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Scot Rafkin
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Attended University of California, Los Angeles
Lived in Van Nuys, CA
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Driver education class tomorrow and all week. Gotta learn me how to command a nuclear powered Mars rover.
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I guess you won't be needing to learn how to signal to other drivers. :-)
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Now taking recommendations for restaurants in S.F. China Town. Any suggestions? I'm looking for good hole in the wall stuff, not fancy, touristy, avante garde, nouveau, fusion crap.
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Try House of Nanking!
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The faster than light neutrino saga continues:

http://blogs.nature.com/news/2011/11/neutrino_experiment_affirms_fa.html
Neutrino experiment affirms faster-than-light claim - November 18, 2011. It is a remarkable confirmation of a stunning result; but most physicists remain skeptical. That seems the most probable outcom...
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Going to be interesting to see how the Fermilab experiment turns out.
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A little shameless self-promotion:


Wednesday, November 2:
Dr. Scot Rafkin
(Southwest Research Institute)
Title: Rethinking the General Circulation of the Atmosphere of Mars

The paradigm for the general circulation of the Mars
atmosphere is of a slow, overturning Hadley Cell
with a seasonally-shifting rising branch that
follows peak insolation. The Hadley cell is often
cited as the dominant circulation responsible for
the transport of dust, water, energy, and mass,
although it has never been directly observed. Recent
observations, over a decade of numerical modeling
studies, and a glimpse back at Earth's circulation
suggest that the simplistic notion of a Mars Hadley
Cell is insufficient to describe the actual
circulations responsible for transport. The case for
a new paradigm--one dominated by strong, localized
vertical transport--is presented and is shown to be
consistent with observations.
http://lasp.colorado.edu/life/seminars.html

An encore presentation will be held December 14th in Oslo at the Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics.
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When will NATO authorize the use of drones and bombs on Oakland to protect the citizens from their government?
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Pizza, and I use the term loosely, Kiel Germany-Style. Yeah, that's broccoli and corn on an oily-globby doughball crust. If that doesn't make you happy, perhaps you could wash it down with some <a href=http://www.dw-world.de/popups/popup_imagegalleryimage/0,,2546450_gid_2546415_lang_2_page_2,00.html>sea weed wine</a>. Now that's some special stuff, especially if you like the taste of salty pond scum.
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At least they don't try to pass off the flamiche as pizza.
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My essay for Darwin Day on behalf of the National Atheist Party
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Scientists at the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder have constructed an instrument that they hope will help visions of humans on Mars grow from science fiction to something closer to reality.
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This is a rather polite version. I'd prefer bullshit.
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Great trip to France for planetary science conference. Talk went well. Back in Colorado for a day. Now back on the plane to Germany.
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DPSers...URGENT...The TGV is not running due to an attack on a conductor earlier today. Conductors are refusing to go back to work until additional safety measures are put in place. For now, all trains outbound from Nantes to Paris are cancelled. This could change, but you should look into alternate arrangements. Good luck!
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Chase severe weather on other planets
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  • Southwest Research Institute
    Program Director, 2003 - present
  • San Jose State University
    Professor, 1997 - 2003
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Van Nuys, CA - Sherman Oaks, CA - San Jose, CA - University Heights, OH - Short Hills, NJ - New York, NY - Fort Collins, CO - Lyons, CO
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Planetary weather dude and chicken rancher
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Planetary Meteorologist and Commander of the Solar System and Viceroy of Adjacent Territories.  Positive atheist and slayer of irrational thoughts and beliefs.  Occasional keyboardist with a day job.
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  • University of California, Los Angeles
    Atmospheric Science, 1985 - 1989
  • Colorado State University
    Atmospheric Science, 1989 - 1996
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Scot Randell