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By: BaltimoreBrian , 2:40 AM GMT on May 20, 2014

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This blog is for civil discussion of climate change and the sharing of information. Differing views and opinions welcome. I will not tolerate personal attacks and trollish behavior in my blog. Or tunnel monomania. Otherwise it is a free speech zone.

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REFERENCE

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435. BaltimoreBrian
5:43 AM GMT on January 30, 2015
Oh goody
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433. BaltimoreBrian
3:19 AM GMT on January 29, 2015
LAbonbon, thanks for the great article! Reading it now :) I've always found fata morgana fascinating.
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432. BaltimoreBrian
3:13 AM GMT on January 29, 2015
Today's selection of articles about science, climate change, energy and the environment.

*** Questions About Blown Blizzard Forecasts, and the Gender of Blizzard Forecasters

Block on fracking in Scotland announced by minister

* Increased carbon spill from glaciers sets new puzzle

Long-necked 'dragon' discovered in China: Dinosaur's lightweight neck spanned half the length of its body



Gully patterns document Martian climate cycles



!!! Smothered oceans: Extreme oxygen loss in oceans accompanied past global climate change



Did genetic links to modern maladies provide ancient benefits?

*** Anthropology: Ancient skull from Galilee cave offers clues to the first modern Europeans

* Some potentially habitable planets began as gaseous, Neptune-like worlds



* Missing link in metal physics explains Earth's magnetic field



!!! Quantum computer as detector shows space is not squeezed



Cassini catches Saturn's moon Titan naked in the solar wind



* Researchers produce two bio-fuels from a single algae

*** Ocean acidification changes balance of biofouling communities

!!! Building a better weather forecast? SMAP may help

* Slope on ocean surface lowers sea level in Europe

*** Satellite study identifies water bodies important for biodiversity conservation

Reducing work-family conflicts in the workplace helps people to sleep better

Record sea lion pup strandings reported in Southern California

Germany's clean-energy turning point [Recharge]

* Winnipeg told to boil water after E. Coli found

* Erratic as normal: Arctic sea ice loss expected to be bumpy in the short term
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431. LAbonbon
10:41 PM GMT on January 28, 2015
Hey, Brian - thought this article was pretty darned interesting. Thought you might enjoy it, as you seem to be interested in both history and science.

Fantastically Wrong: The Bizarre Mirages That Once Scared the Bejesus Out of Sailors
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430. BaltimoreBrian
5:03 AM GMT on January 28, 2015
A Victorian Argument That Snow Is Holy, Illustrated by a Beautiful Catalog of Flakes
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428. Astrometeor
1:39 AM GMT on January 28, 2015
Check your g-mail again, Brian. :/

Millersville University police lose jurisdiction
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426. BaltimoreBrian
12:31 AM GMT on January 26, 2015
The Info-Dense Maps Civilians Used to Follow WWII From the Home Front





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424. BaltimoreBrian
4:07 AM GMT on January 23, 2015
The Beautiful Geometry of 18th-Century Forts, Built by Britain in the American Colonies

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423. BaltimoreBrian
3:45 AM GMT on January 23, 2015
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421. BaltimoreBrian
2:33 AM GMT on January 22, 2015
Beguiling 19th-Century Space Art, Made by a Self-Taught Astronomical Observer











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420. BaltimoreBrian
2:22 AM GMT on January 22, 2015
Today's selection of articles about science, climate change, energy and the environment.

U.S. Solar Jobs Climb 22% in 2014 as Clean Power Aids Economic Recovery

How 'Warmest Ever' Headlines and Debates Can Obscure What Matters About Climate Change


!!! Death of a dynamo: A hard drive from space



!!! Biological safety lock for genetically modified organisms



!!! In theory, the Milky Way could be a 'galactic transport system'



*** New bacterial 'language' discovered: Previously unknown communication pathway

!!! Synthetic amino acid enables safe, new biotechnology solutions to global problems

*** Neuroscientists lead global consortium to crack brain's genetic code


!!! Optimizing optimization algorithms: Getting best results when approximating solutions to complex engineering problems



* Drillers help make new Antarctic discoveries



*** Next-generation sequencing offers insight into how species adapt to climate change


*** Climate change threatens 30 years of sea turtle conservation success



Pakistan pushes climate change back up political agenda

Spain mulls fracking after offshore drilling comes up dry

*** Oregon teens sue state: Can local government be held accountable for climate change?


* Helping an Island by Helping Hawks

Republicans outfox Democrats on climate votes

Building climate resilience within

The following five articles are from a special section on energy in The Economist.

Let there be light

Renewables: We make our own


Africa: A brightening continent

New business models: All change

Energy efficiency: Invisible fuel
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418. Jonas
3:44 PM GMT on January 20, 2015
Okay on the NOAA Ammo matter.

