There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.

Mark Twain

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The Desert Storm

One aspect of the science of global warming is the measurement of ground temperature on a local basis. Stations for this purpose have been set worldwide on an irregular basis. Previously, two stations at some distance from each other were reported (Falls Village, Connecticut and Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada). To make the coverage is more complete, let’s analyze a station further south in Carlsbad, Texas on the high plains. As global temperatures increase, the northern most sites should warm more quickly than sites nearer the equator, so the Carlsbad temperatures should vary less than the previous sites. This provides a reasonable measure of actual warming, as well as a test of the effect of latitude within the temperate region because of atmospheric motion.

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On To Mars

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Still Not Gone

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View From An Alien Spaceship

NASA Osiris

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Merry Christmas

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Rapid Prototyping

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Backward In Time

As noted in a previous post, one aspect of the science of global warming is the measurement of ground temperature on a local basis. This kind of measurement is located on a really sporadic basis throughout the world, but the most coverage is in the United States as shown in the global view of station data from NASA on Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS). The extrapolation of all these sites to create a global temperature is obviously difficult, yet that is exactly what happens in climate science all the time. So, to look further afield, let’s analyze a more northern site where warming should have a larger effect, Prince Albert station in Saskatchewan, Canada.

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The Barns

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Why Heretics Are Necessary

Freeman Dyson

Freeman Dyson is a physicist at the Princeton Institute of Advanced Study and has been for many years. His work, to another physicist, is incredible. I first heard him speak on the aspects of increasing CO2 in our atmosphere many years ago at IBM Research Center in Yorktown Heights. The following is an essay from his book, A Many Colored Glass, on the need for heretics in science.

As a scientist I do not have much faith in predictions. Science is organized unpredictability. The best scientists like to arrange things in an experiment to be as unpredictable as possible, and then they do the experiment to see what will happen. You might say that if something is predictable then it is not science. When I make predictions, I am not speaking as a scientist. I am speaking as a story-teller, and my predictions are science-fiction rather than science. The predictions of science-fiction writers are notoriously inaccurate. Their purpose is to imagine what might happen rather than to describe what will happen. I will be telling stories that challenge the prevailing dogmas of today. The prevailing dogmas may be right, but they still need to be challenged. I am proud to be a heretic. The world always needs heretics to challenge the prevailing orthodoxies. Since I am heretic, I am accustomed to being in the minority. If I could persuade everyone to agree with me, I would not be a heretic.

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Thorium Nuclear Power

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