Wednesday, 3 June 2015

How the Indian Ocean ended up stealing the atmosphere’s heat

If you’re climate-curious, you’ve probably seen some of the research revealing why globally averaged surface air temperatures have warmed less quickly over the last decade or so than they did in the 1990s. The oceans are the dominant heat reservoir in the climate system, and they have been in a greedy phase lately, giving up a little less warmth to the atmosphere.

This has largely been the product of a string of La Niñas in the Pacific driven by stronger easterly trade winds. In those conditions, a pool of colder deep water takes the place of warmer surface water in the eastern Pacific. The warmer water that would normally be there is instead moved westward and mixed downward.

But here’s the puzzling thing: while records show a buildup of heat below the surface, the heat's generally not in the Pacific. If that’s where so much downward mixing is taking place, where is the warm water going?

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Incredible Balloon Sculptures of Animals and Insects by Masayoshi Matsumoto

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Don’t show these to your kids unless you want them to be completely underwhelmed by every balloon animal they see for the rest of their lives. Japanese balloon twister Masayoshi Matsumoto makes some of the most intricate balloon sculptures I’ve ever encountered. From prickly iguanas to glowing sea creatures it seems no life form is too difficult for Matsumoto to faithfully interpret using nothing but balloons. You can follow more of his work on Tumblr and on FB. (via Neatorama)

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Probing the secrets of the universe inside a metal box

The Standard Model of particle physics, sometimes called “The Theory of Almost Everything,” is the best set of

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Brainstorm with DARPA on a “100x Zoom Lens” for Seeing Distant Space Objects More Clearly

Imaging of Earth from satellites in space has vastly improved in recent years. But the opposite challenge—using Earth-based

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