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Massive 6.8 California Quake Triggers Alert, 92 Years Later

June 21, 2017


The strangest thing I heard about today was a QuakeBot writing a story in the Los Angeles Times for … … an earthquake felt on Twitter – and nowhere else. A report of a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara, Calif. turned out to be a false alarm. An automatically generated […]

Proposal: Lawmakers Must Have Logic Skills

June 17, 2017


Can you pass this six question logic quiz?  T | F – Time is a measurable quantity T | F – Trees are real T | F – Trees grow rings at a rate of one per year T | F – As of 2013, the oldest tree-ring measurements in the Northern Hemisphere extend back […]

Total Eclipses Will End as Moon Slips Slowly Away

June 16, 2017


The moon’s average distance is inching  away from the earth and at some point total eclipses will no longer be possible because the moon will appear smaller and will no longer block the full disk of the sun. In 1695, Edmond Halley discovered that eclipses recorded in ancient history did not match calculations for the […]

Project: Start Your Own Doomsday Seed Vault

May 20, 2017


Climate change has melted permafrost that was never expected to melt, partly flooding the world’s doomsday seed vault.  Flooding caused by climate change has hit the Global Seed Vault, which holds samples of the world’s seeds in the event of an apocalyptic catastrophe. The seeds weren’t damaged, but the entryway of the vault flooded when […]

Strange Rainbow Cloud Heralds Massive Undersea Quake 

April 28, 2017


This odd cloud was seen five days ago in the city of Pagadian, located in the Philippine island of Mindanao. It got my attention due to it being so close (~150 nautical miles) to the epicenter of very large earthquake (7.2) earlier today, April 28, 2017.  A rainbow-unicorn cloud was spotted in Pagadian City, Zamboanga […]

Breakthrough Artificial Photosynthesis Cleans Polluted Air, Makes Energy

April 26, 2017


An invention by scientists at the University of Central Florida turns greenhouse gases into clean air, producing fuel at the same time. By mixing titanium with organic molecules, they created metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) tuned to blue light. These ‘light-harvesting antennae’ created reactions which turned CO2 into two reduced forms of cabon, formate and formamides, described […]

Earth Day 2017, Over 400 Science Protest Signs

April 22, 2017


Here’s what people had to say with their signs at the San Francisco protest march in support of science, April 22, 2017. I shot these 400+ photos of protest signs earlier today at the march for science in San Francisco. My sense from the flow of the crowd was that there were thousands more I did […]

Earth Day: Thousands of Scientists to Protest in the Streets

April 21, 2017


People in white lab coats and many more will take to the streets in America on April 22, Earth Day, in a march to protest a disturbing trend away from evidence based decision making.  Find the Science March in your area. If the majority of scientists are correct, very stupid decisions are being made and […]

Record Icebergs are Floating Drought Solutions

April 20, 2017


Today’s true strange news award goes to a 10,000 year old iceberg, one of the largest ever seen off the coast of Ferryland, Canada. Each spring, ice blocks drift down from the arctic into an area known as “Iceberg Alley,” off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. One of the first massive icebergs of the […]

A Professor’s Plan to Save the Earth: Refreeze the Arctic 

April 19, 2017


Some say we can face the facts about climate change or go extinct. If you’ve looked at the facts and agree, there’s an astrophysics professor with a plan.  To understand why some feel this is urgent,  consider this experiment:  The temperature of the water in a pot on the stove with ice cubes in it […]

Bizarre Codelike Markings Appear on Icelandic Lake 

April 18, 2017


At first glance, it looks like giant ice writing. My plan was to find an aerial view to see the entire code, then decode it. What’s the scoop?  Residents living around Iceland’s Lake Thingvallavatn were recently mystified after waking up and discovering a strange, code-like pattern sketched across the ice-covered lake like some kind of […]

Claim Your Land: Adopt the Earth from NASA

April 10, 2017


I just adopted some land in California. Try it HERE and see what area you get. 64,000 locations are available. After you adopt, check out the data to find out more. For example, you may see the amounts of carbon monoxide in your area. The Carbon Monoxide layer indicates the amount of carbon monoxide (CO) […]

Cyclone Debbie leaves shark in road

March 30, 2017


Poor shark. Beautiful animal. Cyclone Debbie reached category 4, which means catestropic damage and sustained 130 to 150 mph winds. One report says Debbie had winds up to 163 mph and is feared to have damaged the Great Barrier Reef. Sustained winds over 150 mph would make Debbie a category 5, the worst possible on […]

Engineered Microbe Makes Fuel From CO2

March 28, 2017


We know that CO2 in the atmosphere lets sun in, but traps the resulting heat that tries to leave the earth. This warms the planet. As CO2 and other greenhouse gases increase, so does the overall temperature. A warmer planet is not a problem, until the extra heat starts to change other things, eventually making […]

Watching wild weather worldwide with what? 

