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December 16, 2014

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2:24 AM | Cells of the century
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2:21 AM | 2014 SkS News Bulletin #6: LIMA COP20 / CMP10
This News Bulletin is a compilation of articles about the just concluded meeting of the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and of and the 10th session of the Conference of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol. The meeting was held in Lima, Peru begining on Dec 1 and ending on Dec 14 with the adoption of a report dubbed the Lima Call for Climate Action. A climate accord based on global peer pressure At climate talks in Lima, […]
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2:01 AM | Growing forests with fire
In the summer of 2012, Heather Alexander traveled to a remote larch forest in eastern Siberia, gathered together piles of dry twigs and branches, and lit a match. Alexander, a biologist at the University of Texas at Brownsville, is a fire starter. Her work aims to understand whether increasingly common fires in the boreal larch forests of north-eastern Siberia are unleashing more carbon into the atmosphere or, paradoxically, helping the forests capture and store atmospheric carbon by promoting […]

December 15, 2014

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9:51 PM | 2015 Internships at Center for Sustainable Investment
The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment is accepting applications for internship positions for the spring 2015 and summer 2015 semesters. Interns are staffed to one or more specific research projects depending on the background and interests of the particular applicant. Internships are generally unpaid, though some paid opportunities are available. Select work-study administrative positions are also available, and course credit can be granted in some cases.
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9:20 PM | Geo 730: December 15, Day 714: Timberline Chimney
Inside Timberline Lodge, the lighting is dim, and it's not easy (especially as I get older) trying to hold my camera steady for good clarity. Above is the best shot I have of the chimney over the great hearth. This is native stone; I don't know if there was a dedicated quarry for the stonework in the lodge, or if they just used loose blocks laying around on the surface. Goodness knows, there's plenty of those. The lodge was built as a part of the WPA program in the late 30s, and dedicated by […]
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8:53 PM | Carbon News 15/12/14: smoke and mirrors
English goes silent on carbon deficit costs The Government is refusing to discuss what impact a 2030 carbon deficit will have on the economy – despite warnings from Treasury. Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed to Carbon News that Treasury is predicting carbon prices of between $10 and $165 a tonne between 2021 and 2030, […]
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7:07 PM | Why California Has So Many Landslides
The mess caused by the Pineapple Express reminds us that California is exceptionally prone to landslides. Continue reading →
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6:00 PM | Denmark Makes Land Grab for North Pole
Denmark makes a claim to contested, energy-rich territory around the North Pole by submitting data to the UN which it says demonstrates the area is an extension of its continental shelf.
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5:53 PM | Reporting from the 2014 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union
In San Francisco, in an annual tradition, more than 20,000 geologists are descending on the Moscone Center. I'll be attending #AGU14 this week, but you can also watch press briefings and many of the sessions online.
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5:28 PM | All Good Things must End…
Eventually everybody has to face change and his personal Chicxulub and so will the History of Geology blog end as part of the Scientific American Network. I’m very grateful to the Scientific American Staff and the many bloggers in the network for the support, opportunities and especially the fun offered in these past three years. [...]
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5:28 PM | All Good Things must End…
Eventually everybody has to face change and his personal Chicxulub and so will the History of Geology blog end as part of the Scientific American Network. I’m very grateful to the Scientific... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:08 PM | Nordkurs im Golf von Bengalen
Seit heute Nacht fahren wir mit etwa 11 Knoten in Richtung Indien. Am 18 Dezember werden wir dann einige Stunden im Hafen von Visakhapatnam anlegen, um zwei indische Wissenschaftler an Bord zu nehmen. Die Bohrstelle U1443, die uns jetzt knapp eine Woche beschäftigt hat, ist erledigt und alle nutzen die Fahrt, um an der wissenschaftlichen Auswertung zu arbeiten. read more
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12:00 PM | Imaggeo on Mondays: A single beam in the dancing night lights
Research takes Earth scientists to the four corners of globe. So, if you happen to have a keen interest in photography and find yourself doing research at high latitudes, chances are you’ll get lucky and photograph the dancing night lights: aurora (or northern lights), arguably one of the planet’s most breath taking natural phenomenon. That is exactly the position Matias Takala, a researcher at the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), was in when he was able to take this […]
