Sign of the times No. 1: Texas Tech University is offering the first U.S. PhD in wind science and engineering.

Sign of the times No. 2: Fate of the world video games predict that global warming will send the world to hell in a hand basket in the next century. It's based on climate models developed by Myles Allen, who heads the University of Oxford's climate dynamics group.

Sign of the times No. 3: The US is suing BP for the Gulf oil spill.

The defendants named in the lawsuit include:

  • BP Exploration and Production Inc.;
  • Anadarko Exploration & Production LP;
  • Anadarko Petroleum Corporation;
  • MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC;
  • Triton Asset Leasing GMBH;
  • Transocean Holdings LLC;
  • Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling Inc.;
  • Transocean Deepwater Inc.; and

QBE Underwriting Ltd./Lloyd's Syndicate 1036.

In the complaint, the United States alleges violations of federal safety and operational regulations, including:

  • Failure to take necessary precautions to secure the Macondo Well prior to the April 20th explosion;
  • Failure to utilize the safest drilling technology to monitor the well's condition;
  • Failure to maintain continuous surveillance of the well; and
  • Failure to utilize and maintain equipment and materials that were available and necessary to ensure the safety and protection of personnel, property, natural resources, and the environment.

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