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NextGen Vehicle: An Unclear Path

Although there is a great deal of hype about the next generation vehicle, thanks to the elaborate marketing of Tesla by its found Elon Musk, the path to that vehicle is not at all clear and its timing less so.  The enthusiasm over these efforts should be tempered by past experience.  Remember the Clinton Administration’s […]

Iran Sends a Message to the West at the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference

Reza Najafi, Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), used his speech this month at the 2015 Review Conference on the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) to lecture the West on its behavior and “remind” states of the importance of eliminating nuclear weapons. Speaking for the non-aligned movement, Najafi called the use of nuclear […]

Nearly 3,500 Days Since Major Hurricane Strike… Despite Record High CO2

As Subtropical Storm Ana churns off the southeast U.S. coast, the global atmosphere has exceeded 400 ppm carbon dioxide content for the first time in…well…who knows? And also on tap for this month (May 25th, Memorial Day) is another milestone: 3,500 days since the last time a major hurricane (Cat 3 or stronger) struck the […]

Mystery Climate Index #2 Explanation

Yesterday I presented this time series of climate data and asked if anyone could determine any physical causes based upon it’s character: I like the example because it shows realistic variability compared to, say, global average temperature variations. I created it with a very simple function that actually has some basis in how the real […]

What We Are Reading

French FREMM frigate test fires cruise missile

The French Navy’s first FREMM frigate, the Aquitaine, has successfully conducted its first missile tests to verify the ship’s and the weapons’ capabilities.

Efficiency record for black silicon solar cells jumps to 22.1%

Researchers have obtained the record-breaking efficiency of 22.1 percent efficiency on nanostructured silicon solar cells. An almost 4 percent absolute increase to their previous record was achieved by applying a thin passivating film on the nanostructures and by integrating all metal contacts on the back side of the cell.

Sudden onset of ice loss in Antarctica so large it affects Earth’s gravity field

Scientists have observed a sudden increase of ice loss in a previously stable region of Antarctica. The ice loss in the region is so large that it causes small changes in the gravity field of the Earth.

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