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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

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The Biggest Giraffe of All Time 

Laelaps [2016-02-10 13:00:09]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info

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This fossil giraffe was said to be as big as an elephant, but a new study says

Published This Day: Steno Recognizes Fossils as The Remains of Once Living Animals 

Palaeoblog [2016-02-10 12:30:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info

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From Today In Science History: In 1667, a classic paleontological paper by Nicolaus Steno was published by the Royal Society, London. His topic, Head of a shark dissected, represented the first such scientific paper to recognise that fossils were the remains of creatures who had died and subsequently had become petrified. Controversy resulted as the same claim had been made in the time of

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 2/8-2/14 

BEYONDbones [2016-02-08 03:00:41]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 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! Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Jim (age 12 7/8). Want to get … Continue reading

New papers on paleoseismology, tsunami, and active tectonics (Feb 2016) 

paleoseismicity.org [2016-02-05 14:25:11]  recommend  recommend this post  (58 visits) info

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Here’s the February edition of my paper recommendations. This time we have: Paleoseismology in Germany and Nepal (the latter with a focus on charcoal dating techniques), Tsunamis in Greece, Portugal, Israel and Alaska, Turbidites in Portugal, New insights into the geodynamics of Iran and Mozambique, Rupture jumps on strike‐slip faults, and A MATLAB tool for seismic hazard calculations. Enjoy! Grützner, C., Fischer, P., & Reicherter, K., 2016. Holocene surface ruptures of the [...]

6th February - 'Walking through time', Channel 4, 8p.m. 

Geology in the West Country [2016-02-04 16:07:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info

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Please refer to the Geology Society of London blog for more

Time for the Topographer's Challenge! What Peak is this in Yosemite National Park? 

Geotripper [2016-02-03 00:40:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info

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Actually, I want your help here. I don't know the peak with the vertical flank on the right side of the picture above. I took this shot yesterday from near the intersection of Wellsford and Milnes Roads between Modesto and Waterford. I was looking east or just north of east when I got the shot. The thing is this. There's an intense discussion on a facebook post (see it here), with some

Finding a Thesis: The Northern Route onto Mineral Ridge and a Little Geology 

Looking for Detachment [2016-02-02 18:00:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info

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Heading north out of Silver Peak, with The Crater in view. After checking out the southern route to Mineral Ridge while on my 1976 thesis quest, I headed north out of Silver Peak on then Highway 47 (now S.R. 265), carefully measuring the miles to the left-hand turnoff. This time, the road was exactly where the map said it would be, and it was a fairly good, bladed dirt road. And, if

Get ready... Get set... 

polar soils blog [2016-02-02 15:26:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (19 visits) info

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It’s almost time to start our next field season! Our field season begins when we fly south on February 18. That’s just a couple of weeks away!This year, we will complete our “latitudinal gradient” along the Antarctic Peninsula. For this project, we are exploring the diversity of soil biological communities along the entire Antarctic Peninsula. We will discover what species live in all of the places we visit. We will also compare who lives at each site with the plants and soil chemistry [...]

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 2/1-2/7 

BEYONDbones [2016-02-01 03:00:21]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 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! Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Tracey (age 8). Want to get your engineering … Continue reading

10 years of recording earthquakes 

Iceland Volcano and Earthquake blog [2016-01-29 23:34:30]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info

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In 2006 I started recording earthquakes in Iceland for the first time. At the time I was living in Hvammstangi, Iceland (currently I am doing so now, but that won’t be for much longer). The first hardware that … Continue reading

Died This Day: Dunkenfiled Henry Scott 

Palaeoblog [2016-01-29 13:30:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (26 visits) info

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Painting by Mary ParrishScott (Nov. 28, 1854 – Jan. 29, 1934) was an English paleobotanist and leading authority of his time on the structure of fossil plants, one of those who laid the foundations of paleobotany. He conducted experiments in the Jodrell Laboratory in Kew Gardens, where he became its honorary keeper (1892-1906). In collaboration with W.C. Williamson, he wrote three papers

