SUNDAY NIGHT: Steadier, heavier snow - roads getting slippery. Low: 10
* So far this winter 52.4" snow has fallen on the Twin Cities. To put that into perspective, that's more snow than fell every single winter since 2003-2004, when 66" fell. See 120 years of snowfall totals for MSP here, data courtesy of the MN State Climate Office.
- Average Number of TVs per U.S. Household: 2.5
- Percentage of Americans with 4 or more TVs: 31%
- Number of Mobile Phone Users (13+): 228M (!)
- Percentage of U.S. Mobile Subscribers with Smartphones: 31%
- Number of mobile phone web users: 83.2M
Stuxnet. Using "Worms" As Geopolitical Weapons. Click here to read a fascinating New York Times article about how a computer "worm" (virus) planted by a variety of (U.S. friendly) nations and corporations may have set Iran's nuclear ambitions back by several years. An excerpt: "The Dimona complex in the Negev desert is famous as the heavily guarded heart of Israel’s never-acknowledged nuclear arms program, where neat rows of factories make atomic fuel for the arsenal. Over the past two years, according to intelligence and military experts familiar with its operations, Dimona has taken on a new, equally secret role — as a critical testing ground in a joint American and Israeli effort to undermine Iran’s efforts to make a bomb of its own. Behind Dimona’s barbed wire, the experts say, Israel has spun nuclear centrifuges virtually identical to Iran’s at Natanz, where Iranian scientists are struggling to enrich uranium. They say Dimona tested the effectiveness of the Stuxnet computer worm, a destructive program that appears to have wiped out roughly a fifth of Iran’s nuclear centrifuges and helped delay, though not destroy, Tehran’s ability to make its first nuclear arms."
Here's a timely story from the Edmonton Journal: "Historian Erik Conway did two things this week that might seem counterintuitive, if not downright odd. He voluntarily left the warmth of Pasadena, Calif., where he works at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to come to Edmonton during the middle of a bitter cold snap. And while here, as thousands of Edmontonians coaxed their cars to life for the frigid commute home through snow-choked roads, Conway entered a lecture hall at the University of Alberta to present a lecture on global warming. Conway understands, as do climate scientists around the world, that a cold snap in Edmonton does not negate the science of global warming that takes into account the worldwide climate over a span of a century and a half. But he also understand how it's simple human nature for each of us to focus on the evidence under our noses -- and in Edmonton on Thursday that evidence included frozen cars, ice scrapers and frost nip. Just thinking of global warming seemed counterintuitive. For people with a shaky notion of climate change, frigid days like this probably raise doubt. That doubt is exploited by those who deny the science of climate change, (people such as U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe whose family built an igloo during the blizzard in Washington, D.C., last year and sarcastically labelled it "Al Gore's New Home").