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Why Orion?

In about an hour and a half from now, NASA will send an unmanned version of its new Orion spaceship up into orbit, riding on the back of a Delta IV Heavy rocket. It’s very retro-looking, without any fins or wings at all. The full name of the spaceship is rather institutional: Orion Multi-Purpose Crew […]

While Vicky Hartzler Fiddles, the Globe Burns: October 2014 was Hottest on Record

On November 2014, Republican member of Congress and global warming denier Vicky Hartzler noticed it was cold. This, she decided, was proof enough to ridicule the idea of global warming. So she took to Twitter:

 

Rep. Hartzler is in her 54th year on Earth. Someone so well-experienced with the seasons really should have […]

What Global Warming? THIS Global Warming: World Just Had Warmest September on Record

“What Global Warming?” This is the question that conservative media pundits continue to ask. By asking the question rhetorically, conservatives invite you to think of the cool days of autumn and to forget the more general global trends. While the pundits play political games, the reality of global warming is all around us.

By now […]

June 2014 was the 3rd warmest June on Record for Planet Earth

“What Global Warming?” — Investor’s Business Daily editorial, April 30 2014.

What global warming? This global warming:

NASA’s Goddard Institue for Space Studies has released updated temperature data to include readings through June 2014, readings taken from weather stations around the globe. These records indicate the following:

Winter 2014 was the seventh warmest Winter for […]

Fact Check: Is LA Rep. Lenar Whitley Right or Wrong about Global Warming?

Raw Story notes Louisiana State Representative Lenar Whitley has posted a video titled “Global Warming is a Hoax” in her campaign for a seat in the U.S. Congress:

Among Rep. Whitley’s many claims of a secret “conspiracy” to fool humanity into thinking that global warming exists, she declares that all it takes to disprove […]

Comet Siding Spring is the Hidden Planet Nibiru? In Other News…

… I am Queen Elizabeth.

At the conspiracy website Godlike Productions, user cometa’planeta has announced that the “breaking” news that “Comet Siding spring is nibiru planet x hercolubus!!! All characteristics seem to match. Coming below the ecliptic. Red in colour. Mass of a planet!”

In case you haven’t heard, back in 1995 Nancy Lieder began […]

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. […]

Group In Congress Wants To Force Spending On A Moon Colony

Outer space is nearly infinite. It isn’t as if Portugal will gain all the mineral rights to other planets if the United States waits a while. […]

NASA: January 2013 the 6th Hottest on Record for Earth

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies has released its readings regarding temperature from stations across the globe over land and sea in January 2013. Their finding: January 2013 was the 6th warmest January in its record, which stretches back over 130 years to January 1880.

Every one of the 5 hottest Januaries takes place after […]

School Shootings are Less Likely than Asteroid Hits. No, You Don’t Have to Scare Your Kids.

When I picked up the Bangor Daily News this morning, I read columnist Sarah Smiley insisting that she “had to tell” her children about last week’s school shooting incident in Newtown, Connecticut. Adults absolutely have the right to feel the way they want to feel about the shootings in Connecticut. But do we “have” to […]

What Is The Historic Discovery On Mars?

“Earthshaking.”

That’s the word that NPR reporter Joe Palca used yesterday to describe a discovery by the new Mars rover, Curiosity. He quoted a NASA scientist as describing the discovery as “one for the history books”.

The thing is, NASA won’t tell what it’s discovered, yet. They have to double-check the data first.

They […]