Trump to scrap NASA’s climate research division in a crackdown on ‘politicized science’

Written by Oliver Milman

Donald Trump is poised to eliminate all climate change research conducted by Nasa as part of a crackdown on “politicized science”, his senior adviser on issues relating to the space agency has said.

Nasa’s Earth science division is set to be stripped of funding in favor of exploration of deep space, with the president-elect having set a goal during the campaign to explore the entire solar system by the end of the century.

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Trump Cabinet Science: Denial or Scientific Skepticism

Written by Donald Devine

One shocking claim has dominated the nomination battles for Donald Trump’s Cabinet appointees, from Science magazine, Mother Jones, and mainstream media to constant invective from Democratic senators — the candidates are science deniers!

The idea that people will not accept the findings of science drives a certain class of self-described intellectuals crazy. Even those who can comprehend the Yale University Cultural Cognition Project research warning that scientific findings are screened by individuals through pre-existing cultural beliefs and are interpreted in ways to reinforce those beliefs still insist their own scientific beliefs are objective and settled.

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Slippery bottle solves ketchup problem

Written by Pallab Ghosh

Scientists in Boston have found a way to get every last drop of ketchup out of the bottle. They have developed a coating that makes bottle interiors super slippery.

The coating can also be used to make it easier to squeeze out the contents of other containers, such as those holding toothpaste, cosmetics and even glue. The researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) believe that their innovation could dramatically reduce waste.

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Science Standards: U.S. House Committee Guts Climate Change Language

Written by Clark Corbin

The United States House Education Committee voted Thursday to remove references to climate change and human impact on the environment from a new set of science standards.

With Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra’s blessing, committee members adopted a proposed slate of new science standards, after first rejecting five paragraphs that reference rising global temperatures and climate change.

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Beegate: How Green Activists Subverted Science

Written by David Zaruk

Almost ten years ago, when there were indications of stresses on honeybee populations (known as colony collapse disorder – CCD), different activists were jockeying for the right to claim this crisis for their campaigns.

Climate activists wanted to show bees were suffering because of warmer weather; biodiversity campaigners saw land-use issues as the source for the crisis; anti-GMO stalwarts wanted us to know there was something unknown in the pollen; anti-EMF  fear-mongers wanted to highlight the confusion bees suffered due to our love of mobile technology.

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Anti-Trump Science Rally is Epic Fail

Written by Andrew Follett

Organizers of a science rally to protest President Donald Trump in Boston Sunday expected to draw more 10,000 people, but only a few hundred actually showed up.

More than 10,000 people were interested in or signed up to attend the “Rally to Stand Up for Science,” according to the rally’s Facebook page, but The Boston Globe’s estimates of crowd size put the number of attendees in the hundreds.

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Beware ‘Hottest’ Arctic Fake News

Written by Paul Homewood

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Above are recent examples of ‘cut and paste’ fake news. But  actual current Arctic sea ice extent compares extremely favourably with the very low recorded trough of 1930-1960. As we all know, the Arctic has been experiencing a heatwave this winter, with resultant massive ice melt. This is what the new ice free Arctic looks like now:

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Climate ‘Science’ cherry-picking Locations to Manufacture Warming

Written by CO2 is Life

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One of the greatest scientific battles today is between which temperature measurements are most accurate. There are ground measurements maintained by NOAA, NASA GISS and the Hadley CRU, and then there are satellite measurements maintained by NASA UHA.

Dr. Roy Spencer maintains a blog reporting on the satellite measurements. In reality, there are really only 2 data sources for temperature data. Because of the incestuous relationship between the ground measurement facilities detailed in the ClimateGate emails, climate data can simply be broken into factions; ground and space.

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20 New Science Papers Find Sun Drives Modern Climate

Written by Kenneth Richard

A robust sun-climate connection increasingly affirmed by scientists to confound earlier studies that place the emphasis on human emissions of so-called ‘greenhouse gases.’  2017 is already providing a rush of peer-reviewed studies giving scientific credence to President Donald Trump’s “hoax” claims over man-made global warming.

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Renewables Investment Giving Very Poor Return to Six Biggest Nations

Written by Ed Hoskins

Actual electrical output data from six largest nations committed to renewables proves that in spite of the massive promotion, subsidy and investment, these forms of energy make just a marginal contribution to the grid.

This note quantifies the actual, but limited scale of progress that has been made by Green-oriented thinking about electricity generation.  Progress has been quite limited in spite of the massive heavily subsidised investments and legal commitments made by Western governments in their probably futile efforts to avert “Climate Change”.

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huge 1.8 million square kilometers reservoir of melting carbon under Western United States

Written by University of Royal Holloway London

New research published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters describes how scientists have used the world’s largest array of seismic sensors to map a deep-Earth area of melting carbon covering 1.8 million square kilometres.

Situated under the Western US, 350km beneath Earth’s surface, the discovered melting region challenges accepted understanding of how much carbon Earth contains — much more than previously understood.

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New method uses heat flow to levitate variety of objects

Written by University of Chicago

Although scientists have been able to levitate specific types of material, a pair of University of Chicago undergraduate physics students helped take the science to a new level.

Third-year Frankie Fung and fourth-year Mykhaylo Usatyuk led a team of UChicago researchers who demonstrated how to levitate a variety of objects — ceramic and polyethylene spheres, glass bubbles, ice particles, lint strands and thistle seeds — between a warm plate and a cold plate in a vacuum chamber.

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The hidden agendas of sustainability illusions

Written by Paul Dreissen

As President Trump downgrades the relevance of Obama era climate change and anti-fossil-fuel policies, many environmentalists are directing attention to “sustainable development.”

Like “dangerous manmade climate change,” sustainability reflects poor understanding of basic energy, economic, resource extraction, and manufacturing principles – and a tendency to emphasize tautologies and theoretical models as an alternative to readily observable evidence in the Real World. It also involves well-intended but ill-informed people being led by ill-intended but well-informed activists who use the concept to gain greater government control over people’s lives, livelihoods, and living standards.

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