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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Study Suggests EPA Underestimated Natural Gas Methane Emissions, But Not for Fracking, and EPA Releases Study Examining Fracking Emissions Controls 

Mineral Law Blog [2014-04-17 20:24:52]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info

 Devonian; US
In several recent studies on methane emissions relating to the natural gas industry, scientists concluded that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) underestimated the quantity of methane the industry releases to the atmosphere. A study released Monday, based on air samples above wells in the Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania, indicates that methane emissions may be from 100 to 1000 times higher than EPA estimates. But this study also found that hydraulic fracturing was not a [...]

When the Clock Strikes Twelve 

JOIDES Resolution blogs [2014-04-17 16:36:08]  recommend  recommend this post  (12 visits) info
When the hand reaches 12 noon it is time for the ‘day shift’ scientists to start work. read

Scientists are People Too! 

JOIDES Resolution blogs [2014-04-13 15:59:51]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info

The science party consists of 34 people from many countries including Brazil, Japan, China, United States and across Europe. Meeting them and sharing stories is one of the real pleasures of this trip. The close working proximity and time spent together means that we have to work like one big family. read

Using Unmanned Aircraft to Survey Polar Ice News [2014-04-08 14:05:17]  recommend  recommend this post  (15 visits) info
“Scientists studying the behavior of the world’s ice sheets–and the future implications of ice sheet behavior for global sea-level rise–may soon have a new airborne tool that will allow radar measurements that previously would have been prohibitively expensive or difficult to carry out with manned aircraft.” Quoted from the National Science Foundation press

How Did Earth’s Tectonic Plates Form? Scientists Offer New Explanation 

Utah Geological Survey - blog [2014-04-08 01:32:46]  recommend  recommend this post  (38 visits) info Earth’s tectonic plates may have taken as long as 1 billion years to form, researchers report today in Nature. READ

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

Boring Soil Science strikes back 

G-Soil [2014-04-03 00:36:28]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info
Many scientists are currently debating whether soil science is an academic field in which scientists are engaged in talking to each other, ignoring the rest of society. Of course, traditionally, the dissemination of soil science has been a difficult field. Among other problems, some scientists have reviewed the use of complicated jargon. Soil Science academics

Chile Earthquake Completes the Set 

About Geology [2014-04-02 14:53:14]  recommend  recommend this post  (13 visits) info

Yesterday's magnitude 8.2 earthquake off the coast of northern Chile was significant to scientists because it was widely anticipated and because it filled the largest remaining "seismic gap" in a large swatch of the South American subduction zone. This map (and one like it at Cornell University) shows the rupture zones of historic earthquakes. The area of yesterday's event matched a large earthquake in 1877. We now appear to have a full set of quakes rupturing this part of the boundary between [...]

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  (14 visits) info
Most of the public is turned off by scientists’ overly accessible and personalized descriptions of their work, new research

The Puente Hills Fault News [2014-03-31 05:52:03]  recommend  recommend this post  (24 visits) info

“The Puente Hills fault, which scientists believe could be responsible for Friday’s 5.1 earthquake in La Habra, is considered very dangerous.” Quoted from the Los Angeles Times

Sniffing out signs of an earthquake 

GeoLog-The official blog of the European Geosciences Union [2014-03-28 12:00:04]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info

Last year Kate Ravilious was awarded an EGU Science Journalism Fellowship to follow scientists studying continental faults. Now she’s out in Nepal alongside researchers who are working out when the county’s next big quake will be… Sometimes the best rocks are found in the worst locations. Yesterday I was reminded of this as I watched

A New Dwarf Planet? News [2014-03-27 12:45:46]  recommend  recommend this post  (8 visits) info
“Scientists using ground based observatories have discovered an object that is believed to have the most distant orbit found beyond the known edge of our solar system. Named 2012 VP113, the object is possibly a dwarf planet. [...] A dwarf planet is an object in orbit around the sun that is large enough to have

We need different types of citation: Replicates, Falsifies, DependsOn, Acknowledges … 

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week [2014-03-25 22:48:12]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info
I just read this on Zen Faulkes’ NeuroDojo blog: How should scientists, and reporters, discuss work that has failed to replicate? The original Barr and colleagues article remains in the scientific literature; failed replication alone is not grounds for retraction. He’s right, of course: we certainly don’t want to retract every paper whose conclusions can’t

What We Know About Our Climate- AAAS publishes a must read summary. 

Dan\'s Wild Wild Science Journal [2014-03-19 02:19:17]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info

I’m glad this report tackles the myth (in America) that scientists are divided over the reality of our changing climate, and it’s cause. It’s totally and utterly false. Don’t believe me?? Go look at the journals like NATURE, SCIENCE, any AMS journal etc. If someone tells you that what’s in this report is wrong, you should ask them why they have not published the evidence why in a scientific journal. That’s

Iceland's Hekla Volcano Could Erupt Soon 

Volcano Science And News Blog [2014-03-18 15:44:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info

While Iceland has enjoyed a couple years now of near silence from its restive volcanoes, that may soon come to an end with the awakening of it's most active and dangerous volcano, Hekla. While there is no indication seismically that the volcano is due for imminent eruption, scientists say that the magma chamber is full, and primed for eruption at any time. Hekla volcano is not known to give much advanced warning when it erupts, like some of its neighbors. Indeed, most eruptions from Hekla have [...]

Belated Mardi Gras 

JOIDES Resolution blogs [2014-03-12 02:47:43]  recommend  recommend this post  (24 visits) info

Today has been a busy one here on the JR. First we had our traditional cruise photograph with all the members of the ship, including scientists, technicians, cooks, drilling staff, marine crew all posed for a group shot arranged around the front of the bridge/accommodation block. read

BRITICE-CHRONO: death of an ice sheet 

Metageologist [2014-03-11 20:48:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (18 visits) info

Using many different techniques, dozens of scientists are studying the death of an ice sheet that once covered Britain and Ireland. They want to understand the future fate of modern-day ice. The phrase “ice sheet” doesn’t do justice to our … Continue reading

Keeping an Eye on Coastal Erosion 

State of the Planet [2014-03-10 20:05:47]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info
Searching for a fast, simple and low-cost way to monitor Earth’s changing coastlines, a team of scientists, including Lamont-Doherty Observatory postdoctoral researcher and marine scientist Alessio Rovere, has found an innovative use for

Lake-Effect: Persistent Winter Ice Cover Leads to More Fish Kills 

Lake Scientist [2014-03-05 21:58:59]  recommend  recommend this post  (16 visits) info
Fish kills aren’t pretty to look at, but scientists say they’re normal occurrences during the winter time. When lakes freeze over and get dusted with snow, little light makes its[...]The post Lake-Effect: Persistent Winter Ice Cover Leads to More Fish Kills appeared first on Lake

Regional nuclear war’s global reach 

AGU Meetings [2014-03-05 19:48:13]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info
Scientists for several decades have studied the potential environmental impacts of a nuclear conflict—either an all-out conflagration between superpowers or a more limited regional war. Now a research team led by scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research has produced an unusually detailed picture of the aftermath of a hypothetical regional nuclear war by using a modeling approach that includes simulations of atmospheric chemistry, the oceans, land surface, and sea | Impressum