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November 12, 2014

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11:51 PM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #46A
Ahead of global talks, all eyes on U.S. contribution to Climate Fund A tricky transition from fossil fuel Capping warming at 2 C not enough to avert disaster Conservatives don't hate climate change, they hate the proposed solutions G20 states spend $88bn in fossil fuel exploration subsidies Global warming worsening watery dead zones Interview with Bill McKibben: 'When the history of this time is written' New U.S.-China climate deal is a game changer Post climate pact, IEA warns fossil fuel […]
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11:38 PM | Bárðarbunga volcano update Wednesday 12-November-2014
Eruption activity continued in Holuhraun at the same rate as on Monday (10-November-2014) and yesterday (Tuesday 11-November-2014). While bad weather has making observation of the eruption in Holuhraun difficult and close to impossible there are no signs of … Continue reading →
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9:54 PM | Doctoral Training in Environmental Research in the UK
It is now a year since the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) announced the results of its first competition for ‘Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP)’, and just a few weeks since each of the 15 funded DTPs welcomed their first cohorts of doctoral students. In this time, the training landscape for PhD (or DPhil) students across the environmental […]
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9:11 PM | The politics edition
Time for some politics – it always provides cheap hits. I’ll start with this cartoon, which I found on facebook, promoted by various of the Good. But, its rubbish; its Wrong Thinking. Its a response to the US mid-term elections – or at least, I think that’s why its being reposted – and the message…
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9:10 PM | My Failures in Science - Measuring the Earth Part 2
In response to my failure to measure the Earth before (See post here for background and details) I again attempted to measure the Earth using the length of the shadows during the the days before and after the summer solstice. To recap here is the background:~2200 years ago, a man named Eratosthenes made a pretty good estimation of the size of the Earth using the length of shadows during the summer solstice at two different locations.To repeat this experiment there are some […]
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7:25 PM | Art Every Day – Day 12
Not a good art day for me. This is my current project: It’s not art, per se, but there’s some artistry involved. That’s the interior bits of a $250,ooo mass spectrometer that I have to take apart, clean, and put … Continue reading →
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6:10 PM | Environmental Earth Science in the News Roundup #6
As the semester winds down, the relevance of Environmental Earth Science to topics in the news keeps going strong. Thanks to the students for finding these great connections. Continue reading →
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5:39 PM | ‘River Residency’ with University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor
Elementary students are getting hands-on river training thanks to the work of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and our portable Emriver models.UM’s “River Residency” water education workshops use our Emriver Em3 geomodel at a local school to teach river science with a focus on erosion, flooding and groundwater pollution. The photo below shows Alicia Comer, UM’s Museum of Natural History science outreach curriculum developer, teaching students about the […]
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5:24 PM | Philae: "Hey Folks, I Got You a Comet"
At some point, I'll copy over some tweets and retweets from the past couple of hours, but for the time being, science people on Twitter are being like this. And I'm one of them. I'm not sure that anything else will be happening today. Thanks, ESA!
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5:24 PM | The United States of America Non States in 6 Minutes Plus
A quick tutorial on the non states of the United States from CPG Grey.
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4:42 PM | Remote-control robots reveal why the Antarctic ice sheet is melting
This article was originally posted on The Carbon Brief on Nov 10, 2014 by Robert McSweeney At current rates, ice sheet loss will become the most significant  contributor to global sea level rise during this century, yet there is still a lot that scientists  don't know about the underlying causes. This is partly because Antarctica is such a difficult place to take measurements. But now robotic underwater gliders are giving scientists new insight […]
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4:21 PM | PHILAE HAS LANDED!
The landing happened on time just after 16:02 UT today! Philae mission manager Stephan Ulamec said: "Philae is talking to us! The first thing he told us was the harpoons have been fired and rewound. We are sitting on the surface." I will update this post later with more information, when I get it.
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2:48 PM | New GigaPans from Team M.A.G.I.C. – hours of fun exploration
It’s been a long time since I’ve shared some of the work of our GigaPan making team. Here are some of the highlights from the last five months of work… In the images below, see if you can find (a) ten thousand fusilinid forams excavated by Texas ants, (b) Devonian trace fossils in black shale, (c) resistant beds of graywacke in a vertical orientation, (d) gastropod-rich limestone sandwiched between redbeds, …
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2:22 PM | Philae update: Photo documentation of Philae's separation!
Here it is. We knew hours ago that Philae separation happened, but there's nothing like seeing a photo, seeing Philae's mothership receding into the distance.
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1:50 PM | US and China Announce 'Historic' Climate Accord
The two countries have long been at loggerheads over global targets.
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1:29 PM | Backtrack to… Who is our big name in geology, and where’s our show?
Science personalities and television series are popular with the general public in generating excitement and interest in physics, chemistry, biology, space science... but where are the geologists? And where's our TV show?
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12:06 PM | L’Aquila earthquake scientists win appeal
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk. Six of the seven scientists and government experts convicted of manslaughter for downplaying the risk of an earthquake before the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake disaster, that killed 309 people, have been acquitted of all charges. Giulio Selvaggi one of the seismologists [...] The post L’Aquila earthquake scientists win appeal appeared first on Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience […]
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12:00 PM | Showcase your film at GeoCinema at the General Assembly!
Every year, we showcase a great selection of geoscience films at the EGU General Assembly and after five successful years we will again be running GeoCinema in 2015. If you’ve shadowed a scientist in the lab, filmed fantastic spectacles in the field, or have produced an educational feature on the Earth, planetary or space sciences, […]
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8:15 AM | Mannen landslide: latest status report
The creep rate of the Mannen landslide in Norway has now declined to 2 mm per day. The risk level has been reduced from red to yellow, but the landslide still requires monitoring
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7:26 AM | Philae update: "Go" for landing, despite apparent failure of cold-gas jet system [UPDATED]
Philae is "go" for landing. But there has been drama overnight. One of the steps to prepare for landing did not proceed as planned. UPDATE: At 09:03 UTC, the lander separated from the orbiter, beginning a 7-hour descent to the surface of the comet.
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6:08 AM | Garjainia madiba, a new Erythrosuchid Archosauriform from the Early Triassic of South Africa
Gower, D. J., Hancox, P. J., Botha-Brink, J., Sennikov, A. G., and R. J. Butler. 2014. A New Species of Garjainia Ochev, 1958 (Diapsida: Archosauriformes: Erythrosuchidae) from the Early Triassic of South Africa. PLoS ONE 9(11): e111154. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0111154Abstract - A new species of the erythrosuchid archosauriform reptile Garjainia Ochev, 1958 is described on the basis of disarticulated but abundant and well-preserved cranial and postcranial material from the […]
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3:40 AM | Caltech: Robotic Ocean Gliders Discover Why Antarctic Polar Ice is Melting
Dear Readers, Find below an interesting press release I may as well share verbatim: The rapidly melting ice sheets on the coast of West Antarctica are a potential major contributor to rising ocean levels worldwide. Although warm water near the coast is thought to be the main factor causing the ice to melt, the process…
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3:03 AM | L’Aquila earthquake manslaughter verdict reversed
It should come as no surprise that I think that this is the right result: Six seismologists accused of misleading the public about the risk of an earthquake in Italy were cleared of manslaughter on 10 November. An appeals court … Continue reading →
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2:40 AM | If These Cliffs Could Talk: A Sentinel People Sometimes Miss in Yosemite
If you saw this picture out of context, perhaps in the opening frames of an adventure movie, you might think of this cliff as being an otherworldly precipice full of allure and mystery. Maybe dragons perch on its summit, maybe buried treasure lies in a cave at its base. It's an incredible rock tower. To back up and look at this cloud filled world from a distance takes away none of the mystery. Here is a spectacularly deep gorge with dark forested slopes and vertical rock cliffs. What kind of […]
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1:47 AM | Online resources for next year's Tucson gem-mineral-fossil showcase
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12:29 AM | What is going on in Bárðarbunga volcano
This is not a status update article. For Monday 10-November-2014 status update, please check last article. This is not going to be a long article since I have a long way to go in order to properly analyse … Continue reading →

