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Live video of Ike hitting Galveston

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It’s already flooding and storm hasn’t even hit yet.  Check it out here, for as long as the feed stays up.

If the feed isn’t on Galveston, move your cursor to the top of the video.  They change that active channel sometimes and you can switch to the seawall cam.

Also, watch out for bears (or possibly just furries in general).

The sea is angry

The sea is angry

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September 12, 2008 at 10:46 am

How the Large Hadron Collider works

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This video, by CERN employee Chris Mann, is the best I have seen as far as breaking down exactly how the technology works.

via Neatorama

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September 11, 2008 at 9:00 am

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Has the Large Hadron Collider destroyed the earth yet?

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Check the status here.

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September 10, 2008 at 9:22 am

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The Powers of 10

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I remember seeing this classic Charles and Ray Eames video in a high school science class.  That was a simpler time, when Pluto was still a planet.

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May 26, 2008 at 2:28 pm

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March 2008 is the second warmest March on record

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From NOAA:

The combined global land and ocean surface temperature was the second warmest on record in March, behind 2002, and the eleventh warmest on record for January-March year-to-date period. Temperatures were warmer than average across Europe and Asia, prompting the March 2008 global and Northern Hemisphere land surface temperatures to be the warmest since records began in 1880. La Niña, the cold phase of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, persisted in the equatorial Pacific, damping ocean surface temperatures. The global average ocean sea surface temperature (SST) in March was the 13th warmest on record.

via Climate Progress

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April 18, 2008 at 8:33 am

How good are hurricane forecasters?

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I just came across this article about the Colorado State University hurricane team predicting 15 tropical storms with 8 of those becoming hurricanes for the 2008 season. It mentioned that some of their predictions had been a little off, but I was curious for a little more information. So I headed over to the forecast page for the team and found that they helpfully provided a very detailed analysis.

To check their results for accuracy, I am going to use their predictions from around June 1st of each year since that is the first day of hurricane season. Anyway, here are the results:

Named Storms:

  • 2000: 12 predicted, 14 actual
  • 2001: 12 predicted, 14 actual
  • 2002: 11 predicted, 12 actual
  • 2003: 14 predicted, 14 actual
  • 2004: 14 predicted, 14 actual
  • 2005: 15 predicted, 23 actual
  • 2006: 17 predicted, 9 actual
  • 2007: 17 predicted, 14 actual

Hurricanes:

  • 2000: 8 predicted, 8 actual
  • 2001: 7 predicted, 8 actual
  • 2002: 6 predicted, 4 actual
  • 2003: 8 predicted, 7 actual
  • 2004: 8 predicted, 8 actual
  • 2005: 8 predicted, 13 actual
  • 2006: 9 predicted, 5 actual
  • 2007: 9 predicted, 6 actual

So how did they do? Ok, I guess. From 2000 to 2004, they absolutely nailed it but then they completely fell apart. 2005 and 2006 are off by margins of 50% and 2007 is pretty shaky. I’m torn on if it is worthwhile to give publicity to these predictions. They can clearly be wildly off, but they do raise hurricane awareness right before the season starts.

I can conclusively say, however, that the members of the hurricane team desperately need makeovers. Believe it or not, the picture below is from the year 2000. Guys, get out of the lab every now and then.

Written by Scott

April 9, 2008 at 4:32 pm

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Dead whale explodes

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This story is several years old, but I just stumbled across it over at The Fail Blog. The MSNBC story spells out the cause:

The 56-foot-long whale had been on a truck headed for a necropsy by researchers, when gases from internal decay caused its entrails to explode in the southern city of Tainan.

Ok, that explains the exploding whale, so case closed, right?  No, then things just get weird:

Once moved to a nearby nature preserve, the male specimen — the largest whale ever recorded in Taiwan — drew the attention of locals because of its large penis, measured at some five feet, the Taipei Times reported.

“More than 100 Tainan city residents, mostly men, have reportedly gone to see the corpse to ‘experience’ the size of its penis,” the newspaper reported.

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April 1, 2008 at 11:23 am

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