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373. MaxWeather
7:11 AM GMT on December 17, 2014
Quoting 361. Astrometeor:



Good night Brian, gotta go to bed now. 2 AM. Sheesh. And I was exhausted earlier. I blame women.


Quoting 360. Astrometeor:



December 12, but I don't know my exam schedule yet, so it could be as early as the 11th. Woot, one day. Lol.


yep... totally college life
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372. BaltimoreBrian
6:58 AM GMT on December 13, 2014
The wrong way


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370. BaltimoreBrian
5:00 AM GMT on December 13, 2014
An Early Arctic Explorer's Dramatic Drawings of the Frozen North (1819)

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369. BaltimoreBrian
4:45 AM GMT on December 13, 2014
For the young and ambitious:

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368. BaltimoreBrian
4:58 AM GMT on December 08, 2014
For pcola57:

The US Census World Popclock is at 7,209,924,000 as I type this.

The French World Population Clock is near 7,279,781,000

The French World Population Clock is 69,857,000 ahead of the United States World Population Clock. Which is closer to the truth? Therein lies the tale.
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367. BaltimoreBrian
3:33 AM GMT on December 08, 2014
Map Shows Where the Juvenile Delinquents Lived in Depression-Era D.C.

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366. BaltimoreBrian
3:31 AM GMT on December 08, 2014
A 17th-Century Argument for the Many Virtues of Coffee, Chocolate, and Tea

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365. BaltimoreBrian
3:18 AM GMT on December 08, 2014
The collected papers of Albert Einstein
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364. BaltimoreBrian
2:46 AM GMT on December 08, 2014
Today's selection of articles about science, climate change, energy and the environment.

!!! Narendra Modi, Favoring Growth in India, Pares Back Environmental Rules


*** The Next Big Climate Question: Will India Follow China?


!!! Toxic Pool Creeping Across India Kills Thousands of Kids Day by Day<

*** California's 'Hot Drought' Ranks Worst in at Least 1,200 Years


Why Elon Musk's Batteries Scare the Hell Out of the Electric Company


*** African soil crisis threatens food security

* Genetic diversity of Sub-Saharan Africa revealed

Scientists seek to solve mystery of Stegosaurus plates

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* Not long to wait till released CO2 turns up temperature


!!! In world first, researchers convert sunlight to electricity with over 40 percent efficiency

* Space travel is a bit safer than expected

Gravity: It's the law even for cells

'Family' matters when predicting ecosystems' reaction to global change

* Antarctica: Heat comes from the deep

*** Localized climate change contributed to ancient southwest depopulation

Uncovering one of humankind's most ancient lineages

Pluto-bound spacecraft ends hibernation to start mission

Thousands of Einstein Documents Are Now a Click Away

*** U.S. Birthrate Declines for Sixth Consecutive Year; Economy Could Be Factor

Total Fertility in the USA in 2013 1.86
Total Fertility in France in 2013 1.99 (highest among major western countries)

!!! Even With Emissions Cuts, Climate Change Adaptation Costs Likely to Hit 2-3 Times Current Estimates of $70-100 Billion per Year
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363. Cloudyinthewest
10:08 AM GMT on November 30, 2014
Hello Brian,

Happy Thanksgiving,
It looks as though the west coast will be having several days of rain, especially here in California where this will help the drought situation. El Nino may be arriving sometime next month bringing more rain hopefully,

Dave
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362. BaltimoreBrian
7:03 AM GMT on November 28, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving to you Nathan! Good luck with your exams!
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361. Astrometeor
7:02 AM GMT on November 28, 2014
Quoting 360. Astrometeor:



December 12, but I don't know my exam schedule yet, so it could be as early as the 11th. Woot, one day. Lol.


Good night Brian, gotta go to bed now. 2 AM. Sheesh. And I was exhausted earlier. I blame women.
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360. Astrometeor
6:54 AM GMT on November 28, 2014
Quoting 358. BaltimoreBrian:

Mmmmmm I love cranberry sauce!

When does your Christmas break start?


