Pleasantly hot weather will stick around through the weekend:
Don’t worry about that 10% chance for Sunday — that’s the meteorologist’s way of saying “I can’t completely rule out a shower, so I’d better err on the safe side.”
Some good stuff for the last nerd-link festival of the week…
- As the duration and scope of hot summertime temperatures increases thanks to climate change, the annoyance of various summertime pests will also increase.
- Mentioned this on the air this morning…there’s an interactive map that shows every wildfire in the United States — California has been getting the national media attention, but Alaska looks dreadful.
- California’s rain debt is now equal to a full year’s worth of precipitation.
- Mentioned this on the air as well — today’s full moon is a “blue moon.” (Note: it’s not literally blue.)
- Isaac Asimov once said that “the most exciting phrase in science is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘that’s funny…'” I bring it up because the Cassini probe orbiting Saturn observed some odd red streaks on the surface of one of Saturn’s moons.
- The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is about to take the first steps from concept to reality.
- The Philae lander that touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (how’s THAT for a name) might have sent back it’s last transmission.
- But Philae sent back so much intriguing data before it went silent. The most-interesting part of this article is kind of buried at the end: “Many scientists think that the chemical building blocks for life on Earth might have been delivered by a comet — and 67P’s contents are doing little to dissuade researchers from that train of thought.”
- NASA confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our own solar system — “only” 21 light-years away.
- Back on Earth: meet the first new species of canine found in 150 years.
- Thoughts occur in your head, right? Well, maybe.