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January 2017

Doomsday clock advances in response to Trump's statements

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which operates a symbolic Doomsday clock, today moved its minute hand a half-minute closer to the final hour.  It had been at three minutes before the hour; now it is at two-and-a-half minutes before the hour.  In a New York Times op-ed article, two scientists involved in the decision commented, "Never before has the Bulletin decided to advance the clock largely because of the statements of a single person.  But when that person is the new president of the United States, his words matter." 

Images from GOES-16 satellite

NOAA Full disk image 1.15.17The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today released a beautiful new set of images of Earth, culled from its GOES-16 satellite. Although the images are gorgeous, the real achievement of GOES-16 satellite is its sophisticated forecasting, enabling scientist to better predict severe weather on Earth.