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The Twenty Coldest Years, The Twenty Hottest Years

The twenty hottest and the twenty coldest years in NASA’s global record of direct temperature readings from 1880-2013:

The 20 Coldest Years 1. 1909 2. 1910 3. 1904 4. 1911 5. 1917 6. 1908 7. 1907 8. 1912 9. 1913 10. 1903 11. 1916 12. 1893 13. 1890 14. 1894 15. 1887 16. 1892 17. [...]

New Frontier in Weather Science Emerges, Thanks to Anti-Gay Politico?

A tip of the pen to Fred Clark for bringing my attention to the hubbub surrounding the recent declaration by UK Independence Party (UKIP) politician David Silvester that massive flooding in the UK was a direct consequence of the decision to legalize same-sex marriage in the nation.

Reaction to this claim includes the usual outrage, [...]

Far Out Space Photography

Today, astronomy is proving itself to be literally brilliant. The Hubble space telescope has used the gravitational lens created by a cluster of galaxies to obtain images of yet more galaxies, at an even greater distance – 12 billion light years away.

An image of a much smaller, but equally exciting object in [...]

Canid Behavior and Geographic Deposits: Science! ? !

Newspapers are letting loose with a series of giddy articles reporting that dogs prefer to align themselves along a magnetic field when they urinate and defecate. The newspaper articles leave out some details from the research paper (read it here):

In the initial analysis of all data as planned by the researchers, no alignment of [...]

On Global Warming, Denial, Ice, and The MV Akademik Shokalskiy

People who find it politically inconvenient to believe that global warming is real are taking glee at the suffering on board the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, a boat filled with climatologists that’s stuck in frozen waters near Antarctica. They’re writing articles suggesting that the existence of thick ice near Antarctica somehow suggests that global warming is [...]

Earth Is A Hot Young Thing To Many Republicans

Republican politics demands that its followers accept scientifically untenable ideas, and most Republicans are willing to give in to that demand. [...]

Pope Francis Identifies God’s Specific Physical Qualities

In a remarkable reversal, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church has declared that the Christian god is not omnipotent after all. Rather, it seems that God can only move so fast.

Specifically, God is only capable of moving at the pace of 700 million miles per hour – no faster, and no slower than [...]

Business is Always Better? Consider Health Care, says Amy

John Stossel writes: “I bet my readers $1,000 that they couldn’t name one thing that government does better than the private sector. I am yet to pay. Free enterprise does everything better.”

John Stossel must be blind.

Consider health care, for instance. Professor Douglas Amy of Mount Holyoke College looked into this issue; here’s an [...]

Depressed Scientists In Denmark Declare Doom Is Nigh-er

I nominate this study from the University of Southern Denmark for the 2013 Depressed Viking Award. The researchers released the study under the title of Collapse Of The Universe Is Closer Than Ever Before.

Did we need a scientific study for to tell us this? The collapse of the universe, if it will happen, will [...]

Why is the Massive Military Domestic Spying Program called CO-TRAVELER?

Yes, military. Let us not forget that the National Security Agency is a branch of the U.S. military.

You’ve already learned, thanks to the revelation by the Washington Post today, that the most massively armed military on the planet has been collecting tracking information on the whereabouts of hundreds of millions of innocent people, day [...]

Libertarian Says It Is Irrational To Seek Support For Education And Science Through Politics

As they blabber on with ridiculous ideas such as the elimination of public schools, Libertarians unintentionally become living examples of how important politically mustered public support of education is. [...]