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I can has syuns? Jul. 17th, 2008 02:08 pm
"At the time of the anoxic event, the average temperature was nearly twice that of today, researchers say."

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7510541.stm

600 Kelvin seems a bit warm to me, to be honest...

From: valkyriekaren
Date: July 17th, 2008 - 01:19 pm (Link)
Pedant! They mean the average temperature of the sea, as is fairly obvious from the context.
From: wechsler
Date: July 17th, 2008 - 01:34 pm (Link)
That wasn't what I was referring to. You can't "double" temperatures in anything except Kelvin and expect to mean anything by it.
From: valkyriekaren
Date: July 17th, 2008 - 01:37 pm (Link)
I did not know that. I suppose it stands to reason, since it's a scale and not a direct measure (hence why they're called 'degrees', I guess), but it hadn't occurred to me that 20C wasn't twice as hot as 10C.
From: zotz
Date: July 17th, 2008 - 03:05 pm (Link)
Well, indeed. Another thing that gripes me is quantities being reported as twice as low as something else . . . in fact, the way comparisons are reported generally is pretty poor.
From: wechsler
Date: July 17th, 2008 - 03:08 pm (Link)
It now says:

"At the time of the anoxic event, the average temperature were higher than those of today, researchers say. "

They was, were they?
From: zotz
Date: July 17th, 2008 - 03:17 pm (Link)
Cue head/desk interface event.