November 11, 2014

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11:09 PM | Geo 730: November 11, Day 680: Wood, Quartz, Agate and Ash
Above is a closer shot of the same general area on the petrified log at the Cascade Locks Visitor Center as in the previous post. Looking even more closely in a crop from this photo, there's some very pretty agate with a botryoidal (grape-like) texture.I've been meaning to discuss just why these ash-rich sedimentary environments tend to have such rich and well-preserved fossils. This is not just a feature of the Cascades; many renowned fossil localities are in ash-rich sediments, including […]
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10:30 PM | Winter Storm Astro Chills Middle of the US: Photos
Photos from Twitter users around the central United States show the effects of what the Weather Channel is calling Winter Storm Astro.
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10:26 PM | Stubai: Wilder Freiger by the Lubeckerweg
From the Wilder Pfaff and Zuckerhutl I went back to the Nurnberger, had a look at the (Aperer) Feuerstein and then went to the Sulzenau for a rest day. That concluded my first week. Miriam (who has suddenly appeared in this tale, but I won’t mention her much) and I were off to the Dresdener…
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9:40 PM | Invertebrate of the Week #13 – Habronattus Jumping Spiders
This ‘Invertebrate of the Week’ is posted in support of a crowdfunded research appeal involving these remarkable little spiders.  Learn more about how you can help! In general, jumping spiders (Family: Salticidae) are a remarkable group […]
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