This past week of February was National Engineers Week, and it’s always an excellent time to learn about different engineers today as well as those whose shoulders we stand on. I haven’t practiced engineering as a professional in over eight years, but I still work with engineers and structural engineering every day at Bentley Systems.… Continue reading Software Engineering
SciAm on a (depressing) report ranking the top 100 U.S. metropolitan areas in terms of amount of carbon emissions. The part that really startled me (emphasis added): The residents of Lexington, Ky., Indianapolis and Cincinnati emit the most greenhouse gasesâ€”nearly 2.5 times as much carbon on a per capita basis as their peers at the top… Continue reading Right In the Thick of the Carbon
Ever heard the one about all the scientists in the seventies who claimed the planet was cooling and that’s why we can’t trust scientists who now claim the planet is warming? Yeah, me too. Well, next time you hear it, you can point out it was never true in the first place. The consensus back… Continue reading Just Cool It
So, after months and months of online discussion, Mythbusters Jamie and Adam put the physics where the rubber meets the road. Literally. Almost two years ago, I (and most of the internet, it seems) saw a thought question at Kottke.org regarding an airplane on a giant conveyor belt. If the belt moved the exact same speed… Continue reading For The Last Time: The Plane Takes Off!
Well, despite you’ve already read this already somewhere else, Al Gore and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were jointly awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their work in raising global awareness on climate change. It’s true that the past year or so has really been the tipping point for global warming in… Continue reading Al Gore and IPCC Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
I cannot believe I missed this terrific news a week ago. The five Bulgarian nurses and Palestinian doctor who have been falsely imprisoned and tortured for 8 1/2 years in Libya have been freed. They arrived in Bulgaria last week. Their story is a dark one for not just their lives, but for for medical… Continue reading Tripoli Six Are Alive and Freed
I feel that it is my general desire to believe in the best in people that makes me wish this was a satirical letter to the editor, however I suspect that Ms. Meskimen is stone-cold serious. Last week, she wrote that “Daylight Savings Time started almost a month early this year. You would think that… Continue reading Extra Daylight Causes Warming
Angela forwarded me a similar article on some resent research which states that ethanol may have greater health risks than gasoline as a auto fuel. From the article I tagged in del.icio.us from New Scientist (see lower right, titled “Warning: Biofuel may harm your health”), it appears that the number of deaths increases by 185… Continue reading Ethanol Health Risks
NASA’s STEREO‑B spacecraft took an amazing shot of it’s own solar eclipse late last month during the process of having it’s camera’s calibrated. The moon appears as a black disc against the fiery mass of the sun. I think that the texture of the sun is, well, other-worldly.
I have no idea why I feel the need to respond to this sort of crap when it flies across my radar, but someone seeded a pack of ten great lies on global warming to Newsvine from Human Events. Anyway, here’s my quick whack at setting them straight (and hopefully, some links on where to… Continue reading More Global Warming Myths I Get To Refute