Reading Around the Internet: November 24, 2014


The Ebola Diaries, which I’ve mentioned before, has a very insightful story up titled “Ebola and the Aid Industrial Complex.” The article describes one aid worker’s experiences in Liberia, the country that, arguably, has been hit the hardest by the disease. Take a look — it’s worth the read. By the way, Ebola Diaries has a Facebook page. If you’re interested in coverage of this, you might want to like it and get updates in your newsfeed.

Earthquakes in Oklahoma

Oklahoma continues to have more than its share of earthquakes: There have been 4,600 earthquakes this year so far. See the coverage here.

Planning for an Asteroid Hit

Yes, asteroids do hit Earth, and someday we may be hit by a very large one. So, scientists have been working creating an asteroid warning system. There’s an interesting article here. It’s difficult because scientists have to finds ways of not only locating objects in space moving toward us, but they also have to track them through debris fields, various gravitation fields, etc. All in all, its sounds both complicated and fascinating.

Sun’s Magnetic Field and Earth’s Weather

There’s a very informative and interesting story at Scientific American. Looking specifically at the number of lightning strikes when the Sun’s magnetic field is pointed away from the Earth, scientists have found that the occurrence of lightning increases. The theory is that the Sun’s magnetic field is affecting Earth’s magnetic field. Cosmic rays, apparently, can cause lightning and when the Earth’s magnetic field is stretched or skewed in some manner because of the Sun’s, scientists believe we see a higher incidence of lightning.