Category: science


Below are the records Hurricane Irma has already broken as of this morning:

  • Irma is the first storm in recorded history that has maintained top winds of 185 miles per hour for 37 straight hours.
  • Irma is the strongest storm on record to exist in the Atlantic, outside of the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. 
  • Irma is tied with the 1932 Cuba hurricane for the longest time spent as a Category 5 hurricane.
  • Irma has the lowest minimum pressure in its lifetime of an Atlantic hurricane on record, outside of the western Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.
  • Irma generated more Accumulated Cyclone Energy than the first eight named storms of the current Atlantic hurricane season combined.

Just to name a few… more here.

Revamped “Anti-Science” Education Bills in U.S. Find Success:

Eleven bills designed to alter science-education standards have been proposed this year across the United States. 

The Science Behind the March for Science Crowd Estimates:

“What do we want? Evidence-based science. When do we want it? After Peer Review.”

The March for Science team just released their crowd estimates after careful application of crowd-counting methods. As the organizers said, they wanted to “science the shit out of the numbers.”

Looming Floods, Threatened Cities:

Some scientists fear that parts of Antarctica are on track for an unstoppable collapse. If the resulting rise in sea level turns out to be as rapid as some worst-case projections, it could lead to a catastrophe without parallel in the history of civilization.

Members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology just sent a letter to the President, asking him to support staffing of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and to make use of the office for reliable evidence-based decision making.

“Where scientific policy is concerned, the White House should make use of the latest, most broadly-supported science. You have a tool at your disposal in this regard, should you wish to make use of it, in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) which, under your administration, has been left largely unstaffed and without a director. If you appoint a qualified OSTP Director, you will have a reliable source of policy advice for matters related to science and technology, which forms the bedrock of our national security and economic power.”

Read the letter here:

“Believing in climate change is not left wing. It’s science. If you don’t ‘believe’ in it, that’s because of your ignorance, not politics.”

How a Professional Climate Change Denier Discovered the Lies and Decided to Fight for Science:

“I have talked to many [Republican lawmakers who don’t believe their own climate denials] in confidence. There are between 40 and 50 in the House and maybe 10 to 12 in the Senate. They’re all looking for a way out of the denialist penitentiary they’ve been put into by the Tea Party. But they’re not sure what the Republican response ought to look like exactly and when the political window is going to open. […] The wall of denial in the GOP looks awful frightening from afar but it is crumbling. And it can change quickly.”