About the 3% of Papers Denying AGW


Famously, some 97-98% of peer-reviewed climate science papers confirm the existence and impacts of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW). In at least three separate studies that arrive at that number. One of those studies involved review of almost 12,000 papers. By any measure, the overwhelming consensus among scientists is that the planet is warming dramatically and…

2017 Solar Eclipse Totality, Snowbank Mountain, Idaho

Notes on the 2017 Solar Eclipse


As WC mentioned a while ago, he chased the solar eclipse. And caught it! Now it’s not as if WC was the only one to take photos. Or write about it afterwards. The internet is saturated with photos and prose, ranging from pretty good to pretty dreadful, extolling the 2017 North American Eclipse. The best…

More News of the Subatomic Bestiary


Despite hurtful criticism of WC’s attempts to explain quarks, and Randall Munroe’s brilliant upstaging of those lame efforts, WC returns to the subatomic bestiary, with news about neutrinos. Neutrinos occupy the third row of the table of fermions. Because they are electrically neutral – by definition having no electric charge – there are only three…

WC Attempts to Explain Particle Physics


Back in the early Pleistocene, when WC was just a pup, stuff was made of protons, neutrons and electrons, collectively atoms. It didn’t get any smaller than that. Along came Murray Gell-Mann and his crowd of physicists, who developed the Standard Model of physics, creating a whole new bestiary of subatomic particles. There’s dozens of…

Lake Idaho and the Snake River Volcanic Province

Yet Another Giant, Ancient Lake


The Western Snake River Plain is a desert now. Sagebrush, bitterbrush and rabbitbrush growing on layers of ash and loess, which in turn lie on thousands of feet of basalt, congealed lava. It’s a desert, and a few minutes there in the summer will remove any doubts you might have that it is a desert.…