Human Achievement Hour 2017

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Human Achievement Hour is CEI’s annual celebration of human progress and will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 8:30 – 9:30PM GMT, or your local time. During Human Achievement Hour, we pay tribute to human innovations that have allowed people around the globe to live better, fuller lives, and defend our basic human right to use energy to improve everyone’s quality of life.

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Global Temperature Trends From 2500 B.C. To 2040 A.D.

Written by Climatologist Cliff Harris and Meteorologist Randy Mann

Until late 2006, global temperatures were more than a degree Fahrenheit warmer when compared to the 20th Century average. From August of 2007 through February of 2008, the Earth’s mean temperature dropped to near the 20th Century average of 57 degrees. Since that time, land and ocean readings have rebounded to the highest levels in recorded history in 2016 with a temperature of 58.69 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Major shake-up suggests dinosaurs may have ‘UK origin’

Written by Pallab Ghosh

T Rex SkullImage copyright: MILLARD H. SHARP
Image caption: The shake-up means savage, meat-eating dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex get reclassified

The first dinosaurs may have originated in the Northern Hemisphere, possibly in an area that is now Britain. This is one of the conclusions of the first detailed re-evaluation of the relationships between dinosaurs for 130 years.

It shows that the current theory of how dinosaurs evolved and where they came from may well be wrong. This major shake-up of dinosaur theory is published in this weeks’s edition of the journal Nature.

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UK schoolboy corrects Nasa data error

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A British teenager has contacted scientists at Nasa to point out an error in a set of their own data. A-level student Miles Soloman found that radiation sensors on the International Space Station (ISS) were recording false data.

The 17-year-old from Tapton school in Sheffield said it was “pretty cool” to email the space agency. The correction was said to be “appreciated” by Nasa, which invited him to help analyse the problem.

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NASA’s Mars Rover May Finally Be Breaking Down

Written by Andrew Follett

NASA has found two small breaks in one wheel on the Curiosity Mars, marking the first step in the rover’s long decline.

Curiosity has breaks in the rover’s left middle wheel that appear to have been caused by simple wear and tear. It has driven a total of 9.9 miles since the mission’s August 2012 landing on Mars. The rover only needs to go another 3.7 miles to complete its mission.

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Sperm swimming technique ‘all down to simple maths’

Written by Philippa Roxby

Depiction of how sperm travel to the ovum or eggImage copyright: SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Image caption: Millions of sperm set off but only a few will complete the journey

How an individual sperm swims, against all the odds, through fluid to reach the fallopian tubes has been revealed – and it’s all about rhythm. Researchers from the UK and Japan found that the head and tail movements of sperm made patterns similar to the fields that form around magnets.

And these help to propel sperm towards the female egg. Knowing why some sperm succeed and others fail could help treat male infertility, the researchers said.

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Climate Fraud Comes Early And Consistently At The New York Times

Written by Tony Heller

Two weeks ago, the fake news New York Times declared an early spring, blamed your SUV, and by implication blamed America and Americans.

Spring Came Early. Scientists Say Climate Change Is a Culprit. – The New York Times

I was camped out in Bernie’s home town of Burlington, Vermont from April-June last year. This is what Burlington looks like today.

Prior to 1950, early spring was much warmer in the US. The four warmest March 24ths were 1939, 1910, 1907 and 1928.

./ghcn.exe US.txt date=0324 threshf=70 > US_0324_70F.csv

On this date in 1939, almost the entire country was over 70F, and most of the east coast was over 80F.

./ghcn.exe US.txt date=03241939 threshf=70 > US_03241939_70F.csv

Global warming is the biggest scam in science history. Essentially everything you read about it in the press is fraudulent.


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‘New’ wave-like cloud finally wins official recognition

Written by Matt McGrath

asperitasImage copyright: GARY MCARTHUR
Image caption: The wavy ridges of the rare asperitas cloud

Twelve “new” types of cloud – including the rare, wave-like asperitas cloud – have been recognised for the first time by the International Cloud Atlas.

The atlas, which dates back to the 19th Century, is the global reference book for observing and identifying clouds. Last revised in 1987, its new fully-digital edition includes the asperitas after campaigns by citizen scientists. Other new entries include the roll-like volutus, and contrails, clouds formed from the vapour trail of aeroplanes.

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Warning Signs Climate Fraud Continues Unabated

Written by Tony Heller

Right before they got slammed with cold and three feet of snow upstate, the fake news New York Times announced the early spring due to your SUV.

As with almost everything climate experts say, they are lying. Prior to 1950, early spring temperatures in the US were much warmer. The four warmest March 23 dates in the US were 1910, 1907, 1939 and 1928.

./ghcn.exe US.txt date=0323 threshf=70 > US_0323_70F.csv

On this date in 1910, two-thirds of US stations were over seventy degrees, and 80 degree temperatures occurred all the way up to northern Minnesota and North Dakota.

./ghcn.exe US.txt date=03231910 threshf=70 > US_03231910_70F.csv

Northern Minnesota is forecast to reach the low 40’s today, about 40 degrees cooler than 1910.


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The suicide of expertise: Glenn Reynolds

Written by Glenn Harlan Reynolds

According to Foreign Affairs magazine, Americans reject the advice of experts so as “to insulate their fragile egos from ever being told they’re wrong.” That’s in support of a book by Tom Nichols called The Death of Expertise, which essentially advances that thesis.

Well, it’s certainly true that the “experts” don’t have the kind of authority that they possessed in the decade or two following World War II. Back then, the experts had given us vaccines, antibiotics, jet airplanes, nuclear power and space flight. The idea that they might really know best seemed pretty plausible.

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LHC: Five new particles hold clues to sub-atomic glue

Written by Pallab Ghosh

Baryons collidingImage copyright: EQUINOX GRAPHICS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

The Large Hadron Collider has discovered new sub-atomic particles that could help to explain how the centres of atoms are held together. The particles are all different forms of the so-called Omega-c baryon, whose existence was confirmed in 1994.

Physicists had always believed the various types existed but had not been able to detect them – until now. The discovery will shed light on the operation of the “strong force”, which glues the insides of atoms. The centres of atoms consist of particles called neutrons and protons. They in turn are made up of smaller particles called quarks, which have unusual names.

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Rosetta saw cliffs collapse on comet

Written by Paul Rincon

Comet 67PImage copyright: ESA/ROSETTA/NAVCAM
Image caption: A wide range of changes were observed on Comet 67P

The comet visited by the Rosetta spacecraft is constantly being re-shaped, sometimes in dramatic fashion. It witnessed the collapse of entire cliffs at two locations on Comet 67P, events that were probably driven by exposure to sunlight.

The European probe documented the widespread breakdown of materials on the surface during nearly two years orbiting the 4km-wide body. Details were presented at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC).

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