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  • Nest officially answers patent lawsuit: 'Honeywell is worse than a troll'

    04/13/2012 12:08:16 PM PDT · by dickmc · 6 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 12, 2012 | Nilay Patel
    Upstart smart thermostat maker Nest has received almost-universally glowing praise for its Learning Thermostat since it launched last year — and it also received a major patent complaint from Honeywell, which claims Nest is walking all over its intellectual property. Not so, says Nest: the company just filed its official answer to Honeywell's complaint today, and in addition to arguing that it isn't infringing Honeywell's patents, it also stridently argues that most of those patents are "hopelessly invalid." What's more, Nest also claims that Honeywell is misusing its patents to stifle innovation — a strategy Nest claims Honeywell has used...
  • NASA swipes back at former astronauts over climate change

    04/13/2012 8:46:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12:06 AM 04/12/2012 | Alex Pappas
    NASA is swiping back at a group of nearly 50 of its former scientists and astronauts who wrote to accuse the space agency of advocating the “extreme” position that global warming is the result of man-made carbon dioxide.In a March 28 letter addressed to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, 49 former employees said the “unbridled advocacy of CO2 being the major cause of climate change is unbecoming of NASA’s history of making an objective assessment of all available scientific data prior to making decisions or public statements.” But NASA responded on Wednesday by saying they don’t “draw conclusions and issue ‘claims’...
  • NASA chief scientist Waleed Abdalati is clueless about what James Hansen is doing ...

    04/13/2012 8:37:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | April 12, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    UPDATE: 11:30AM 4/12/12 Predictably, Andrew Revkin from the New York Times joins in with the poo-pooing consensus saying it is “utterly unremarkable ” (yet he writes a article about it – go figure). From Revkin’s shuttered in world of living in the woods (he didn’t even know what the TV show Seinfeld was until I brought it to his attention in Climategate2), that’s probably true, but Andy, here is one of your favorite consensus buzzphrases that can be applied: it is an unprecedented letter. There’s no denying that. – Anthony ==========From the Daily Caller, in my opinion, a load of...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Dust Devil of Mars

    04/12/2012 9:44:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    NASA ^ | April 13, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: It was late in the northern martian spring when the HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spied this local denizen. Tracking south and east (down and right) across the flat, dust-covered Amazonis Planitia the core of the whirling dust devil is about 30 meters in diameter. Lofting dust into the thin martian atmosphere, its plume reaches more than 800 meters above the surface. Not following the path of the dust devil, the plume is blown toward the east by a westerly breeze. Common in this region, dust devils occur as the surface is heated by the Sun, generating...
  • Anybody ever heard of a Fisker?

    04/12/2012 3:33:59 PM PDT · by goseminoles · 40 replies
    A friend of mine bought a car that I've never heard of. Anyone else ever heard of a Fisker Karma? Im on a phone so I have limited posting capabilities. Basically its like a Volt. It gets almost 60 mpg and does 0-60 under 6 seconds. Just curious is others have ever seen one? Thoughts? Tired of the Trayvon story.
  • 'UFO Galaxy' Spotted by Hubble Telescope (NGC 2683 is a spiral galaxy seen almost edge-on)

    04/12/2012 2:55:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    SPACE.com ^ | 4/11/12 | SPACE.com Staff
    The Hubble Space Telescope has found a UFO, but this one is filled with stars instead of little green men. The iconic space telescope snapped an amazing new photo of the "UFO Galaxy" — a galaxy 35 million light-years from Earth that is officially known as NGC 2683. "NGC 2683 is a spiral galaxy seen almost edge-on, giving it the shape of a classic science fiction spaceship," NASA officials wrote in a recent image description. The galaxy was originally discovered on Feb. 5, 1788 by famed astronomer William Herschel. It is located in the Lynx constellation in the northern sky....
  • Robosquirrel Fools Rattlesnake

    04/12/2012 1:32:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/11/2012 | Beth Marie Mole
    In a flash of fangs, the rattlesnake lunged, striking in less than a second. Its prey: a mechanical, remote-controlled squirrel, now with a pool venom in its head. "That was really exciting," said ecology doctoral student Bree Putman. "The snake saw it as real prey." On a high-tech reserve in the rolling, pastoral hills east of San Jose, Putman and her adviser, San Diego State ecologist Rulon Clark, are using robosquirrel to understand the relationship between the predator and prey, which it turns out is "complicated." That's where robosquirrel comes in. Clark and Putman said that decoding their conversations, one...
  • How the sinking of the Titanic sparked a century of radio improvements