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12:00 PM | 12 Days of the Ocean: Photos
We pooled our favorite images from NOAA this year, showing off 12 shots of raging seas, marine life and other surprising underwater finds.
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9:55 AM | Two degrees: The history of climate change’s ‘speed limit’
This is a re-post from Carbon Brief by Mat Hope & Rosamund Pearce Limiting warming to no more than two degrees has become the de facto target for global climate policy. But there are serious questions about whether policymakers can keep temperature rise below the limit, and what happens if they don't. As climate negotiators meet in Lima to discuss a new global climate deal that could limit warming to two degrees or less, we look at each of the issues in turn. Here, we take a look at […]
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9:54 AM | Why I feel horrible about Nature‘s article-sharing initiative
I wrote last week that I can’t support Nature’s new broken-access initiative for two reasons: practically, I can’t rely on it; and philosophically I can’t abide work being done to reduce utility. More recently I read a post on Nature’s blog: Content sharing is *not* open access and why NPG is committed to both. It’s well worth reading: concise, […]
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7:00 AM | From the Frontline: La Trobe University
Burn-off policies could be contributing to extinctions.
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7:00 AM | From the vault: The weird and wonderful world of animals
A look back at some of our most popular articles.
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7:00 AM | Ada Lovelace, prophet of the computer age
The daughter of Lord Byron was the first to grasp computer programming.
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7:00 AM | Has carbon capture’s time finally come?
How will China meet its new emissions target?
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7:00 AM | How Buddhist singing bowls inspired solar cell design
Scientists discuss their discoveries and why they matter.
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7:00 AM | Did our DNA arrive from space?
The blueprint for life is tougher than we thought.
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6:57 AM | Direction le nord de la Baie du Bengale
Depuis cette nuit nous filons à 11 nœuds de moyenne vers les côtes indiennes. Le 18 décembre nous accosterons pour quelques heures au port de Visakhapatnam où deux scientifiques indiens vont nous rejoindre; ce sont aussi deux observateurs officiels représentant l’Inde. Le site U1443 est terminé et tout le monde travaille sur les rapports scientifiques. read more
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6:00 AM | The Banjarnegara landslide in Central Java, Indonesia: 32 dead, 76 missing
Late of Friday night a landslide in Banjarnegara, Central Java, Indonesia killed 32 people, with an estimated 76 people still missing.
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6:00 AM | PhD reflections: KT
Between a Rock and a Hard Place began as an Earth Science PhD blog in February 2013, as a place to ramble on about PhD life and general science topics. Almost two years later, some of the contributors have finished, others have submitted, and the rest are nearing the end. Over the next few weeks, the BaR contributors will be sharing some reflections on their PhD experiences. Taken from an original post on the Bristol Doctoral College blog. Next in the series, KT Cooper. PhD highlight: OOne of […]
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5:47 AM | Dr. G’s #AGU14 Spotlight – The MAVEN Mission to Mars
The AGU 2014 Fall Meeting Public Lecture focused on the NASA MAVEN Mission to Mars. Learn more about the information shared from the earliest stages of this atmospheric-detection mission.
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4:47 AM | Social Media Roundup: AGU Fall Meeting 2014
It's that time of year again! Time for frantic poster-printing, rearranging your talk slides for the third or fourth (or dozenth) time, hoping your flight into SFO will actually land on time and wondering whether you'll need to pack short sleeves, a wool coat or rain boots. (Right now, I'd recommend the rain boots.)
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4:12 AM | Should We Be Mining Our State Parks? Red Rock Canyon State Park: Comments Requested by Dec. 18
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1:55 AM | Cool Science Pics
Thought I’d share some cool pics taken from Space today. The first one below is from the past week, and is a great view from the ISS courtesy of Astronaut Barry Wilmore. Notice the city lights shining through the clouds. I forecasted a sunny Sunday in Maryland and Delaware today. Missed it by THAT much! Severe storms hit Oklahoma Sunday evening ahead of a powerful tropospheric low pressure system. The …

December 14, 2014

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11:48 PM | Geo 730: December 14, Day 713: Hood Summit
A closer view of the amphitheater below Mount Hood's summit, and Crater Rock in its center. The striated snowy area directly downhill from Crater Rock is the so-called "Palmer Glacier," though with no bergschrund, I'm not convinced this is actually a glacier rather than an ice field. Palmer is the only site in North America that offers year-round skiing (hence the striations), though I've heard conditions can get pretty awful before the fall snows start falling.Photo unmodified. October 10, […]
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