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April 08, 2014

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1:47 PM | Opposition time for Mars, and several months of dancing with the stars
The Mars Express team showcases some of the best viewing opportunities of Mars in 2014, including how to spot Comet Siding Spring when it flies past Mars this October.
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1:00 PM | “G” is for Graphic
“G” is for Graphic: The Graphic 35 from Graflex The Speed Graphic from Graflex is a camera that recalls the past. This was a common press camera, that took images on large plates.   Of course “Speed Graphic” begins with … Continue reading →
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12:55 PM | Deformation associated with the intrusion of the Muleros Andesite
Yesterday, I showed off a few views of the contact between the Cretaceous aged Mesilla Valley Formation shale and the hypabyssal Muleros Andesite which intruded into it during the Eocene at Mt. Cristo Rey (on the US/Mexico border where Texas meets New Mexico). Today, I’d like to look at some of the structure associated with the contact zone. First off, take a look at this image, which is looking orthogonal …
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12:27 PM | #AESRC2014 Highlights
Well, AESRC is done for another year and with it my role as co-chair of the organizing committee! Thank goodness for that! Hopefully, I can finally get some actual thesis related work done in the coming months…and maybe get back to blogging a bit as well. However, as grateful as I am that AESRC is […]
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11:21 AM | Emily Anthes discusses how biotechnology is shaping the future of our furry and feathered friends
Emily Anthes is a science journalist and author. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Wired, Scientific American, Psychology Today, BBC Future, SEED, Discover, Popular Science, Slate, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere.  Read more
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10:00 AM | From “When Are You Due?” To “What My Body Can Do”
Body-Love Wellness Circles by Anne-Sophie Reinhardt is an immersion into the power of body-acceptance.The Circles will be focused around transforming the relationship you have or may not have with your body, food and yourself.This post is part of the Body-Love Blog Tour, which is spreading body-acceptance to the masses. To learn more and join us,…
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9:56 AM | When will they ever learn? Herald reprints Telegraph’s tawdry climate lies
Why would the New Zealand Herald choose to reprint a review of a book steeped in climate denial, under the headline The game is up for climate change believers in the week between two major climate reports from the IPCC? The review, by Charles Moore, a former editor of the Daily Telegraph, an up-market British […]
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9:00 AM | European Geosciences Union – General Assembly 2014
Once again Geology for Global Development will have a strong presence at the European Geosciences Union’s General Assembly, in Vienna (27 April – 2 May 2014). This is one of the largest gatherings of geoscientists in the world – with a particularly large group of natural hazard scientists, and groups from hydrology and climate. —- As usual, […]
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8:45 AM | Macroecology – scaling the time barrier
This was originally posted at: http://blogs.egu.eu/palaeoblog/?p=1178 If there was ever an overdue discussion in palaeontology, it was how we reconcile the differences in time scales when looking at different periods in our history. This is becoming increasingly more important as scientific … Continue reading →
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6:18 AM | Out of the Valley of Death: Geology at Fifty-five
One of the first things I tell my students (and occasionally even with some success) is "don't sleep while traveling in the vans". Death Valley National Park is the largest national park in the lower 48 states, and no matter how much time one has, it's hard to take it all in. When you only have four days, it's pretty well impossible, but there is still much to see in transit between stops. On our third day out we were set to explore the northern end of Death Valley, which in a park that is […]
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6:12 AM | Canyon Creek Another Path to Reducing a Gelogic Hazard
The Whatcom County Council acting as the Whatcom County Flood District Board of Supervisors will be voting this evening on accepting a grant agreement with the Washington State Department of Ecology for Flood Plain Restoration Provsio funds whatcom.council/agendabills/ab2014-139.pdf. The $2 million grant will be used to widen the flood plain area on the lower reaches of Canyon Creek. The project serves two purposes: 1) improves salmon habitat on a degraded reach of the stream, […]
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5:57 AM | Fox News climate change coverage is now 28% accurate, up from 7%
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has just published an analysis of 2013 climate coverage by the three major American cable news networks. The report and data are available online, and the results are summarized in the figure below. UCS reviewed nearly 600 segments mentioning "global warming" or "climate change" across the networks' most prominent evening and weekend programs during the 2013 calendar year. Segments that contained any inaccurate or misleading representations of climate […]
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5:03 AM | I must go down the the seas again....
Last night was the last night that we were in transit between Taipei and the drill site. After the rolling waves and buffeting winds of the second day, now the sea was comparatively calm, and the wind was blowing steadily but strongly from behind the ship. The white wake spread out evenly, slowly fading into the still darkness of the empty ocean on either side of the ship. read more
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3:11 AM | Exp 350: Week one!
AHOY! I’m Julia DeMarines, one of your two Education Officers onboard the JR and I’m excited to be the interface between ship life and YOU! The science team arrived to port in Keelung, Taiwan on March 31st to meet their new home for the next two months. read more