March 16, 2017


I found some great apps to watch the weather tonight.  My favorite so far is MyRadar. It shows wind patterns, earthquakes, as well as people’s photos of local weather. Having this all in one app is awesome. The only thing missing is radiation monitoring.  Here are some screenshots: For radiation monitoring, try I like […]

Weird weather: 155mph twister winds and baseball-sized hail stones

March 2, 2017


You don’t see hail this size every day. Is this a record? It is big, but not the biggest on record. Here’s the winner: The largest recorded hailstone in the U.S. was nearly as big as a volleyball and fell on July 23, 2010, in Vivian, South Dakota. It was 8 inches in diameter and […]

Hundreds rescued from dramatic San Jose floods

February 22, 2017


Record flooding continues in California.  Hundreds of homes were evacuated as people were rescued wading in waist-high water and clinging to trees after days of rain caused water levels in Coyote Creek to rise and flood several neighborhoods in San Jose. Two days of rain caused the already overfilled Anderson Dam to start sending water […]

Oroville dam spillway may fail, 188,000 told to evacuate

February 13, 2017


Update: A mandatory evacuation affecting nearly 200,000 people around Lake Oroville in California was downgraded to an evacuation warning Tuesday — with the caution that the condition of the dam that imperils the area could still change quickly. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said told the tens of thousands who were forced to leave their […]

New Years rituals

January 1, 2017


I asked several people what they will doing tonight. Here’s what they said: A: I’m singing at the Hyatt in midtown for their NYE party.  T: I’ll make happy pancakes for dinner, berries and organic sour cream, topped with a square of dark chocolate. I’ll sing the New Years song.  K: I don’t believe in New […]

A world-wide monitoring system is listening

December 29, 2016


A sensitive globe-spanning instrument array is monitoring the Earth. It was set up under the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), first signed by more than 100 nations in 1996.  From earthquakes in Nepal to volcanic eruptions in Chile, from meteors crashing to Earth to the songs of migrating whales in the Indian Ocean, The Global Ear […]

Chilling Chile Christmas quake

December 26, 2016


Update: No deaths reported, but it did some damage. Original: I receive earthquake alerts on my phone and this is the largest I’ve seen in a while. An alert says hazardous tsunami waves reaching 1 to 3 meters (9.8 feet) above the tide level are forecast for some coasts in Chile.  An earthquake at 7.9 on […]

More species on Earth than stars in our galaxy?

December 21, 2016


Scientists just estimated that Earth could contain as many as 1 trillion species, an incredible 99.999 percent of which are currently undiscovered. … it’s a good bet that a whole lot of those mystery creatures are hiding out at the bottom of the ocean, which is just one of the reasons why this live video […]

Bizarre “spherical” cloud over Japan

December 15, 2016


Bizarre pictures coming out of Japan last week show what appears to be an oddly spherical cloud hovering over the city of Fujisawa, just south of Tokyo. According to reports from the photographer, the cloud started to lose its shape as soon as it was photographed, and then rapidly faded into the sky as if […]

What would be under water if the ice caps melted?

December 10, 2016


What would the Earth look like if sea level were 216 feet higher than today? Here are some maps of that scenario. As you can see, there is still plenty of land. Using the ice volume figures from above it is straightforward to estimate the effect on sea level were all this ice melted. Melting […]

A hunk of sea ice bigger than India has vanished

December 10, 2016


Sea ice off the coast of Antarctica and the Arctic hit record lows in November, and scientists are now reporting that, as of December 4, we’ve lost 3.76 million square kilometres of the stuff – more than the total area of India. As startling as that is, at this point, we shouldn’t really be surprised […]

Secret CIA maps declassified

December 6, 2016


Shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, U.S. President George W. Bush and several advisors gathered at Camp David to weigh the country’s options. On the table in front of them, as you can see in the photo below, was a map of Afghanistan created by cartographers at the Central Intelligence Agency. It was […]