Students Urged to Promote Climate Awareness

Well they would be, wouldn’t they, given that public education in Australia seems to be about developing the ‘right’ opinions rather learning to think. New Zealand isn’t much better. While there I heard a radio ad for Earth Hour which said ‘Turn off the power, and see the world in a new light.’ Well, yes, if …

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Cold Fusion Heats Up Again

The cost of energy is the major limiting factor in economic development. Cold fusion offers the possibility of vast amounts of cheap clean energy. The word ‘revolutionary’ is bandied around far too readily in reporting of science news, but this is one thing that really could change the world – economically, technically, environmentally. If there …

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Up to 38,000 Civilisations in Our Galaxy

In a process described by University of Edinburgh researcher Duncan Forgan as ‘quantifying our ignorance,’ scientists have estimated that there are at least 361 ‘intelligent civilisations’ (are there unintelligent ones too?) in the Milky Way, and possibly up to 38,000. While this is interesting, a guess about a number that could be anywhere between 361 …

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Drought Fears – Walk Across The Murray

There’s always something to be scared about. But in the history of things to be scared about, this has to be at the very bottom of the list. The Murray is Australia’s largest and longest river. It’s not all that spectacular by world standards, but we’re quite fond of it. Before European intervention, The Murray …

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Sixteen PS3s = Super-Computer

If I’m playing anything other than World of Warcraft on my PC, it’s usually Halo, Gears of War or some other Xbox 360 game. But the PS3 is a great console. Scientists have linked sixteen PS3s together to form a ‘PS3 Gravity Grid’ which can perfom complex calculations to investigate the behaviour of black holes at a …

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Human Produced CO2 Causing Irreversible Ocean Damage

Oh puh-leese!  ‘Researchers warn that ocean acidification, which they refer to as “the other CO2 problem”, could make most regions of the ocean inhospitable to coral reefs by 2050, if atmospheric CO2 levels continue to increase.’ Bollocks. Coral and coral reefs evolved in the Mesozoic era, when atmospheric CO2 levels were up to 100 times …

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Large Hadron Collider May Be Dangerous After All

It might have been better if they had worked this out before turning it on. It is off for repairs at the moment, and despite the scary headline, what the scientists are actually saying is that while any black holes produced may last longer than they first thought, the chances of any of them surviving for long …

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Thank Goodness

For the common sense of ordinary people. Penny Wong, The Australian Federal Minister for Climate Change, says three hot days at her place prove global warming is real. And what’s more, no one is going to convince her otherwise, and she’s going ahead with emission controls, even if it wrecks the economy, because that’s the …

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What is Wrong With These People?

Yet another warning of the catastrophic consequences of global warming, based on no real world evidence at all. Despite the fact that Emperor Penguins are doing quite nicely, thank you, and there is no evidence of warming in Antarctica, and even if there were, a rise from -40 degrees to -35 degrees is not going …

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Secret Whale Deal

Despite Peter Garrett’s angst, I think this is possibly a reasonable option, if only because it will stop some of the whining from local anti-whaling activists. However, stopping any taking of Minke Whales in Antarctic waters may not be a good thing for endangered whale species. Minke Whales are widely distributed and abunbdant. On the IUCN …

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Computer Games and the Real World

Ha ha. Computer Games: Global warming is really bad for frogs because nasty UV rays get into their evaporated waterholes and cause mutations. The Real World: Cold weather wipes out a whole generation of frogs. OK, it’s not funny. Another reason to cut it out with the fantasies and look at what’s really happening. The world is …

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Well, There’s a Surprise, Part 2

Modellers remove evidence of cooling, and editors remove comments by warming sceptic. You may have seen the recent headlines suggesting that, contrary to all previous meaurements, there is now evidence to show that the Antarctic is warming as quickly as the rest of the world (which means not at all in the real world, but very scarily in …

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Do Mammograms Lead to Unnecessary Surgery?

The short answer is ‘probably not.‘ The research seems to suggest that in spite of a still unnacceptably high rate of false positives, once women reach about fifty years of age, there are clear benefits in regular mammograms and pap smears. I am glad this research is being done – it is important to know …

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