What a great video from NASA about the History of Hubble–fantistic summary of a fantastics and earth-changing machine.
Some beautiful pictures of a beautify country.
From today’s Telegraph newspaper, word is that this personal and economic disruption could last some time:
The significance is that andesite has a markedly higher gas content than basalt. This may mean that even after all the ice in the crater has melted, the exploding volcano will continue to throw ash into the air rather than simply produce lava flows.
It is refreshing, that so far, despite the world-wide personal and economic disruption, I’m reading and hearing nothing about calls for blaming anyone for this issue. Blame has not entered the conversation. Nor should it ever.
I happened to be in London for a terrific 2-day conference. The first day exceeded my expectations and I was looking forward to the second. I woke up early this morning to hear the news reports about the volcano in Iceland which erupted over night and its ash cloud caused all airports in Scotland to be shutdown, with the rest of the country expected to shutdown very soon. Within minutes after hearing of that, I received a text message from my airline advising that my flight tonight was cancelled.
Recordings of the March 22-23, 2010 Royal Society (UK) meeting on “Handling Uncertainty in Science” are now available for listening and downloading. See http://royalsociety.org/2010-Handling-uncertainty-in-science/.
Ross McKitrick writes on failing to get a paper published that required the “revered” peer-review process.
“This is the story of how I spent 2 years trying to publish a paper that refutes an important claim in the 2007 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The claim in question is not just wrong, but based on fabricated evidence. Showing that the claim is fabricated is easy: it suffices merely to quote the section of the report, since no supporting evidence is given. But unsupported guesses may turn out to be true. Showing the IPCC claim is also false took some mundane statistical work, but the results were clear. Once the numbers were crunched and the paper was written up, I began sending it to science journals. That is when the runaround began. Having published several against-the-flow papers in climatology journals I did not expect a smooth ride, but the process eventually became surreal.”
Heard about this on Bishop Hill‘s blog.