In my earlier years (two of those years) I came in contact with several law enforcement agencies, as well as park rangers, game wardens and small town marshals and sheriffs. {Better add this before I am lumped in with the James, or Dalton gangs}, I worked as a field engineer for a microwave corporation. We installed and maintained radio communications between these agencies, i.e., mobile radios, "Handi-Talkies", etc.. Point being, rangers and game wardens were being shot at and shot and hit on a frightening basis. I remember when they began to carry side arms and having remained in touch with a few with whom I became friends, it wasn't long before they had a few weapons in the trunk of their cars, too.

These bad guys were indiscriminate, too boot. One of our repeaters went out, I went to have a look at the tower and shack in a very remote location. I found someone had broken a few banks of grasshopper fuses and about the same time I am surveying the damage, this guy, or guys, put a few rounds through the door of my service truck. I was unarmed, but luckily they were just being mischievous and after the few shots, they left.

That has been quite a few years ago and I can only imagine the risks these people take nowadays when they speak to, or have to confront some of these gun-toting characters. So, arm all the good guys, I say.
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417. BaltimoreBrian
4:13 AM GMT on January 20, 2015
Flyers for the Campaigns Martin Luther King Was Working on When He Was Assassinated

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416. BaltimoreBrian
4:03 AM GMT on January 20, 2015
After PTSD, More Trauma

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414. BaltimoreBrian
2:42 AM GMT on January 20, 2015
Thanks for dropping by Jonas! I'm now reading the story you linked and it seems like the ammunition was for the National Marine Fisheries Service, which does have law enforcement functions, and that the request for the NWS was in error. Interesting story though!
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413. Jonas
5:54 PM GMT on January 19, 2015
I saw your blog post in 2011 concerning NOAA : link here: NOAA

The year 2011 was a bad year for me keeping me from most of my usual activities, probably a big plus for the Bloggers on Weather Underground. Nevertheless, I began to browse your posts and found your blogs most interesting and a pleasant change.

NOAA, oh yes, the best five point five billion in tax dollars the government spends in their annual budget. I say keep lofting those weather satellites. I did notice in 2012 they requested 60,00 rounds of ammunition for 63 of their employee's shootin' irons. I wondered about that but have a link here: NOAA Ammo

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412. BaltimoreBrian
7:40 PM GMT on January 18, 2015
Pitching a Potential Donor, Shackleton Sketched This Expedition Map Click image to expand

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411. BaltimoreBrian
7:36 PM GMT on January 18, 2015
Pretty Tree Maps Showing the State of American Forests in 1884 Click images to expand











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409. Astrometeor
5:28 AM GMT on January 15, 2015
Brian, I need you to check your gmail for me. Thanks.
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408. Cloudyinthewest
9:57 AM GMT on January 11, 2015
HAPPY NEW YEAR BRIAN,

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season. Thank you for the picture of you and the decorated helicopter, that is awesome.

The drought situation still continues in California and yes, I agree that it is the worst drought in 1200 years. I hope that El Nino will arrive this month bringing more rain. So far this month has been dry.

Dave
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407. BaltimoreBrian
12:54 PM GMT on January 04, 2015
A little reading

By 'Editing' Plant Genes, Companies Avoid Regulation

New Zealand Glaciers Ebb and Tour Guides Play Catch-Up
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406. BaltimoreBrian
7:47 AM GMT on January 04, 2015
The most awesome toy ever!

Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Laboratory (1950-1951) $49.50

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It contained

Four samples of uranium ore.

samples of the following radioactive isotopes

Lead-210 (beta and alpha source) half life 20.4 years

Ruthenium-106 (beta source) half life 374 days

Polonium-210 (alpha source) half life 138 days (used in the cloud chamber)

Polonium-210 is extremely toxic, with one microgram being enough to kill the average adult (250,000 times more toxic than hydrogen cyanide by weight). Polonium-210 was used to kill Russian dissident and ex-FSB officer Alexander V. Litvinenko in 2006

Zinc-65 (gamma source) half life 244 days

Images of sources here

But not to worry about the half lives of radioactive samples:



The Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Laboratory also contained

A Geiger counter



A cloud chamber



A spinthariscope

An electroscope

An instruction manual


An educational comic book Dagwood Splits the Atom



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405. etxwx
7:54 PM GMT on December 30, 2014
A little afternoon reading...
Oklahoma to increase wind-generated power
OKLAHOMA CITY — A federal agency says Oklahoma will likely see an increase in wind-generated electricity used to power homes. Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration says developers are planning to increase wind power capacity with projects primarily in Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Texas. The Journal Record reports Oklahoma is expected to see an increase in total wind generating capacity by the spring of 2015. The state has 3,100 megawatts of wind power capacity. That number is expected to grow by 2,100 megawatts.
The Oklahoma Secretary of Energy and Environment says the state has the fifth-lowest electricity cost in the United States. Electricity from wind farms comprises 15 percent of all power in the state.