December 12, but I don't know my exam schedule yet, so it could be as early as the 11th. Woot, one day. Lol.
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359. Astrometeor
6:52 AM GMT on November 28, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving Brian!

I'm thankful this year, especially thankful to have you as a guide, a mentor, and a friend.

Thanks!
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358. BaltimoreBrian
6:30 AM GMT on November 28, 2014
Mmmmmm I love cranberry sauce!

When does your Christmas break start?
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357. Astrometeor
6:28 AM GMT on November 28, 2014
Elizabeth said she doesn't like cranberry sauce...she went to her first ever American Thanksgiving today.

*shakes head*
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355. BaltimoreBrian
7:44 AM GMT on November 22, 2014
Every Immigration-Related Executive Action Of The Last 58 Years
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354. etxwx
11:11 PM GMT on November 20, 2014
Hey Brian, it sure is good to see you posting - and really interesting links too! I'll have lots to read tonight. Hope you are doing well and have a great holiday week next week. :)
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353. BaltimoreBrian
9:16 AM GMT on November 20, 2014
Map Shows All of the Ways You Could Get Around Alaska in 1909

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352. BaltimoreBrian
9:14 AM GMT on November 20, 2014
An 1849 Guide to the Philadelphia Brothel Scene

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351. BaltimoreBrian
9:07 AM GMT on November 20, 2014
The War Department's WWII Advice Booklet for Soldiers Headed to Syria
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350. BaltimoreBrian
9:03 AM GMT on November 20, 2014
Go Ahead, Try to Decode This 19th-Century Rebus Atlas of New England

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349. BaltimoreBrian
8:59 AM GMT on November 20, 2014
Mapping 1890 Manhattan's Crazy-Quilt of Immigrant Neighborhoods

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348. BaltimoreBrian
8:57 AM GMT on November 20, 2014
The Pro-Union Civil War Board Game That Was the Chutes and Ladders of 1862

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347. BaltimoreBrian
8:50 AM GMT on November 20, 2014
The Star Charts That Apollo 11 Astronauts Used to Land on the Moon

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346. BaltimoreBrian
8:46 AM GMT on November 20, 2014
Commemorative Illustrations Showing Off the Gorgeous Parades of Late-Medieval Germany

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345. BaltimoreBrian
8:42 AM GMT on November 20, 2014
Whaling Ship Crew List Shows Melville Embarking on a Journey That Inspired Moby-Dick

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344. BaltimoreBrian
8:40 AM GMT on November 20, 2014
How One 17th-Century Artist Produced a Good Painting of an Animal He'd Never Seen

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343. BaltimoreBrian
8:38 AM GMT on November 20, 2014
A Melancholy List of Edgar Allan Poe's Debts, From His Bankruptcy Petition of 1842

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342. BaltimoreBrian
8:09 AM GMT on November 20, 2014
The Ottoman Empire's First Map of the Newly Minted United States

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341. BaltimoreBrian
7:04 AM GMT on November 20, 2014
Secret Service Blunders Eased White House Intruder's Way, Review Says

To summarize:

The agent supposed to be on the North Lawn with an attack dog was instead in a van talking to his girlfriend on his personal cell. This agent had taken out his earpiece through which he received information and commands so he could talk to his girlfriend. He had forgotten his second radio, a large walkie-talkie type device.

One of the officers followed Mr. Gonzalez into the bushes in front of the North Portico but lost sight of him.

The summary said that the officers "were surprised that Gonzalez was able to get through the bushes" because "prior to that evening, the officers believed the bushes" were too thick to pass through.

[I guess the agents never checked how thick the bushes are]

It was at that time that the officer with the dog joined the pursuit.

An officer stationed nearby was unable to see what was occurring because his view was obstructed by trees and bushes. That officer "was unable to hear any comprehensible radio communications about alarm breaks or Gonzalez"

An officer stationed at the North Portico door could not hear on the radio what was occurring and had an obstructed view. Instead of remaining at the door, the officer took out his weapon and took cover behind a pillar. The officer put his finger on the trigger of his gun, pointed it at Mr. Gonzalez as he came up the stairs, and told him to stop. But, Mr. Gonzalez continued running and the officer did not shoot because he did not believe Mr. Gonzalez was armed. It was later discovered that Mr. Gonzalez had a knife.

