August 21, 2014

1:23 AM | Geology Sonnet 3
Science week geology sonnet number three!  See previous posts for background. A pox on all those proxies non-unique Which make interpretation hard to do. Magnesium to calcium we seek Sea Temp'rature, and not pCO2. So lithium, uranium are used To disambiguate the Mg curve. O. umbonatus' data's not recused, Antarctice ice growth isotopes observe. But whence the melting in the Miocene? Here

August 19, 2014

10:39 PM | Geology Sonnet 2
As mentioned previously, I am writing Geology Sonnets for National Science Week.  These are articles from the high-profile scientific journal Geology, presented in the form of Elizabethan verse. I don’t know how many of these I will get through this week, but here is the second: The Central Atlantic Magmatic Province Erupted tholeiitic and potassic. C O two upset atmospheric balance.
2:36 AM | Geology Sonnets!
Here in Australia, it is National Science Week, and I have been surprised and delighted at the bizarre and creative ways that many people around Canberra have been celebrating science.  It is inspirational, to the point where I might try to join in.  So in this spirit, I give you Geology Sonnets.  These are articles from the high-profile scientific journal Geology, presented in the form of

August 15, 2014

1:12 PM | Indian e-commerce
On my recent trip to India, one of the big stories in the newspaper was the rise of consumer good e-commerce.  Flipkart, an Indian company founded by the ex-Amazon Bansal brothers, recently announce that it had raised over one billion dollars of funding for expansion projects.  A day later, Amazon announced that it would be investing two billion dollars in its Indian subsidiaries.  Of course,

August 11, 2014

1:11 PM | Bayesian Geochronology
 Bayesian statistics is a growing field of exploring data-rich, complicated, explanation-poor phenomena. In a nutshell, you start out with an initial assumption, called a “prior” and then modify it with new sets of independent data. The Bayesian approach is one of the hot new techniques to come into Earth Science in the past decade, as it allows us to sensibly integrate disparate sets of data

August 04, 2014

3:18 PM | OCO
 A month out, and already the carbon tax is ancient history.  And while no household bills have yet appeared to demonstrate the savings (or lack thereof) to the common battler, there is no doubt as to the identity of the big winners. (Photo: The Australian) I do not have any specific inside information on this topic, so this is only my best guess as to what Gina Rinehart has been joyfully

August 03, 2014

5:30 AM | Volcanoes in the mist
Flying home from Singapore on a rare daytime flight, I was fortunate enough to pass over easternmost Java in a window seat.  Unfortunately, although I was looking for volcanoes, one effect of volcanoes (or any large mountain) in the tropics is that they tend to generate rainfall, so most of them were mostly obscured by cloud.  Despite this, I did get some glimpses here or there through the

July 28, 2014

11:35 AM | Urban Butterflies
I have mentioned before that Changi Airport in Singapore is a step above your average travel hub, to the point of seeming almost magical to the sleep-deprived, Jetlagged traveller.. But this is the first time I have been here in the daytime.  So I made sure to stop in to see the butterfly garden. A step above EWR. So here are some phone pictures:

July 26, 2014

1:20 PM | Science isn’t always linear
 These days mostly I build scientific instrumentation- I don’t do a lot of science.  But last year I did get a small grant to look at some novel stuff.  I don’t want to go into it right now; but the process was interesting enough to share.  Figure one shows how we thought the project would progress; that is what we proposed to the funding body.  Figure 1: We’ll do this- what could possibly go
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