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Wednesday, 27 April 2016

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Putting dinosaur decline into context 

Raptor's Nest [2016-04-27 16:57:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (24 visits) info

 Cretaceous,Jurassic; US
It is probably safe to say that to many, the idea that dinosaurs were slowly in decline, or that they weren't 'evolving' as fast as they should have been, is an uncomfortable thought.I thought some context will make this idea easier to appreciate.Palaeontologists are generally happy to say that Velociraptor is a very close relative of birds. It is morphologically very similar to birds, and there is even strong evidence that it possessed secondary feathers on its forearms (Turner et al., 2007. [...]

Imaggeo on Monday: a big thank you from the EGU 

GeoLog-The official blog of the European Geosciences Union [2016-04-25 16:00:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (33 visits) info

Outside EGU General Assembly 2016. Credit: Kai Boggild/EGU (distributed via The past week in Vienna was a busy one! Hordes of Earth, ocean and planetary scientists came together to present, share and discuss their most recent scientific findings at the 2016 General Assembly. The conference was a great success, with over 4800 oral and 10300 poster presentations, as well as close to a 1000 PICO presentations too! Participants at the conference could pick talks and posters from a [...]

‘Shark Finning Should Stop’: a Letter from the Next Generation 

BEYONDbones [2016-04-17 13:00:12]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info

The Youth Education department at the Houston Museum of Natural Science received an unexpected letter last month from a concerned elementary school student named Octavia. She takes a stand against shark finning, an issue weighing heavily on the hearts of … Continue reading

IGCP Project 639 “Sea-level changes: From minutes to millenia” – First Meeting Announcement 

Paleoseismicity [2016-04-15 22:46:16]  recommend  recommend this post  (39 visits) info

The IGCP project 639 deals with sea-level changes, coastal earthquakes, and inundation by storms and tsunami: “Sea-level changes: From minutes to millenia”. The first meeting in Oman will take place from 9-14 November 2016 and will cover all science under the IGCP project 639 banner. Make sure to put this on your agenda if you’re interested. Further details will be forthcoming in the second announcement in the next month. The abstract submission deadline will likely be 1 [...]

Spectrum of Birthdays: HMNS Celebrates in Any Tradition! 

BEYONDbones [2016-04-14 21:29:46]  recommend  recommend this post  (31 visits) info
by Karen Whitley Birthdays are an event that is celebrated in nearly every culture around the world. Every culture has its own traditions. Some traditions are based on the standing of the family in the community, the gender of the … Continue reading

Scientific Conferences on a Budget 

The Way of the Geophysicist [2016-04-10 16:36:36]  recommend  recommend this post  (58 visits) info

 Ordovician; CA
Conferences are an important part of the world of science and technology. We get to publish preliminary results and bounce them off of our colleagues (or sometimes strongest competitors). It’s time for networking and also helps to take a break from the lab grind. But conferences take a huge burden on our budget. We have […] The post Scientific Conferences on a Budget appeared first on The Way of the Geophysicist. Related posts: Today I want to be Canadian Got geophysics? It [...]

Getting to the Root of How Earth’s Massive Coal Seams Formed 

Laelaps [2016-04-06 13:00:14]  recommend  recommend this post  (79 visits) info
Writing about science is a tightrope walk. You can practice as much as you want, and during preparation you have lifelines in the form of editors and experts you can phone for answers, but in the end it’s just you out there, trying to toe the line suspended between attention and accuracy. Eyes are on

Outreach Careers Blog (Draft) 

BEYONDbones [2016-04-05 13:00:01]  recommend  recommend this post  (32 visits) info

Inspiring a child takes effort, time, passion and heart. It’s why we do what we do. At the Houston Museum of Natural Science, discoveries are made daily. The sounds of learning fill our hallways every day, from the gasp of … Continue reading

Mud, sieves and ice cube trays – messy muddy play for toddlers 

Geological Society of London blog [2016-04-05 12:13:48]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info
A guest post from Science from the Start’s Laura Hobbs…. The Geological Society’s 2015 Year of Mud celebrated the wide-ranging benefits of advances in the science of mudrocks. But aside from underpinning ground-breaking engineering projects and improved understanding of soil … Continue reading

As The Science Gets Better, The News Gets Worse on Sea Level Rise 

Dan\'s Wild Wild Science Journal [2016-04-05 00:58:45]  recommend  recommend this post  (34 visits) info

