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Saturday, 19 July 2014

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Summer of Penguins 

March of the Fossil Penguins [2014-07-19 05:00:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (20 visits) info

Things have been quite at March of the Fossil Penguins lately, in large part because I have busy moving north.  This summer, I started my tenure as the Curator of Science for the Bruce Museum. Now that things are settling down, there are some new posts on the horizon.  For the summer, I am planning

Science snap (#30): Aust Cliff, Gloucestershire 

Between a Rock and a Hard Place [2014-07-17 08:00:20]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info

One of the most fascinating things about geology is its ability to reveal global events from evidence contained within a single outcrop. The cliff exposure at Aust in Gloucestershire, UK, is a spectacularly colourful example of this. Located beneath the original Severn Bridge, and running alongside the Severn Estuary, the 40m tall rock face records

Advice to high school senior 

Seismos [2014-07-14 00:25:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (40 visits) info

Jul 13, 2014, at 1:55 PMHello,My name is Ross [----] and I will be a senior at [----] High school in Missouri this year. I am considering either geology or geophysics as a major for college. I am specifically looking for guidance regarding the future job outlook for both of these careers in the next 20 years. I am also considering majoring in petroleum engineering and need some insight about the advantages and disadvantages concerning this career compared to geology/geophysics. Also, [...]

Really, again? You’ve got to be fucking kidding me! 

The Bite Stuff [2014-07-10 23:08:36]  recommend  recommend this post  (20 visits) info
I honestly don’t think I can write any more on how bad Alan Feduccia’s “science” is on the subject of bird origins than I already have, here. Briefly, Dr. Alan Feduccia has teamed up with earstwhile companion in quackery Stephen … Continue reading

Serving Two Masters: Science and Profession 

earth-literally [2014-07-07 10:48:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info
It was with slight embarrassment that I read of the Geological Society of London’s successful drive to increase take-up of chartership and accreditation among its Fellows (Geoscientist, 23/11, p.7). It is unambiguously a good thing, in my view, for practitioners of geoscience to be certified according to rigorous professional standards. Then why have I, along with many others in the academic community, resisted applying for chartership despite having spent 40 years since graduation [...]

Stuck in the Pleistocene: The science of the La Brea tarpits 

The Contemplative Mammoth [2014-06-30 22:19:48]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info

 Quaternary; EC,US,GB
As a scientist, there are places I want to visit one day because they feature heavily into the intellectual mythology of my field: Darwin’s Down House, Mount Chimborazo, the Galapagos. At the top of the list, my scientific Mecca has been the fossil-rich Pleistocene tar pits at Rancho La Brea.

Recent Roadwork at the Intersection of Science and Art 

Evolutionary Routes [2014-06-28 02:35:20]  recommend  recommend this post  (30 visits) info
It seems it’s been eons since my last post to Evolutionary Routes; the blog was well on its way to becoming a great case study in fossilization. In light of my insomnolent work schedule these days (on which I blame my tardy … Continue reading

A Welcome To Summer Staff! 

Daily Fossil [2014-06-27 18:27:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info

There are some new and familiar faces among the summer staff this season!Returning to work as our field technicians are Eric Blaich and Aaron Kilmury. Each with a year of Field Tech experience under their belts, they have been a massive help in training new staff and volunteers and giving insight into new displays and exhibits.New to the field tech team are Candace Le Sage and myself, Paige Ready. Candace is in her third year of studies in Geology and Anthropology at University of Manitoba. She [...]

A day’s work in the Natural History Museum, London 

Wooster Geologists [2014-06-23 21:32:55]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info

LONDON, ENGLAND — This is one of my favorite places in the world. It is a Victorian cathedral of science: The Natural History Museum in London. Today I began three intense days of research with Paul Taylor in his paleontology lab. Here is my lab station. Today I did the most alpha level of alpha

Is it your duty to communicate your science? 

Geology Jenga [2014-06-19 19:07:43]  recommend  recommend this post  (12 visits) info
Hello everyone! Gosh! It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged, I apologise! I am in the deepest, darkest hole that is called thesis writing. To make matters worse, the post today isn’t even my own! Having said that, it is a a fantastic guest post  by Ekbal Hussain. on why scientist SHOULD communicate the

How Did the Grand Canyon Happen? It's a Mystery, a Delightful Mystery! 

