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October 21, 2014

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1:39 PM | The Heat is On: 2014 Headed for Warmest Year on Record
Last week, a NASA update pegged September as the warmest on record. Now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has concurred — and reported that 2014 is on track to be the be the warmest year since record keeping began in 1880. NOAA also reports  that the January through September period was tied with 1998 […]The post The Heat is On: 2014 Headed for Warmest Year on Record appeared first on ImaGeo.
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1:16 PM | Flares Erupt from An Active Region on the Sun
The Sun has been acting up lately, producing one powerful X-class flare and several more moderate flares over the past 72 hours. You can see the X-class flare exploding off the lower left aspect of the Sun in the false-color image above, which was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory in the extreme ultraviolet wavelength […]The post Flares Erupt from An Active Region on the Sun appeared first on ImaGeo.

October 20, 2014

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10:03 PM | Translation
How the right words can have the wrong meanings, and the best translations lead us to an understanding that's way deeper than language. 

October 17, 2014

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4:25 AM | Giant Storm Rocks North Atlantic Like a Hurricane
As attention focuses on Hurricane Gonzalo, now expected to batter Bermuda on Friday, a truly gargantuan storm that roiled the North Atlantic with hurricane strength winds earlier this week has, well, slipped through the cracks. You can see it in the image above, acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite on Wednesday. Although its fierce winds spanned […]The post Giant Storm Rocks North Atlantic Like a Hurricane appeared first on ImaGeo.
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12:23 AM | Kayaking newbie
A klaxon sounds, six trumpet blasts echo from shore to shore. A moment of silence, and then a deep, thumping whoomph. I expect the shock wave will make the still water shiver like the surface of a giant timpani, but there is nothing. Only an untidy gaggle of Canada geese coming in for a water…

October 16, 2014

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3:52 PM | As Tropical Storm Ana Heads Toward Hawaii, Hurricane Gonzalo — a “Monster” Storm — Guns for Bermuda
The storms just keep on coming. Earlier this week, Typhoon Vongfong whacked Japan and Tropical Cyclone Hudhud slammed into India. With maximum sustained winds of 135 miles per hour, Hudhud left at least 22 dead and caused much mayhem. Oh, and did I mention Tropical Storm Fay, which knocked out power to much of Bermuda […]The post As Tropical Storm Ana Heads Toward Hawaii, Hurricane Gonzalo — a “Monster” Storm — Guns for Bermuda appeared first on ImaGeo.
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3:28 PM | How to lobby for sustainable mobility?
In general, public transport, e-mobility, bicycle and pedestrian traffic are summarized as sustainable modes of transport. There is a consensus among researchers, planners and most politicians that sustainable mobility should be promoted in order to reduce the negative effects of motorized individual traffic (MIT). Especially urban agglomerations invest much effort in shifting the modal split […]
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7:06 AM | Adventures in ACE I: In Which Oddities Are Explored
I recently spent an instructive few months reading Jonny Scaramanga’s blog, where I learned just how screwed up Accelerated Christian Education is. Imagine a room full of young kids stuffed in... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

October 14, 2014

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9:01 AM | Bay Area Chance of a Lifetime: See Tanya Atwater at the Randall Museum!
This Thursday, Tanya Atwater will be speaking at San Francisco’s Randall Museum. For free! Her talk is about Living in the Plate Boundary, and it sounds awesomesauce: Superstar Geophysicist... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

October 13, 2014

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10:41 PM | An Epidemic of “Maps”
If you are a member of the Facebook, Tumblr, Pintrest, or Iumgr community, you have most likely seen posts like this show up in your feed as of late with […]
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3:43 PM | NASA: September Was Warmest on Record
This just in: The global average temperature in September was the warmest in a record dating back to 1880, according to an update from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. That makes it two months in a row: August was also the hottest on record by NASA’s reckoning. Later this week, the National Oceanic and […]The post NASA: September Was Warmest on Record appeared first on ImaGeo.

October 11, 2014

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4:48 AM | Jack-O-Lantern Sun
This is no Rorschach test — the Sun really does look like a Jack-O-Lantern in this image captured on October 8th by NASA’s orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory. To be sure, we’re looking at the Sun in two particular wavelengths (171 and 193 Angstroms) that have been colorized in Halloween-appropriate gold and yellow. Whether the folks […]The post Jack-O-Lantern Sun appeared first on ImaGeo.

October 10, 2014

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11:23 PM | Typhoon Vongfong Lashes Okinawa, Poses Threat to Japanese Mainland Over the Weekend
As I’m writing this, Typhoon Vongfong is slamming Okinawa and will soon pass directly over it. Vongfong has been lashing the Japanese island with winds exceeding 50 miles per hour for most of the past 12 hours. The typhoon’s forecast track takes it on a projected course along the length of Japan this weekend, posing […]The post Typhoon Vongfong Lashes Okinawa, Poses Threat to Japanese Mainland Over the Weekend appeared first on ImaGeo.
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6:09 PM | Glittering Curtains of Auroral Fire on #SpaceVine
U.S. astronaut Reid Weiseman sure is having fun up on the International Space Station. Two days ago, he spent six hours and 13 minutes on a spacewalk And when he hasn’t been outside the ISS with the Earth rushing by more than 200 miles below him he’s been busy taking pictures and shooting little Vine […]The post Glittering Curtains of Auroral Fire on #SpaceVine appeared first on ImaGeo.
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2:15 AM | Every Day Wonders: Sun Dogs Over the Rockies
As I was picking up Moe, my Labradoodle, from doggie daycare a couple of days ago, I noticed bright, rainbow-like features on either side of the setting sun. So I grabbed my camera, zoomed in, and took some shots. In the photo above, you’re looking at a classic “sun dog,” part of a halo around […]The post Every Day Wonders: Sun Dogs Over the Rockies appeared first on ImaGeo.

