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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Un pulcino di Deltadromeus? 

Theropoda [2014-04-19 16:10:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (15 visits) info

Il Cenomaniano continentale del Marocco è noto per i suoi theropodi giganti. Spinosaurus (ed il suo potenziale sinonimo Sigilmassasaurus), Carcharodontosaurus, Deltadromeus (ed il suo potenziale sinonimo – per ora solo egiziano – Bahariasaurus), Sauroniops, sono tutti taxa con dimensioni adulte che si attestano nella categoria dei mega-theropodi. Resti isolati di abelisauridi indicano la

An Onshore Fuel Shortage in Nigeria? News [2014-04-17 13:55:55]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info

The Niger Delta is one of the best-producing oil patches on our planet but the people of Nigeria are often scrounging for

Qatar LNG Profits in Jeopardy? News [2014-04-08 13:50:27]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 visits) info

Although Qatar is currently the largest exporter of liquified natural gas in the world, its natural gas profits could be slashed as Australia, the United States, east African nations, Indonesia and several other countries enter or step into the LNG export business. If Qatar’s profits are threatened, what is going to happen to United States

Why Zebras Have Stripes News [2014-04-03 14:19:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info

“Why zebras have black and white stripes is a question that has intrigued scientists and spectators for centuries. [...] The scientists found that biting flies, including horseflies and tsetse flies, are the evolutionary driver for zebra stripes.” Quoted from the UC Davis press

Guest Blog: Iphakade and Earth Stewardship Science from Africa 

Geology for Global Development [2014-03-24 11:00:21]  recommend  recommend this post  (10 visits) info
Jane Robb is the EGU Educational Fellow and Director (Policy and Research) at She has also served on the GfGD Executive Committee since 2012, first as our Communications Officer and currently as University Group Resources Officer – helping to develop resources to equip our growing University Group network. Today she writes about her recent experiences in

Land Below Sea Level News [2014-03-16 13:22:11]  recommend  recommend this post  (33 visits) info
Did you know that there are seven distinct depressions on Earth that are over 100 meters below sea level, and twenty-three that are over 10 meters below sea level and ten more that are at least two meters below sea level? We have a google map that points to ten of these depressions and a

The Creation of Misinformation Regarding Science 

Earthly Musings [2014-03-11 19:06:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info

To my loyal blog readers, thank you for allowing me the time to recover from my most recent 30,000 mile jet trip to Africa and South America. That was a travel and blogging marathon, and I needed a few weeks to catch my literary (and literal) breath. I am now back in the saddle again.Science in modern society suffers a few ills, not the least of which is the production of misinformation that can be used to negate certain unwelcome results. From a personal perspective, I have seen the way [...]

South Africa Energy Report News [2014-03-09 13:26:07]  recommend  recommend this post  (26 visits) info

“South Africa has a large energy-intensive coal mining industry. The country has limited proved reserves of oil and natural gas and uses its large coal deposits to meet most of its energy needs. [...] South Africa also has a sophisticated synthetic fuels industry, producing gasoline and diesel fuels from coal-to-liquids and gas-to-liquids

MSNM V4047 è uno Spinosaurus aegyptiacus? 

Theropoda [2014-02-21 14:47:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info

In un recente post, Jaime Headden argomenta sull'eventualità che MSNM V4047 (il famoso rostro di spinosauride marocchino conservato al Museo di Storia Naturale di Milano), non appartenga alla specie Spinosaurus aegyptiacus. Headden propone una serie di argomenti, prettamente morfologici, per cui l'esemplare milanese sarebbe da considerare appartenente ad un taxon distinto da S. aegyptiacus,

850,000 year-old footprints found in Norfolk 

Geology in the West Country [2014-02-14 17:36:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 visits) info

The oldest human footprints ever found outside Africa, dated at between 850,000 and 950,000 years old, have been discovered on the storm-lashed beach at Happisburgh in Norfolk, one of the fastest eroding stretches of the British coast. Within a fortnight the sea tides that exposed the prints last May destroyed them, leaving only casts and 3D images made through photogrammetry – by stitching together hundreds of photographs – as evidence that a little group from a long-extinct early human [...]