April 07, 2014

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11:59 PM | A re-SMARCable finding
On March 23, Nature Genetics published 3 related papers reporting the finding that SMARCA4 is frequently mutated in a rare ovarian cancer type, small cell carcinoma of the ovary, hypercalcemic type (SCCOHT) [Jelinic et al 2014, Ramos et al 2014, Witkowski et al 2014]  … Read more
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10:57 PM | Testing the Waters: First Experience of Research
By Rachel Kirby Last week I completed my first seminar as a research student. I was nervous, very nervous. Not so much about standing up and presenting, but about the questions that would inevitably follow. As an Honours student it … Continue reading →
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10:30 PM | 520-Million-Year-Old Fossils Had Heart and Brain
An extinct arthropod, Fuxianhuia protensa, from the Cambrian period, had a sophisticated heart and blood vessel system.
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10:19 PM | Climate Change: a Matter of Public Health
People have tried to cast climate change as an environmental issue, a social justice issue and a development issue. Madeleine Thomson of the International Research Institute for Climate and Society argues climate change can be understood much better if we consider it an issue of global public health.
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8:54 PM | Hacking logs
Over the weekend, 6 intrepid geologist-geeks gathered in a coworking space in the East Downtown area of Houston. With only six people, I wasn't sure we could generate the same kind of creative buzz we had at the geophysics hackathon last September. But sitting with other geoscientists and solving problems with code works at any scale.  The theme of the event was 'Doing cool things with log data'. There were no formal teams and no judging round. Nonetheless, some paired up in loose […]
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8:41 PM | Could We Cloak a City from an Earthquake?
Scientist experiment with a way to deflect seismic waves around a city. Continue reading →
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8:18 PM | Geo 730: April 7, Day 462: Beating a Retreat
A final shot of the tsunami dock, ripped loose from its mooring in Japan in the aftermath of the Tohoku earthquake, March 11, 2011. A small section of this dock is on permanent display at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, a few miles south, on the other side of Yaquina Bay. Given the number of people seen here, coming to take a gander of this visceral reminder of the earth's power and indifference to human life and safety, one might hope that people would take the lesson to heart. One would […]
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8:05 PM | Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Powers Up in Cook Haven and in Fans' Minds
At the Solander Point section of the rim of Endeavour Crater, Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity spent the month of March just off Murray Ridge working on its final targets in Cook Haven and dusting itself in the winds of winter, while MER mission officials on Earth were roving toward what may be the robot's current greatest potential threat – being cut from NASA's planetary science budget.
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7:46 PM | Das ITVA Altlastensymposium 2014 in Fulda #2
Vom 19. bis 21. März 2014 fand in Fulda das Altlastensymposium des ITVA statt. Über den ersten Teil hatte ich ja bereits gebloggt. Und auch der zweite Teil soll hier nicht untergehen.   Der ITVA will sich, wie so viele Gesellschaften, auch um den Nachwuchs kümmern. Dazu wurde ein Preis ausgeschrieben, der in drei (OK eigentlich mehr in 2) Kategorien vergeben wird. (Diplom sollte ja eine aussterbende Spezies sein): Einmal in der Kategorie Bachelor / Masterarbeiten und einmal […]
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7:30 PM | DNews: How Much Trash is in the Ocean?
As countries all over the world continue to search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, we're finding a ton of garbage in the ocean! How much trash is floating in the ocean? Anthony discusses how much we know of, and what we're doing to clean it up.
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5:55 PM | Student Research Showcase 2014
The Earth Institute, Columbia University is proud to support student research in the areas of environment and sustainable development at the annual Student Research Showcase on April 25, 2014. Student interns, research assistants and travel grant recipients, and their Faculty and Research Advisors, will be honored for their research contributions that ranged in topics from biodiversity, urban planning, earth sciences to international development.
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5:45 PM | Talking “rubbish” with the environment minister
Sitting down with Minister of Environment Laila Iskandar at Alexandria’s ongoing Biovision conference, she talked to Nature Middle East about going back to the basics in terms of solid waste sorting and recycling–a thing that was overdue, according to her.  Read more
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3:13 PM | Greenland Ice
If you went to Greenland, almost 80 North, And drilled your way down ... a mile, then more, You'd find some strange layers, a story'd come forth A record of ice ages locked in a core.
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3:02 PM | My Own Corner of Mars
How I took a high-res photo of an intriguing spot on the Red Planet--and how you can, too.
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2:56 PM | LiDAR: Wave Cut Terraces on Orcas Island
LiDAR images heavily featured in articles on the Oso/Hazel Landslide and is a very powerful tool for identifying large landslide features http://seattletimes.com_mudslidelidar. With  little ground work and experience in an area LiDAR images also greatly assist in geologic interpretation. I was doing some pre site visit work for a couple geology hazard assessments on Orcas Island and noted a couple of linear features in the LiDAR (along with a few other […]
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2:31 PM | Tufa at Trona
Tufa towers are a sign of drastically changed climate. Tufa is a spongy kind of travertine, a calcium carbonate deposit formed as springs discharge groundwater into conditions that force the ...Read Full Post
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