This Week in 3 Stories
Relative to it all.
There has been a lot going on that I’ve wanted to discuss here on TRC, but things have been kind of busy. As a result, here is our first “rundown” of stories of interest, starting with the most significant story of the past week.
The Kepler Satellite has sent home its planet finding report. Results: Kepler found 1,235 potential planets! Of those, 54 new planets are expected to be within the habitable zone, meaning based on their size they are an approximate distance from their star that they could (possible maybe) support life. Over the next several years, Keplers “planets” will be analyzed, and approximately %80 will remain under planet classification (if the general average of planet discovery holds up). The past few weeks have been an exciting time in space exploration, a pursuit I support and have long defended in the face of, say, budget cuts.
Things are getting terrible in Egypt. It’s striking how quickly a movement can move from success to danger. Reading daily about the Egypt developments has become a terrifying experience. The situation seems to be going from bad to worse. I don’t have anything else to add to this.
And finally, it always behooves whatever blog I am partaking in at the time to chime in on the global warming chatter of the day. This time Bill O’Reilly, noticing that there has been an awful lot of snow this winter, and having just survived the SNOWPOCALYPSE!!!!! wondered why New York had turned in to the tundra. He put in a call to Al Gore, apparently, to discuss it. So Mr. Gore responded via his blog, and stated very plainly that snowier winters have always been a part of the global warming diagnosis. “Scientists have been warning for at least two decades that global warming could make snowstorms more severe. Snow has two simple ingredients: cold and moisture. Warmer air collects moisture like a sponge until it hits a patch of cold air.” This is really very simple science–warm air (let’ say over the Pacific) holds more moisture, more moisture in the air creates more precipitation–so in true journalistic fashion Politico has a debate over whether Al Gore is correct. Because science is always up for debate amongst political pundits.