Angola Oil and Gas Report News [2014-02-11 12:32:25]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info

“Angola is the second-largest oil producer in Sub-Saharan Africa, behind Nigeria. Angola has been the second-largest supplier of crude oil to China since 2005, behind Saudi Arabia. The United States, the European Union, and India are also major destinations for Angolan oil. U.S. imports of Angolan crude oil continue to decline because of increased U.S.

Congo Oil and Gas Report News [2014-02-09 13:28:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info

“Congo (Brazzaville) is among the top five oil producers in Sub-Saharan Africa. Oil production comes almost entirely from offshore oil fields. Congo exports almost all of its oil production, and the largest recipients are China and the European Union.” Quoted from the Energy Information Administration country analysis

Popular for January 2013 News [2014-02-02 13:13:16]  recommend  recommend this post  (8 visits) info

 Ordovician; US,KP,ZA
The Polar Vortex Hot Rock Under the Atlas Mountains Big Rare Earth Find in North Korea? Horizontal Well Density in the Utica Shale of Ohio Big Blue Diamond Found in South Africa Ice Quake in Wisconsin? Wow! The Best Snowflake Photos Why Was It So Cold Last

The University of the Witwatersrand: Wits, Witsies, and a Great Mining, Civil, and Social Tradition 

I think mining [2014-02-02 05:08:38]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info
The University of the Witwatersrand was  started as a mining school a hundred and more years ago.  Its greatest graduate was Nelson Mandela.  There have been many other graduates, including me.  None of us has changed & improved the human lot as much as Mandela did, but we have all tried to improve things to the best

Iguazu Falls, Brazil 

Earthly Musings [2014-01-30 14:02:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info

 Cretaceous; AR,BR,NI,,AU,US
It was a short flight from Buenos Aires to Iguazu and this would be our only one night stay. But we packed a lot into the short time we were here.Flying into the Brazilian side of the falls Into the jungle for a boat ride on the Iguazu River.The falls pour over Cretaceous-age basalt, erupted about 121 Ma and known as the Parana volcanics. These lavas are related to the rifting that occurred when the South Atlantic Ocean opened between Africa and South America. The polygons here are [...]

Conflict Minerals News [2014-01-26 12:24:28]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 visits) info

National Geographic has an article about “conflict minerals”. These are minerals that are mined or stolen for the purpose of supporting military operations, particularly in eastern

Forma, funzione ed ecologia di Spinosaurus 

Theropoda [2014-01-26 09:56:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (12 visits) info
Continua la serie di post sulla peculiare morfologia di Spinosaurus, non soltanto per il gusto di sfatare dei miti, ma sopratutto per far apprezzare a tutti la complessità di un organismo estinto, e la complessità dell'indagine paleontologica. Comprendere il perché si sia evoluto un theropode così particolare richiede l'inclusione di tutti i dettagli disponibili, sia morfologici che

The Anti-Gay Marriage Bill: The Unpleasant Answers 

The Failed Rift [2014-01-23 13:45:55]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info
President Goodluck Jonathan recently gave his assent to the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, 2013 [SSMPA] – which had been passed by the legislature as far back as November 2011. Continue reading

Big Blue Diamond Found in South Africa News [2014-01-23 12:54:41]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info

A blue diamond about the size of an acorn and weighing 29.6 carats has been discovered in South Africa by Petra

The Domes of Fabedougou 

Earthly Musings [2014-01-16 21:52:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info

We'll is is a new reality in blogging - the iPad app for Blogger allows me to construct blog posts without an internet connection. So as we are taking a 7-hour flight to Cape Town today, I am writing this text and adding photo's from yesterday's visit to Babo Diolausso, while listening to tunes on the iPod. I guess that makes me an iBlogger. A large overcast below as we enter Angolan airspace, and I just finished giving my second lecture, "Africa - Cradlepp of Human Evolution and Cape Town's [...] | Impressum