The Name Game: Gender Bias and Perceived Hurricane Threat
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The Name Game: Gender Bias and Perceived Hurricane Threat

In early June, researchers from University of Illinois announced that their survey of public response to hurricanes showed a clear gender bias. People perceived male-named storms to be more threatening. What’s more, they said that, inexplicably, female-named storms had in fact been more deadly. Their claims gained traction quickly in the media, but closer inspection suggested the bandwagon may have led the parade … Continue reading

Do Ambidexterity and Bravery Go Hand in Hand?
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Do Ambidexterity and Bravery Go Hand in Hand?

Fish that use both sides of their brain to analyze information are either braver than “one-sided” analyzers, or they’re just slower at reacting to fearful cues. That’s the conclusion of two Australian researchers, who are studying the relationship between personality and the way an animal uses its brain. Like people, who tend to be right … Continue reading

Can We Engineer our Climate? Should We?
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Can We Engineer our Climate? Should We?

Should we or shouldn’t we put mirrors in space, inject aerosols into the stratosphere, create clouds over the ocean or dump iron it? All of these things have been proposed as possible methods of combating rising global temperatures. They’re ideas that scientists, ethicists and policy makers are beginning to take seriously—for better or worse. Geoengineering, … Continue reading

Sea Level Rise Will Lead to More Storm Damage With or Without Stronger Hurricanes
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Sea Level Rise Will Lead to More Storm Damage With or Without Stronger Hurricanes

The rising voices of concern over increasing intensity of tropical cyclones may be drowning out an even more insidious threat from climate change—sea-level rise. Extreme events serve up obvious evidence for the impacts of a warming ocean. Storms such as typhoon Haiyan which devastated the Phillipines in November with record winds and storm surges exceeding … Continue reading

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AMS Fights Attempted Highjacking of their Message

Thanksgiving week: Just as the American Meteorological Society (AMS) was preparing to release the results of a survey of member views on global warming, the politically motivated Heartland Institute donned the AMS cloak and sent out a press release of their own. That wouldn’t have been so surprising if they hadn’t included the AMS logo in their … Continue reading

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Dead Men Get More Donations

When a natural disaster devastates a community, the assistance they receive in donations doesn’t reflect how many survivors need help. Instead, it’s a matter of how many people died. Humanitarian relief data for natural disasters occurring between 2000 and 2010 show that money is given disproportionately toward the natural disasters with the most deaths, instead … Continue reading