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March 27, 2015

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10:45 AM | “PeerJ can’t possibly last because the numbers don’t add up.”
I had an email out of the blue this morning, from someone I’d not previously corresponded with, asking me an important question about PeerJ. I thought it was worth sharing the question, and its answer, more generally. So here it is. Do you have any insight into the PeerJ business model? When I try to […]
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4:41 AM | Rhees to head USBR Upper Colorado office
The Bureau of Reclamation today named Brent Rhees to head its Salt Lake City-based Upper Colorado office: As deputy regional director, Rhees managed several complex and high profile issues, including the Middle Rio Grande Endangered Species Collaborative Program, dam safety modifications, implementation of the Navajo-Gallup Water Supply Project, the Colorado River Salinity Control Program and ...Continue reading ‘Rhees to head USBR Upper Colorado office’ »
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3:52 AM | Recent radio interview on Israeli National Radio
I was recently interviewed by Doug Goldstein on his personal finance show, "Goldstein on Gelt," which plays on Israeli National Radio, the English-language radio network in Israel. Goldstein saw a piece of mine and asked me on the show to discuss the recent sharp decline in oil prices. A podcast of the interview is now available. Goldstein is a good interviewer with an eclectic mind and brought out the best in me with his conversational approach. The interview starts at about 2:30. Click here […]
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2:25 AM | The Colorado – as human construct, and face to flow
Water journalist Brett Walton wrote a lovely piece about finally meeting the Colorado River for the first time: I have reported on the Colorado River for five years. I know it as a legal argument, as a topographic feature, as an obstacle, and as a matrix of charts, calculations, and grim projections. I’ve read its ...Continue reading ‘The Colorado – as human construct, and face to flow’ »
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1:25 AM | Four Ideas to Bust the Floor on Outer Planet Mission Costs
The road to lower costs outer planet missions has been paved by NASA’s first two New Frontiers missions, the $700M New Horizons mission to Pluto and the $1.1B Juno mission to Jupiter. But can the cost of a mission to the outer solar system be cut to $450M, the limit for a Discovery mission?