Died This Day: Adam Sedgwick 

Palaeoblog [2016-01-27 13:45:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (27 visits) info

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Adam Sedgwich (March 22, 1785 - January 27, 1873) was an English geologist who first applied the name Cambrian to the geologic period of time, now dated at 570 to 505 million years ago. In 1818 he became Woodwardian Professor of Geology at Cambridge, holding a chair that had been endowed ninety years before by the natural historian John Woodward. He lacked formal training in geology, but

Photos: Inside The MTA's East Side Access Tunnel 

GeoPrac.net [2016-01-26 16:10:07]  recommend  recommend this post  (17 visits) info

 US,CA
The New York MTA's East Side Access Tunnel Project is what I would refer to as a 'Mega Project'. Any time you're in the Billions of dollars range, I'd say that qualifies, and this one sits at $10.2 Billion! When completed, this project will at long last bring Long Island Rail Road trains to Grand Central Terminal. The photos by The Gothamist are worth spending a few minutes looking at. [Source: Check out the Photos at The Gothamist via @GannettFleming. Image: Jake Dobkin /

The Less Wrong Metric (LWM): towards a not wholly inadequate way of quantifying the value of research 

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week [2016-01-26 10:04:05]  recommend  recommend this post  (30 visits) info
I said last time that my new paper on Better ways to evaluate research and researchers proposes a family of Less Wrong Metrics, or LWMs for short, which I think would at least be an improvement on the present ubiquitous use of impact factors and H-indexes. What is an LWM? Let me quote the paper:

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 1/25-1/31 

BEYONDbones [2016-01-25 03:00:15]  recommend  recommend this post  (24 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! Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Juliauna (age 9). We also want to … Continue reading

Mexico's Popocatépetl Volcano Causes High Alert 

Volcano Science And News Blog [2016-01-24 19:31:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (30 visits) info

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There is a lot of bad reporting going on about Popocatépetl in Mexico lately, so I thought it might be a good idea to set everything nice and straight. Some reports are suggesting Popo hasn't erupted since the year 2000. False, it has been in a continuous state of unrest with occasional ash emissions since 2005. That's upwards of 11 years. The volcano has been having more frequent and more powerful ash emissions, with multiple dome building/collapse events and small pyroclastic flows [...]

Hippos in Britain - 130,000 years ago 

Geology in the West Country [2016-01-21 16:11:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (37 visits) info

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It’s official: 2015 was the warmest year on record. But those global temperature records only date back to 1850 and become increasingly uncertain the further back you go. Beyond then, we’re reliant on signs left behind in tree rings, ice cores or rocks. So when was the Earth last warmer than the present?The Medieval Warm Period is often cited as the answer. This spell, beginning in roughly 950AD and lasting for three centuries, saw major changes to population centres across the globe. This [...]

Great Lakes Water Levels Update 

Lake Scientist [2016-01-19 21:22:31]  recommend  recommend this post  (37 visits) info

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Around this time last year, we were reporting on the changes happening to Great Lakes water levels. Back then, the water bodies were registering a rebound that spelled an end[...] The post Great Lakes Water Levels Update appeared first on Lake

On Sadness Fuelling Creativity 

Cambriangirl - Science! Geology! Writing! [2016-01-16 14:03:23]  recommend  recommend this post  (26 visits) info
It’s not been a great week. I’ve been seeking distractions for much of it, and some of those distractions have ended up becoming good things in themselves, but still the sadness remains when they peter out and it’s time to go home. So I am sitting here at midday, drinking whisky far too early, because

Behind the Scenes: HMNS Birthday Planning 

BEYONDbones [2016-01-14 02:00:09]  recommend  recommend this post  (32 visits) info

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by Karen Whitley People always tell me that I have the best job and that I must love it. My response each time? “Absolutely!” Planning and hosting birthday parties at such an awesome venue as the Houston Museum of Natural … Continue reading
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