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This summer, Plants and Rocks has been preoccupied with a short series of articles for our local paper, the Laramie Boomerang, about Earth Science. Say what?! But why not?! Geology is rich with great stories that can be understood and enjoyed by [...]
In the wake of the appalling mass shootings last weekend, Neil DeGrasse Tyson (the pre-eminent scientist/communicator in the US) tweeted some facts that were, let’s just say, not well received (and for which he kind of apologised). At least one of [...]
In 1788, this magnificent specimen of a Megatherium sloth was sent to the Royal Cabinet of Natural History from the Viceroyalty of Rio de la Plata.
The megatheria were large terrestrial sloths belonging to the group, Xenarthra. These herbivores [...]
It was a delightful August day in northeastern Ohio with pleasant temperatures and thunderstorms that obligingly went around us. Nick Wiesenberg, our geology technician, and I were invited by Dr. Nigel Brush (Ashland University) and friends to [...]
We have a new group article out in the Royal Astronomical Society’s Astronomy and Physics journal. For the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing, working with our colleagues at the European Space Agency and NASA we look back to the Apollo … [...]
Our 2018 Annual Report highlights our achievements last year, how these link with our strategy, and presents an overview of our finances. We had many exciting opportunities in 2018 to influence the global sustainable development agenda and represent [...]
Is that a face in the crook of the tree?
The trail might well have been designed by gnomes, or maybe even menehune in the rainforest. The slats look uneven and hand-hewn but were sturdy, allowing us to avoid the numerous mud bogs in this, one of [...]
I’ve been on vacation for a couple of weeks, hence the radio silence here at SV-POW! after the flood of Supersaurus posts and Matt’s new paper on aberrant nerves in human legs. But the world has not stood still in my absence (how rude of it!) [...]
Jupiter remains in the evening sky, well placed for observing. Look low in the south at dusk for the brightest thing there. Saturn is also in the evening sky. Although it is not as bright as Jupiter, you can find it easily at some distance [...]
In July 2019 I recorded the highest monthly number of fatal landslides since I started to collect the data in 2012. In total, I recorded 100 fatal landslides
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