Poll: More Americans say they prioritize alternative energy to fossil fuels
HOUSTON — A new survey shows vastly more Americans think the country should prioritize developing alternative energy sources over expanding fossil fuel production. Survey respondents favored developing alternative energy sources like wind, solar and hydrogen over coal, oil and natural gas by a 60 percent to 30 percent margin. The Pew Research Center conducted the survey of 1,507 adults earlier this month.

And finally from AP/Fuelfix.com:
Program that backed Solyndra now showing successes
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404. FLwolverine
2:05 PM GMT on December 26, 2014
Quoting 389. BaltimoreBrian:

I'm back Wolverine! I'll be blogging again regularly on January 18th.
:-)
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403. Susie77
5:00 PM GMT on December 25, 2014
Merry Christmas, Brian.
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402. etxwx
3:57 PM GMT on December 25, 2014
A very Merry Christmas to you, Brian, and to everyone here on WU. I hope all your holidays are happy ones and your new year brings all sorts of good things! Best Wishes to you all!

PS. I hope to be active on the blog again soon...just can't do it right now. It's good to see your news posts again Brian. :)
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401. nigel20
9:48 PM GMT on December 24, 2014
Thanks for the Christmas wish, Brian. Somehow, I didn't see your post on my blog. :) I hope will enjoy Christmas yourself.
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400. BaltimoreBrian
9:05 AM GMT on December 24, 2014
California drought, visualized with open data
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399. KoritheMan
8:01 AM GMT on December 24, 2014

Quoting 397. BaltimoreBrian:

Check out #391 Kori. I had both the military and western rifle in the black & white commercial.
Is that what started you down the military path, I wonder? The little things.
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398. oldnewmex
7:39 AM GMT on December 24, 2014
Quoting 394. BaltimoreBrian:

Kori's Christmas shopping list for the little ones ;)




My favorites: Dr. Drill and Fill, and the Japanese Pregnancy doll.
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397. BaltimoreBrian
7:33 AM GMT on December 24, 2014
Check out #391 Kori. I had both the military and western rifle in the black & white commercial.
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396. KoritheMan
7:30 AM GMT on December 24, 2014

Quoting 394. BaltimoreBrian:

Kori's Christmas shopping list for the little ones ;)



Oh dear. XD
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395. KoritheMan
7:28 AM GMT on December 24, 2014

Quoting 392. BaltimoreBrian:

Another reason to dislike Facebook
All I know is... Zuckerberg and the government probably routinely have laughs and simultaneous facepalms with the stuff I post!
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394. BaltimoreBrian
6:41 AM GMT on December 24, 2014
Kori's Christmas shopping list for the little ones ;)


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393. BaltimoreBrian
6:35 AM GMT on December 24, 2014
Remember that a warmer world is good for reptiles. A 1830 drawing by Henry De La Beche (1796-1855) Expand top image to read the text.



Another I like: Duria Antiquitor (A more ancient Dorset), also by Dr. De La Beche in 1830.

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392. BaltimoreBrian
6:36 AM GMT on December 23, 2014
Another reason to dislike Facebook
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391. BaltimoreBrian
5:54 AM GMT on December 23, 2014
Back in the day. Loved these. Not wise for kids nowadays. Wonder what Dakster thinks of the first commercial.

From November-December 1967 Christmas season. $5.99 each then. Had both of these from my older brother.




Was not a fan of astro-gun.

November-December 1968 Christmas season.


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390. MaxWeather
5:02 AM GMT on December 23, 2014
Quoting 389. BaltimoreBrian:

I'm back Wolverine! I'll be blogging again regularly on January 18th.

je t'espere!
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389. BaltimoreBrian
4:05 AM GMT on December 23, 2014
I'm back Wolverine! I'll be blogging again regularly on January 18th.
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388. FLwolverine
3:52 AM GMT on December 23, 2014
Merry (early) Christmas, Brian. I like your blog photo with the decorated helicopter. Stay safe.
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387. BaltimoreBrian
3:27 AM GMT on December 23, 2014
Bruce Willis made money in Russia in commercials for Bank Trust (TPACT is TRUST in Russian)







But Bank Trust has just collapsed. The CNN text is wrong, btw. The Russian government is putting in 30 billion rubles, not million.



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386. BaltimoreBrian
3:01 AM GMT on December 23, 2014

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