Science

A great new tool to measure water vapor & other gases in the sky

June 18, 2019 0 Comments
A great new tool to measure water vapor & other gases in the sky

  I ran across an article from NASA that is really exciting.  NASA has developed a new instrument,  called the High Altitude Lidar Observatory (HALO).  It will measure many types of gases in the atmosphere more directly and with more precision than ever before.  The one in particular that researchers think it will make the biggest […]

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Amazing new look at one of Mars’ moons

May 12, 2019 1 Comment
Amazing new look at one of Mars’ moons

  Thanks to NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter, we are getting a much better understanding of the moons of Mars.  That is pretty remarkable considering we still have much to learn about our own moon.  Technology is certainly pushing the boundaries of distance, time, and knowledge.  Check out what NASA is discovering about our solar system […]

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How Current Conditions Are Measured: The ASOS/AWOS Network

July 8, 2018 0 Comments
How Current Conditions Are Measured: The ASOS/AWOS Network

It seems like a simple question: How do we get the current weather conditions from a given location?  Observations like temperature, pressure, and wind direction have been taken by people for hundreds of years.  Today’s measurement technology, as one may assume, is a far cry from the journal keeping days of the past.  Networks of […]

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Citizens needed to observe clouds for NASA

March 13, 2018 0 Comments
Citizens needed to observe clouds for NASA

  NASA has some pretty cool high-tech instruments and satellites that beam continuous images of the clouds from space.  However they still have trouble distinguishing between certain types of clouds and other phenomena.  Here is your chance to help calibrate the technology so it is even better.  If you enjoy looking up and observing your […]

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What is an occluded front?

March 4, 2018 0 Comments
What is an occluded front?

A snowstorm will be pushing across Wisconsin Monday evening into Tuesday and the brunt of the heavy snow will be occurring to the north and east of an occluded front.  Perhaps you have never heard of occluded front.  So what is it and why is it important? First we need to understand the structure of […]

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Fantastic physics…or not

March 2, 2018 1 Comment
Fantastic physics…or not

It has been a while since I have updated the blog with advances (potential hoaxes) from the far reaches of physics, so it is about time. (Here is the last update) Does it seem like you have been waiting forever for the arrival of “cold fusion”? This new type of energy source was originally or […]

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New Thoughts about Water on the Moon

February 25, 2018 0 Comments
New Thoughts about Water on the Moon

  Before we get into some new research regarding water on the moon, let’s go over some basic facts about the only celestial body away from the Earth that humans have visited. Thank you to NASA for these details. The Moon: The Basics Our moon makes Earth a more livable planet by moderating our home […]

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Tsunami Warning System in the Works for the Great Lakes

July 5, 2017 0 Comments
Tsunami Warning System in the Works for the Great Lakes

Tsunamis? On the Great Lakes? It can, and does happen, but it’s not your typical tsunami caused by an earthquake. These tsunamis are called meteotsunamis because they are formed by meteorological event. Most of the time, a meteotsunami is formed by a severe thunderstorms crossing over the body of water, creating a large, local change […]

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Large sections of the Great Barrier Reef found dead

March 24, 2017 0 Comments
Large sections of the Great Barrier Reef found dead

Scientists have recently found that large sections of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia died last year due to overheated ocean water. These northern sections of the reef are hundreds of miles long, and portions of the reef that escaped the bleaching last winter are now beginning to bleach and could lead to another die-off, something […]

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Improvements in tracking Hawaii’s volcanoes

February 13, 2017 0 Comments
Improvements in tracking Hawaii’s volcanoes

  A NASA-led team is studying Hawaiian volcanoes including Kilauea and Mauna Loa from the air, ground and space to better understand volcanic processes and hazards.  Below you will find information from a NASA article dealing with this fascinating topic.   A high-altitude ER-2 aircraft from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, Palmdale, California, based at […]

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