This paper reviews recent studies and particularly the effects of Climate Change in the North Tropical Atlantic by studying atmospheric conditions that prevailed in 2005 ; Coral Bleaching HotSpot and Hurricane Katrina.
In the aim to better understand and estimate the impact of the physical phenomenon, i.e. Thermal Oceanic HotSpot (TOHS), isotopic studies of δ18O and δ13C on marine animals from Guadeloupe (French Caribbean Island) were carried out.
Recorded measures show Sea Surface Temperature (SST) up to 35°C in August which is much higher than data recorded by NOAA satellites 32°C.
In my last article, "Does Earth Share Microbes With Mars Via Meteorites - Or Are They Interestingly Different For Life?" I talked about the NRC study, which looked at the same meteorite data as Zubrin, and came to the opposite conclusion that any life on Mars could be interestingly different. What are the implications of this for our plans to explore the solar system? Do we need to be careful about transfer of life to Mars or back to Earth?
Robert Zubrin says that there are no contamination issues involved in colonizing Mars, because microbes get transferred between the planets all the time on meteorites. His ideas get a lot of publicity, and so did a paper earlier this year "The overprotection of Mars". However there is another possibility, that life on Mars might be interestingly different from Earth life.
I'll be at the NYC MakerFaire this weekend (Sept 21-22), in case anyone wishes to join up. CubeSat culture has metaphorically exploded over the past 8 months. As a result, I've felt overwhelmed by data, projects, and requests. Overload lead to me not being as noisy on here as I feel I should.
I think I have a handle on organizing and reporting on it, so I'll be starting a series on this blog next week where I sift through all the cool stuff and highlight the trends and patterns emerging in picosatellite work.
Which is a fancy way of saying I'm going to post my 'must read' and 'to do' lists in useable form :)
What's the difference between Rye and Bourbon? Is it the grains? (Rye vs corn). According to chemist Thomas Collins at the University of California at Davis the answer is no. The answer is in the wood of the barrels used to age the whiskey. Go here:
To complicate matters further Rye and Bourbons made at the same distillery had flavor profiles which resemble each other more than to other Ryes and Bourbons.
"For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat and wrong"
As a guy who has never worked in a large company, but has seen start-ups I've been involved with turn out both wonderfully successful and less so, I can tell you that creating a 'culture fit' template for a start-up is essential in being the former rather than the latter. For as much as people who have never run business units or companies want to claim it is only about 'the work' and that each person can somehow be in a performance bubble, that just isn't the case. At a small start-up, culture can kill you in a way that won't happen in a larger organization.
Every once in a while I feel compelled to write in clear what should be self-evident to anybody with a working brain; to give a sort of "advice to surfers". I don't expect that such an advice be taken seriously - nobody wants to be told what to read and what to avoid - but at least it is posted, can be referred to, and it provides a sort of "disclaimer of liability".
Writing a serious blog, i.e. one that informs with continuity one audience and provides a true service, is already quite a demanding task; having to cope with the aftermath of articles that may inflame some readers, or with out-of-topic comments, or with the anger of whomever happens to feel outraged or offended, is sometimes too much. Hence the wish to keep that extra work at a minimum, manageable level.
I just noticed a recently published Springer article titled "Humanoid robots as “The Cultural Other”: are we able to love our creations?"
by Min-Sun Kim and Eun-Joo Kim  which cites my own article "Would You Still Love Me If I Was A Robot?"
At the moment I do not have access to the full article, but as you can see the first two pages are available for anyone.
Initially, what's unnerving about this publication is not the subject itself, but weirdnesses like:
It is either aliens or robots, which will get us!
When I first saw a new article about cow tipping, I bristled just a little. The last thing American culture needs is another flatlander telling real farmers whether or not cows fall over. But Jake Swearingen, Digital director at Modern Farmer
, does a good job dealing with a sensitive topic
. Sensitive may be the wrong word. Cow tipping brings out the passion in cows.
And people too. You think the neo-cons in the White House and peaceniks in the public are going at each other over Syria? Tell someone in the city a hillbilly can't tip a cow. Everyone knows of someone who did it. Heck, I do too.
I've just never seen
someone do it.