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September 01, 2014

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5:25 AM | Cristobal Whirls Toward Iceland
As I’m writing this on Sunday night (Aug. 31), the cyclone formerly known as Hurricane Cristobal is taking dead aim on Iceland. You can see it whirling off Iceland’s coast in the image above, captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite on Saturday. No longer a hurricane, it is, in the parlance of meteorology, an “extra-tropical cyclone” […]The post Cristobal Whirls Toward Iceland appeared first on ImaGeo.

August 30, 2014

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5:54 PM | Getting Droned On Greenland’s Ice Sheet
If you’re as fascinated by the science of our planet as I am, you’ve probably seen all sorts of imagery of the world’s frozen places, including dramatic photos of summer meltwater coursing across the surface of the Greenland Ice Sheet. And now, for a new and thoroughly spectacular perspective, check out the video above. Shot […]The post Getting Droned On Greenland’s Ice Sheet appeared first on ImaGeo.

August 25, 2014

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7:48 AM | South Napa Earthquake: Which Fault’s at Fault?
What the [insert expletive of choice here] is happening? That’s pretty much the first question that traverses most of our minds when the formerly-solid ground starts rocking and rolling. Those... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 24, 2014

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9:45 PM | How to Stay Safe in an Earthquake – Napa Earthquake Reminds Us to Prepare Now
California residents in the Napa area got a rude awakening early this morning when an earthquake of roughly magnitude 6.0 shook the valley. It jolted folks awake (and jolted the already-awake folks)... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 22, 2014

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5:36 PM | Come Fly With Me, Let’s Fly Let’s Fly Away…
My friend and colleague Andrew Revkin found this wonderful video on the National Weather Service New York Facebook page and posted it to DotEarth, his N.Y. Times blog, this morning. It’s so impossibly cool I just had to share it with you too. As rain showers disperse, there is an outward explosion visible in the […]The post Come Fly With Me, Let’s Fly Let’s Fly Away… appeared first on ImaGeo.
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8:22 AM | From Firey Flow to Cool Art
Humans have a long tradition of taking rocks and making pretty things with them. Usually, when you think of sculpture, you think of marble, right? I mean, of course, marble – marble’s a... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

August 21, 2014

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9:05 PM | Hello
It's tough to make small talk with a stranger—especially when that stranger doesn't speak your language. (And he has a blowhole.)

August 19, 2014

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1:03 PM | Time-lapse Satellite Animations Show Birth of Giant Thunderstorms in Glorious Detail
I often find myself transfixed when big, towering thunderheads boil up along Colorado’s Front Range, where I live. Hail-spitting, tornado-spawning supercells are not required. Even a lone cell can have that effect on me. So when the folks at the Satellite Blog of the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies began posting animations of thunderstorms […]The post Time-lapse Satellite Animations Show Birth of Giant Thunderstorms in Glorious Detail appeared first on […]

August 14, 2014

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7:38 PM | ■ How much has San Francisco changed? I’ll let you know
Having hopscotched my way across the continent, I’m heading back to San Francisco to see what's different about the city.

August 10, 2014

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5:29 PM | Guest blog posts for CSP and CSWA
This past week I blogged about the Mount Polley mine disaster, an event that I think we won’t hear the end of anytime soon as clean up (hopefully) gets underway. At the same time that I posted that blog, I also had a couple of guest posts go up. The first was at the Canadian…

August 08, 2014

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10:54 PM | Tropical Cyclones Parade Across the Pacific
Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall on the Big Island of Hawaii today, Aug. 8th — only the second tropical storm in recorded history ever to do so, and one of four cyclones that have been swirling in the Pacific Ocean. Iselle struck with winds of 60 miles per hour, and it brought torrential rains of […]The post Tropical Cyclones Parade Across the Pacific appeared first on ImaGeo.

