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Has global warming taken a holiday?

September 22nd, 2014 : 07:45 AM

By Richard Allan Observations covering the past few decades have shown a decline in the rate at which the Earth’s surface has been warming (see Figure 1). Yet recent research involving the University of Reading, the Met Office and NASA shows that if anything the Earth is gaining heat at an increasing rate. How can […]

The wider legacy of Sir Robert Watson-Watt

September 15th, 2014 : 10:23 AM

By Chris Scott While lecturing in Dundee recently, I took the opportunity of visiting Pitlochry to pay my respects (Figure 1) to Sir Robert Watson-Watt, the inventor of RADAR recently profiled in the BBC drama ‘Castles in the Sky’. While RADAR is the invention for which Watson-Watt was subsequently knighted, the research from which it […]

Not all Atlantic waves are good for surfing …

September 8th, 2014 : 07:45 AM

By Simon Rowell We’re now well into the North Atlantic Hurricane Season (generally taken from 1 June to 30 November each year, with the busiest months usually August and September). When a tropical depression gets named it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a hurricane (Beaufort Force 12 or above, 64 knots / 33 metres per second or more), […]

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