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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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It’s life, Charlie, but not as we know it – Charles Darwin and the search of early (Extraterrestrial) Life 

History of Geology [2014-04-24 19:00:38]  recommend  recommend this post  (9 visits) info

In August 1881 the journal “Science” published an article with a letter exchange by two amateur geologist – British Charles R. Darwin and the German Otto Hahn- discussing the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Just some years earlier Darwin had published a book “On Origin of Species” proposing that complex life forms descended slowly over time

'Earth Dramas' Back Pages 

earth-literally [2014-04-23 15:44:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info

In April 2014 I published a book entitled ‘Earth Dramas: Ancient Mysteries and Modern Controversies’ on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), which takes advantage of the worldwide reach of Amazon. The author sets the price of a Kindle download, and for those without Kindles, an app is available to download free so that Kindle e-books can be read on other platforms, including smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers, including my beloved iMac. I set the price as low as permitted [...]

Arthur James Boucot Research Grants 

WeBlog Aragosaurus [2014-04-21 16:57:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (11 visits) info

 Devonian,Silurian,Ordovician; US
The Paleontological Society is pleased to announce the Arthur James Boucot Research Grants to support early career paleontologists in the fields of morphology, taxonomy, and biostratigraphy, working on any taxa. Arthur James Boucot Research Grants support original research via payments to postdoctoral students, assistant professors (pre-tenure), and other early career paleontologists, with the possible exception of an occasional individual deemed to be unusually qualified. Paleontologists must [...]

Sauroposeidon in 3D 

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week [2014-04-18 22:44:18]  recommend  recommend this post  (15 visits) info

I was in Oklahoma and Texas last week, seeing Sauroposeidon, Paluxysaurus, Astrophocaudia, and Alamosaurus, at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, the Shuler Museum of Paleontology at SMU, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, respectively. I have a ton of interesting things from that trip that

Science snap (#23): Pacaya Volcano 

Between a Rock and a Hard Place [2014-04-17 22:43:58]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 visits) info

Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala, is almost continuously erupting, making it one of Guatemala’s most active volcanoes and a popular tourist destination. The volcano last erupted on March 2, 2014, shown in the image here taken by the MODIS instrument on the Terra satellite. Although the volcano has been kicking off since January, in March Pacaya erupted

Earth Science Week April Newsletter News [2014-04-17 13:54:12]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info
The monthly newsletter for Earth Science Week is available. Don’t wait until fall to prepare for Earth Science Week 2014 (October

A total eclipse over Houston: What color was last night’s ‘blood Moon’? 

BEYONDbones [2014-04-15 18:24:31]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info

I hope you saw the eclipse last night and didn’t lose too much sleep. The weather was perfect and the Moon performed as predicted. The press excitedly dubbed it a ‘blood Moon,’ but we didn’t know what color the Moon … Continue reading

A look back on the Bingham Canyon Mine Landslide 

Utah Geological Survey - blog [2014-04-14 23:03:42]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info

 US This date in science: Landslide at Bingham Canyon Mine April 10, 2013. On this date – a year ago today – a towering wall of dirt and rocks gave way and crashed down the side of Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah. The landslide was to be one of the largest non-volcanic landslides in the

Taxidermy photobombs of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History 

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week [2014-04-09 07:52:20]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info

Visiting relatives in Texas, just like last spring. Very distant relatives. And this happened: Here’s the culprit, with his sidekicks Monorail Badger, Trashbag Tortoise, and Kas-Tor, Last Beaver of Krypton. A disreputable bunch. The victim. Some call him the Winter Cervical. He was fast, strong–and he had a metal arm…ature. Meanwhile, in the

What’s on our calendar? Conferences of interest. 

Watershed Hydrogeology Blog [2014-04-03 16:26:28]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info

We’re tantalized by many upcoming opportunities to talk science with other folks interested in hydrology, geomorphology, and human-impacted systems. The 3rd Annual Amtrak Club of mid-Atlantic geomorphologists will be meeting at May 16-17th at Lehigh University. We’re not mid-Atlantic, but as residents of the Appalachian plateau we can find common

People power 

GeoLog-The official blog of the European Geosciences Union [2014-04-02 13:00:01]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info

Seismic monitoring is critical in earthquake-prone areas such as Nepal, but limited resources mean limited monitoring. EGU Science Journalism Fellowship awardee Kate Ravilious reports back on how scientists are using social media to fill the gap.  Data gathering needn’t always involve expensive instruments or exotic fieldtrips. Here in resource strapped Nepal, seismologists are tapping into

Scientists must use more jargon for public to appreciate science, study shows 

The Plainspoken Scientist [2014-04-01 15:17:32]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info
Most of the public is turned off by scientists’ overly accessible and personalized descriptions of their work, new research

The Fire Research Institute, more than three decades of Fire Science 

G-Soil [2014-03-29 13:50:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info

Jason Greenlee The Fire Research Institute (FRI) was founded in 1983 as a non-profit organization with the lofty goal of promoting world peace through fire science. The concept was stolen from Richard Nixon, who, you will remember, opened up relations between the US and China by sending a ping-pong team to visit China. I

STEM & GEMS: Insects and plants fascinate “bug nerd” Lauren Williamson 

BEYONDbones [2014-03-28 22:35:47]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info

Editor’s Note: As part of our annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) program we conduct interviews with women who have pursued careers in science, technology, engineering, or math. This week, we’re featuring Lauren Williamson, Entomologist in the Cockrell Butterfly … Continue reading

‘An amazing and portentous summer..’ 

volcanicdegassing [2014-03-24 11:28:22]  recommend  recommend this post  (1 visit) info

Book review: Island on Fire, Alexandra Witze and Jeff Kanipe In Island on Fire, Alexandra Witze and Jeff Kanipe take the reader on a dramatic tour of volcanic eruptions, death and destruction. At its heart is the story of the great 1783-1784 Laki fissure eruption, one of the most significant historical eruptions of Iceland, which

Private Funding for Science? News [2014-03-23 12:30:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info
An article in the New York Times explores how billionaire supporters are funding many types of

Sustainability Management Alum Works to Bring Electric Vehicles to NYC 

State of the Planet [2014-03-19 18:17:39]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info

Master of Science in Sustainability Management alumnus Stephen Marlin ('12) has always been a “car guy.” Now, as the Senior Business Development Manager in the East Region for BYD Motors, he works to bring electric vehicles into New York City livery services. He credits the MSSM program’s integrated approach to sustainability with allowing him to better understand his partners and turn obstacles into

Growth of the Kameni Islands Volcano, Santorini, Greece 

volcanicdegassing [2014-03-18 10:49:41]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info

A new paper, published in the journal GeoResJ, reveals the intricate details of the volcanic Kameni islands that lie in the flooded caldera of Santorini, Greece. The Kameni islands started growing shortly after the explosive eruption that formed much of the present day caldera. For the past 3500 years or so these islands have grown

First Move, Copernicus 

About Geology [2014-03-15 00:25:14]  recommend  recommend this post  (11 visits) info
Nowadays, all of us who are taught the history of science learn that Nicolaus Copernicus, in 1543, put the sun at the universe's center and demoted Earth into just another ...Read Full

Mount Tsukuba 

Lounge of the Lab Lemming [2014-03-13 14:15:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info

Tsukuba is a science and technology town, built by the Japanese Government in the 1960’s.  It features a number of research campuses, a university, and a satellite assembly facility.  Like many places built in the 60’s, it is not particularly culturally striking in the architecture department, and in fact it is ignored entirely by many tourists guidebooks that focus on Japanese | Impressum