The first thing you’ll see tomorrow night when you tune in to Cosmos won’t be Carl Sagan, or even Neil deGrasse Tyson. It’ll be President Obama, kicking off the series premiere with a statement that “invites a new generation to embrace the spirit of discovery and inspires viewers to explore new frontiers and imagine limitless possibilities for the future.” Maybe he took Bill Nye’s plea to fund planetary exploration to heart.
Earthlings, fasten your seatbelts. You’re in for a spectacular journey through spacetime.
More than 30 years since the original series, Cosmos will once again find its way into people’s homes, this time led by Neil deGrasse Tyson. The new series—called Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey—premieres this Sunday, March 9, at 9:00pm ET/PT on FOX.
The show will air in 45 languages across 123 FOX-branded channels in 125 countries and 90 National Geographic Channels in over 170 countries. According to the producer, this constitutes the largest-ever global launch for a television series. I don’t know about you, but the fact that the world’s largest TV series launch is for a science show is pretty exciting to me.
I had the opportunity to watch a preview copy of the first episode, “Standing Up in the Milky Way,” which was sent to me by National Geographic. If you’re wondering if you should tune into this show, then the answer is a resounding yes.
Original title is way overblown so I quote it here—
It’s about to get a lot harder to escape from malaria
On to the good content-
The researchers found that that the average altitude of malaria cases shifted to higher elevations in warmer years and back to lower elevations in cooler years. Did Pascual expect to find this link? “Yes,” she tells io9, “but I never thought the signal would be this clear.”
That signal is relevant to epidemiologists faced with confronting malaria as effectively as possible in the coming decades. “We know there some regions of the world that will be more sensitive to climate change and variability that others,” Pascual says; “highlands, the edges of deserts, coastal regions, and so forth.” These are areas where climate plays a limiting role, be it in the distribution of animals, plant life, sea levels or disease, she explains - factors that underscore the need for localized intervention.
Consider, for example, that populations in regions like Antioquia and Debre Zeit currently lack protective immunity to malaria. This makes them more vulnerable to the disease. And yet, the fact that these high-risk populations currently exist at the fringes of malaria’s altitudinal range could make them easier to protect - at least for the time being - than those in highly endemic, lower-elevation regions.
“In my opinion,” says Pascual, we need to deal with [Malaria] regionally, not globally.” By understanding climate’s effect on malaria incidence at the local level, she reasons, epidemiologists can be more effective in alleviating the disease’s global burden.
A tiny space rock barely missed Earth today (March 6) in the third of back-to-back-to-back asteroid flybys over the past 24 hours, coming six times closer than the orbit of the moon.
The 25-foot-wide (8 meters) asteroid 2014 EC came within 38,300 miles (61,600 kilometers) of our planet at 4:21 p.m. ET (2121 GMT) today, NASA officials said. For comparison, the moon orbits Earth at an average distance of 239,000 miles (385,000 km).
“This is not an unusual event,” Paul Chodas, a senior scientist in the Near-Earth Object Program Office at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said in a statement. “Objects of this size pass this close to the Earth several times every year.” [Asteroid Quiz: Test Your Space Rock Smarts]
In the study, children sat down individually with an examiner who introduced them to the two characters, each of whom had a cup filled with an unknown quantity of items. Children were told that each character’s cup would “magically” add more items to a pile of objects already sitting on a table. But children were not allowed to see the number of objects in either cup: they only saw the pile before it was added to, and after, so they had to infer approximately how many objects Gator’s cup and Cheetah’s cup contained.
At the end, the examiner pretended that she had mixed up the cups, and asked the children — after showing them what was in one of the cups - to help her figure out whose cup it was. The majority of the children knew whose cup it was, a finding that revealed for the researchers that the pint-sized participants had been solving for a missing quantity, which is the essence of doing basic algebra.
“What was in the cup was the x and y variable, and children nailed it,” said Feigenson, director of Johns Hopkins Laboratory for Child Development. “Gator’s cup was the x variable and Cheetah’s cup was the y variable. We found out that young children are very, very good at this. It appears that they are harnessing their gut level number sense to solve this task.”
If this kind of basic algebraic reasoning is so simple and natural for 4, 5 and 6-year-olds, the question remains why it is so difficult for teens and others.
Yeah. I saw this movie. The scene in the lab where they all take turns looking through the microscope and getting giddy at the sight of a virus thought dead coming back to life after 30 thousand years of dormancy. Cut to the virus mutating and feeding on brain tissue and a lockdown and a city held captive as authorities mull an atomic strike. just kidding. Yeah. Just kidding. I used to joke that the dinosaurs all died off because one day one woke up and didn’t feel good. And he coughed on his neighbor who coughed on his……But you have to think….What else does the ice hold?
Gee. I sound like Art Bell.
In what seems like a plot straight out of a low-budget science-fiction film, scientists have revived a giant virus that was buried in Siberian ice for 30,000 years — and it is still infectious. Its targets, fortunately, are amoebae, but the researchers suggest that as Earth’s ice melts, this could trigger the return of other ancient viruses, with potential risks for human health.
