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Physics is the Simplest Science

Physics is the simplest science, a hard won truth that Eli has reached after many years in many fields. A bunny can do a lot of physics with pencil and paper, maybe even without those if enough homework has been…

Tobis’ Rule

MT has come up with an interesting observation, which Eli has dubbed Tobis' Rule If a large data set speaks convincingly against you find a smaller and noisier one that you can huffily cite.There are any number of wonderful examples of…

On Edith Foote’s Experiment

There is a sort of  simmering discussion on Twitter and Facebook whether Edith Foote found the basis of the greenhouse effect before John Tyndall.  Eli is here to tell you what was done.  The TL:DR is no, she did not.Her…

The Best of Alsup

In the aftermath of Judge Alsup's dog and pony show, Eli thought it would be well to search out the best answers.What caused the various ice ages (including the “little ice age” and prolonged cool periods) and what caused the…

Shaking the Cup for Science

Having retired Eli is reduced to blegging.  He seeks but a cup of coffee and some help with the expenses, admission fees to exotic stuffy rooms with science talks and carfare there unto.  Maybe also a beer now and again. …

Mann, Bradley and Hughes Is 20

The first multiproxy global temperature reconstruction was published twenty years ago, almost to the date, April 23, 1998.  Michael Mann has an article in Scientific American about having fame thrust upon him.  Whether it was high sticking or spearing, Eli…

Apologia Pro Vita Sua

Recently the how to say it wars have picked up again and Eli thought he would have one.  Now some, not Eli to be sure, might think that there is neither rhyme nor reason over here, but a couple of…

Pal Review

A rather scathing editorial comment on pal review has appeared in Global and Planetary Change  sadly behind a paywall, but Eli suspects soon to be featured, if not already on a number of blogs.  It concerns a paper published earlier…

Dear Judge Alsup: The TL:DR

Gingerbaker asked for the TL:DR for the good Judge Alsup.  Eli had already written it over at Real Climate, but deep in the comments so here it isEli Rabett explains it all about question 2, whether N2 and O2 play…

Sounds More Like Glacial Geo-Adaptation to Me

 (Source)Interesting article in Nature speculating that certain possibly feasible, artificial interventions in major ice flows from Antarctica and Greenland could slow the pace of sea level rise. The ideas are artifical barriers that slow the flow of "warm" ocean waters…

Breakthrough Institute and The Politics of Limits

The Interchange is an interesting renewable energy/renewables business podcast by GreenTech Media, and the most controversial podcast I've heard so far is an interview with Breakthrough Institute's Alex Trembath.Some thoughts:Alex says they've consciously decided to be less critical of mainstream…

Anger

The latest massacre of innocents has stirred up a hitherto unseen anger. Thoughts and prayers were never enough, but Emma Gonzales put it in wordsNothing could have ever been done to prevent this                                     We call BSTougher gun laws do not…

Nothing New in the Pielkesphere

Well Gavin, Climate of, has had it with a certain political scientist, We should dedicate February as #findaclimatescapegoat month as yet again some political scientists try to find ways to blame climate scientists for the lack of progress in CO2 emission…

Reducing Textbook Expense (Rant II)

In Rant I.2018 Eli explained that the root cause of unaffordable textbooks is that they are ordered by faculty and paid for by students.  Teh textbook publishers know this and focus their attention on providing services for faculty not serving…