NASA satellite captures photo of bizarre circle of clouds

Sometimes, nature just gives us the weird. While clouds are an important topic of research for climatologists and meteorologists, sometimes the atmosphere churns up peculiar-looking cloud formations that are as notable for aesthetic reasons as they are for scientific ones. That was the case in May when this circular swirl of clouds drifted over Lake Balkhash in eastern Kazakhstan. In…

Study: Weather linked with sentiments expressed on social media

Study suggests Facebook, Twitter sentiments correlate with weather patterns – no mention of climate linked sentiments Sentiments expressed on Facebook and Twitter may be associated with certain weather patterns, according to a study published April 25, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONEby Patrick Baylis from the Vancouver School of Economics, Canada, Nick Obradovich from the…

Interplanetary Shock Wave Sparks Electric-Blue Auroras

Surprising sight seen by airplane pilots and passengers on “red eye” flight Last night, April 19-20, a shock wave in the solar wind hit Earth’s magnetic field, sparking a moderately strong G2-class geomagnetic storm and rare “electric blue” auroras seen from airplanes in flight over Canada. Northern Lights spilled across the Canadian border into a…

Putting The Hype Back Into Hyperloop

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach A recent article has discussed how Elon Musk’s “Boring Company” has raised $113 million dollars in startup capital. This is the company Musk formed to drill the tunnels for his proposed “Hyperloop” transportation system. It has encouraged me to discuss some of the engineering and practical problems with his LA-to-San…

Visualizing the Dance of a Melting Snowflake

From NASA and the “I’m sure there’s a snowflake joke in there somewhere” department. NASA Visualizes the Dance of a Melting Snowflake NASA has produced the first three-dimensional numerical model of melting snowflakes in the atmosphere. Developed by scientist Jussi Leinonen of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the model provides a better understanding…

Weird stuff – type VII water ice found inside diamonds

Unique diamond impurities indicate water deep in Earth’s mantle Scientific analysis of diamond impurities — known as inclusions — reveal naturally forming ice crystals and point to water-rich regions deep below the Earth’s crust UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS A UNLV scientist has discovered the first direct evidence that fluid water pockets may exist as…

Weird Science: Bacteria that poop gold nuggets

From the New University of Halle and the “best infection ever” department comes this bit of weird science that I found interesting. These bacteria produce gold by digesting toxic metals High concentrations of heavy metals, like copper and gold, are toxic for most living creatures. This is not the case for the bacterium C. metallidurans, which has…

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Claim: Birds of Prey Deliberately Setting Wildfires

Guest essay by Eric Worrall So much for fire control – JoNova reports that raptors have been photographed congregating on the edge of large Australian bushfires, picking up burning sticks, and deliberately setting new spot fires in advance of the main blaze to flush out small mammals and other prey. This discovery potentially has profound…

Yikes! AI generates freakishly natural human faces

From the “rise of the machines” department, and coming to a fake news story near you comes this troubling development that blurs the lines of reality and fantasy even further. Video graphics giant NVIDIA recently released a paper demonstrating a new training methodology for generating unique and realistic looking faces using a generative adversarial network…

Spectacular UFO reported in Siberia

The Siberian Times reports: Reports of spectacular UFO – a giant glowing ball lighting the sky – in Siberia Fears from locals of ‘aliens arriving’, but there is a surprising explanation and, yes, there was an unusual object in the sky. The illuminated ball looming over the forest was seen clearly in the town of Salekhard…

Northern Journeys

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I just got back from going up north to see my friends, to investigate core drills for gold ore sampling … oh, and to see the eclipse. We rolled out of home in our camper van, heading up the California coast. Me, I was still recuperating from running my thumb…

The last survivors on Earth

From Eurekalert Public Release: 14-Jul-2017 University of Oxford The world’s most indestructible species, the tardigrade, an eight-legged micro-animal, also known as the water bear, will survive until the Sun dies, according to a new Oxford University collaboration. The new study published in Scientific Reports, has shown that the tiny creatures, will survive the risk of…

Cutting The Grass

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Sufi stories of the wisdom of the foolish Mulla Nasrudin have been around for a thousand years or more. One of them tells how the Mulla was walking down the street one day. Three stories above him, a man was working on a roof. The workman slipped and fell. He…

