This week in science: Busy humans and our active sun

Berkeley Project

Results from the Berkeley Earth Project compared to existing NASA and NOAA temperature records. Note the results fit that existing climate data like a glove.

The fall out from the Berkeley Earth Project, which confirmed climate scientists weren’t lying about the global climate record as part of some grand international conspiracy, continues to grow. It even dragged in the eco writer at that hotbed of socialist fundamentalism also known as Forbes:

The cause is clear, and the solution is obvious – but it’s that solution that has conservatives in a state of paralytic denial. To fix this problem, we must fundamentally change the way our economy prices goods and services so that the cost of environmental degradation is embedded in the cost of production.

If you think that chart is convincing now, imagine where the data might go over the next five years as we churn out even more pollution and the sun enters the active phase of its cycle. Oh, and speaking of the sun, don’t forget to fall back this weekend and save some daylight!

  • Our friends at NASA have spotted a massive crack creeping across the ice shelf of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glaciar. Phil Plait has posted some video here and I have a nice satellite image up here.
  • Many thanks to the Lousy Canuck for posting a link to this wonderful series of YouTube videos sure to satisfy your raging desire for space exploration porn.
  • This excellent piece by science blogger Ethan Siegal and this one by Sean Carroll, on why we think our universe is part of a larger multiverse rank among the most fascinating space-science posts I’ve ever read.
  • An asteroid will graze the earth-moon system on Monday. It won’t hit us and that’s a good thing. Because I ran an online impact simulation model or two and found this sucker is plenty big enough to do some serious damage.
  • Anatomically modern humans were in Europe earlier than previously thought; it looks like we also interbred with a poorly understood subspecies called Denosivans; and together with climate change we apparently played a role in the extinction of Ice-age megafauna. Our ancestors were busy!

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