Archive for the “General News” Category

If they missed this one, what else don’t they understand? More on that in a minute. The NYTimes reports that last week the head of a major radio company [CBS] felt compelled to instruct its programmers to start identifying more of the songs played on the air, by title and artist name.

New Orleans is basically in a bathtub, with the mighty Mississippi on one side, and Lake Pontchartrain on the other (click on the image for the blow-up): Which helps explain why things got so bad after Hurricane Katrina.

This guy must have attended the Tony Hayward school of PR. J. Wayne Leonard (aka “Melt Down” Leonard), CEO of Entergy, flamed out big-time at a recent investor meeting. As the NYPost put it: The clueless CEO in charge of the upstate Indian Point nuclear plant had a stunning meltdown in judgment when he kicked […]

Duh. A NASA probe orbiting Earth has confirmed two key predictions of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which describes how gravity causes masses to warp space-time around them.

A quick post to readers to look in the header for our new specialty blog area, WaterMatters at EnvironmentMemo. There we’ll delve into any and all things water. The inaugural post might raise some eyebrows, if not some hackles, so please give it a read! All feedback is welcome!

The big news all over is that iPhones are storing tracking information, basically forever. One question, implied in the interesting Gizmodo article about this is Why Is Apple Tracking You?: Until Apple stops doing this, or explains why they are doing it, I don’t feel safe.

Woah, here’s what it sounded like using a hydrophone near the Alaskan Aleutian Islands:

EPA has a radiation monitoring system, Radnet. Monitors are located as shown on their map: Updates on Radnet results are summarized here by EPA; for example, yesterday they wrote

There’s smoke emanating from one of the reactors in Japan. The smoke will show which way the wind is blowing and which way the radioisotopes are heading, so they won’t need a weather vane to know which way the wind blows. There’s fire too, probably, which does not augur well for getting things under control […]