I spent the weekend reading the new paper in Nature last week that made a lot of news. (Justin Gillis at The NY Times has an excellent summary of the paper here). If you missed it, the short version is that for the first time, researchers used a series of coupled models to produce a more realistic look at what will happen to Antarctica in the coming decades and centuries. There

Entrepreneurial Alum Creates Healthier Living Spaces 

State of the Planet [2016-03-31 16:00:03]  recommend  recommend this post  (26 visits) info

Sustainability Management alum Christy Everett (’15) knows that sustainability is a broad sector involving nearly every field and organization in existence. In 2011 founded respondé furnishings, a sustainable furniture manufacturer. She affirms that the Master of Science in Sustainability Management provided opportunities to connect to the industry and better engage with clients. Knowing what her... read

Use Science to “Hack” Your Big Idea this Weekend at HMNS! 

BEYONDbones [2016-03-31 13:00:51]  recommend  recommend this post  (26 visits) info

Calling all particle physicists, designers, open source ninjas, molecular biologists, students, programmers, and rocket scientists to join forces at Science Hack Day Houston 2016, hosted by the Houston Museum of Natural Science! Science Hack Day Houston is an overnight marathon … Continue reading

Putting Science at the Heart of Development 

Geology for Global Development [2016-03-29 11:06:49]  recommend  recommend this post  (32 visits) info

Sue Desmond-Hellman (CEO of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) and Nick Hurd (Minister for International Development, DFID – UK Department for International Development) have written a joint article on putting science at the heart of development. “If we are going to end extreme poverty, it’s going to take more than additional funds or deeper commitment, however. We are going to have to put science at the heart of international development…… We believe that science [...]

The pheasant comes apart 

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week [2016-03-26 14:18:35]  recommend  recommend this post  (38 visits) info
A couple of weeks ago, I was given a pheasant, which I reduced to science and food. When we last saw it, it was down to a skinned and partially defleshed head/neck and feet. It’s been through a couple of defleshing rounds since then, and today I was able to take it fully apart: At the

Living with volcanoes, and learning from the past. 

volcanicdegassing [2016-03-24 19:01:29]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info

November 13th, 1985, is a date that is still etched in my memory. This was the day that the Colombian town of Armero was submerged beneath a catastrophic flood of volcanic rocks, mud and water; a lahar that had swept down from the summit of the volcano Nevado del Ruiz, erupting about 40 kilometres away. For days, terrible scenes of anguish and despair filled our television screens, as rescuers struggled desperately to help the survivors, and recover the many thousands of victims. Thirty [...]

Ice power - physical weathering 

Earth Learning Idea [2016-03-21 15:06:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (24 visits) info
'Ice power; freezing water in a syringe to measure expansion'. This activity may be used in either science or geography lessons on weathering. It can also be used in discussions of molecular theory and changes of state. For the most accurate measurements use pure (distilled or deionised) water at as near to 4 degrees C as possible. Many more activities associated with weathering can be

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 3/21-3/27 

BEYONDbones [2016-03-21 02:00:53]  recommend  recommend this post  (30 visits) info

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week! Lecture – Shamans and the Supernatural World, Pre-Columbian Iconography of Peru by Ed BarnhartTuesday, … Continue reading

GeoEd: Using art in your science teaching and outreach. The why and the how. 

GeoLog-The official blog of the European Geosciences Union [2016-03-18 16:14:16]  recommend  recommend this post  (35 visits) info

This month’s GeoEd post is brought to you by Dr. Mirjam S. Glessmer. Mirjam is a physical oceanographer turned instructional designer. She blogs about her “Adventures in Teaching and Oceanography” and tweets as @meermini. Get in touch if you are interested in talking about teaching and learning in the geosciences! Sometimes we look for new ways to engage our students or the general public in discussions about our science. Today I would like to suggest we use art! Someone recently told me [...]

Alum Brings Solar Expertise to the Classroom 

State of the Planet [2016-03-17 15:00:28]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info
Master of Science in Sustainability Management professor Dan Giuffrida believes that understanding energy, water, and raw material usage with both a technical and financial acumen is imperative. As the instructor for Solar Project Development, professor Giuffrida will prepare students to fully evaluate the technical and financial aspects of a solar

What Science Tells us about Race and Racism 

Gunnars Geo-Blog [2016-03-16 18:37:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (24 visits) info
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