Author Archive for Rob Carr

Pittsburgh Podcamp 8

Right now, I’m at Pittsburgh Podcamp 8. This is a social media get-together where we can learn about various aspects of online interactions. I wasn’t going to mention this day. UnSpace is about science. What was I thinking? As a child, computers were huge machines that took up rooms and…

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Science Links from Around the Web

I stalled yesterday trying to write another article on geoengineering to reduce global warming. There were two problems: I wanted to mention that the Martians attempted to “martiform” the Earth in H. G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds.” The origin of the word “terraform” is to give something the “likeness”…

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2nd Law of Thermodynamics Permits Evolution


Creationists repeatedly claim that the Second Law of Thermodynamics prohibits evolution. Buzz. Wrong. False. Incorrect. This claim has been around at least back to when I was in college, back when disco was popular. It was wrong then and it’s still wrong.

Pittsburgh’s Day of Giving

Pittsburgh Day of Giving October 3, 2013

Tomorrow, October 3, 2013 is Pittsburgh’s Day of Giving. This is the 5th year for the Day of Giving. As the PittsburghGives.Org website says, PittsburghGives is an initiative of The Pittsburgh Foundation.  The aim of this initiative is to: Increase the level of knowledge about nonprofits in our region Leverage or…

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Weather Wars

NASA Hangout: Ask a Climatologist

There’s an interesting exchange beginning at 41:08 on the YouTube video of the recording of the NASA Hangout: Ask A Climate Scientist on 30 September 2013. The video starts a few seconds before the 41:08 mark:

Water, Martian Dirt and Life

The water molecules absorbed by a hygroscopic salt are not called "The Solvation Army" They should be.

In a paper just released, “Mars soil contains a huge amount of water, reports NASA’s Curiosity rover.” (1) If you’re interested in making drinking water, check out this video: So Mars Has Water. Could We Drink It? Unfortunately, getting potable water out of the soil will be difficult, especially with…

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@realscientists Features David Schiffman This Week

@RealScientists David Schiffman

Every week, @RealScientists on Twitter has a “real scientist” talk about what they’re doing as a way of showing the public what “real scientists” do. This week features David Schiffman (@WhySharksMatter), “…a Ph.D. student at the Abess Center for Ecosystem Science and Policy at the University of Miami…“. David grew…

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Replacing the Space Shuttle

Space Shuttle Patch

On April 12, 1981, astronauts John Young and Robert Crippen took off in the Columbia space shuttle. Their flight was the first launch of the Space Transportation System (STS). Once in orbit, a look back at the Orbital Maneuvering System (OMS) (the two lumps below the fin on the back…

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I Was Wrong


Some chunk of my brain is convinced that if I and other science communicators can just do a good enough job of presenting the facts about Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW), everyone will come to understand the problem, we’ll fix it and stand around singing Nickelback’s “If Today Were Your Last…

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Forbes’ Embarrassing Op-Ed on Climate Change

I wasn’t looking to pick a fight. A link on Facebook pointed out the very good Forbes article on how “US Scientists Are Leaving The Country And Taking The Innovation Economy With Them”. But there was an advertisement for an opinion/editorial (op-ed) by Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson titled “The Palpable…

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