Geotripper [2014-06-19 04:36:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (32 visits) info

And that's something that I really love about science and geology: the acknowledgement that there are things we don't know...yet. No matter how ingenious our technology becomes, no matter how much data we collect, there will always be new things to discover, and each week research reveals something new about our Universe that no one has ever known before. And that's the fun of exploring a

Earth From Space - An Incredible PBS Production About the Importance of Satellites in Understanding Our Planet 

Earthly Musings [2014-06-17 22:33:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info

John G. forwarded a link to me about a PBS special on NOVA called Earth From Space. I watched it and was very impressed! Even at 1 hour and 53 minutes, the information contained in this video is remarkable. I found it interesting that funding for NOVA is provided by David Koch. Koch would seem to be a man bent on supporting those who routinely deny the importance of science in our political institutions. I'm still scratching my head on that one.In this video you will understand why funding for [...]

Remarking on a blackened eye 

EXPEDITION LIVE! [2014-06-11 20:27:14]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info

One of the most infamous fistfights in the history of science went down on May 5, 1888, at Philadelphia’s Philosophical Hall, just as a meeting of the American Philosophical Society was getting underway. The two combatants were dear friends. Hot-headed paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope was scheduled to give a formal presentation on fossil ear bones.

Send us a postcard from the field 

The Plainspoken Scientist [2014-06-11 18:30:56]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info
It’s exciting and eye-opening to see where people do fieldwork and what questions they’re asking--it introducesothers to the fun, majesty, grubbiness, hardship, and wonder of studying science. That’s why we’d like you to share your work, and your field locations, with us by submitting a Postcard from the Field to AGU’s new Tumblr

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, by Bill Bryson 

Mountain Beltway [2014-06-09 20:52:11]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 visits) info

Bill Bryson is a very fun writer. Like many people, I first dipped into his oeuvre when he published his book about hiking the Appalachian Trail. Though I bruised my ribs laughing as hard as I did, I went back and read many of his other books – about traveling in Australia, or the UK. The one that totally knocked my socks off, though, was his superb book about science,

Real life Minesweeper 

GeoLog-The official blog of the European Geosciences Union [2014-06-06 13:00:18]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info

Reading GeoLog when you should be working? We are all guilty of a little procrastination, but, sometimes, the parallels between science and the games we play to postpone the next write-up are closer than you’d think. Victor Archambault, a scientist from US Radar, reveals how playing Minesweeper mimics the way geoscientists analyse data in the field…

Friday Field Photo – St Vincent, 1902 

volcanicdegassing [2014-05-30 10:21:24]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info

Today’s field photo is by Tempest Anderson, of the ‘Roseau Dry River flowing with Boiling Mud’, a picture taken in the aftermath of the May 1902 eruptions of the Soufrière of St Vincent.  The full published caption explains the origins of this boiling mud – a phenomenon we now call a lahar: ‘This is a small stream

Cosmos Tackles Climate Change This Weekend. 

Dan\'s Wild Wild Science Journal [2014-05-29 07:36:30]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info
Science writer Chris Mooney has a nice piece on Mother Jones about this weeks episode of Cosmos. Neil deGrasse Tyson has talked about climate frequently already in previous episodes, but this Sunday, the entire show is about it. There is a preview clip for this weeks show (see below) in which Dr. Tyson walks along a beach with a dog, and explains the difference between weather and climate. You could

How NOT to write to an editor 

volcanicdegassing [2014-05-27 10:18:50]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info
Over on the Nature Methods blogs site, there are some interesting posts with advice for authors on how to prepare cover letters, rebuttal letters, appeal letters and the like. Here’s an example of ‘how NOT to write to an editor‘, based on a recent experience of mine. I shall let the author remain anonymous, but my hunch is

An 18th Century London Volcano 

volcanicdegassing [2014-05-19 11:20:13]  recommend  recommend this post  (14 visits) info

Originally posted on londonvolcano:Our idea of building a ‘London Volcano’ is not new. Indeed, 240 years ago, in late eighteenth century London, there was a great interest in public pyrotechnic displays of ‘firework’ volcanoes. This presumably reflected the interest in the contemporary eruptions of Mt Etna (for example, in 1755 and 1763) and Mt | Impressum