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March 20, 2014

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8:28 AM | The Myth Debunking One-Pager
In late 2011, I co-authored the Debunking Handbook with Stephan Lewandowsky. The purpose of the handbook was to summarise all the psychological research into misinformation and debunking into a short, concise, practical guide. We published a much more comprehensive scholarly review afterwards. Nevertheless, the much shorter version has always been the preferred option. Until, perhaps, now. I was asked recently if I could boil down the key points of the Debunking Handbook into a […]

March 19, 2014

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10:35 PM | AAAS “What We Know” Initiative: Same Denial, Different Issue – From Ozone Depletion to Climate Change
(Cross-posted with permission from Polluterwatch.com) It must be like Groundhog Day for Mario Molina, the scientist who has presided over the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s new report and publicity drive aimed at convincing Americans about the urgency of what’s happening on climate change. The normally reticent AAAS has taken a highly unusual […]
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12:53 PM | What does a hero look like?
This: Before you read further I’ll warn you that this is a rant which has nothing to do with climate science. From ABC news: When Miami-Dade Police Officer Vicki Thomas, 55, was dispatched to look into a shoplifting case at … Continue reading →
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8:17 AM | Lessons from Past Climate Predictions: J.S. Sawyer in 1972
In the Lessons from Past Predictions series, we've examined some impressively accurate global warming projections made over 30 years ago, for example by James Hansen in 1981 and Wallace Broecker in 1975.  We recently learned of an even earlier successful prediction, made by John Stanley (J.S.) Sawyer in a paper published in Nature in 1972. J.S. Sawyer was a British meteorologist born in 1916.  He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1962, and was also a Fellow of the […]
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4:56 AM | your academic writing is “slow” – some thoughts on pace
Originally posted on patter:Last week I happened across a facebook post which went a little like this. “My supervisor has just told me my literature chapter was slow and tortuous. What do I do?” This feedback is a pretty…
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3:17 AM | What We’re Up Against
There’s a post at WUWT which is really a cross-post of this by Harold Ambler. It claims that the NOAA temperature map for this February is “less than accurate.” The hubbub is about this map of February temperature ranks from … Continue reading →
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2:22 AM | Modeling shifting oceanscapes; a collective pursuit
Azara Mohammadi for Frontier Scientists – In 1996, Dr. Kate Hedstrom travelled to Norway to “Sit on Paul Budgell’s steps,” as she says. She went there to get a piece of code recently improved by Paul Budgell. “He promised his model and I went to Norway to get it!” says Kate. Hedstrom is an Oceanographic Specialist who has lived and worked in Alaska since 2001. The rewritten code Hedstrom traveled to Norway to retrieve works within ROMS (the Regional Ocean... […]

March 18, 2014

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10:31 PM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #12A
CO2 on path to cross 400 ppm threshold for a month Glaciers in Western Canada still receding despite cold, snow Global warming will cause widespread conflict, displace millions of people and devastate the global economy Greenland implicated further in sea-level rise Indigenous voices in climate activism: autonomous or subjugated? ‘Keyboard warriors’ have taken over climate debate New Greenland ice melt fuels sea level rise concerns Realistic climate models exhibit greenhouse gas […]
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7:19 AM | A Hack By Any Other Name — Part 6
Part 5 explained how apache logs are structured, and explained some of the avenues the hacker used in his attack.       Ginger: For someone the NSA once listed as the most dangerous hacker in America, you sure don't look like much.— Swordfish (2001) — March 27, 2012 — 12:25 AM PST — Better Lucky than Good How had the hacker deleted 12 hours of activity from the SQL injection log file from the 21s of February, the first day of the hack? Doug hit on the […]

March 17, 2014

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2:23 PM | Interview: Women, education, and leadership in Africa
Lanoi Maloiy is a PhD student at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, and a participant in the recently completed 2013-14 Southern African Young Scientists Summer Program (SA-YSSP), which IIASA co-organizes with the South African Department of Science and Technology, at the University of the Free State in South Africa. In this interview Maloiy … Continue reading →
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