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A likely hurricane-force cyclone spinning up in the Pacific is captured in this stunning satellite image animation

By Tom Yulsman | February 6, 2016 5:59 pm

I spotted this beautiful animation of a powerful Pacific Ocean cyclone in the Twitter feed of Scott Bachmeier from the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies. It’s so awesome that I just had to share it.

The storm, as seen in the animation of GOES-15 weather satellite images above, has been spinning up in the Pacific Ocean and is headed into the Gulf of Alaska. As I’m writing this, the National the National Weather Service has issued a hurricane-force wind warning, …


Dramatic imagery from space and on the ground captures 10 days of extreme weather fueled by El Niño

By Tom Yulsman | February 6, 2016 3:23 pm

Juiced up by El Niño, extreme weather raked the United States from the last week of January through the beginning of February.

And thanks to satellites above, as well as cameras on the ground, we can witness all of the action — with synoptic views of a swirling winter storm and a beautiful visualization of total precipitation; a closer view of the atmosphere bubbling like stew in a cauldron; a look right into the heart of a massive thunderstorm; and right down to an individual torna …


"Troubling Oddities" In A Social Psychology Data Set

By Neuroskeptic | February 6, 2016 12:16 pm

A potential case of data manipulation has been uncovered in a psychology paper. The suspect article is ‘Why money meanings matter in decisions to donate time and money’ (2013) from University of Arizona psychologists Promothesh Chatterjee, Randall L. Rose, and Jayati Sinha.

This study fell into the genre of ‘social priming’, specifically ‘money priming’. The authors reported that making people think about cash reduces their willingness to help others, while thinking of credit cards has the op …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: papers, select, statistics, Top Posts


'Absurdly' high Arctic warmth drives sea ice to record low

By Tom Yulsman | February 5, 2016 8:06 pm

Arctic sea ice extent in January was 402,000 square miles below average — an area equivalent to about 60 percent of Alaska

In my previous article here at ImaGeo, I featured a Norwegian icebreaker with no winter sea ice to break in the high Arctic. Since then, the National Snow and Ice Data Center has published its monthly update on sea ice conditions — and the news is pretty dramatic.

Record warm Arctic air temperatures running an astonishing 11 degrees F above average at the su …

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What Lessons Will We Learn From Zika?

By Carl Engelking | February 5, 2016 6:09 pm

Zika virus caught the world off guard, but it shouldn’t have.

The rapid spread of the mosquito-borne virus, and its possible connection to birth defects and neurological disorders, compelled the World Health Organization on Monday to declare an international public health emergency. But by that time 1.5 million Brazilians had already caught the virus, and it had spread to 24 countries in the Western Hemisphere. The current tally from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indica …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Health & Medicine, Top Posts


Would You Stick Pins In A Voodoo Doll of Your Child?

By Neuroskeptic | February 5, 2016 3:24 pm

Well? Would you…?

This was the question faced by the participants in a rather extraordinary series of studies described in a new paper from Illinois psychologists Randy J. McCarthy and colleagues. In total, 1081 parents with children aged under 18 were presented with an outline of a person, and asked to imagine that it was their own child. They were told to think of a time when their child made them angry. Finally, they were asked how many pins they would like to stick into the “doll” in or …


Scientists Perfect the Skipping Stone

By Nathaniel Scharping | February 5, 2016 3:05 pm

A friendly trip to the beach often sparks a casual competition to see who is more skilled in the art of skipping a stone. But before the first attempt, a tactful stone-skipper will examine the inventory of seaside rocks to find a one uniquely shaped for the task.

Scientists at the aptly named Splash Lab at Utah State University have perfected the skipping stone. Through a series of experiments that applied scientific rigor to our favorite lazy beach activity, they determined that a squ …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Space & Physics, top posts
MORE ABOUT: physics


Four Legs Good, Two Legs Better for Hurdling Obstacles

By Elizabeth Preston | February 5, 2016 2:00 pm

Although lizards mostly scurry on all fours, certain species can run on two legs when the mood strikes. What’s the benefit to this human-like running style? For one thing, it seems to let lizards get over obstacles without slowing down. They just have to make sure not to tip over.

Georgia Southern University biologist Lance McBrayer and graduate student Seth Parker studied running in a handsome little reptile called Sceloporus woodi, or the Florida scrub lizard. McBrayer says there’s bee …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: physics, top posts, walking, weird animals
MORE ABOUT: Animals, Physics

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Flashback Friday: Is it physically possible for a man to sire over 800 children?

By Seriously Science | February 5, 2016 6:00 am

It’s clear that men can have more children than women, but can they have hundreds of children? Here, scientists created a computer simulation to determine how many times a day the 17th-century Moroccan Emperor Moulay Ismael would have had to have sex to have his reported brood of 888 kids. Accounting for factors ranging from sperm aging and ovulation to Moulay falling in love and having favorites, they found that the Emperor needed to get frisky 1-2 times a day and have a harem of at least  …


Some Ants Never Get Old

By Nathaniel Scharping | February 4, 2016 5:07 pm

It’s better to burn out than to fade away, according to Neil Young. And one ant species seems to embody this timeless philosophical advice.

Getting old is no fun. Failing bodies, faltering eyesight and declining health plague us as we enter the autumn of our lives. Aging for humans is as implacable as it is frightening, and despite years of research, we have made very little headway in halting our senescence.

For one species of ant, the passage of time isn’t associated with diminishing …

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Living World, top posts
MORE ABOUT: animals

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