Artificial Clouds To Cool Qatar World Cup Stadiums
US Confirms Underwater Oil Plume
They don't mention the drop in oxygen didn't cause the water at 1000 meters to be as low as the naturally occurring drop in oxygen as you come up from 1000 meters to the surface.
The fun part will be tracking these oil plumes / clouds. They won't be able to in two months time. They'll claim they can, naturally. But the thing about a true cloud is that it has adiabatic properties that formed it. Mixing will take care of this in short order.
The Sun's Odd Behavior
If you want a solar story that adds a bit more mystery to the rehash of the current solar tale in the linked article, google up Livingston and Penn about the observations that the sunspot frequency is diminishing. In the past, the solar flux would match up to the sunspot number closely. Beginning some twenty some odd years ago, this century long curve matching parted ways. To sum up the mystery, in ten years time, solar cycles will continue. It's just there won't be any more sunspots. (a little hyperbole, but not as much as you think)
BP Prepares Complex "Top Kill" Bid To Plug Well
There's a few docs online from one of the oil field "auditors" (the ones that value reserves and help measure risk, advise on investing and so are familiar with the science) and it looks to me from those reports that there's a good chance that everyone knows why the well blew out. The BOPs failing is a separate subject. A BOP are like airbags in a car. They help mitigate the damage, and the BOPs didn't. What it looks like is that the cement job failed, and the design of the pipe in the hole didn't allow for a casing hanger. Start with this document:
Look at Schematic #3. You'll see the 7" x 9 7/8" (tapered) casing is run to surface, through the 9 7/8" lnr (not run to surface)
There is a space and the possibility that the blowout happened from poor cement across the oil/gas formation and then between the 7" and 9 7/8" liner. It would have a free run all the way up to the base of the BOP.
This also implies the 7" x 9 7/8" casing is still viable and still has cement plugs in place. If all true, then it also means that this well would have blown out with heavy mud in the casing. For the heavy mud to get down in a large 9 7/8" space with the oil flowing is one thing, as it's being engineered for. For that same heavy mud to get into a much smaller space , the space between the 9 7/8" pipe and the 16" casing (again, look at the red line/arrows in the diagram) with the oil and gas "jetting out" is going to be much tougher. What may happen is the heavy mud goes in, and gets rejected out, and _then_ the call goes out to put in the junk, stopping up the flow partially, and then trying more heavy mud. They've got plenty of mud, so they say, so they'll try this to see what happens.
First Impressions of the 11th Doctor Who
Leave the Nanny State alone long enough, and they'll all turn into Daleks!
Insurgent Attacks Follow Mathematical Pattern
When did Seldon predict Iran gets the bomb? I don't think I want to know how high the power levels end up going...
Russians Claim More Climate Data Was Manipulated
All one has to do is to retrieve EVERY SINGLE TEMPERATURE RECORD AVAILABLE and then figure out which ones were selected.
There's little prejudice in that, is there?
What's being alleged is a selection based on a criteria that can't be easily explained away.
Scientists Step Down After CRU Hack Fallout
I would have thought this would be modded up a bit, seeing as this was the code that made what they were doing fraudulent.
Oh, wait. This is Slashdot. What was I thinking?
New Research Forecasts Global 6C Increase By End of Century
For those who want a summary of some of the emails, go read
Where you can read that the person most responsible for the famous Hockey Stick graph discusses how to destroy a journal that has published skeptic papers.
Yes, it's a political thing that has corrupted the scientific process. Who would'a figured?
New Research Forecasts Global 6C Increase By End of Century
Forgetting for the moment that the recently hacked and released emails from one section of the warming folks illustrates the political nature of the "butcher's thumb on the scale"...
I believe the claim of "6deg of warming" is _STILL_ based on a projection of "runaway" conditions unrelated to mankind's emission increases.
I personally haven't gone in and checked these latest claims, but most claims above 3deg warming haven't stood up to serious challenges.
This is why they're seriously considered in the IPCC reports.
I seriously doubt the study linked to at the top of the thread has uncovered any new information or model that wasn't already considered by the IPCC for their AR4.
The "Doctor Who" Model of Open Source
I suppose this would make Sally Sparrow as the program feature everyone using once during the beta testing, but left out of the final RTM version.
Proposed Canadian Law Would Allow Warrantless Searches
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
[Lyrics are now contradictory]
Jet Stream Kites Could Power New York City
If you could assure your investors and insurers that you'd never be at risk for severe storm damage, I could see flying a kite at that altitude.
Once. You might keep it up there for three months, maybe six. And then a storm comes along with a change in wind direction that exceeds your tolerances, and you have wounded duck hurtling down to knock some heads. The conditions that would disrupt your kite and potentially bring it down would be the same conditions you would NOT allow an inflated balloon to be in, the only thing that would keep it from reaching terminal velocity.
You might be able to launch a balloon that runs above everything, to say 45,000', but I doubt the amount of lift that would provide -- perhaps someone can run the numbers.
You could call the first one launched "The Sword Of Damocles"!
NIMBY turns into NAMH (Not Above My Head)
Biden Reveals Location of Secret VP Bunker
OMG! You just totally screwed over the Sooper Sekret security arrangements of the Secret Service! Now everybody knoas!
Were Neanderthals Devoured By Humans?
even a caveman could do it! /my karma, watch it go down.
When Comets Attack
No, it would have been seen as the Angry Fist of God.
Classic Books of Science?
Understanding Physics by Isaac Asimov. All three volumes.
Read the volumes along side being taught the course and you will not miss a trick. The only drawback is there are no images and when you first learn physics, it helps to visually grasp the topic.
Read the volumes without or before taking the course and you will raise your nerd quotient by 111%
Pandora Trying Out Invasive Commercial Breaks
1: The commercials should be music based. "Lie To Me" does have that soundtrack for its commercials they've played on the FOX TV network. So this example fits.
2: The commercials should not repeat. If they do, they should not be identical in content. This is similar to running two different 15 second commercials on TV now.
3: Discretion is required. Commercials for Sham-Wow and their ilk are a deal breaker.
Software Development Predictions For 2009
Input devices and their software take a step forward. Specifically, improvement in voice recognition, and mouse gesturing/Wii controller applications. No killer ap implied here.
Free software expansion continues, as Intuit finds competition for Quicken in the home and small business marketplace from low cost/free alternatives.
Everyone waits for the hardware of cellphones to catch up to better software for phones, so a prediction here is for no huge leap for cellphone software. Windows Mobile 7 doesn't bowl over anyone. Jostling for position as to the #1 seller of phones isn't important because most of the software advances has to do with the phone/web interface, and the extra charges for web access is reaching its peak in many markets.
New rootkits for Windows, and separately, one for a select few versions of Linux.
Linux users will promptly declare that there's no such thing as a true rootkit for Linux and blame lax password procedures for their problems as well as lack of dates on Friday night.
Solar Wind Rips Up Martian Atmosphere
As I understand it, the Earth's magnetic field is healthy and extends up past the bulk of our atmosphere. The pushing from the solar wind deforms our atmosphere, but any ripples or other magnetic eddies are considerably smaller and that possible "ripping" of an Earth eddy would take place pretty far above the planet. I might guess that the Earth's magnetic field is consistent enough to prevent any large eddies from forming in the first place.