finally be ready to be added to the periodic table. -
"Ununseptium" or the superheavy element Z = 117 could finally be ready to be added to the periodic table.
An international collaboration has produced four atoms of the elusive element, which was first spotted in 2010. The measured decay properties of these atoms match the previous data, which strengthens the case for official recognition of 117 as a new element along with its decay-chain elements 115 and 113. In the process, the researchers also discovered a new isotope "lawrencium-266". - Halil from Bookmarklet
Not a word that just rolls off the tongue... - Halil
Not very imaginative, but it has a certain James Bond ring to it :) - Eivind
Using Mendeleev's nomenclature for unnamed and undiscovered elements, ununseptium should be known as eka-astatine or dvi-iodine. In 1979, IUPAC published recommendations according to which the element was to be called ununseptium (with the corresponding symbol of Uus),[24] a systematic element name as a placeholder, until the discovery of the element is confirmed and a permanent name is... more... - Halil
From my forays into chemistry so far, I'd say chemists really suck at naming things. (Although I have to admit the organic chemistry naming system makes sense once it's explained to you.) - Spidra Webster
The transactinide elements usually eventually get named either after the location of the facility that discovered it or to honor a scientist posthumously (except for seaborgium—Seaborg was still alive when they named it.) Ununseptium is just Neolatin for "one one seven" - Victor Ganata
Eric Logan
Die Klimazwiebel: Lennart Bengtsson leaves advisory board of GWPF -
Die Klimazwiebel: Lennart Bengtsson leaves advisory board of GWPF
"I have been put under such an enormous group pressure in recent days from all over the world that has become virtually unbearable to me. If this is going to continue I will be unable to conduct my normal work and will even start to worry about my health and safety. I see therefore no other way out therefore than resigning from GWPF. I had not expecting such an enormous world-wide pressure put at me from a community that I have been close to all my active life. Colleagues are withdrawing their support, other colleagues are withdrawing from joint authorship etc. I see no limit and end to what will happen. It is a situation that reminds me about the time of McCarthy. I would never have expecting anything similar in such an original peaceful community as meteorology. Apparently it has been transformed in recent years. Under these situation I will be unable to contribute positively to the work of GWPF and consequently therefore I believe it is the best for me to reverse my decision to join its Board at the earliest possible time." - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Electromagnetic noise could set European robin adrift -
Electromagnetic noise could set European robin adrift
The internal magnetic compasses of migratory birds can be disrupted by weak, man-made electromagnetic interference, according to a new study carried out by researchers in Europe. The unexpected effect was seen in European robins, which were unable to orient themselves in the presence of broadband, radiofrequency noise believed to be caused by AM radio and electronic signals. - Halil from Bookmarklet
How did Nicolaus Copernicus and other astronomers discover the secrets of the solar system?Today, we all know that the Sun lies at the center of the solar system. However, this way not always the case. Read More...
The Mystery behind How did the Universe originate? Man has always wondered how the Universe originated. A number of theories have been put forward to explain its origin.
what does the Universe consists of?
Eric Logan
Out of This World! Virtual Universe Looks Like the Real Thing - NBC -
Out of This World! Virtual Universe Looks Like the Real Thing - NBC
A team of astronomers has created the most realistic simulation of our universe ever made — a 14-billion-year history that took months of work by supercomputers to render. Observing the universe directly is great, but sometimes an object or event is too far away, or happened too long ago (which amount to the same thing in many ways) to watch. That's why astronomers and physicists rely on simulations using known data and laws to produce virtual galaxies and black holes, watching them and comparing the results to real life. The most accurate and high-resolution of these simulations, called Illustris, has just been completed by a team from MIT and Harvard. They set 8,000 CPUs to work for three months, and the result is satisfyingly realistic. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
US EPA chart of GDP, Vehicle miles traveled, Population, Energy Consumption, CO2 Emissions, Actual pollution. -
US EPA chart of GDP,  Vehicle miles traveled, Population, Energy Consumption, CO2 Emissions, Actual pollution.