The wooden doors at the North Portico were closed and the officer assumed they were locked.

But the doors were not locked, and Mr. Gonzalez entered the White House. The emergency communication system by the entrance had been muted.

As the officer stationed there tried to lock the doors, Mr. Gonzalez barged through them and knocked her backward. She told him to stop but he continued on to the East Room.

"After attempting twice to physically take Gonzalez down but failing to do so because of the size disparity between the two, the officer then attempted to draw her baton but accidentally grabbed her flashlight instead,"

Mr. Gonzalez entered the East Room, but then exited, heading down the hallway. Two officers stationed in the White House, assisted by two plainclothes agents who had just finished their shifts, tackled him.

Outside the White House several officers, who said they did not know the layout of the building, were lining up in a tactical formation. "By the time they entered," the report said, "Gonzalez had already been subdued," it said.
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340. BaltimoreBrian
6:48 AM GMT on November 20, 2014
Excerpts from "The Physical Geography of the Sea" by Matthew Fontaine Maury (1855)

The atmosphere "warms and cools by turns the earth and the living creatures that inhabit it. It draws up vapours from the sea and land, retains them dissolved in itself, or suspended in cisterns of clouds, and throws them down again as rain or dew when they are required... It affords the gas which vivifies and warms our frames, and receives into itself that which has been polluted by use, and is thrown off as noxious...

"It is only the girdling encircling air, that flows above and around all, that makes the whole world kin. The carbonic acid [carbon dioxide] with which to-day our breathing fills the air, to-morrow seeks its way round the world. The date-trees that grow round the falls of the Nile will drink it in by their leaves and the palms and bananas of Japan will change it into flowers. The oxygen we are breathing was distilled for us... by the magnolias of the Susquehanna, and the great trees that skirt the Orinoco and the Amazon... The rain we see descending was thawed for us out of the icebergs which have watched the polar star for ages, and the lotus lilies have soaked up from the Nile, and exhaled as vapour, snows that rested on the summits of the Alps.

"Hence, to the right-minded mariner, and to him who studies the physical relations of earth, sea, and air, the atmosphere is something more than a shoreless ocean, at the bottom of which he creeps along. It is an inexhaustible magazine, marvellously adapted for many benign and beneficent purposes.

"Upon the proper working of this machine depends the well being of every plant and animal that inhabits the earth; therefore the management of it, its movements, and the performance of its offices, cannot be left to chance."

The complete book is here
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338. BaltimoreBrian
6:09 AM GMT on November 20, 2014
etxwx thanks for the articles! I've been reading through them yesterday and today.

FLwolverine thanks for droppping by! Glad you're OK too.
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337. FLwolverine
1:56 PM GMT on November 19, 2014
Hi, Brian. Glad to see you are ok.
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335. BaltimoreBrian
9:10 PM GMT on November 13, 2014
The NOAA satellite hack has had serious effects on data dissemination. The NOAA Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry normally updates every week or so. It was last updated on September 19th. I wonder if the data for late September, October, and November is lost. Click on any of the 'global mean sea level' Text (CSV) links towards the bottom of the page and you will see that the last data point is 2014.695
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334. BaltimoreBrian
9:01 PM GMT on November 13, 2014
An XKCD animation describing the landing on comet 67P
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333. etxwx
4:12 PM GMT on November 13, 2014
From Yale Environment 360:
Interview: A Scientist's Call for Civility And Diversity in Conservation
For the past few years, an acrimonious debate has been ranging between two camps of conservationists. One faction advocates protecting nature for its intrinsic value. The other claims that if the degradation of the natural world is to be halted, nature’s fundamental value — what nature can do for us — needs to be stressed. The tone of the rhetoric has led to a petition, published this month in the journal Nature, that criticizes both sides for indulging in ad hominem attacks and unproductive arguments that have devolved into “increasingly vitriolic, personal battles.” In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Jane Lubchenco, former head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, explains why she and her co-signatories are calling for a more “inclusive conservation” and why the bickering needs to stop.

