30 June 2007
I can only handle so much coolness at once. I ran across these conference proceedings about the confluence of chaos theory and disaster response a while ago, but didn’t have time to read. Nor do I now, and not least of all because I just found these conference proceedings about the uses of digital globe applications in environmental (and other) science outreach.
That’s a lot of reading.
29 June 2007
With all due apologies to Phil Plait, natch.
Having worked in astronomy education for a while now, I figured I was done being blindsided by conspiracy theories on work-related topics. I’ve dealt with the basics: face on Mars, Moon landings, UFOs, and so on. But this is a new one for me.
I glanced at a local broadsheet that favors conspiracy theories today, and it appears that they have taken a break from ad hominem attacks on elected officials to devote a few valuable column-inches to astoundingly ill-conceived pseudoscientific innuendo. Under the title “An Inconvenient Truth,” they ran a picture of Jupiter with pretty good resolution (bands, festoons, Red Spot and Red Spot Jr visible).
The caption for the photo was great in an awful sort of way, and I quote here for your reading pleasure:
Photo of Jupiter, taken from Keck Telescope on Mauna Kea, shows two giant storms passing each other. The smaller one is new, evidence of global warming on Jupiter. After seeing photos like this, some might get the silly idea that global warming is caused by the Sun. So, to protect us from our own ignorance, the ‘activists’ are trying to shut down the telescope.
29 June 2007
In the spirit of recommending planetarium software in the last post, I’d like to solicit input on good bird books. I browsed for a while today, but couldn’t figure out whether Corvallis was ‘grassland,’ or ‘woodland,’ according to their classifications.
At any rate, I saw five nene flying over the Mauna Kea access road yesterday on my way down from the summit. I’ve seen a few in the same spot (between the runaway truck ramp and the reservoir) before, but never airborne. Cool.