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Old 02-22-2020, 09:13 AM   #8531 (permalink)
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When is the last time you had to wash bugs off your windshield? Are you old enough to remember what it was like to drive at night in the summer - and to have LOTS of bugs on your windshield, and on the headlights, and in your grill?

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Old 02-22-2020, 09:33 AM   #8532 (permalink)
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Old 02-22-2020, 12:35 PM   #8533 (permalink)
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The only reason I wash the cars is because they get covered with fly spats. No shortage of bugs in eastern new Mexico and Texas west of dallas.

Also windshield angles are sloped more now, on the leaf at 60mph they usually bounce off but still pile up on the front of the car. On my 1984 suburban they explode theit guts on the windshield at 60mph.

They ran the study from 1997 to 2017. But was it even scientific?
Did they use the same cars, same types of head lights, did the speed limit change, did they have any kind of bug count standardization, are traffic levels the same?
There's a lot of ways to screw up something as seeming as simple as counting smashed bugs.
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Old 02-22-2020, 01:09 PM   #8534 (permalink)
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Coincidentally I read the latest New Scientist today, which ran an article about the "insect armageddon", the big loss of insect species and density in Europe over the last two decades.

We used to have bumblebees nest in an old bird house. Year after year they kept coming back, but last year the few worker bees all went disoriented, crawling and circling aimlessly over the ground. Something got them, a toxin or a disease.
The nest died and was not used again.
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Old 02-22-2020, 01:48 PM   #8535 (permalink)
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Coincidentally I read the latest New Scientist today, which ran an article about the "insect armageddon", the big loss of insect species and density in Europe over the last two decades.

We used to have bumblebees nest in an old bird house. Year after year they kept coming back, but last year the few worker bees all went disoriented, crawling and circling aimlessly over the ground. Something got them, a toxin or a disease.
The nest died and was not used again.
BBC or DW Television mentioned that bird populations are down too.Pesticides was mentioned as one possible contributing factor.As goes the insects,so goes the birds?
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Twaites Ice Sheet coming apart

There's a team of researchers in Antarctica,from New York University,lead by PhD David Holland,towing ground-penetrating radar,and setting off explosive charges for seismic logging of the Thwaites Ice Shelf/Glacier.They've drilled a half-mile,to under the ice shelf and sent probes to view the grounding line and take measurements.The deepwater,under the ice is 3.6-C above freezing,eating away from below.Lot's of fissures turning up.Enormous icebergs are calving off it.
Thwaites is a 'threshold system',which buttresses continental-borne glaciers.When they go,the glaciers behind them go,which is where sea-level rise will come from.5-feet for the Thwaites system.Same for Pine Island,which is unstable as well.It's moving at 33-feet/day!
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BBC or DW Television mentioned that bird populations are down too.Pesticides was mentioned as one possible contributing factor.As goes the insects,so goes the birds?
Much less swallows about, definitely.
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There's a team of researchers in Antarctica,from New York University,lead by PhD David Holland,towing ground-penetrating radar,and setting off explosive charges for seismic logging of the Thwaites Ice Shelf/Glacier.They've drilled a half-mile,to under the ice shelf and sent probes to view the grounding line and take measurements.The deepwater,under the ice is 3.6-C above freezing,eating away from below.Lot's of fissures turning up.Enormous icebergs are calving off it.
Thwaites is a 'threshold system',which buttresses continental-borne glaciers.When they go,the glaciers behind them go,which is where sea-level rise will come from.5-feet for the Thwaites system.Same for Pine Island,which is unstable as well.It's moving at 33-feet/day!
Darn that man made warming...

I guess it’s really happening.

Wait...

What’s this...???

Geological ‘Hotspot’ Melting Pine Island and Thwaites Glaciers, Not Global Warming — Plate climatology

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https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=295861


Damm it.

Now we must be causing volcanism somehow...

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news.slashdot.org: A Quarter of All Tweets About Climate Crisis Produced By Bots (theguardian.com)

[looks around self suspiciously]

news.slashdot.org: JP Morgan Economists Warn of 'Catastrophic' Climate Change (bbc.com)
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Yikes! OTOH:

https://hardware.slashdot.org: Radical Hydrogen-Boron Reactor Leapfrogs Current Nuclear Fusion Tech (newatlas.com)

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The results of decades of research by Emeritus Professor Heinrich Hora, HB11's approach to fusion does away with rare, radioactive and difficult fuels like tritium altogether -- as well as those incredibly high temperatures. Instead, it uses plentiful hydrogen and boron B-11, employing the precise application of some very special lasers to start the fusion reaction. Here's how HB11 describes its "deceptively simple" approach: the design is "a largely empty metal sphere, where a modestly sized HB11 fuel pellet is held in the center, with apertures on different sides for the two lasers. One laser establishes the magnetic containment field for the plasma and the second laser triggers the 'avalanche' fusion chain reaction. The alpha particles generated by the reaction would create an electrical flow that can be channeled almost directly into an existing power grid with no need for a heat exchanger or steam turbine generator."
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Well I have said the problem with fusion is wasting all the high energy neutrons.
Nuclear straight to grid with no Rankine cycle is pretty cool.

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