The newly thawed virus is the biggest one ever found. At 1.5 micrometres long, it is comparable in size to a small bacterium. Evolutionary biologists Jean-Michel Claverie and Chantal Abergel, the husband-and-wife team at Aix-Marseille University in France who led the work, named it Pithovirus sibericum, inspired by the Greek word ‘pithos’ for the large container used by the ancient Greeks to store wine and food. “We’re French, so we had to put wine in the story,” says Claverie. The results are published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
A mysterious oval shaped giant virus trapped inside the Siberian permafrost for nearly 30,000 years has finally been resurrected, according to a latest finding. The virus is active.
The discovery of the new virus dubbed Pithovirus Sibericum, was led by evolutionary biologists Jean and Michel Claverie from the National Centre of Scientific Research (CNRS) at the University of Aix-Marseille, and colleagues.
In recent years the duo had successfully discovered a host of giant viruses.
Ireland is wet. 32,595 square miles of island surrounded by 41.08 million square miles of the very wet North Atlantic Ocean. And what happens to be a very warm and wet North Atlantic Ocean.
Heat and Water mean mild climates. Ireland’s climate , despite the misnomer of a damp cold temperament, is the definition of ‘mild’.
Winters, compared to say, balmy, southern Georgia, in the summer it is t shirts without the burn, and winters are jackets without the need for snowsuits.
This equates to more than a lack of snow plows and hurricane shutters: verdant fertile agricultural lands; a quiver full fishing industry; robust sporting community; lower incidents of natural, meteorological based, disasters; and a secure, dynamic environment.
So what happens if Ireland gets wetter…
and not only that :
This was the station’s wettest winter day since 2008.
A marine record was also broken in February when a new maximum wave of 25 metres was reported at Kinsale Energy Gas Platform on February 12th.
So Ireland is wet, and getting wetter by the year, and this has global significance. Let’s explore some of the causes and consequences…..
the processes, proofs, and problems :
Climate models suggest that lake-effect snowfalls are likely to increase over the next few decades. In the longer term, lake-effect snows are likely to decrease as temperatures continue to rise, with the precipitation then falling as rain
‘Lake Effect’ works for oceans as much for ‘Great Lakes’
most climate models predict that the atmospheric circulation slows down and the overturn of the atmosphere doesn’t occur as quickly, and thus what you end up with is a more wet but stagnant atmosphere.
- Ireland could be 2.5-4° C warmer in the later part of the 21st Century, compared to the 1961-1990 average.
- While rainfall is decreasing in southern regions, it is increasing in northern Europe.
- Climate change is projected to increase river flooding, particularly in northern Europe, as higher temperatures intensify the water cycle.
- The Arctic is warming faster than other regions. Record low sea ice was observed in the Arctic in 2007, 2011 and 2012, falling to roughly half the minimum extent seen in the 1980s.
- Melting of the Greenland ice sheet has doubled since the 1990s, losing an average of 250 billion tonnes of mass every year between 2005 and 2009.
- Glaciers in the Alps have lost approximately two thirds of their volume since 1850 and these trends are projected to continue.
- Sea levels are rising, raising the risk of coastal flooding during storm events
Met Éireann co-ordinated a major international study looking specifically at how climate change would alter the picture here. It draws on its own data sets collected over decades but also on expertise available from Ireland and abroad.
The results were used to deliver a detailed report, Irish Climate: The Road Ahead. It provides assessments of changes to mean air temperatures, wind and wave heights, but also the likely impact on river systems and the risk of flooding.
Some of the changes include warmer summer daytime temperatures, up by two degrees compared to the current mean, but also higher night-time winter temperatures, which will be two to three degrees higher than the current mean.
if you are a conservative - you will love this part:
The generally warmer climate will provide some benefits, the authors say. For example, it should help to reduce the health burden, particularly amongst the elderly, which sees numbers entering hospitals over the winter months soar.
It should also mean less expenditure on wintertime heating, the authors add.
and if you are sane - this should alarm you:
But this warm air carries a price. Warm air summer or winter holds more moisture and this will fall as precipitation, mainly rain. While summers will typically be up to 20 per cent drier compared to today’s normal, winters will see 14 per cent more precipitation.
The net result is more water filling the main river systems that, when overloaded, will trigger widespread flooding. Add to this an increased risk of exceptionally heavy downpours, and the chance of flooding soars.
because - a tiny, damp. island, in the middle of a large wet ocean cannot afford to get wetter, is exactly why it should be a bellwether for
“Wake the fuck up” finally not allowing politics to blind us to science.
My news aggregator pulled up an interesting article: The Psychology of Hate.
Simply put, we don’t, or won’t, empathize with the other. They don’t think, don’t feel, aren’t really people. So we hate them.
There was an interesting bit on casualty rates in war, on how few people got shot considering the number of shots fired. It happened because those being shot at were people, not targets. They became real. They hurt and bled just like those we do regard as people.
I wish there was some way to make every one read this article. So few understand why they hate. I’m looking at you, teahadis.