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+ - NOAA: global warming not causing more hurricanes

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radioweather
radioweather writes "NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), the parent organization of the National Hurricane Center has issued a press release saying "A team of scientists have found that the economic damages from hurricanes have increased in the U.S. over time due to greater population, infrastructure, and wealth on the U.S. coastlines, and not to any spike in the number or intensity of hurricanes."

In a statement sure to confound recent Nobel winner Al Gore, they go on to say that ""There is nothing in the U.S. hurricane damage record that indicates global warming has caused a significant increase in destruction along our coasts."

The conclusion comes from a Natural Hazards Review paper, Normalized Hurricane Damage in the United States: 1900-2005. One of the paper's authors, Christopher Landsea, is the science and operations officer at NOAA's National Hurricane Center in Miami."
Earth

+ - Four datasets show last 12 months globally cooler

Submitted by toodle-lou
toodle-lou (1088421) writes "Surprisingly, the earth has cooled in the last year. There are four different datasets used to measure the global temperature. Two are done using satellites by University of Alabama, Huntsville (UAH) and a private company called Remote Sensing Systems (RSS). Both use microwave sounder data from weather satellites. The other two are land-ocean indexes that use surface and ocean temperature direct measurements done by NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and the UK's Hadley Climate Research Unit (HadCRUT)

All four global temperature datasets show an agreement that the average global temperature has dropped significantly in the past 12 months. The trend was quite steep and the global average of all the datasets was down — 0.6405 degrees Celsius. While one year of cooler global temperature by itself might not be an indicator for a long term change, it does coincide with one of the most quiet solar activity periods in many years, with solar cycle 24 getting off to a late start there is now concern that the sun may be entering an inactive and cooler period."
NASA

+ - NASA posts ancient FORTRAN code, buffs up data

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chicomarxbro
chicomarxbro writes "A Y2K error discovered by blogger Steve McIntyre in August forced NASA's climate chief James Hansen revise temperature data showing 1934 was actually the hottest year on record, not 1998 as previously announced. This spurred renewed calls for NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) to publicly release their historical FORTRAN code which powered the global temperature analyses. Still used today, the code has a lineage going back to the 70's. NASA finally agreed and published the code but not before making an unannounced change to the raw temperature data which bundled with the code. NASA's change to raw data collating methods. which hadn't been modified in over a decade, resulted in 1998 being put back in first place next to 1934. Some bloggers have called this stealthy revision of the raw data an "Enron like accounting game""
Television

+ - Linux at the truckstop for realtime weather maps

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toodle-lou
toodle-lou writes "There's an interesting article on Linuxdevices.com about a Slackware powered digital sign that is used to provide real-time weather forecasts, satellite maps, and doppler radar to places like truckstops, marinas, golf courses, rest stops, airline terminals and other public places where weather is of concern and people need to make go/no-go decisions based on weather ahead. Called ViziFrame, its a small Linux based appliance that can hook up to any TV or LCD/plasma video display and run a localized weather channel along with advertising. The appliance automatically updates from any Ethernet or WiFi connection available."
Hardware Hacking

+ - Bootable IDE ports disappearing- why & how to

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wattsup
wattsup writes "It seems that bootable IDE ports are disappearing on newer motherboards.

I recently purchased an MSI G965M-FI motherboard for a system upgrade. Overall the board is pretty good with lots of features, but it had one "unexpected feature" that I didn't know about when I bought it. The PATA100 IDE port won't allow you to install an operating system from a CD-ROM attached to it.

While its on their website, MSI doesn't tell you this on the retail packaging, until you break the seal on the static wrap and look at the motherboard. There, with a tiny label placed over the IDE connector they inform you "This IDE does not support OS installation in hard drive".

This made my out-of-box experience rather maddening, as I had to get a USB based CD-ROM to install a fresh copy of XP. This seems like a pretty lame way to save money, disabling functionality on an IDE port that's included. Some research shows me that other manufacturers are doing the same thing. Why?

My question is; Does anybody know if this is an issue that can be fixed by upgrading the BIOS, or is this hard-wired in the IDE controller?"
Biotech

+ - Lighting the nanoworld with nanolamps

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Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Cornell University (CU) has built 'nanolamps.' These extremely small light bulbs are made of light-emitting nanofibers about the size of a virus or the tiniest of bacteria. Using a technique called electrospinning, the researchers spun the fibers from a metallic element, the ruthenium, and a polymer. These nanofibers "are so small that they are less than the wavelength of the light they emit." Apparently, these nanofibers are easy to produce. But before they can be integrated into our increasingly smaller electronic devices, there still is a need to know how long these nanolamps can last. Read more for additional references and a picture of the orange glowing organic nanodevices."
Hardware Hacking

+ - New MoBo has IDE boot disabled - is there a fix?

Submitted by
wattsup
wattsup writes "I recently purchased an MSI G965M-FI motherboard for a system upgrade. Overall the board is pretty good with lots of features, but it had one "unexpected feature" that I didn't know about when I bought it. The PATA100 IDE port won't allow you to install an operating system from a CD-ROM attached to it.

While its on their website, MSI doesn't tell you this on the retail packaging, until you break the seal on the static wrap and look at the motherboard. There, with a tiny labelplaced over the IDE connector to inform you "This IDE does not support OS installation in hard drive".

This made my out-of-box experience rather maddening, as I had to go get a USB based CD-ROM to install a fresh copy of XP.

This seems like a pretty lame way to save money, disabling functionality on an IDE port that's included. Some research shows me that other manufacturers are doing the same.

My question is; Does anybody know if this is an issue that can be fixed by upgrading the BIOS, or is this hard-wired?"

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