March 26, 2015

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9:05 PM | LPSC 2015: Aeolian Processes on Mars and Titan
Planetary scientist Nathan Bridges reports on results from the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference about the action of wind on the surfaces of Mars and Titan.
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7:33 PM | Videowettbewerb der EGU 2015 – die Finalisten
Ebenso wie im letzten Jahr gibt es auch 2015 wieder einen Communicate your Science Video - Wettbewerb. Hierbei soll jungen Geowissenschaftlern die Möglichkeit gegeben werden, ihre Arbeit in einem kurzen, allgemeinverständlichen Video vorzustellen. Das finde ich eine ziemlich gute Idee. Denn mittlerweile spielt sich eine Menge Wissenschaftskommunikation im Netz in bewegten Bildern ab. Und es kann anderen jungen Menschen nicht nur Wissen vermitteln, sondern auch das Arbeitsfeld und die […]
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7:28 PM | Is Boston Vulnerable to a Major Earthquake?
The remote but potentially catastrophic risk of a significant quake in Boston has researchers pondering how to protect the city's fragile historic architecture. Continue reading →
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7:14 PM | Sustainability Management Student Develops Passion for Energy Analysis
Master of Science in Sustainability Management student Laura Tajima came from an educational background, having experience managing cross-cultural education programs and developing curricula that engaged international scholars to speak about their personal experiences with global environmental issues. Currently, Laura works as an intern with the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, working with energy [...]
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5:32 PM | Shell-shocked: Ocean acidification likely hampers tiny shell builders in Southern Ocean
A new study shows a ubiquitous type of phytoplankton -- tiny organisms that are the base of the marine food web – appears to be suffering from the effects of ocean acidification caused by climate change.
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4:40 PM | Snow Now Melts in Wyoming Two Weeks Early
The spring snowmelt comes more than two weeks earlier than it did in the 1970s in Wyoming's Wind River Range, a new study finds.
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3:34 PM | Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
Lying on the waterfront at long beach is the actually rather well hidden Aquarium of the Pacific. Exactly as with the LA Zoo, for me the great thing here was the quality of the exhibits and in particular the combination of rare species I’d not seen before, and those I’d come across at various times […]
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2:31 PM | The Colorado River’s Parker valley – “the illusion of plenty”
Parker Live, a news web site based in Parker, Arizona, seems to be engaging in a little bit of what Kathryn Sorensen calls “drought schadenfreude” here. Parker sits on the Colorado, at the head of a rich farming valley with some of the most senior rights on the river and big farming that has thus far ...Continue reading ‘The Colorado River’s Parker valley – “the illusion of plenty”’ »
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12:50 PM | Communicate your Science Video Competition finalists: time to get voting!
For the second year in a row we’re running the EGU Communicate Your Science Video Competition – the aim being for young scientists to communicate their research in a short, sweet and public-friendly video. Our judges have now selected 3 fantastic finalists from the excellent entries we received this year and it’s time to find the best geoscience communication clip! The shortlisted videos will be open to a public vote from now until midnight on 16 Apri; – just […]
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9:30 AM | Looking for a job in the geosciences? Visit the job spot at EGU 2015
The General Assembly can be an excellent source of information for those looking for jobs or doctoral positions. The Job Spot, is located in the EGU and Friends area, next to the EGU Booth (Hall X, Blue Level) has a searching station linked to the EGU jobs portal, so you can find the latest vacancies and who’s providing them. Check the session programme and see if they’re here too – what better place to meet them than at the biggest geosciences event in Europe?! There are […]
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9:29 AM | The UK winter of 2014-15: another Tabloid FAIL
Above: Express, October 10th 2014 Introduction: the first ominous signs “Winter 2014 set to be 'coldest for century' Britain faces ARCTIC FREEZE in just weeks”. That was the Daily Express headline on October 10th 2014. Quoting self-styled "independent" long-range weather forecaster James Madden, it warned of an icy apocalypse on the way: “A number of potentially very cold periods of weather and major snow events are likely to develop throughout this winter across large […]
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8:40 AM | Extreme UK heatwaves
The largest impacts of increases in temperature will not be experienced due to changes in the mean, but by changes in the extremes. This is illustrated using UK heatwaves to show that the number of days which will require preventative action will increase by roughly a factor of 6 for a 2ºC increase in summer … Continue reading Extreme UK heatwaves →
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8:11 AM | Peru declares a state of emergency over landslides
Peru has declared a state of emergency in the aftermath of large debris flows in the Chosica region east of Lima that have left at least 8 people dead.
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6:38 AM | The Countdown Begins
Ever since I joined the National Institute of Oceanography, Goa for the doctoral work and chose to work on microfossils, I had a dream of going on a drilling vessel one day. I got his opportunity now, thanks for the initiative of the National Center for Antarctic and Ocean Research, Goa supported by the Ministry of Earth Sciences, India. read more
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3:32 AM | California almonds
The price California farmers can get for their almonds doubled between 2007 and last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Strong incentive to plant more trees, drought notwithstanding:  
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2:54 AM | Dropping rent provision keeps museum bill alive
The Arizona House Appropriations Committee today approved SB1200, transferring the former Mining & Mineral Museum building to AZGS to create a new Mining, Mineral, and Natural Resources Educational Museum.   It also transfers $428,300 per year in funding from the Arizona Historical Society budget to AZGS to pay for the rent and salary of one curator.The bill had been held due to amendments in the House and Senate that would have waived the $360,000 per year rent on the building […]
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2:18 AM | 2015 SkS Weekly News Roundup #13A
Amazon forest becoming less of a climate change safety net Climate change: China official warns of 'huge impact' Climate denial is immoral, says head of US Episcopal church Climate work highlighted on World Meteorological Day Global warming is now slowing down the circulation of the oceans How solar heavy Europe avoided a blackout during total eclipse Jerry Brown: Opposition on climate change ‘borders on the immoral’ One satellite data set is underestimating global warming Pacific […]
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1:17 AM | Geo 1095: March 25, Day 814: Ignimbrite!
About nine days ago, @Volcanologist tweeted, "A mini erosive scour at the base of the Fasnia Ignimbrite, Tajao, Tenerife." (Click here to see accompanying photo.) If you take a look at that picture, you can see numerous similarities to the above and previous post. In the above photo, the lens cap is in the same spot as in the previous post, and I've just moved the frame a bit to the right, and come in a little closer. @Volcanologist confirmed that this looked like an ignimbrite, too, though I […]
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1:16 AM | So, Besides Fish, What's the Last Thing One Would Ever Expect to See in Death Valley National Park?
It's one thing to find that a number of fish species survive within the boundaries of Death Valley National Park, which preserves the hottest and driest desert in North America. But sure, springs will persist in many dry environments. But a permanent, year-round waterfall? Yes, there is one in Death Valley National Park. When Death Valley was changed from a national monument to a national park in 1994, the boundaries were vastly expanded, and came to include a portion of the Darwin Plateau at […]
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12:55 AM | LPSC 2015: MESSENGER's low-altitude campaign at Mercury
At last week's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, the MESSENGER team held a press briefing to share results from the recent few months of incredibly low-altitude flight over Mercury's surface. The mission will last only about five weeks more.

March 25, 2015

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11:21 PM | Look Only at the Movement arrives at the Nevada Museum of Art
 inside TRANSCOM, from Look Only at the Movement, smudge studio 2013 We’re pleased to announce that the last stop on Look Only at the Movement‘s multi-year relay among a number of exhibition locations is the Nevada Museum of Art. The project will open in the Museum’s Media Gallery on April 11 and will screen through July 26th, 2015. We’re happy to have […]
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11:11 PM | New Horizons is Approaching Pluto. Here’s How Very, Very, Far Away Pluto Is
Most folks are surprised to know that we have no idea what the surface of Pluto looks like. Even using the Hubble Telescope, we only see a bright star like image, but that is about to change this summer when the New Horizon’s spacecraft flies by it. We are sure to see some strange features on both Pluto and it’s moons. Would you like to help name them? I’ll tell …
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11:00 PM | Fish Ears at an Ancient Lake
By Kelsie Long Hi all! I am part of the small but unique Archaeogeochemistry group here at the Research School of Earth Sciences (RSES). We are focused on bridging the gap between cutting edge analytical sciences and archaeological research. For … Continue reading →
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10:52 PM | Meet NASA's Winning Asteroid Redirect Spacecraft, and the Asteroid It May Visit
NASA has decided to pluck a small boulder off a large asteroid, instead of bagging an entire asteroid outright, the agency announced Wednesday.
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10:00 PM | Atlantic Circulation Weaker Than in Last 1,000 Years
Climate change blamed for breakdown of currents that circulate heat, nutrients through the Atlantic.
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