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Friday, 27 March 2015

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Soon-to-End Mercury Mission May Hold Clues to Earth’s Evolution 

State of the Planet [2015-03-27 16:58:24]  recommend  recommend this post  (35 visits) info
NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft has been orbiting Mercury for the last four years, giving scientists an unprecedented look at our solar system's innermost planet. But now the craft's fuel supply is exhausted; inexorably drawn in by Mercury's gravity, it is scheduled to crash in April. Sean Solomon, director of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, has been leading the mission, and in this video, he talks about its

Student Profile: Carolina Rosero 

State of the Planet [2015-03-25 19:32:29]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info

For Carolina Rosero, the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program will provide the tools she needs to bridge the gap between scientists and decision-makers. She hopes to combine the skills she gained through her job in Ecuador’s Ministry of Environment with her coursework at Columbia to make an impact in developing

Preparing for Seven Weeks at Sea 

State of the Planet [2015-03-23 15:01:12]  recommend  recommend this post  (15 visits) info

For our spring expedition, NBP1503, to the margin of East Antarctica we will live and work on board the United States icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer. Together we are eight scientists, 10 science support staff and 19 crew members of the ship’s crew. As of today, March 22, all cargo and food for the journey has

Harvesting “big data” to help farmers 

AGU Meetings [2015-03-19 15:16:01]  recommend  recommend this post  (24 visits) info
Scientists are using massive amounts of information about the climate, weather and land to develop new tools farmers can use to grow more food without harming the

Artificial lava meets ice and water 

The Way of the Geophysicist [2015-03-18 17:27:22]  recommend  recommend this post  (28 visits) info
Reading Time: 1 minutesWhen a team of scientists and artists pour molten basalt into ice and water, spectacular images are created. See for yourself and marvel at the explanation of F Yeah Fluid Dynamics. Especially the involvement of the Leidenfrost effect is very

The Biggest Scientific Myth in America, and Why It’s No Accident 

Dan\'s Wild Wild Science Journal [2015-03-07 04:57:15]  recommend  recommend this post  (38 visits) info

I chatted with Dr. Naomi Oreskes about her book Merchants of Doubt last December at the AGU in San Francisco. She told me about the movie, and I hope to see it soon. Dr. Oreskes published a stunning paper in Science in 1994 looked at the level of scientific consensus on climate change. What she found was stunning to many scientists in other fields, and since then other studies have also shown just how

Iceland's Bardarbunga Volcano Eruption Pauses 

Volcano Science And News Blog [2015-03-06 03:25:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (43 visits) info

The long-running eruption of Iceland's Bárðarbunga volcano has paused, or ceased. Webcam footage no longer is showing any lava coming out of the eruptive fissure, and scientists visited the site to assess the landscape, only to find a degassing crater.The stoppage of the eruption at Holhuraun fissure is likely not the end of the activity. As this is a rifting episode, it is likely that magma chamber re-inflation will eventually occur. Seismicity is ongoing, although a lot lower than it [...]

More urban heat; less summer fog, on California coast 

AGU Meetings [2015-03-05 21:34:38]  recommend  recommend this post  (33 visits) info

The summer fog that shrouds coastal southern California – what locals call the June Gloom – is being driven up into the sky by urban sprawl, according to scientists who have studied 67 years of cloud heights and urban growth in the region. Less fog may, at first, seem like a good thing. But less fog is bad news for native plants in the coastal hills and mountains, which depend on the cool fog as their only source of water during the rainless summer months. So less fog means warmer, drier, [...]

Pollution Biggest Driver Of Nuisance Algal Blooms In European, North American Lakes 

Lake Scientist [2015-03-05 15:43:54]  recommend  recommend this post  (30 visits) info

Scientists at the University of Nottingham and McGill University have found that pollution is the biggest driver for nuisance algal blooms in European and North American lakes, according to a[...] The post Pollution Biggest Driver Of Nuisance Algal Blooms In European, North American Lakes appeared first on Lake

Science bloggers – join the 2015 General Assembly blogroll! 

GeoLog-The official blog of the European Geosciences Union [2015-03-04 12:30:26]  recommend  recommend this post  (2 visits) info

Will you be blogging at the 2015 General Assembly? If so, sign up here and we’ll add you to our official blogroll. We will be compiling a list of blogs that feature posts about the EGU General Assembly and making it available on GeoLog, the official blog of the European Geosciences Union. We’d ask you to write posts that relate directly to the Assembly during the conference in Vienna (12 – 17 April). The content of each blog on this list is the responsibility of the authors and is not [...]

