Metastasizing Academic Cancer

Written by Walter E. Williams

The average American has little knowledge of the extent to which our institutions of higher learning have been infected with a spreading cancer. One aspect of that cancer is akin to the loyalty oaths of the 1940s and ’50s. Professors were often required to sign statements that affirmed their loyalty to the United States government plus swear they were not members of any organizations, including the Communist Party USA, that sought the overthrow of the United States government. Fortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down loyalty oaths as a condition of employment in 1964.

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Ocean tech: Robot sea snakes and shoal-swimming subs

Written by Zoe Kleinman

EelumeImage copyright: EELUME
Image caption: The self-propelling Eelume robot moves like a snake through the water

In the near future, ocean search-and-repair specialists won’t need arms or legs, according to one vision. In fact, they are destined to be much more slithery. “We try to get people to move away from the word snake because it’s seen as kind of scary but even I find myself all the time calling it a snake,” says Richard Mills from marine tech firm Kongsberg.

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Fake Warming + A Neglected Sun = Man-Made Climate Change

Written by Kenneth Richard

In late 2015, Soon, Connolly, and Connolly (hereafter SCC15) published a  comprehensive (101 pages) analysis of how the modern anthropogenic global warming (AGW) paradigm has been constructed.  The paper, published in  Earth Science Reviews, is entitled Re-evaluating the role of solar variability on Northern Hemisphere temperature trends since the 19th century.

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The Flawed Thinking of the Renewable Energy Swindle

Written by Bjorn Lomborg

A new report revealing that using wood pellets to generate electricity can actually speed up global warming should be the final nail in the coffin for the flawed policy of biomass subsidies. Policies designed to incentivise green energy use are not only having a dubious effect on climate change, they are destroying biodiversity and even killing many thousands of people.

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Experiments test how easy life itself might be

Written by University of Wisconsin-Madison

On a lab benchtop, a handful of glass vials taped to a rocker gently sway back and forth. Inside the vials, a mixture of organic chemicals and tiny particles of fool’s gold are begging a question seemingly beyond their humble appearance: Where did life come from?

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New invention uses bacteria to purify water

Written by University of British Columbia

A University of British Columbia-developed system that uses bacteria to turn non-potable water into drinking water will be tested next week in West Vancouver prior to being installed in remote communities in Canada and beyond.

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The race to destroy space garbage

Written by Jane O'Brien

A visualisation of the satellites and other debris around earthImage copyright: EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
Image caption: A visualisation of the satellites and other debris around earth

Millions of pieces of human-made trash are now orbiting the Earth. Some are tiny, others are large enough to be seen with a telescope, but all pose a risk to space craft and satellites. And according to experts the threat is growing as space becomes more and more crowded.

Some 23,000 pieces of space junk are large enough to be tracked by the US Space Surveillance Network. But most objects are under 10cm (4in) in diameter and can’t be monitored. Even something the size of a paper clip can cause catastrophic damage.

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Climate change scientists’ bid to drill Everest glacier

Written by Max Evans

Climate-change scientists are to travel to the Himalayas in a bid to become the first team to successfully drill through the world’s highest glacier.

The Aberystwyth University-led group will use a drill adapted from a car wash to cut into the Khumbu glacier in the foothills of Everest.

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Disingenuous Climate Science Debunked

Written by Dale Leuck

In the February 18 American Thinker edition, Dennis Avery described path-breaking findings by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) reviving the Sun as the controlling mechanism of climate and debunking the so-called global warming “consensus.”  Perpetuators of the global warming myth had proposed that historical global average temperatures manifested a “hockey stick” shape of sharply higher temperatures in the last decades of the twentieth century.

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The next Carrington Event

Written by Roger Andrews

On Energy Matters we’ve discussed at length the potential for blackouts resulting from the closure of fossil fuel plants. There is, however, another potential cause of blackouts that we haven’t addressed – solar storms, or more accurately coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Experts disagree as to the likely impacts of a major CME, with estimates ranging from a few days of power outages affecting a comparatively small number of people to months or even years of outages affecting hundreds of millions.

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Professor Lindzen’s ‘Mea Culpa’ – Backs Away from Greenhouse Gas Theory

Written by John O'Sullivan

World leading climate expert Richard Lindzen admits existence of compelling evidence discrediting mainstream greenhouse gas theory (GHE) of man-made global warming; apologizes for emphasis on carbon dioxide. The focus on CO2 since the 1980’s was due to politics, not science.

In a step back from consensus thinking Professor Lindzen declares, “leading figures in atmospheric physics from the mid-1950’s to at least the early 1980’s, clearly did not emphasize greenhouse warming.”

Dr Lindzen joins the growing ranks of prominent scientists prepared to defy the crumbling mainstream “settled science” that wrongly characterizes earth as a ‘greenhouse.’

The ‘greenhouse gas’ scare story was successfully sold to the public and centers around carbon dioxide – a benign trace gas essential to plant growth. In the 1980’s it became the dominant factor in a concocted dangerous ‘climate forcing’ (CO2 sensitivity) metric conceived in the mind of former top NASA climate scientist, Dr James Hansen.

Hansen succeeded in orchestrating a pseudo-scientific narrative that this trace gas had been widely accepted to be the climate’s control knob for over a century. But as another decade passes without dramatic rises in temperature, despite CO2 levels still rising,  Hansen’s back story – along with his ‘CO2 sensitivity’ metric –  is being recognized as a fiction.

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Meteorologist applies biological evolution to forecasting

Written by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Weather forecasters rely on statistical models to find and sort patterns in large amounts of data. Still, the weather remains stubbornly difficult to predict because it is constantly changing.

“When we measure the current state of the atmosphere, we are not measuring every point in three-dimensional space,” says Paul Roebber, a meteorologist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. “We’re interpolating what happens in the in-between.”

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Neptune’s journey during early planet formation was ‘smooth and calm’

Written by Queen's University Belfast

Dr Wes Fraser from Queen’s led an international research project ‘Colours of the Outer Solar Systems Origins Survey’ Col-OSSOS, which uses data collected from the Frederick C. Gillett Gemini North Telescope and Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) both on Maunakea in Hawaii. By simultaneously using two world class telescopes, Dr Fraser’s team was able to produce unique research with a global impact.

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