    04/12/2012 10:02:53 AM PDT · by dickmc · 14 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | Unstated | Alexander B. Magoun
    When the RMS Titanic scraped an iceberg on the night of 14 April 1912, its wireless operators began sending distress calls on one of the world’s most advanced radios: a 5-kilowatt rotary spark transmitter that on a clear night could send signals from the middle of the Atlantic to New York City or London. The equipment was owned by Marconi’s Wireless Telegraph Co. and operated by two of its employees, Jack Phillips and Harold Bride. What Phillips and Bride lacked, however, were international protocols for wireless communications at sea. Shipboard operators were still an unregulated novelty, and they reported to...
  • Cluster Of Large Quakes Serve As Reminder For Preparedness

    04/12/2012 7:06:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 76 replies
    CBS) ^ | April 12, 2012 12:58 AM
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Four large earthquakes struck around the Pacific Rim Wednesday with one setting a record, as the most powerful strike-slip quake ever recorded. Geologists have nicknamed the Pacific Rim the “ring of fire” because of frequent volcanic and seismic activity. The rash of earthquakes sent shock waves of concern across the globe. Two giant quakes struck in Indonesia, one measuring a magnitude of 8.6. People were seen running in fear. Closer to Southern California, two more earthquakes hit — a 6.5 in Mexico, where buildings rocked and shook, and a 5.9 off the Oregon coast. Local scientists...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Yuri's Planet [ NASA celebrates the USSR]

    04/12/2012 4:29:25 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    NASA ^ | April 12, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: On another April 12th, in 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alexseyevich Gagarin became the first human to see planet Earth from space. Commenting on his view from orbit he reported, "The sky is very dark; the Earth is bluish. Everything is seen very clearly". To celebrate, consider this recent image from the orbiting International Space Station. A stunning view of the planet at night from an altitude of 240 miles, it was recorded on March 28. The lights of Moscow, Russia are near picture center and one of the station's solar panel arrays is on the left. Aurora and the...
  • Did the Moon Sink the Titanic?

    04/12/2012 3:50:53 AM PDT · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 21 replies
    Sky and Telescope Website ^ | April, 2012 | Donald W. Olson, Russell L. Doescher & Roger W. Sinnott
    Did the Moon Sink the Titanic? Exceptionally strong tides in early 1912 may have brought the iceberg into the doomed ship’s path. On April 10, 1912, the Titanic sailed from Southampton, England, on its maiden voyage. After picking up passengers at Cherbourg, France, and Queenstown (now Cobh), Ireland, the liner headed west across the North Atlantic to New York. But it would never get there. At 11:40 p.m. on April 14th, the Titanic struck an iceberg, and by 2:20 a.m. on April 15th the great ship had slipped beneath the waves. Although some 700 people were rescued from lifeboats, about...
  • The Right Stuff: what the NASA astronauts say about global warming

    04/11/2012 9:56:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | April 10, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Given the high profile story today about the 49 NASA astronauts, engineers, and scientists who wrote a scathing letter to NASA director Charles Bolden, Jr. saying Jim Hansen and NASA GISS are exemplifying the “wrong stuff”, I thought I’d share this poster contributed by WUWT reader NickFromNYC:
  • The incredible power of clouds (and Roy Spencer’s work)

    04/11/2012 9:11:25 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    JoNova ^ | April 11th, 2012 | Joanne
    Joint Post by Tony Cox and Jo Nova Clouds cool the planet as it warms Clouds cover an enormous 65% of the planet and are responsible for about half of the sunlight that is reflected back out to space.[i] The effects of clouds are so strong that most of the differences between IPCC-favoured-models comes from the assumptions the models make about clouds. Cloud feedbacks are the “largest source of uncertainty”.[ii] Numerous studies show models project wildly different results for clouds, and yet few could correctly simulate clouds as recorded by satellites.[iii] One researcher described our understanding of cloud parameters as...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Geostationary Satellites Beyond the Alps [video]

    04/11/2012 3:37:20 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    NASA ^ | April 11, 2012 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Why don't those stars move? Stars in the sky will typically appear to rise and set as the Earth turns. Those far to the north or south will appear to circle the pole. If you look closely at the above time-lapse movie, however, there are points of light that appear stationary. These objects are not stars but human-launched robotic spacecraft that remain fixed high above the Earth's equator. Called geostationary satellites, they don't fall down because they do orbit the Earth -- they just orbit at exactly the same speed that the Earth rotates. The orbital distance where this...
  • Life on the edge: Inside the world's largest STONE forest, where tropical rain has eroded rocks...

