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Thursday, 28 April 2016

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Forecasting the time of failure: the Preonzo rockslide 

The Landslide Blog [2016-04-28 09:21:20]  recommend  recommend this post  (28 visits) info

In a wonderful new paper in the journal Landslides, Simon Loew and collagues describe the use of monitoring data to forecast the failure of the 2012 Preonzo rockslide in

Visiting a Desert Karst Oasis: The Magic of Montezuma Well 

Rosetta Stones [2016-04-28 06:04:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (31 visits) info

In this edition, we explore the magic that happens when an ancient lake, an underwater spring, a sinkhole, a perched water table, and time combine to create a desert karst oasis. Come visit one of... -- Read more on

Putting dinosaur decline into context 

Raptor's Nest [2016-04-27 16:57:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 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. [...]

Death Valley Trip, Getting There: Coaldale, Black Rock, Lone Mountain, and the Boss Mine 

Looking for Detachment [2016-04-26 18:00:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (30 visits) info

Onward! Onward! How far will we get this time? Coaldale, as seen in August, 2010. With Boundary Peak still in view, MOH and I rounded the corner at Coaldale Junction, and pulled in briefly at Coaldale. This particular ghost town, which was first a small mining town and later a roadside waystation with a tiny population, holds a few minor memories for me, dating back to my early days

The Tyrannosaur Chronicles book launch 

Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs [2016-04-25 22:57:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info

Friday the 22nd April saw the official launch of Dr. David Hone’s first book, The Tyrannosaur Chronicles (Bloomsbury Sigma), at Queen Mary University London, in the rather lovely book-lined Octagon of Queen’s Building -- which, if the British Museum’s Enlightenment Gallery should fail to become my library, would serve pretty well in its stead. Dr. Dave has written about the book’s publication on his blog, and it has already gained a deservedly positive reception, not least among which [...]

Dinosaurs in decline tens of millions of years before their final extinction - new paper in PNAS 

Raptor's Nest [2016-04-24 02:37:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (41 visits) info

 Cretaceous,Jurassic,Triassic; GB,PH,US,MA,,RU
There is no dispute that non-avian dinosaurs went extinct at the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) boundary, most likely owing to a large asteroid hitting the Earth, but what has been debated for decades is whether dinosaurs were reigning strong up to the end of the Cretaceous, or whether they were already in decline and were on their way out only to be killed off by the asteroid impact 66 million years ago (Ma).That is the question that Mike Benton, Chris Venditti and I hopefully helped resolve with [...]

A suite of plankton S.E.M. micro-GigaPans 

Mountain Beltway [2016-04-22 11:38:36]  recommend  recommend this post  (34 visits) info
My student Robin has been working (on and off) for more than a year to figure out the best way to make GigaPan-scale imagery using the new desktop scanning electron microscope that our academic division acquired. There are several technical challenges to be overcome, each different, and some with ‘solutions’ that cause other problems. Dealing with all that takes time and has caused a lot of frustration. (We have a

Toyota sucks big with service for hybrids 

Ontario-geofish [2016-04-20 23:05:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info
Their useless Panasonic 12V battery fails all the time.  This is my second failure and they never have them in stock.  My garage replaced it on the old Camry and it costs something like $500.  So now when it failed they just can't send over a battery and expect the old one.  No, they don't trust a trusted mechanic, they have to get the old battery first and 'test'.  The stupid thing is dead!

KwaZulu-Natal Holiday: Howick Falls 

Georneys [2016-04-18 22:58:32]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info

Over the next two or three weeks I’ll be sharing some pictures from my recent week-long holiday in March to the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. A week is not nearly enough time to fully explore this beautiful part of the world. However, my husband and I managed to see a fair amount! We took a flight from Cape Town (our home city) to Durban and then we drove through to

June 22nd - Vale of Wardour field trip 

Geology in the West Country [2016-04-15 17:20:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (33 visits) info

Bath Geological Society - West Country Geology field tripsVale of WardourIsobel Geddes and Steve Hannath, Wiltshire Geology GroupWednesday 22nd JuneThis field trip involves a walk of around 5 miles which will take us across the vale from one side of the eroded anticline to the other. The walk will start at Dinton in the National Trust car park for Philips House on St Mary’s Rd, (SP3 5HH, OS sheet 130 009316) and finish with a pub lunch at the Wyndham Pub in Dinton on the Hindon Rd (SP3 5EG, [...]

Little connection to the internet 15th – 29th of April, also broke 

Iceland Volcano and Earthquake blog [2016-04-14 01:21:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (23 visits) info

Since I’m moving back to Denmark I’m going to be without any internet connection in the days between 15th to 29th of April. I might have some limited internet connection during that time, but nothing that I can … Continue reading

Zeroing in on Life Around a Hydrothermal Vent 

State of the Planet [2016-04-13 17:42:02]  recommend  recommend this post  (26 visits) info
Vicki Ferrini has spent a lot of time working on mapping the ocean floor, and now she’s sailing in the South Pacific to get a closer

Migration Mysteries of the American Robin 

State of the Planet [2016-04-13 16:36:42]  recommend  recommend this post  (26 visits) info

Ecologist Natalie Boelman is headed back to the tundra to study birds—this time to the town of Slave Lake, in northern Alberta, Canada, to track the migration of American robins. She will have some schoolchildren in New York remotely helping her as she and her colleagues get to

We Still Don’t Know What Killed the Biggest Shark of All Time 

Laelaps [2016-04-13 13:00:28]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info
The giant megatooth shark was one of the most successful species of all time. So why did it die


James’ Empty Blog [2016-04-11 22:25:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (29 visits) info

Another spring, another marathon. Manchester this time. My entry of which was really borne out of my plan to do the 3 Peaks fell race this year. With all the training that's necessary to get round that in reasonable shape, it seemed a good idea to slip a road marathon in for no extra effort, which I could count as training/race practice. Also, this would give me two bites of the cherry in

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 [...]

Another funk time 

Ontario-geofish [2016-04-05 13:12:00]  recommend  recommend this post  (21 visits) info
Thus endeth a very good run.  I had Fark pick up my seismic noise testing post for some weird reason and got hundreds of hits on that.  I've perfected my accelerometer and it has to go to server-side processing which I won't do.  Winter has set in again, stopping my geotechnical nightmares.  Nothing to do. OK will delay it's action while the NE freezes.  No trucks of gas frack waste coming

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

Missed Connections 

Cambriangirl - Science! Geology! Writing! [2016-04-05 12:12:55]  recommend  recommend this post  (24 visits) info
Flash fiction for fickle folk. Out of my left eye I see you waiting at the station. You’re on time, but the train is late. You’re pacing, oh, like you always do, and the seconds can’t tick by fast enough. There are places you need to be. Out of my right eye I see him

Moral dimensions of Open, part 1: “marginal cost is zero, so price should be zero” 

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week [2016-04-04 13:03:06]  recommend  recommend this post  (25 visits) info
As I mentioned last time, I will be participating in the “Moral Dimensions of Open” working group at the forthcoming OSI2016 conference. Having laid out what I see as the foundational aspect of this discussion in part 0, I’d like to briefly survey some of the specific moral arguments in favour of Open — with | Impressum