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Skeptic Blog response

(I’m posting here, because I can’t post on skepticblog from work thanks to our proxy… I’ll probably go post this there when I can)
Brian Dunning has posted a piece on the Skeptic Blog about the Mythbusters. He disclaimers that he enjoys and appreciates the show for what it is, but also wishes it was a [...]

Expansive Ignorance

As I’ve been remiss in keeping CTDL updated for various reasons, I thought I’d point you to a blog which will stretch your mind far more than any of mine do. To demonstrate this I’ll quote a single sentence to request that you think on.

In other words, science is a method that chiefly expands our [...]

CTDL 228: All they need now is colored syrup to make a slushy

I’m back from vacation and will put up a few more “dump” posts with all the links I’ve accumulated, and then something a little different. I’m going to ditch the numbering system, and probably change up things a bit more. Stay Tuned.
This is an old story, but I’d love somebody out there to update with [...]

CTDL 222: Dear Diary; Mars isn’t terribly crowded

Interesting bit of diary from the latest Mars mission. If you’re into reading a robotic interplanetary lander’s diary

Nasa’s Phoenix lander touched down on Mars at the end of May for a mission planned to last three months.
The robotic lab is investigating the region’s climate and geology and could determine whether the planet was [...]

CTDL 220: Pile of Links again

Pile of excerpts and links from BBC articles I didn’t get around to making their own posts. Enjoy.

In January, the Brazilian government announced that the rate of deforestation in the Amazon jungle had soared in the last half of 2007, just months after officials had celebrated three years of steep falls.
It was an [...]

CTDL 217: Ocean Temps again

Quick follow up on CTDL 208 with a bit less information, from the BBC of course.

Global temperatures did not dip sharply in the 1940s as the conventional graph shows, scientists believe.
They say an abrupt dip of 0.3C in 1945 actually reflects a change in how temperatures were measured at sea.
Until 1945, [...]

CTDL 209: How much ocean-front real estate do we need?

I think this will bring back some very interesting and useful data. I just hope that whatever the data is it doesn’t get abused by politics.

The Jason-2 satellite will become the primary means of measuring the shape of the world’s oceans, taking readings with an accuracy of better than 4cm.
Its data will track [...]

CTDL 208: Buckets and Blogs on RealClimate

I’ve not completed any robust research on what the background of the RealClimate blog is, but this is an interesting (if a bit long for the layman) analysis of the recent info on oceanic temperature recording anomalies.

an interesting paper (Thompson et al) was published in Nature, pointing to a clear artifact in the sea surface [...]

CTDL 207: Phoenix rising from the mud?

I know I’m behind on my Mars info (haven’t hit my news sites in a couple days), but this is interesting even if it’s a little old.

Early efforts to grab samples for study in the onboard lab had been frustrated by the cloddy nature of the ground.
But by shaking the scoop bucket on [...]

CTDL 204: Le Space Camp?

Europe may get a manned spacecraft (carefully not called a space shuttle), which is nice. I think the cold war US leading the way was a good thing, but it’s also important to have other players in the game. I’m not sure we’ll see that sort of drive again anytime soon as it was such [...]