October 09, 2014

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2:40 PM | This Just in: No El Niño Yet, But it’s Probably Coming Soon
The U.S. Climate Prediction Center has just come out with it’s monthly update on the evolution of a long-anticipated El Niño in the Pacific Ocean. And the envelope please: Keep waiting… From the CPC Diagnostic Discussion report issued this morning: The consensus of forecasters indicates a 2-in-3 chance of El Niño during the November 2014 […]The post This Just in: No El Niño Yet, But it’s Probably Coming Soon appeared first on ImaGeo.
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1:41 PM | Three Stunning Views of Super Typhoon Vongfong, Now Churning Toward Okinawa and Eyeing Japan
After intensifying explosively and becoming the strongest storm of the year earlier this week, Super Typhoon Vongfong is churning toward U.S. military bases on Okinawa and is expected to make landfall in Japan on Saturday. The powerful storm comes on the heels of Typhoon Phanfone, which left at least seven dead in Japan earlier this […]The post Three Stunning Views of Super Typhoon Vongfong, Now Churning Toward Okinawa and Eyeing Japan appeared first on ImaGeo.

October 08, 2014

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10:09 PM | Where Stuff Went Wrong for Missing Planes
My colleague Allison Eck and I assembled a map of the presumed locations of the accidents that led to the disappearance of the 28 passenger planes that have vanished since 1948. ∞∞
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7:07 AM | Six Snubbed Women in Science
Someone (if only I could remember who!) recently linked this 2013 NatGeo article: 6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism. Rosalind Franklin is there, of course, but there are also women... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

October 07, 2014

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7:12 PM | A Tale of Two Poles: Sea Ice in Antarctica Surged in September to Record Extent But Remained Low in the Arctic
Even as climate change continues to be felt around the world, its impact in the Arctic and Antarctic are, in part, a tale of two poles. The National Snow and Ice Data Center is out today with its annual review of sea ice conditions, and in the Arctic the news is in keeping with what […]The post A Tale of Two Poles: Sea Ice in Antarctica Surged in September to Record Extent But Remained Low in the Arctic appeared first on ImaGeo.
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2:13 PM | NASA Spacecraft Watches as Sun Belches Spectacularly
On October 2, the Sun let loose with a bright flash of radiation — a solar flare — propelling a cloud of particles probably weighing a trillion tons or so out into space at a million miles per hour. Solar flares and associated plasma belches likes this (the latter are known more properly as coronal […]The post NASA Spacecraft Watches as Sun Belches Spectacularly appeared first on ImaGeo.

October 03, 2014

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8:27 PM | John Luther Adams
What's the soundtrack for the end of the world? We go looking for an answer.
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2:04 AM | Are we winning yet? An update on the Cowichan River
My last post outlined some of the water issues we’re having here in the Cowichan Valley. Coincident with the fall equinox, we were in for some wet, stormy weather – and there was a lot of hope that the rain would address some of our low river flow concerns. So what do the data tell…

October 02, 2014

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9:36 PM | Venice of the East Coast?
Casey Ross, reporting for the Boston Globe: A report scheduled to be released Tuesday about preparing Boston for climate change suggests that building canals through the Back Bay neighborhood would help it withstand water levels that could rise as much as 7 feet by 2100. Some roads and public alleys, such as Clarendon Street, could […]∞
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7:42 AM | Readers’ Experiences with Creationist Education
Our preliminary foray into the world of creationist earth science education encouraged many of you to share your own stories. I want to make sure they don’t languish unread in the comments... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

September 30, 2014

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5:11 AM | The Menace that is Sprawl
The following table is important. This table shows the largest continual migration pattern in American history, and if the data is to be believed, it shows no sign of stopping. […]

September 29, 2014

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7:20 AM | STEM’s Harassment Problem Goes Well Beyond Field Work
D.N. Lee has a post up at her Scientific American blog that needs to be read right now. Here’s a pull quote, but read the entire thing. Now. No excuses. I know the SAFE research focused on... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

September 25, 2014

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7:20 AM | Swirling Cyclonic Eye Candy in the Northeast Pacific: Beautiful but Dangerous
At one point, the swirling cyclone in the animation of  weather satellite images above was producing winds of hurricane strength. Luckily, as it neared shore it weakened. Even so, it brought heavy rain to British Columbia on Wednesday, Sept. 24. Here’s what it actually looked like from the shore: Thanks to the Weather Network for […]The post Swirling Cyclonic Eye Candy in the Northeast Pacific: Beautiful but Dangerous appeared first on ImaGeo.
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5:48 AM | Adventures in Creationist Earth Science Education: In the Beginning…
For a while, now, I’ve planned a series on the kind of creationists who like to run around calling themselves geologists and invade GSA meetings under false pretenses. People like Steven... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

September 24, 2014

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4:44 PM | As a New Movement in Earth’s Seasonal Symphony Begins, Climate Change in the Arctic Keeps up its Brisk Tempo
In 2014, Arctic sea ice has continued in its long-term and dramatic decline, a process that is likely helping to accelerate the pace of overall climate change in the north. That’s the news from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, announced on Monday — just as world leaders were preparing to meet at the […]The post As a New Movement in Earth’s Seasonal Symphony Begins, Climate Change in the Arctic Keeps up its Brisk Tempo appeared first on ImaGeo.
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