Eric Logan
Global warming not uniform around the globe: Some areas were recently cooling -- ScienceDaily -
Global warming not uniform around the globe: Some areas were recently cooling -- ScienceDaily
The research indicates that the world is indeed getting warmer, but historical records show that it hasn't happened everywhere at the same rate. And that new information even took scientists by surprise. "Global warming was not as understood as we thought," said Zhaohua Wu, an assistant professor of meteorology at FSU. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
The research team found that noticeable warming first started around the regions circling the Arctic and subtropical regions in both hemispheres. But the largest accumulated warming to date is actually at the northern midlatitudes. They also found that in some areas of the world, cooling had actually occurred. "The global warming is not uniform," Chassignet said. "You have areas that... more... - Eric Logan
This didn't come as a surprise to me: my assumption all along has been that climate change induced by global warming would shift climate patterns in peculiar and unpredictable ways, with some areas becoming warmer and other areas becoming colder. But the long-term overall trend globally will be warmer. - Sean McBride
Right now there is no trend globally despite every conceivable contortion of past proxy data. Global temperature continues on a basically flat line. I did get my global sea surface temperature first day of issue stamp cover this weekend. I figure it will be really valuable someday due to its novelty. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Get em while they're hot. Global Forever: Sea Surface Temperatures DCP Keepsake. - Eric Logan
Eric Logan
Scientists smash barrier to growing organs from stem cells -
Scientists smash barrier to growing organs from stem cells
Scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have overcome one of the greatest challenges in biology and taken a major step toward being able to grow whole organs and tissues from stem cells. By manipulating the appropriate signaling, the U.Va. researchers have turned embryonic stem cells into a fish embryo, essentially controlling embryonic development. The research will have dramatic impact on the future use of stem cells to better the human condition, providing a framework for future studies in the field of regenerative medicine aimed at constructing tissues and organs from populations of cultured pluripotent cells. In accomplishing this, U.Va. scientists Bernard and Chris Thisse have overcome the most massive of biological barriers. "We have generated an animal by just instructing embryonic cells the right way," said Chris Thisse of the School of Medicine's Department of Cell Biology. The importance of that is profound. "If we know how to instruct embryonic cells,"... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
Roy Spencer, PhD - Top Ten Good Skeptical Arguments -
Roy Spencer, PhD - Top Ten Good Skeptical Arguments
As suggested by a friend, I’m following up my Top Ten bad global warming arguments list with a Top Ten good arguments list. These are in no particular order, and I might have missed something important. These ten were just off the top of my head….there’s no telling what might be lingering deeper in my brain. I have avoided specific alternative causal mechanisms of natural climate change, because I view them individually as speculative. But taken as a whole, they represent a class of unknowns that can’t be just swept under the rug just because we don’t understand them. For some reason, all of these ended up being phrased as questions, rather than statements. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
Is the IPCC Government Approval Process Broken? -
Is the IPCC Government Approval Process Broken?
Over the past 5 years, I have dedicated an immense amount of time and effort to serving as the Co-Coordinating Lead Author (CLA) of Chapter 13, “International Cooperation: Agreements and Instruments,” of Working Group III (Mitigation) of the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It has been an intense and exceptionally time-consuming process, which recently culminated in a grueling week spent in Berlin, Germany, April 5-13, 2014, at the government approval sessions, in which some 195 country delegations discussed, revised, and ultimately approved (line-by-line) the “Summary for Policymakers” (SPM), which condenses more than 2,000 pages of text from 15 chapters into an SPM document of 33 pages. Several of the CLAs present with me in Berlin commented that given the nature and outcome of the week, the resulting document should probably be called the Summary by Policymakers, rather than the Summary for Policymakers. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
"there may be an inescapable conflict between scientific integrity and political credibility" - Greg GuitarBuster
Eric Logan
Quantum Entanglement Drives the Arrow of Time, Scientists Say. -
Quantum Entanglement Drives the Arrow of Time, Scientists Say.
Coffee cools, buildings crumble, eggs break and stars fizzle out in a universe that seems destined to degrade into a state of uniform drabness known as thermal equilibrium. The astronomer-philosopher Sir Arthur Eddington in 1927 cited the gradual dispersal of energy as evidence of an irreversible “arrow of time.” But to the bafflement of generations of physicists, the arrow of time does not seem to follow from the underlying laws of physics, which work the same going forward in time as in reverse. By those laws, it seemed that if someone knew the paths of all the particles in the universe and flipped them around, energy would accumulate rather than disperse: Tepid coffee would spontaneously heat up, buildings would rise from their rubble and sunlight would slink back into the sun. “In classical physics, we were struggling,” said Sandu Popescu, a professor of physics at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. “If I knew more, could I reverse the event, put together all the... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
Since the early 1990s, sea level rose at a mean rate of ~3.1 mm yr−1. However, over the last decade a slowdown of this rate, of about 30%, has been recorded. – Cazenave et al. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Abstract. Present-day sea-level rise is a major indicator of climate change. Since the early 1990s, sea level rose at a mean rate of ~3.1 mm yr−1. However, over the last decade a slowdown of this rate, of about 30%, has been recorded. It coincides with a plateau in Earth’s mean surface temperature evolution, known as the recent pause in warming. Here we present an analysis based on... more... - Eric Logan
