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  • July 22, 2014
  • 01:19 PM

Optical Cables, from Thin Air!

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

It’s a project that would make Tesla proud. Just imagine being able to instantaneously run an optical cable or fiber to any point on earth, or even into space. That’s what researchers are trying to do. Did I mention it was instantaneous and involved no connection other than the air around us? Well if you are as excited as I am, then you should read on! If not, two words, laser weapons!!... Read more »

Rosenthal, E., Jhajj, N., Wahlstrand, J., & Milchberg, H. (2014) Collection of remote optical signals by air waveguides. Optica, 1(1), 5. DOI: 10.1364/OPTICA.1.000005  

Jhajj, N., Rosenthal, E., Birnbaum, R., Wahlstrand, J., & Milchberg, H. (2014) Demonstration of Long-Lived High-Power Optical Waveguides in Air. Physical Review X, 4(1). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.4.011027  

  • July 19, 2014
  • 07:10 AM

CO2 emissions drive heatwaves on despite warming ‘hiatus’

by Andy Extance in Simple Climate

Direct effects from greenhouse gases are playing a significant role in making hot Northern Hemisphere summers more common even as average temperature increases slow down, find Youichi Kamae from the National Institute for Environmental Studies in Japan and his colleagues. ... Read more »

  • July 16, 2014
  • 01:01 PM

More Horror from Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Deepwater Horizon, it was a technological feat to get oil that deep in the water. Then the spill occurred, when it happened I honestly think more people were in shock […]... Read more »

White, H., Lyons, S., Harrison, S., Findley, D., Liu, Y., & Kujawinski, E. (2014) Long-Term Persistence of Dispersants following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Environmental Science , 1(7), 295-299. DOI: 10.1021/ez500168r  

  • July 12, 2014
  • 06:50 AM

Could climate’s crop impact catch us with our plants down?

by Andy Extance in Simple Climate

Global warming has sharply increased the odds of serious problems because of declining harvests, find David Lobell from and Claudia Tebaldi from NCAR, and though that situation remains fairly unlikely, they advise countries to prepare for it. ... Read more »

Mora, C., Frazier, A., Longman, R., Dacks, R., Walton, M., Tong, E., Sanchez, J., Kaiser, L., Stender, Y., Anderson, J.... (2013) The projected timing of climate departure from recent variability. Nature, 502(7470), 183-187. DOI: 10.1038/nature12540  

Hawkins, E., Anderson, B., Diffenbaugh, N., Mahlstein, I., Betts, R., Hegerl, G., Joshi, M., Knutti, R., McNeall, D., Solomon, S.... (2014) Uncertainties in the timing of unprecedented climates. Nature, 511(7507). DOI: 10.1038/nature13523  

  • July 8, 2014
  • 12:00 PM

Mathematical Model Helps Identify Gas Hydrate Pockets

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists at Rice University have developed a mathematical model that simulates gas hydrate and free gas accumulation under the ocean floor.... Read more »

  • July 5, 2014
  • 07:12 AM

Who can afford to hold back rising seas?

by Andy Extance in Simple Climate

Though using dikes to protect the world from rising sea levels will generally make economic sense, explains Jochen Hinkel from the Global Climate Forum, poor countries may not have the resources to do so.... Read more »

Hinkel, J., Lincke, D., Vafeidis, A., Perrette, M., Nicholls, R., Tol, R., Marzeion, B., Fettweis, X., Ionescu, C., & Levermann, A. (2014) Coastal flood damage and adaptation costs under 21st century sea-level rise. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(9), 3292-3297. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1222469111  

  • July 2, 2014
  • 01:13 PM

Saving the Rainforest and the Consequences

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. This seems even more true when a new study came out that shows, when it comes to fixing deforestation and forest degradation, […]... Read more »

Putz, F., & Romero, C. (2014) Futures of Tropical Forests . Biotropica, 46(4), 495-505. DOI: 10.1111/btp.12124  

  • June 28, 2014
  • 01:00 PM

A Startling New Climate Change Revelation!

