This week in science

Antarctic ice flow

Using terabytes of data collected from satellite and special effects computer modeling, a team of scientists has created a fascinating three-dimensional map of ice movement in Antarctica:

“This is like seeing a map of all the oceans’ currents for the first time. It’s a game changer for glaciology,” said lead author Dr Eric Rignot. “We are seeing amazing flows from the heart of the continent that had never been described before,” added the US space agency (Nasa) and University of California (UC), Irvine, researcher. The map incorporates billions of radar data points collected between 1996 and 2009 by satellites belonging to Europe, Canada and Japan.

  • Covering Perry is gonna be a hoot. His views on evolution and climate science alone are blogger gold. He’s a five star idiot who risked his own health on a dangerous or usless procedure to backstop his ridiculous position on stem cell research. But on his big jobs record, I’m living the Texas Miracle and, trust me, it feels a lot more like a curse.
  • Speaking of Perry’s claim that creationism is taught in Texas, Josh Roseneau blasts the governor and sets the record straight and 2012 GOP hopeful Jon Huntsman unloaded on the whacky Texan too.
  • Open the podbay doors Hal … Thanks to IBM, the namesake of the HAL 9000 that went insane en route to the outer solar system in 2001: A Space Odyssey, the super-brain singularity approaches.
  • Interesting speculation on what contact with ET’s would mean for us natives. But the idea they might get angry over greenhouse gases sounds like a bit of a stretch:

    The report, a joint effort between Nasa and Pennsylvania State University, answered the question ‘Would Contact With Extraterrestrials Benefit Or Harm Humanity?’ Providing beneficial, neutral and harmful outcomes, the report is designed to prepare mankind for the possibility of an alien encounter on Earth.

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