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Emergence of multiple ocean ecosystem drivers in a large ensemble suite with an earth system model

Marine ecosystems are increasingly impacted by human-induced changes. Ocean ecosystem drivers – including warming, acidification, deoxygenation and perturbations to biological productivity – can co-occur in space and time, but detecting their trends is complicated by the presence of noise associated with natural variability in the climate system. Show More Summary

The Implicit Logic of the Draft Warren Movement

Daniel Henninger: The implicit logic of the Draft Warren movement is that after eight years of the Obama presidency, the American people want to move... further left. Well said, my man. And this too: Amid the recent,...

Nebraska and Oklahoma Sue Colorado

Tim Lynch Yesterday, the attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a complaint in United States Supreme Court. Nebraska and Oklahoma want the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado’s Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for...Show More Summary

Turning the Torture Report Into a Book

Last Thursday afternoon, Dennis Johnson sat at his desk at Melville House, the independent press in Dumbo of which he is the co-founder and co-publisher, contemplating blurb copy for the Senate Select Intelligence Committee’s Study of the C.I.A.’s Detention and Interrogation Program—the torture report, as it’s popularly known. Show More Summary

Turning our understanding of Russian politics upside down

While watching the roller coaster that is the Russian ruble, I recalled how much I liked this NYRB review of Karen Dawisha’s new book, Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? An excerpt: For twenty years now, the Western politicians, journalists,...Show More Summary

On deck this week

Mon: Research benefits of feminism Tues: Using statistics to make the world a better place? Wed: Trajectories of Achievement Within Race/Ethnicity: “Catching Up” in Achievement Across Time Thurs: Common sense and statistics Fri: I’mShow More Summary

Internationalists vs. Isolationists

Simon Lester Last week, I had a piece in Townhall in which I criticized those who call libertarians “isolationists.” I explained the various ways libertarians are just as internationalist, if not more so, than those of other political persuasions. Show More Summary

In Argentina, a Court Grants Sandra the Orangutan Basic Rights

The ape has spent the last 20 years in a zooAn orangutan named Sandra has been granted certain legal rights by a court in Argentina.Lawyers for Argentina’s Association of Professional Lawyers for Animal Rights (Afada) argued that Sandra...Show More Summary

Mollusc Origins Traced to Ediacaran Fossil Kimberella

The origins of molluscsAuthor:Vinther Abstract:The interrelationships and evolutionary history of molluscs have seen great advances in the last decade. Recent phylogenetic studies have allowed alternative morphology-based evolutionary...Show More Summary

Early Cambrian Palaeobiogeography of the Zhenba-Fangxian Block

Early Cambrian palaeobiogeography of the Zhenba-Fangxian Block (South China): Independent terrane or part of the Yangtze Platform?Authors:Yang et alAbstract:Early Cambrian small skeletal fossils (SSFs) are studied and revised from the Zhenba-Fangxian Block of the transitional zone between the Yangtze Block and the South Qinling Terrane. Show More Summary

Eureka: Radio Now, Radio in the Future

Last week I mentioned that I was going to be on the radio twice, talking about Eureka: Discovering Your Inner Scientist. I was right about one of those: — My appearance on Voice of America’s Science World ran over the weekend, and there’s a link to the program up now. I can’t figure out a…

Sentences from Sony

We have learned in testing that moviegoers respond favorably to Kim Jong-Un when he is seen as more of a recluse who can be charming at times as opposed to a person who is simply a dangerous dictator. There is more here, on possible commercial reactions to The Interview, interesting throughout.  The pointer is from […]

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

Q: Is the subject grammatically correct in the title “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”? That’s how it appears in our hymnal. Astonishingly, this is a practical issue, since we display the words during church services via video projection. Show More Summary

Focus on UK Metal Detecting: When and where WAS that Spinks Anglo-Frisian coin found?

A metal detectorist (without supplying a link) takes exception to "Barford" discussing the discrepancies between three accounts of the finding of a gold coin not long ago. "It's a sad old life when all one can do is troll through detecting forums looking for discrepancies in dates. Show More Summary

Nobody’s Perfect – Dealing with Flawed Characters

A recurring controversy that crops up from time to time within the rationalist communities is how to deal with someone who promotes rationalism on the one hand, but has a major flaw on the other. The latest example of this comes from my friend and colleague, Phil Plait. The IFLS website posted a picture of [...]

Mesozoic Miscellany 71

Newsie Bits The Danek Edmontosaurus Bonebed is the subject of the new issue of the Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. An important site for both research and outreach, the bonebed has produced over 800 specimens, dominated by E. regalis,...Show More Summary

Last Night Was the Longest Since 1912

Winter solstice officially occurred at 6:04pm ET yesterday, when the sun was directly overhead along the Tropic of Capricorn, at 23.5 degrees latitude below the Equator. But this year, not only did winter solstice mark the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, it...

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