August 07, 2014

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8:58 PM | Shorts: Happy Birthday Bobby K
It’s Robert’s birthday! (Or it was, anyway, a couple days back.) So today we celebrate with some classic Krulwich radio and a backwards peek into the spirit and sensibility that, in many ways, drives our show. For his birthday surprise we all listened to some old NPR pieces that Robert did in the 70s, 80s and early 90s — a news piece on the dawn of the ATM, a fake opera on interest rates, and the story of a family business splintered into relatives fighting to be first in the […]
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6:59 PM | Low testosterone could be what made us civilized humans
Rachel Feltman, writing for the Washington Post: According to a study published in Current Anthropology, our transition into modern civilization might have coincided with our species’ drop in testosterone. The hormone, associated with both biologically male characteristics and aggression, makes skulls grow those heavy brows we associate with our evolutionary ancestors. Lead author Robert Cieri, […]∞
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10:49 AM | High-speed rail’s slow progress
Ron Nixon, reporting for the New York Times: Still, even if the California, Florida and Texas projects all succeed, transportation experts say it is unlikely that the United States will ever have the same kind of high-speed rail systems as China or Europe. C. William Ibbs, a professor of civil engineering at the University of […]∞
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7:09 AM | Fun, Fidalgo, an Ophiolite, and a Very Rude Buck
We made it to Fidalgo Island. Yay! We got lotsa pictures of bonza peridotite and serpentinite. Double yay! I’ll have a proper write-up one o’ these days, but for today, we’ll do... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:45 AM | Iselle Now a Hurricane Threat to Hawaii; Julio is Following — and a New Disturbance Has Just Formed
Yesterday, I posted a satellite image showing double cyclonic trouble headed for Hawaii. Today the threat became even more troubling. At 5:15 p.m. EDT today, the National Weather Service issued a hurricane warning for the Big Island of Hawaii, as Iselle is now expected to lash the island with hurricane-strength winds on Thursday. Maui and […]The post Iselle Now a Hurricane Threat to Hawaii; Julio is Following — and a New Disturbance Has Just Formed appeared first on ImaGeo.

August 06, 2014

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10:46 PM | Rosetta Has Arrived, and the View is Astounding
It took five loops around the Sun, three gravity-assist fly-bys of Earth and one of Mars, and a journey of 3.97 billion miles lasting 10 years, five months and four days. After all that, the Rosetta spacecraft finally reached it destination today — and made history. Rosetta is the first spacecraft ever to rendezvous with […]The post Rosetta Has Arrived, and the View is Astounding appeared first on ImaGeo.
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6:21 AM | Giant Fire Clouds Over California
On Sunday, I posted satellite images of massive fire clouds billowing from wildfires raging along the California-Oregon border. On Tuesday, NASA’s Earth Observatory weighed in with more details, as well as spectacular photographs taken on the evening of July 31 by James Haseltine from an Oregon Air National Guard F-15C fighter jet — including the one above. And […]The post Giant Fire Clouds Over California appeared first on ImaGeo.
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4:54 AM | The Mt Polley mine disaster
At two am on the morning of 4 August, 2014, a tailings pond at Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley gold and copper mine broke through an earthen dam, sending 10 million cubic metres of tailings water and 4.5 cubic meters of tailings sediment pouring into Polley Lake and from there through Hazeltine Creek into Quesnel Lake.…

August 05, 2014

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4:16 PM | After a 4-Billion-Mile Journey, the Rosetta Probe is Less than a Day Away from Historic Rendezvous With a Comet
The Rosetta spacecraft is poised to make history. If all continues to go well, it will complete its rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko at 8 GMT tomorrow, Aug. 6 (4 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time), and settle into orbit. This would be a first: No spacecraft has ever orbited a comet before. Rosetta is now closer to […]The post After a 4-Billion-Mile Journey, the Rosetta Probe is Less than a Day Away from Historic Rendezvous With a Comet appeared first on ImaGeo.
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5:26 AM | Double Trouble for Hawaii: Iselle and Julio
Heads up Hawaii: Double trouble is headed your way in the form of two tropical cyclones. The image above, acquired Monday (Aug. 4) by NASA’s Terra satellite, shows the situation: Hurricane Iselle to the left, and Tropical Storm Julio to the right. Both are expected to affect the Hawaiian Islands in the coming week. As […]The post Double Trouble for Hawaii: Iselle and Julio appeared first on ImaGeo.
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August 04, 2014

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12:16 AM | Holy Toledo! This Nasty Lake Erie Algae Bloom is the Likely Source of the Toxin Causing Your Drinking Water Woes
Do you see it? The green slime at the western end of Lake Erie in the satellite image above? That could be the source of the toxins  that have caused the city of Toledo, Ohio to impose a drinking water ban affecting 500,000 people. The ban continued today, as further testing revealed evidence of the […]The post Holy Toledo! This Nasty Lake Erie Algae Bloom is the Likely Source of the Toxin Causing Your Drinking Water Woes appeared first on ImaGeo.

August 03, 2014

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11:08 PM | Heat, Drought and Lightning Spark Upsurge in Wildfires
Wildfire activity is really picking up in California and Oregon, thanks to extreme drought, high temperatures and lightning crackling across the region. In California alone, the area burned by wildfire has quadrupled since last Wednesday. The animation above consists of natural and false color satellite images acquired yesterday by NASA’s Aqua satellite. In it, I […]The post Heat, Drought and Lightning Spark Upsurge in Wildfires appeared first on ImaGeo.
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