March 2012


A major international conference (Planet Under Pressure) is currently underway in London.  The conference has commissioned this 3 minute film, a journey through the last 250 years of history charting the growth of humanity and how we are transforming the planet.

An accompanying website www.anthropocene.info seems to have a very good collection of resources on this topic.

Here is a really neat film illustrating the amazing surface flow patterns of the oceans.  The footage is generated from simulations of a NASA ocean circulation model.  Eddy swirls and current flow lines are beautifully visualized (some have noted a similarity to van Gogh’s Starry Night).  The most striking patterns of the global ocean circulation include the Gulf Stream, Agulhas rings, and the Kuroshio Current.

Apparently my Royal Society article of last year was the journals (Proceeding A) most cited paper of 2011 and the 8th most downloaded.  The illustrious top-ten are listed here: http://rspa.royalsocietypublishing.org/site/misc/top_ten.xhtml Anyway the prize for this accomplishment is that the complete article is freely available online through 2012 (i.e. no journal pay-wall).  So please go ahead and have a look – download and cite the paper some more!

A numerical study of hydrologically driven glacier dynamics and subglacial flooding  by Sam Pimentel and Gwenn E. Flowers

 

The astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked by Time magazine what he considers the universe’s most astounding fact, here is his response:

This video of tourists in Antarctica getting splattered by an imploding iceberg has gone viral apparently.