Tracking science with hockey, in praise of the curmudgeon, the day in guns, why engineers rock, and when Ricky Rubio isn't happy.
For the few people who still need proof the planet is warming, NASA is complying today.
In a strongly worded release announcing 2012 was the ninth-warmest year on record on terra firma, NASA said one year doesn't mean much, but the the continuing warming of the planet is now a sure thing.
Scientists emphasize that weather patterns cause fluctuations in average temperatures from year to year, but the continued increase in greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere assures that there will be a long-term rise in global temperatures. Each individual year will not necessarily be warmer than the previous year, but scientists expect each decade to be warmer than the previous decade.
"One more year of numbers isn't in itself significant," GISS climatologist Gavin Schmidt said. "What matters is this decade is warmer than the last decade, and that decade was warmer than the decade before. The planet is warming. The reason it's warming is because we are pumping increasing amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere."6 Comments)
It was probably great for the Minnesota "brand" that CBS waited until today -- when the cold wave hit the East Coast -- to run a national piece on last week's pond hockey tournament in Minneapolis, thus reinforcing the myth that we don't even notice such trivial things as subzero temperatures.
Leave it to the vastly overrated Gayle King to somehow relate pond hockey to grown men going to a Bruce Sprinsteen concert.(3 Comments)
The polling firm, Public Policy Polling, is out with a new poll, saying if same-sex marriage were on next year's ballot, "it would probably pass."
The poll says 47 think same-sex marriage should be legalized, 45% think it should be illegal.
Although that's a narrow margin, the rapid movement in public opinion in favor of gay marriage over the last few years suggests that 22 months from now it would probably pass by a broader margin. Whether it's next year or not, the generational breakdown on our numbers makes it clear the direction things are going in- voters under 45 support gay marriage by a 53/38 margin. It's just 36/54 opposition among seniors dragging down its overall support.
When civil unions are introduced into the discussion 75% of voters support some form of legal recognition for gay couples to only 23% who are completely opposed to it. Even among Republican voters 56% at least support civil unions.
In November, the percentage of people voting against banning same-sex marriage in the Constitution was 51-to-47.5 percent, possibly indicating that about 4% of the people voting against the amendment in November weren't necessarily voting for same-sex marriage to be legalized.
Here's the full poll. There were several other issues in the poll, including a finding that 54 percent Minnesota Republicans think President Obama should be impeached.(5 Comments)
If summer is so great around here, where are all the videos of the cool science experiments you can do with it?
Winter? Every day is another classroom of things you can do with the cold.
Like freeze T-shirts...
Anyone who's forgotten to turn the dryer on after putting wet clothes from the washer into it on a cold day can end up with the same result, just not in 4 minutes.
Speaking of the cold, photographs like this of a Chicago warehouse on the morning after a huge fire made the rounds yesterday.
The amazing thing? Firefighters had to go back today because the fire started up again.
It was the battle of the perceived business-friendly state vs. the perceived business-unfriendly state today. And the business unfriendly state won.
Pinnacle Airlines, the corporate head of a group of smaller airlines that fly regional flights for big airlines, announced today it's moving its headquarters from Memphis to Minnesota.
Pinnacle is coming out of bankruptcy.
"We had the responsibility to explore every aspect of our business to find opportunities to reduce costs, including evaluating our property leases, to find the most economical options for Pinnacle," said John Spanjers, president and CEO of Pinnacle Airlines said in the press release. "Our analysis covered everything from the available labor pool and operational alignment to economic incentives. Both Memphis and the State of Minnesota presented very strong cases. In the end, it was an economic decision."
It makes sense. There are many more flights out of MSP than Memphis. Various analysts have suggested Delta is in the process of getting rid of its Memphis hub.
That's got to hurt a state like Tennessee, named last year as the fourth-best state for business. Minnesota finished 36th on that list.
The announcement today comes a little more than a year after Pinnacle moved Mesaba Airlines' headquarters from Minneapolis to Memphis.(0 Comments)
Sen. Kerry's confirmation, why free speech is being restricted at the Super Bowl, has the flu season peaked, Rhode Island votes on same-sex marriage, and why the cool people dig winter.
Here's today's news conversation with Mary Lucia at The Current.(1 Comments)