Study of atmospheric ‘froth’ may help GPS communications 

AGU Meetings [2015-03-02 16:01:41]  recommend  recommend this post  (26 visits) info
Irregularities in Earth's upper atmosphere can distort GPS signals, Scientists are studying these irregularities to help overcome their effects on

M4.0 earthquake in the Fucino Basin 

Paleoseismicity [2015-03-02 11:09:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (66 visits) info

On 28 February, an earthquake of MW4.4 occurred in the Fucino Basin in Central Italy. The event did not cause any damage and was not widely felt. Such an earthquake is nothing special for this area, but it’s interesting because from 19-24 April the 6th INQUA meeting on paleoseismology will be held in Pescina. The conference will bring together scientists from all around the world to discuss latest develoments in active tectonics, paleoseismology and similar topics, and its date

The Growth Of Theoretical Paleontology 

Dinosaur Home - Blogs [2015-02-27 14:27:56]  recommend  recommend this post  (39 visits) info
In 2012, David Sepkoski published a book entitled “Rereading the Fossil Record”. One of the chapters, entitled “The Growth of Theoretical Paleontology”, goes in depth about how theoretical paleontology has evolved over the years. Scientists are viewing dinosaurs in many ways that we’ve never viewed them before. Several theories about dinosaurs, such as those pertaining

Soils at Imaggeo: Fly ash dyke or landfill or pond 

G-Soil [2015-02-25 09:00:47]  recommend  recommend this post  (27 visits) info

Kripal Singh, CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Lucknow, India Description Fly ash, generated during coal combustion for thermal power generation, is dumped in man made ponds is a big problem to manage in several countries. In this picture, natural grasses are growing on a fly ash pond on National Thermal Power Plant, Unchahar, Uttar Pradesh, India. About Imaggeo Imaggeo is the EGU’s online open access geosciences image repository. All geoscientists (and others) can [...]

Saharan dust feeds Amazon rainforest just enough to replace lost nutrient 

AGU Meetings [2015-02-24 16:02:51]  recommend  recommend this post  (31 visits) info
The Sahara Desert is a near-uninterrupted brown band of sand and scrub across the northern third of Africa. The Amazon rainforest is a dense green mass of humid jungle that covers northeast South America. But after strong winds sweep across the Sahara, a tan cloud rises in the air, stretches between the continents, and ties together the desert and the jungle. It’s dust. And lots of it. Scientists have not only used a satellite to measure the volume of dust that makes this trans-Atlantic [...]

Life After the First Core Came Up 

JOIDES Resolution blogs [2015-02-12 20:39:20]  recommend  recommend this post  (30 visits) info
Yes! Life suddenly became different. Many of us, mostly the scientists, who were sailing on-board the JOIDES Resolution as well as on an International Ocean Discovery Program expedition for the first time, had been occupied for the first few days to adopt the new life on-board, and to learn techniques that would be used for the research during the cruise. read

Shifting to Shifts 

JOIDES Resolution blogs [2015-02-05 21:49:13]  recommend  recommend this post  (32 visits) info
As we approach our first drill site, the scientists and technicians onboard the JOIDES Resolution have started moving to their assigned shifts.  As so much effort has been invested in these expeditions, and as we have a limited amount of time at sea, the ship operates around the clock and everyone works 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.  read

Photo Analysis Finds Value Of Clean Lakes 

Lake Scientist [2015-02-05 15:22:59]  recommend  recommend this post  (24 visits) info

By analyzing photos from Flickr, scientists from Iowa State University and the Natural Capital Project have found that lakes in Iowa and Minnesota with the highest water quality also get[...] The post Photo Analysis Finds Value Of Clean Lakes appeared first on Lake

Study Finds Genetic Clues to How Plants Adapt to Climate 

State of the Planet [2015-01-30 21:25:30]  recommend  recommend this post  (22 visits) info
Using supercomputers to analyze hundreds of thousands of genetic markers in a thousand plant samples, scientists say they have found how a common weed uses its genetic code to adapt to changes in its environment such as freezing temperatures and drought. The findings add to our knowledge of how plant life evolves, and could be used to help breed crops that are more adaptable to climate change, the researchers

Goodbye JR! 

JOIDES Resolution blogs [2015-01-28 14:20:16]  recommend  recommend this post  (36 visits) info

In a few hours we will leave the JOIDES resolution in Singapore. This will be the end of a great adventure! Thanks to all scientists, technicians, crew and catering for beautiful, intense and exciting 60 days on the Indian Ocean. Thanks to all of you who followed us on facebook, twitter and instagram. read | Impressum