    04/10/2012 7:41:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Daily Mail / Nat Geog ^ | Sunday, April 8, 2012 | Chris Parsons
    Inhospitable: The Grand Tsingy may look uninhabitable, but there are thought to be 11 species of lemur, 100 types of bird and 45 kinds of reptile living there Perilous: An explorer climbs among the razor-sharp peaks of the stone forest, where the eroded limestone rocks extend for 230-square miles Intrepid: Climbers Luke Padgett and John Benson scale another dangerous-looking peak in the Grand Tsingy, thought to be the world's largest stone forest Forest of life: Various forms of greenery can be spotted within the Grand Tsingy stone forest, despite the apparently inhospitable environmental conditions It's like a cave without...
  • TITANIC WEEK - PROGRAM SCHEDULE (HEAVY)

    04/10/2012 6:29:25 PM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 22 replies
    N/A | 4/10/12 | me
    All times Eastern. "Titanic Tech" - H2 (History Channel 2) - 4/12 @9a, & @3p "Lost Worlds: Building the Titanic" - H2 (History Channel 2) - 4/12 @10a & @4p "Titanic's Tragic Sister" (mostly about Britannic) - H2 (History Channel 2) - 4/12 @1p & @7p "Hollywood Dailies (may cover various movies that focused on it) - REELZ - 4/12 @5:30p; 4/13 @2a & @3a & @ 7:30a "Titanic's Achilles Heel" - H2 (History Channel 2) - 4/12 @8p & 4/13 @12a; same - History Channel - 4/15 @11a "Titanic's Final Moments: Missing Pieces" - H2 (History Channel 2) -...
  • Italian LENR Workshop April 10-14

    04/09/2012 4:57:28 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 18 replies
    ECat Site ^ | April 9 2012 | Admin
    An LENR workshop, the 10th International Workshop on Anomalies in Hydrogen Loaded Metals, is slated to begin tomorrow, April 10th, in Siena, Italy. The conference’s schedule and participants are listed at the bottom of this article, and include Francesco Celani, Dr. Peter Hagelstein of MIT and Prof. Francesco Piantelli. Nichenergy, the company founded to market Prof. Piantelli’s device, is one of the sponsors of the conference. He is scheduled to give a presentation on the last day of the conference, Saturday, April 14th. The workshops goals are stated thusly: “High temperature gas loading is a promising technology to reliably...
  • DARPA Robotics Challenge: Here Are the Official Details

    04/10/2012 1:38:59 PM PDT · by dickmc · 5 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | Tue, April 10, 2012 | Erico Guizzo & Evan Ackerman
    DARPA to the robotics community: the challenge is on. Today the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is announcing a bold new program aiming to advance robotics technology for disaster response. The DARPA Robotics Challenge is offering tens of million of dollars in funding to teams from anywhere in the world to build robots capable of performing complex mobility and manipulation tasks such as walking over rubble and operating power tools. It all will culminate with an audacious competition with robots driving trucks, breaking through walls, and attempting to perform repairs in a simulated industrial-disaster setting. The winner takes all:...
  • Climate scientists are losing the public debate on global warming

    04/10/2012 11:45:30 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:00AM BST 08 Apr 2012 | Richard Gray, Science Correspondent
    Green campaigners and climate scientists are losing the public debate over global warming, one of the movement's leading proponents has admitted. Dr James Hansen, director of the Nasa Goddard Institute for Space Studies Photo: PA Dr James Hansen, director of the Nasa Goddard Institute for Space Studies, who first made warnings about climate change in the 1980s, said that public scepticism about the threat of man-made climate change has increased despite the growing scientific consensus. Speaking ahead of a public lecture in Edinburgh this week, he admitted that without public support it will be impossible to make the changes...
  • Hansen on skeptics – we are winning ( ROFL!,,,He hasn't seen the letter yet...)

    04/10/2012 11:28:33 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 16 replies
    watts up with that? ^ | April 10, 2012 | Anthony Watts
    Posted on April 10, 2012 by Anthony Watts Taken at the Energy Crossroads conference in Denmark on 12 March 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Though, he still thinks we are all funded by some sort of “machine”. It never occurs to him that he’s fight a guerrilla war and that most skeptics are self motivated.Update: the UK telegraph has a similar story hereScientist hits climate change skepticism – UPI.com EDINBURGH,Scotland,April 9 (UPI) –Environmentalists and climate scientists,facing public skepticism,are losing the debate on global warming,a U.S. scientist who first raised the issue says.James Hansen,director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies,who issued...