A Scourge for Coal Miners Stages a Brutal Comeback
Black lung — a debilitating disease caused by inhaling coal dust — was supposed to be wiped out by a landmark 1969 U.S. mine safety law. But a recent study shows that the worst form of the disease now affects a larger share of Appalachian coal miners than at any time since the early 1970s.

From Fuelfix.com:
Residents’ lawsuit targets Illinois fracking rules
CHICAGO — A group of Illinois landowners has sued the Department of Natural Resources in a bid to stop the state’s new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling from taking effect, saying the agency violated several rulemaking procedures as it worked to implement a state law to regulate the practice.

From The Texas Tribune:
Courts Will Take Up Case of Fracking v. Drilling
Denton’s vote last week to ban hydraulic fracturing within city limits drew a national spotlight, but resolved little in the bitter Barnett Shale dispute. Just hours after health and environmental advocates proclaimed victory, two opponents – the Texas Oil and Gas Association and Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson – challenged the ban in court.

I'm a little late but I second Astros's comment #329 - much appreciation and best wishes to you Brian!
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332. MaxWeather
8:42 AM GMT on November 11, 2014
Quoting 330. BaltimoreBrian:

Thank you Nathan!

Thank YOU Brian *Connelly!!!
(I believe that's the name I make out from the picture there)
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331. BaltimoreBrian
7:14 AM GMT on November 11, 2014
330. BaltimoreBrian
7:14 AM GMT on November 11, 2014
Thank you Nathan!
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329. Astrometeor
5:23 AM GMT on November 11, 2014
It's Veterans' Day! Thanks to all past and active-duty (cough, Brian, cough) members of the military for their service!
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328. BaltimoreBrian
5:03 AM GMT on November 11, 2014
October 14, 2014 Hanging with Niko the bomb-sniffing German Shepherd in Afghanistan.

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327. BaltimoreBrian
3:26 AM GMT on November 11, 2014
326. BaltimoreBrian
3:21 AM GMT on November 07, 2014
It seems likely that Senator Warner will eek out a victory in Virginia while Begich and Landrieu will lose, giving a total of 54-46 for the Senate, + 9 R. The House of Representatives will probably end up at 250 R 185 D, +16 R. Two of the house seats still out are in Louisiana, and the Republicans got more than 60% in each district, but no one got a majority.

My guess was +8 R in the Senate and +9 R in the House. I was better than the consensus back on Oct 17, but considerably underforecasted the Republican gains in the House. Grade I give myself? B-
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325. MaxWeather
4:40 AM GMT on November 05, 2014
Astro's around here?
Let me check his place...
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324. MaxWeather
4:39 AM GMT on November 05, 2014
Good evening Brian
Long time I don't come to check in the climate blog
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323. BahaHurican
11:17 PM GMT on November 04, 2014
Quoting 322. Neapolitan:

I'm not a tremendous fan of Kay Hagan--she's been rather cowardly in her run from Obama's excellent record--but I would *far* rather cast a vote for her than Tillis, the prototypical anti-regulation, anti-corporate tax, anti-equality, anti-education, anti-science conservative. I don't live in NC (and I am ever thankful for that), but I hope that when people vote they use their brains and their hearts, and do what's right. Unlike that nincompoop in Dr. Masters' forum who says he would have voted for Hagan if only she had endorsed him for the USAF Academy--about as uninformed an electoral reason as I've ever heard...
Might have worded it differently but I agree about not voting tit for tat on a personal level in this kind of election. On top of that, it turned out Hagen was right to oppose his endorsement; right now he might be in an even worse situation if he had been dropped from the program. This is especially true when it's her opponents who likely contributed to the end of the program because of their political policies and refusal to address issues that impact Americans in any serious and positive way.
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