Cloaked DNA Nanodevices Survive Pilot Mission -
Cloaked DNA Nanodevices Survive Pilot Mission
Successful foray opens door to virus-like DNA nanodevices that could diagnose diseased tissues and manufacture drugs to treat them It’s a familiar trope in science fiction: In enemy territory, activate your cloaking device. And real-world viruses use similar tactics to make themselves invisible to the immune system. Now scientists at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have mimicked these viral tactics to build the first DNA nanodevices that survive the body’s immune defenses. - Halil from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
Scientists Licking Wounds After Contentious Climate Report Negotiations | Science/AAAS | News -
Scientists Licking Wounds After Contentious Climate Report Negotiations | Science/AAAS | News
It has been more than a week since a U.N. panel released a major report on mitigating climate change, but some scientists who helped write a key summary say they continue to smart from some disconcerting last-minute edits. “We are still shaking,” says Giovanni Baiocchi, an economist at the University of Maryland, College Park, whose work was central to the debates over the summary’s wording. The episode is making some researchers reconsider participating in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) process in the future. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
“The whole process is kind of unbelievable,” Victor says. As one of the report’s lead authors, he was in the middle of the negotiations. The outcome raises “fundamental questions about whether the IPCC can really do policy-related assessments in areas where the science is most germane to policy,” he writes in an e-mail. “There has always been a tension between the scientific content and... more... - Eric Logan
Eric Logan
James Lovelock reflects on Gaia's legacy : Nature News & Comment -
James Lovelock reflects on Gaia's legacy : Nature News & Comment
Is climate change going to be less extreme than you previously thought? The Revenge of Gaia was over the top, but we were all so taken in by the perfect correlation between temperature and CO2 in the ice-core analyses [from the ice-sheets of Greenland and Antarctica, studied since the 1980s]. You could draw a straight line relating temperature and CO2, and it was such a temptation for everyone to say, “Well, with CO2 rising we can say in such and such a year it will be this hot.” It was a mistake we all made. We shouldn’t have forgotten that the system has a lot of inertia and we’re not going to shift it very quickly. The thing we’ve all forgotten is the heat storage of the ocean — it’s a thousand times greater than the atmosphere and the surface. You can’t change that very rapidly. But being an independent scientist, it is much easier to say you made a mistake than if you are a government department or an employee or anything like that. So what will the next 100 years look like? That’s impossible to answer. All I can say is that it will be nowhere as near as bad as the worst-case scenario. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
The Structure of scientific revolutions.
Kuhn presented science as a sequence of paradigms, or belief-systems, which reflected dogmatic worldviews in a manner highly reminiscent of religion. In scientific history, each paradigm was associated with an "establishment" — like a religious priesthood — that dismissed heretics and rewarded those who supported the paradigm. Careers were built not on the pursuit of the truth but on compliance with the prevailing paradigm. A paradigm could persist for centuries. Eventually, though, a dangerous heresy would arise that would successfully expose fallacies and anomalies in the existing paradigm and the old priesthood would topple, just as has happened so often in religion and in politics." - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Eric Logan
Cosmic Ice Theory – science, fiction and the public, 1894–1945 -
Cosmic Ice Theory – science, fiction and the public, 1894–1945
At the end of the nineteenth century, Werner Siemens proclaimed the beginning of the scientific age in Germany. At the same time, academic scholars, popularizers and journalists were confronted with a huge number of theories that did not meet the requirements for new scientific knowledge that had recently been expressed at the Versammlung deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte. These theories, appearing both as universal cosmologies and holistic Weltanschauungen, explicitly disapproved of the development of modern science, sharing a popular fear that a purely materialistic, abstract science would lead to cultural decline. This project deals with one of the most popular of these ideas, one of the supposed “strange dissonances” that accompanied scientific modernism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. This so-called Welteislehre (cosmic ice theory) or Glazialkosmogonie serves as a case study to show that these alleged expressions of scientific esotericism were not... more... - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Eric Logan
One recent study (Nature 496, 347-350) estimates that transpiration (water vapour derived from plants) produces 80–90% of the atmospheric moisture derived from continents. This figure substantially surpasses previous estimates (20–65%). If the share of atmospheric moisture derived from vegetation is so much larger than previously recognised, then changes in vegetation may also have greater impacts. Until the processes underlying vegetation control of the water cycle are resolved, the potential impact of land-cover change on the regional and global temperature regimes cannot be estimated with confidence. - Eric Logan from Bookmarklet
Fiddling while Rome burns. Woolgathering. - Sean McBride
Rome, Ga and here we have freeze warnings tonight on April 15th I realize that's weather not climate, but it is quite contrary to prior published alarmists prognostications. You still have a major problem with the models, plants, forests other land use changes and natural variability might deserve further study. - Eric Logan
I pay little attention to local weather variations -- just the key indicators regarding long-term global climate. - Sean McBride
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