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Coldest Spot On Planet Earth Identified 182

Posted by Soulskill
from the bring-a-jacket dept.
Thorfinn.au sends this news from NASA: "What is the coldest place on Earth? It is a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures in several hollows can dip below minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 92 degrees Celsius) on a clear winter night. Scientists made the discovery while analyzing the most detailed global surface temperature maps to date, developed with data from remote sensing satellites including the new Landsat 8, a joint project of NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo., joined a team of researchers reporting the findings Monday at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. Researchers analyzed 32 years' worth of data from several satellite instruments. They found temperatures plummeted to record lows dozens of times in clusters of pockets near a high ridge between Dome Argus and Dome Fuji, two summits on the ice sheet known as the East Antarctic Plateau. The new record of minus 93.2 C was set Aug. 10, 2010."

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Coldest Spot On Planet Earth Identified

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  • by Ralph Spoilsport (673134) on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @03:34PM (#45653579) Journal
    Considering CO2 freezes at -78C... Yikes. That's cold...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @03:50PM (#45653787)

    Pretty sure we've made colder temperatures in labs...

  • Re:Epic Fail. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @04:16PM (#45654055)

    Yet disproportionate number of UI recipients find jobs within 1 month prior or after their benefits end date.

    What exactly is a "disproportionate" number, and why is it disproportionate? Please, hard facts only, and none of this "well, just look at the number. It's obvious they were just sitting on their asses."

    After all, "40% of all 'sick' days are taken on either a Monday or a Friday" sure looks like proof of sick day abuse. But once you realize that there are 5 working days in a week, and 2/5 == 40%, it actually makes perfect sense that, on average, 40% of all sick days will be taken on either a Monday or a Friday.

  • Re:Epic Fail. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by tchdab1 (164848) on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @04:31PM (#45654233) Homepage

    I wonder how Switzerland's guaranteed minimum income initiative is working out? Is everyone quitting their jobs to live in minimal-standards misery?

  • by tlhIngan (30335) <slashdot@wor f . n et> on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @04:34PM (#45654269)

    No slashdot article can be complete until the remark about how much colder that place was before AGW kicked in.

    Actually, it could be *warmer* before AGW.

    AGW has an annoying effect of moving weather away from moderation to extremes. So the cold gets colder, the warms get hotter, the temperate drier or wetter (droughts/floods), etc.

    That's the main effects of climate change - the weather starts hitting the extremes. You get drought, followed by extensive flooding, followed by drought, etc. Summers get hotter still, winters get even colder.

  • Re:Epic Fail. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by 140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @04:36PM (#45654285) Journal
    We have been systematically funneling money away from people who would spend 90% to 100% of their income (the poor) towards the ones who would save/invest 90% to 99% of their income (the rich). We tax physical labor more (earned income tax) and treat investment income (dividend, capital gains) leniently. This has been going on for 30 years. Under the guises of Supply-side economics, trickle down theory or Reganomics. The result is capital markets are sloshing with excess investment. Companies are sitting on 2 trillion dollars of cash not knowing what to do or where to invest.

    The solution is to pay attention to Demand-side economics, where we stop coddling the rich (the self proclaimed job creators) and tax them. If you believe in free markets, you should know that if this captialist won't create the job another capitalist will come along and create that job. They keep telling labor, "If A does not do the job, B will. No one is indispensable". Same thing is true for them too. If A is not willing to invest when there is a job to be done, B will. No single capitalist is indispensable. We have excess capital, and lack of demand. Create demand, jobs will follow.

    Of course, all it takes is a few well placed media stories about "gun control" or "gay agenda" or "baby murders" and all the people who actually would stand to gain, gain a lot in fact, would vote against their own best economic interests.

  • Re:Epic Fail. (Score:3, Insightful)

    by seven of five (578993) on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @05:12PM (#45654717) Homepage
    The only cure for ignorance is education. Therefore, I recommend you find out first hand what it's like to be laid off and hunt for a job for months on end before passing judgement on others.
  • Re:Epic Fail. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by 140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) on Tuesday December 10, 2013 @05:32PM (#45654955) Journal
    Someday you would realize, your job is created by the people consuming the product you make. If this particular investor did not create your job, some other investor would. That is the free market theory. No particular employee, including you is indispensable. No particular employer, including me, is indispensable. There is excess capital right now in the world financial market. They don't know what do with or where to invest. They chase the latest fad and create booms, bursts and bubbles. There is no one willing to borrow my money. They are offering me 2% or less for 2 year bonds. Supply side has run its course. Creating more incentives for investments would be very counter productive. There was a time, when we needed to encourage investments, may be 30 or 40 years ago. But right now we need to stop coddling the investors and job creators and fund the consumers, the demand siders to create long term prosperity.

    I have tons of investments, not quite 1 percenter but quite high and getting there. And real long term viability of my investments, not next quarter or year or even decade depends on not screwing the economic base of this country.

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