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Ken Ring

  • The Atmospheric Heat Engine

    It is not uncommon for physics to start off with a wrong premise and from that construct a wrong theory, leading itself deeper into the mire until a point is reached where there are more questions than answers. Rather than start again the science th...

    April 16, 3:50 pm
  • What some may not know about Easter

    Easter is the story of astrology and the stars, into which the story of Jesus was fitted, not the other way around. The Star of Jacob, also known as Spica (Alpha Virginis), is the luminary of the constellation Virgo. In the Syrian, Arabian and Persi...

    April 9, 2:37 pm
  • Christchurch is a water city like Venice

    Estimates vary as to how much the city floor has lowered, but it seems to be between 30cms and over a metre. It means that what were ancient waterways and escape routes to the sea for run-off water from the hills and plains will be so again and any ...

    March 6, 3:32 pm
  • El Nino this year? Probably not.

    In NZ, classic El Nino winter patterns are more anticyclones for the Tasman Sea and ridges of high pressure over central New Zealand. These result in more frequent southerlies over the North Island, with westerlies and southwesterlies over the South...

    February 28, 2:08 pm
  • Earthquakes perhaps not our main concern

    With each new year comes consternation about new disasters. Because of Christchurch three years ago the most obvious worry in NZ is possible earthquake risk. But since then the possibility of repeat events may have been overblown by media.Earthquake...

    January 31, 10:55 am
  • Global warmers glad to see the back of 2013

    It was the perfect Goon Show script. Scientists denying that ice in Antarctica was expanding got stuck in expanding ice. Global warmer researchers along with fanatical tourists, forever lecturing the world to reduce their carbon footprints, commissi...

    January 8, 8:50 pm
  • Teach your children well

    Compared to what there has already been in the past, there is no threat to the planet from burning fossil fuels, no pollution from CO2, no perceptibly rising sea-levels, no burning of the planet to a cinder in the next 25 billion years, no oil reser...

    December 11, 8:05 pm
  • Prepare for a hot summer

    Is there to be another summer drought? How about heat-waves? The answer is both a no and a yes. Overall, despite wet sausages at the Xmas BBQ, it may a summer that future historians will fondly think back upon.DecemberThis summer starts with a wet f...

    November 18, 9:09 pm
  • Plenty of oil

    Andarko’s deep sea drilling off the southeast of NZ has again brought out the debate about depletion of earth’s oil reserves. As ever, it is emotionally charged nonsense.If you put a tiny seed the size of a grain of rice in the ground and wait, it w...

    November 12, 12:49 pm
  • Looking after – the planet?

    Ranjendra Pachauri, Climate Science Head of the U.N. IPPC, announced in Australia in February this year that 'there has been no Global Warming for 17 years’. Now the same IPCC say global warming is currently accelerating faster than ever before and ...

    October 8, 10:51 am
  • Climate changers dancing in the streets

    Global warming is back on the table, back from the dead. After a long sleep the latest UN Report has splashed into media headlines about the dire planet-threatening catastrophe happening outside our windows, but which only a scientist with a special...

    September 30, 1:08 pm
  • White lies in winter

    Actually it’s official. The scare is over. The World Federation of Scientists, at its annual seminars on planetary emergencies, has been advised by its own climate monitoring panel that global warming is no longer a planetary emergency. But unless a...

    September 2, 2:05 pm
  • Pour yourself a beer for science

    Infinity is an idea rather than a number. It exists in the gaps between the numbers but is not part of numbering. Numbers are finite and the finite constitutes reality. Despite the vastness of the infinite the finite looms largest in our lives. And ...

    August 27, 1:56 pm
  • The Confusing Moon

    Many of us look up at the moon and wonder what it is doing. One minute it is here, next minute there, one day rising on one side of the house and later seemingly has jumped to the other side of the house. It appears to scoot along the horizon day af...

    August 15, 5:43 pm
  • Earth is Blue, not green

    The recent claim by NZ's Chief Science Adviser that "more extreme rainfall, more hot weather, stronger winds and longer droughts over coming decades will have potentially massive effects on oceans and marine life" shows a basic misunderstanding of m...

    August 9, 2:53 pm
  • Copernicus, please come back.

    Before Copernicus walked the earth in the 15th century, the idea was that the Earth was the centre of the universe and other heavenly bodies revolved around us. There could be little influence on Earth from other celestial spheres. Modern science ha...

    July 31, 10:31 am
  • The Big One

    Once there was Truth and science to discover it. You would not have seen truth and money in the same sentence. Now you will not see science without Money, and truth has to find its own way. Earthquakes were studied as they arose, and they came and w...

    July 26, 10:49 am
  • The Moon and the Cook Strait earthquakes

    Earthquakes are currently coming to central NZ because of the occurrence of the earthquake breeder: full moon + perigee + kingtide, all combining on 22 July. Added to that we have a Mars/Jupiter conjunction streaming through the Cook Strait, which i...

    July 22, 9:53 pm
  • Wondering where the warming went?

    Cameras mounted beneath satellites photograph the tops of clouds. We see the results nightly on TV weather forecasts. But the isobaric charts are only snapshots of what is happening now - there is no camera invented that can photograph something goi...

    July 9, 12:20 pm
  • Heatwaves and heavy snow

    Some think weather occurs at random, as if God spins a roulette wheel or throws an imaginary dice. Those who claim that weather is the function of chaos or bad luck may simply have not done enough study into the nature of cycles and the cycles of na...

    July 3, 4:21 pm

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