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Call out the troops, call the Marines, we need tanks, lots of tanks. Well okay, maybe not. Brute force won’t stop global warming and thanks to a new study on […]... Read more »

Pierrehumbert, R. (2014) Short-Lived Climate Pollution. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 42(1), 341-379. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-earth-060313-054843  

  • June 28, 2014
  • 02:03 AM

Shrinking dairy’s carbon hoofprint

by Andy Extance in Simple Climate

As the world’s appetite for dairy produce grows along with its population so too will emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from cow guts – but US dairy industry consultant Joanne Knapp and her team have found that measures including more intensive farming and ensuring healthy herds can offset a lot of this. ... Read more »

  • June 22, 2014
  • 07:04 AM

Unique and unnatural: modern warming from an historical viewpoint

by Andy Extance in Simple Climate

Temperature patterns since the last ice age have helped scientists go from thinking humans can't possibly change our climate to the majority agreeing we are within a century. ... Read more »

  • June 21, 2014
  • 01:00 PM

Global Warming doesn’t actually benefit Plants

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Things are heating up. It’s no secret that the mercury is rising and we are to blame. Sure, there is a lot of uncertainty, for example how long we have […]... Read more »

  • June 20, 2014
  • 10:34 AM

Yaks Use Highest, Steepest Parts of the World for No-Boys-Allowed Meetings

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

It’s hard for humans to tell what wild yaks are doing up there. Living high in the Tibetan Plateau, the rare ungulates are not easy to find. When scientists managed to track some down, they saw that females are hanging out in huge groups with no males allowed. And, though no one knows why, the […]The post Yaks Use Highest, Steepest Parts of the World for No-Boys-Allowed Meetings appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

JOEL BERGER, ELLEN CHENG, AILI KANG, MICHAEL KREBS, LISHU LI, ZHAO XIN LU, BUQIONG, BUZHOU, & GEORGE B. SCHALLER. (2014) Sex differences in ecology of wild yaks at high elevation in the Kekexili Reserve, Tibetan Qinghai Plateau, China. Journal of Mammalogy. info:/10.1644/13-MAMM-A-154

  • June 19, 2014
  • 09:39 AM

Scientists Fingerprint Oil from Deepwater Horizon Spill

by dailyfusion in The Daily Fusion

Scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences have developed a unique way to fingerprint oil, even after most of it has degraded, and to assess how it changes over time.... Read more »

  • June 14, 2014
  • 08:04 AM

Heavier people mean weightier vehicle emissions

by Andy Extance in Simple Climate

In 2010 the American population collectively carried 3.6 billion kilograms of excess weight, and that creates extra greenhouse gases from the vehicles transporting them highlight Carnegie Mellon University’s Chris Hendrickson, Michelle Tom and Paul Fischbeck. ... Read more »

  • June 7, 2014
  • 07:01 AM

Can changing how we build simply dismantle CO2 emissions?

by Andy Extance in Simple Climate

Using fewer steel beams and keeping buildings for their whole design life could cut construction emissions by up to 80%, suggest the University of Cambridge’s Muiris Moynihan and Julian Allwood... Read more »

Moynihan, M., & Allwood, J. (2014) Utilization of structural steel in buildings. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 470(2168), 20140170-20140170. DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2014.0170  

  • June 6, 2014
  • 10:34 AM

Most Baby Macaroni Penguins Get Eaten

by Elizabeth Preston in Inkfish

Whoever named the macaroni penguin was not thinking of dinner, but the name is unfortunately apt. A shocking number of these birds get gobbled up by other large seabirds while they’re young, a new study found. Researchers are trying to fit this puzzle piece in with high predator numbers, rising ocean temperatures, and vanishing populations […]The post Most Baby Macaroni Penguins Get Eaten appeared first on Inkfish.... Read more »

  • June 4, 2014
  • 02:23 PM

Climate Engineering: We can’t Build it Better after all

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

We have the technology: we can rebuild you, better, stronger, faster. Well we may have been able to build the six million dollar man better than before, but as it turns […]... Read more »

Cusack, D., Axsen, J., Shwom, R., Hartzell-Nichols, L., White, S., & Mackey, K. (2014) An interdisciplinary assessment of climate engineering strategies. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 12(5), 280-287. DOI: 10.1890/130030  

  • June 3, 2014
  • 02:00 PM

Will genetically engineer bacteria for Biofuel

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Utter the word biofuel in the wrong circles and someone is likely to be stabbed. Let’s just say that the topic can be polarizing, but for good reason. Biofuel offers […]... Read more »

Daehwan Chung, Minseok Cha, Adam M. Guss,Janet Westpheling. (2014) Direct conversion of plant biomass to ethanol by engineered Caldicellulosiruptor bescii. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. info:/10.1073/pnas.1402210111

  • June 1, 2014
  • 03:25 PM

In Science We Trust

by Gabriel in Lunatic Laboratories

Sure, I could do a poll right now, how many of you are science fans? I figure if you are reading my blog then the answer is most [if not […]... Read more »

  • May 31, 2014
  • 08:24 AM

IPCC: Millions of words on climate change are not enough

by Andy Extance in Simple Climate

A conference bringing together authors of the latest UN climate change report highlights the stark situation we’re in, and why we must overcome inflamed passions to establish trust and find a way forward. ... Read more »

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