Science is making killer (tasting) tomatoes again

From the “Day of the Killer Tomatoes” department comes this curious story from the AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY about food science and making tomatoes great again…at least the store bought ones. Why are so many supermarket tomatoes tasteless and rock hard? In the 1990s, breeders developed a tomato that produces less of the hormone ethylene, so…

A medical case for ‘hotness’

This came up in my feed today, and while it isn’t our usual fare about “heat”, but given the benefits touted by the study, I thought it was a good fit for our “curious things” section. The ‘heat’ adds years to life. From the UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT and the department of flaming hot, comes this…

Eat Chocolate. Save the Planet.

Guest essay by Charles Rotter aka “Charles the Moderator” (Note from Anthony: Working behind the scenes all these years, Charles has earned the right for a little self promotion here, in my opinion. I hope readers will agree.) One of the slightly lesser talked about issues in Climate Change discussions is the effect of methane…

New nano-scale sensors may sniff out terrorists

From the MOSCOW INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS AND TECHNOLOGY Nanosensors on the alert for terrorist threats Scientists interested in the prospects of gas sensors based on binary metal oxide nanocomposites Scientists from the Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ICP RAS) and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) have demonstrated…

Seeing death skulls in hurricane #Matthew

I couldn’t help but notice this headline on the Drudge Report today: Here is the actual satellite image of Hurricane #Matthew, as Tweeted by The Weather Channel’s Stu Ostro: This is a classic case of the human propensity to see faces in things where there aren’t any. For example, the famous “face on Mars” Above: A 1976…

The Sinkhole – Our Descent into the Next Ice Age

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Back in May, Climate scientist Ed Hawkins published a scary spiral graph which appeared to show global warming leaping out at you. As a homage to Hawkins’ effort, I created a similar graph, covering the last 10,000 years, rather than just covering temperatures since 1850. The effect of the longer…

Analysis of Washington Post police-shootings data reveals surprising result – nearly 2x more whites than blacks shot by police

Note: While not the usual fare of WUWT, after some discussion with Mr. Eschenbach, I decided that this was an impartial data analysis, and that publishing it would be a public service that may be helpful in these troubled times. However, given the sensitive and inflammatory nature of the subject matter in the context of…

Blame Climate Change? New orchid looks like the devil

For some reason, this press release showed up in my Eurekalert news feed for Atmospheric Science. That makes me wonder how long it will take for somebody to blame this new mutant flower on climate change. After all, there are thousands of other things that climate change gets blamed for. Orchid or demon: Flower of…

Mauna Loa Daily Meteorology

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach As a confirmed data junkie, I’m fond of hourly data. The interesting processes in the climate system unfold on the scale of minutes and hours, not years. So I picked up a project I’d started a while ago, but as is too often the case I’d gotten sidetractored by ……

‘Supermandia’ doesn’t seem to like questions about Shukla, #RICO20, and The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund

Long time WUWT readers may remember that a defender of “the cause”, Professor Scott Mandia, donned a Halloween costume and professed his love of defending Michael Mann and others who have had to suffer the terrible, terrible, tragedy of people asking Climategate related questions about validity of science, peer review gatekeeping, and funding. Mike likes the…

Lags and Leads

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach I’ve been thinking about thermal lags in the climate system. Everyone is familiar with thermal lag in everyday life. When you put a cast-iron pan on the stove flame, it doesn’t heat up instantly. Instead, the warming process starts instantly, but it takes some amount of time to actually up…

I wonder if the global ear can ‘hear’ climate change

It seems to me like somebody will try to have it listen, since there are many claims of “climate change” being ubiquitous. Nothing escapes The Global Ear: Nuclear tests, volcanoes, earthquakes or meteors The CTBTO has the only global network tracking radioactivity and sound waves From the COMPREHENSIVE NUCLEAR-TEST-BAN TREATY ORGANIZATION From earthquakes in Nepal to…

Can anyone check out this claim of suppressed access?

Samiz Dat writes in WUWT Tips and notes May 4, 2015 at 5:33 pm Hey, Anthony, just a heads up. I am a chemical engineering student at the University of Adelaide. Loading your page takes a few seconds wherever I am in Adelaide…..except at the University of Adelaide, when trying to access your site from…