Spica – α Virginis

Using Public Lab's Spectral Workbench Stellar and bright M = .98. Two stars, not one, it has been learned. The peak wavelength, (λ), was measured to be λ = 129 nm (above). With Wien's Displacement algorithm, λ = b/T and b = 2.897771955×10−3 m⋅K. This gives a black-body surface temperature of T ~ 20,000 K

Vega – α Lyræ

From Public Lab's Spectral Workbench The peak wavelength, (λ), was measured to be λ = 270 - 289 nm (above). With Wien's Displacement algorithm, λ = b/T and b = 2.897771955×10−3 m⋅K. This gives a black-body surface temperature of T = 10,026-10,732 K.

Batteries, Catalysts, Climate, Clean Energy: Secretary Granholm Treated to ‘Whirlwind’ PNNL Visit

U.S. Secretary of Energy tours five PNNL buildings virtually, led by Lab Director Steven AshbyAllan Brettman, PNNL U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm virtually visited Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Monday, May 24, where she met with leading scientists, toured lab facilities, and learned about research efforts. https://youtu.be/fW4yOSZHHus Granholm, the former Michigan governor who is the second …

“3 weeks since CDC’s guidance change – How are things looking?”

Katelyn JetelinaJun 3 “It’s been three weeks since the CDC updated public health guidelines. Did vaccine hesitancy improve?  “This was a driving reason the CDC updated their guidance. And, it’s an interesting question to explore. After the announcement on May 13, it looks like there may have been an uptick in vaccinations (starting May 18). …

‘Big risk’: California farmers hit by drought change planting plans”

by Norma Galeana and Christopher Walljasper for Reuters JUNE 01, 2021 / 02:14 PM 'Big risk': California farmers hit by drought change planting plans “FIREBAUGH, Calif. (Reuters) - Joe Del Bosque is leaving a third of his 2,000-acre farm near Firebaugh, California, unseeded this year due to extreme drought. Yet, he hopes to access enough …

The Klamath Basin

Here, the three podcasts from Ducks Unlimited from November, 2020 that are the background you need to put the recent Water War unfolding in Southwest Oregon in context. Start with Episode I but do not forget Episode III even though it seems heavy, it’s not and it’s important! https://ireallyappreciatescience.com/2020/11/24/the-klamath-basin-duck-episode-i/ https://ireallyappreciatescience.com/2020/11/24/the-klamath-basin-duck-episode-ii/ https://ireallyappreciatescience.com/2020/11/24/the-klamath-basin-duck-episode-iii/

“Amid Historic Drought, a New Water War in the West”

Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge in California, near the Oregon border, has been severely affected by the drought and the lack of irrigation waters from Upper Klamath Lake, which usually feeds into the refuge.Credit...Will Matsuda for The New York Times “A drought crisis has erupted in the Klamath Basin along the California-Oregon border, with fish …