The IPCC Global Warming Report spares politicians the worst details – 15 years left

New Technologies to Corral Global Warming - IEEE Sinking Cities in the Wake of Global Warming - Prevention By Bob Ward for The Guardian 09OCT18 "A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms the enormous wisdom that governments showed in Paris in December 2015, when they agreed to the goal of “pursuing efforts” to …

The “Mystery” of Observing neutral Sodium [NaI] and ionized Calcium [CaII] Solar Absorption Spectra as “Light”

If you look at the spectrum of the Sun, you see there are black bands in the image.  These gaps in the spectrum where there is no light emitted are called absorption lines. Other astronomical sources (and also light sources you can test in a lab) are found to create spectra that show little intensity at …

“The Nobel Prize in Physics 2018 was awarded “for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics” with one half to Arthur Ashkin “for the optical tweezers and their application to biological systems”, the other half jointly to Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland “for their method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short optical pulses” Nobel Prize in …

Eustasy and Diagenesis in an Epoch of Denial About Anthropogenic Global Warming ( “I like BIG WORDS, and I cannot lie…”)

Once, I was part of a team and group looking at CaCO3 - calcium carbonate.  I have authored not a few research papers, and have had some experience with this ubiquitous and apparently volatile mineral in most of its forms.  To me, it is still a somewhat "mysterious" mineral or crystal.  But in this sense …

The USA FY19 Budget for Science and Energy is…staggering!

The NEW FY19 Budget For Science - "not what you expected!" On Sept. 21, President Trump signed into law a three-bill fiscal year 2019 spending package that rejects his proposal for large cuts to the Department of Energy’s applied energy R&D programs. While his administration argued much of those programs’ “later-stage” work could be left to industry. The United …

Final FY19 Appropriations: DOE Applied Energy R&D

Publication date: 26 September 2018 Number: 109 On Sept. 21, President Trump signed into law a three-bill fiscal year 2019 spending package that rejects his proposal for large cuts to the Department of Energy’s applied energy R&D programs. While his administration argued much of those programs’ “later-stage” work could be left to industry, Congress has explicitly rejected that policy, stating “DOE is …

Final FY19 Appropriations: National Nuclear Security Administration

  Publication date: 20 September 2018 Number: 108 Within a 4 percent overall budget increase for the National Nuclear Security Administration, funding for most weapons and nonproliferation R&D programs will remain steady in fiscal year 2019. Congress rejected steep proposed cuts to inertial confinement fusion programs and greenlit development of a controversial new low-yield nuclear warhead. The final fiscal …

Final FY19 Appropriations: DOE Office of Science

Publication date: 19 September 2018 Number: 107 The Department of Energy’s Office of Science will receive a 5 percent funding increase for fiscal year 2019, bringing its total budget to $6.59 billion.  The additional funding will advance work on exascale computing, user facility upgrades, and quantum information science, among other priority areas. In fiscal year 2019, the …

The Rise of Multi-Messenger Astrophysics or Accessory To War? Stepping Back

Coming off Neil DeGrasse Tyson's comments to Steven Colbert,  all astrophysicists should see themselves as, "Guns For Hire" historically and particularly in the last 50 years.   When an optical signal was garnered with relative clarity from a near-by neutron star-pair who had just emitted a gravitational signature, it was a "gasp-and-wow" moment.  This was …