Ghosts

Scientists and paranormal detectives probe the minds of the haunted and dissect the most compelling evidence of ghosts. Is It Real?: Ghosts : channel.nationalgeographic.com
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Phil Jones to temporarily step down as head of CRU [A Few Things Ill Considered]

Well, I see no one takes my advice on anything!

The Associated Press

LONDON -- Britain's University of East Anglia says the director of its prestigious Climatic Research Unit is stepping down pending an investigation into allegations that he overstated the case for man-made climate change.

The university says Phil Jones will relinquish his position until the completion of an independent review into allegations that he worked to alter the way in which global temperature data was presented.

The allegations were made after more than a decade of correspondence between leading British and U.S. scientists were posted to the Web following the security breach last month.

The e-mails were seized upon by some skeptics of man-made climate change as proof that scientists are manipulating the data about its extent.

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Climategate and why Monbiot is wrong [A Few Things Ill Considered]

If you do not know what climategate refers to you probably got here via some odd typo in a google search. If you do but have not yet read Real Climate's post on it, you should do so. It is too late to rename the whole affair, but I thing "Swifthack" would have been more apropos.

Climategate is big news and not just in the climate blogosphere, all the major newspapers have opined. Here in cyberland, I have seen a doubling of traffic without really writing a thing about it or having a high traffic site link to me, I am assuming general interest in the story is the reason. Most of what I would have to say on it has been expressed well elsewhere so, not having much time, I will not do a general take on it. In a nutshell, I assume that what the denialists have dug up is the absolute worst of thousands of messages over ten years and so there is just no "there" there. Some words are surely regrettable but c'mon, this was thought to be private conversation. A real conspiracy would have something somewhere along the lines of "I know we are wrong but...", wouldn't it?

The only climategate response I feel like replying to is one from George Monbiot.

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Block cipher: a recently approved encyclopedic article at Citizendium http://ff.im/chGif

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Graham Steel: Why machine-readable data should matter to you

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Why machine-readable data should matter to you - http://blogs.openaccesscentral.com/blogs...
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PQ - "One of the things we do here at PhysMath Central (and our sister companies BioMed and Chemistry Central) which not all publishers do is format our full-text articles in freely-available XML and MathML. From a production point of view it makes sense as we can generate html and pdf versions of the article from the same source, but beyond that there are a plethora of possibilities that anyone could exploit due to their machine-readability. However it seems that machine-readable documents have yet to find an enthusiastic audience beyond a few data-miniing specialists." - Graham Steel
Hadn't seen this post before. Lovez the Slideshare http://www.slideshare.net/dmje... from Mike Ellis. Also See Mike's post "Pushing MRD out from under the geek rock" http://electronicmuseum.org.uk/2009... - Graham Steel
Mike and Chris are both folks fighting the good fight (see also http://blog.openwetware.org/science... for where I first came across Mike) - Cameron Neylon
Thanks for that, Cameron. - Graham Steel

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Smurfs connect with Planar Cell Polarity

See paper by Narimatsu et al. Cell. 2009 Apr 17;137(2):295-307. www.cell.com Planar cell polarity (PCP) regulates polarity across the plane of the tissue and plays key roles in organizing tissue shape and function. One example of such a tissue is the inner ear, shown here as a 3D reconstruction with stereocilia (red) and centered kinocilia (blue). In Smurf ubiquitin ligase mutant mice, the inner ear displays cells with altered planar orientation and disorganized packing. ... cell press ...
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Amateur climatologists exposed (again) [The Island of Doubt]

Anyone who still thinks, fears or harbors even the tiniest suspicion that the stolen CRU emails offer evidence that climatologists are cooking their data must read Tim "Deltoid" Lambert's examination of one of the most widely cited examples of the alleged crimes.

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80% of US Consumers Won't Pay For Online Content http://j.mp/49p0Sv

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How Blogging Has Changed Over The Last 3 Years (Stats) http://j.mp/8uxtvv

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All Sky Milky Way Panorama

If you could go far away from the Earth and look around the entire sky -- If you could go far away from the Earth and look around the entire sky --


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Ancient Layered Hills on Mars

Is this a picture of Mars or Earth?  Is this a picture of Mars or Earth?


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Annapurna Star Trails

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The Jets of NGC 1097

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M78 Wide Field

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NGC 6992: Filaments of the Veil Nebula

Wisps like this are all that remain visible of a Milky Way star.  Wisps like this are all that remain visible of a Milky Way star.


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