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April 22, 2014

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7:36 AM | Where are the Ten Most Incredible Places You've Ever Stood? A New Blog Series...
What is the most incredible place you have ever stood? That thought occurred to me this last weekend when I got up to Glacier and Washburn Points in Yosemite National Park. For those who are less familiar with the park, Glacier and Washburn Points are on the rim of Yosemite Valley, not on the valley floor. As such, they give a bird's-eye view of one of the most incredible pieces of land in the world, and though a million or more people may stop there during their visit to Yosemite, I'll bet the […]

April 21, 2014

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11:22 PM | The Moral Challenge of Dangerous Climate Change
The combination of a recently acquired desktop video magnifier and a kindle has for the time being restored some ease to my reading. Hence this review. I was drawn by the title The Moral Challenge of Dangerous Climate Change: Values, Poverty and Policy, since I can’t see the resistance to energy reform mounted by powerful […]
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9:01 PM | Boonshoft’s beaver almost finished
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, we’ve been reconstructing a second copy of the Joseph Moore Museum’s giant beaver skeleton, this time for display at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. As you can see above, we’re almost finished. This … Continue reading →
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5:43 PM | Geo 730: April 21, Day 477: Muddled Mix
Some sections of the basalt/sedimentary mixture at Depoe Bay seem at least somewhat stratified- not organized, per se, but not exactly chaotic either. The above shows a disorganized muddle of pillows, breccia and sediment. It's hard to tell the finer breccia material from the sediment at this distance, so I don't have a good sense of how much there really is of the latter here, and how much is purely volcanic in origin.Photo unmodified. July 10, 2012. FlashEarth location.
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5:00 PM | Across the West and Back Day 2: Beyond the Wasatch
It was a cloudy and soon to be stormy day, and we were just about over the Wasatch, just about to U.S. 189, which runs in a northeasterly direction through Provo Canyon toward Heber City, where we planned to meet up with U.S. 40. On our way to 189, still on S.R. 92, we passed by one or two roadcuts exposing some tilted beds, a general configuration that was rapidly becoming familiar on our trip, one I soon came to think of as "another tilted section." In this case, it turned out that we were […]
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5:00 PM | Across the West and Back Day 2: Beyond the Wasatch
It was a cloudy and soon to be stormy day, and we were just about over the Wasatch, just about to U.S. 189, which runs in a northeasterly direction through Provo Canyon toward Heber City, where we planned to meet up with U.S. 40. On our way to 189, still on S.R. 92, we passed by one or two roadcuts exposing some tilted beds, a general configuration that was rapidly becoming familiar on our trip, one I soon came to think of as "another tilted section." In this case, it turned out that we were […]
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4:40 PM | Whale-Shaped Garden Boat Cleans as It Goes
A fantastical water vessel cleans pollution from waterways, transports travelers and also serves as a floating garden.
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4:30 PM | Stunning New Orchid Species Discovered
A gorgeous new orchid species has been discovered in Panama.
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4:29 PM | 3 Basic Stress Management Techniques (From 10-Year Old Mallie)
Back in a time before the internet was actually useful and safe for a child to explore unsupervised (pre-parental controls in the 1990s), I liked to read encyclopedias and other reference books for fun. I admire little Mallie’s patience and concentration, as the thought of doing that today is incredibly boring, despite my preference for…
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2:33 PM | Forensic Ballistics: How Apollo 12 Helped Solve the Skydiver Meteorite Mystery
What can a 45-year-old mission to the Moon tell us about a "meteorite" flying past a skydiver on Earth?
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2:03 PM | Swimming Pool for Registered Guests Only
The Desert Sands Motor Hotel on old Route 66 in Albuquerque has all the modern amenities. If you look closely, you’ll see a small television satellite dish. Related posts:Under the street art More on where the Bellagio fountain gets its water Man Bites Dog
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2:02 PM | Moms-to-Be: Don't Eat These Fish
Organic pollutants in fish create a decades-long health risk for mothers and their children. Continue reading →
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12:12 PM | Away from home: Of ‘small’ things & big
The ‘Away from home‘ blogging series features Indian postdocs working in foreign labs recounting their experience of working there, the triumphs and challenges, the cultural differences and what they miss about India. They also offer useful tips for their Indian postdocs headed abroad. You can join in the online conversation using the #postdochat hashtag.  Read more
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12:00 PM | “R” is for Retina: The Kodak Retina Cameras
“R” is for Retina. Kodak has a series of cameras with the Retina name. Most are rangefinder cameras for 35mm film, but there is at least one Retina SLR (the Retina Reflex). The pre-war Retina was very much a tiny … Continue reading →
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9:00 AM | GfGD Committee Updates
Joel Gill, GfGD Founder and Director, writes about recent additions and updates to the GfGD Executive Committee… Over the past few weeks we’ve been adding to and reshaping our Executive Committee, a group of excellent individuals who work with myself to coordinate our range of projects and development. Each member of the committee is in full-time education […]
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8:00 AM | They Don’t Call It Fossil Hunting For Nothing!
Not too long ago a friend emailed me an intriguing image. What’s this? He inquired. Well, jeez, I replied. That’s an ammonite! Where in the world did you find that? An ammonite from NW ArizonaNow, I don’t remember ever seeing an ammonite in the field, and I’ve been hiking around  Utah and Arizona for decades. Ammonites are an extinct group of invertebrates of the class Cephalopoda that are more closely related to octopus and squid than they are to the […]
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7:45 AM | Science Snap (#25): Vesuvius, Andy Warhol
Quite simply, volcanoes are inspiring. I’ve yet to meet someone who disagrees. The majestic volcanic landscape has thus been an inspiration to many an artist and author, whether intentional or not. Furthermore, artwork itself can be a valuable tool to help decipher and understand eruptions and their effects on the climate. Pictured here is Vesuvius […]
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4:23 AM | More About The Guy Who Almost Poisoned The Planet (As Seen on COSMOS Sunday Night)
If you saw COSMOS Sunday night, (20 April) then you might be fascinated by the story of Thomas Midgley who invented lead additives for gasoline, and formed the Ethyl Corporation. Neil deGrasse Tyson used the entire episode to tell the story Clair Patterson who discovered the age of the Earth. In doing so, he also discovered that the lead additives in the gasoline were burning slowly poisoning all plant and …
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3:05 AM | borderlands
This is my favorite border picture from my trip last month to Arizona-California-Sonora-Baja. You can see the old border fence on the right, one of those repurposed metal landing strip things, which as near as I can tell is where the actual border is. The big new fence is pulled back 50 yards or so ...Continue reading ‘borderlands’ » Related posts:River Beat: The Flood of 1905 Nationalism on the Lower Colorado multiple meanings of “presa”
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2:53 AM | Easter Rocks! Kevin Talks! Meet your Operations Superintendent
Happy Easter on the JOIDES Resolution! One of our co-chief scientists, Cathy Busby, had little treats for us today, Peeps and chocolate eggs! We had some spectacular core come up with excellent blue/green colors. Due to Internet limitations, I’m only able to upload one photo, but please do visit our facebook page to see images of the spectacular core! www.facebook.com/joidesresolution read more

April 20, 2014

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11:20 PM | Long weekend viewing: Years Of Living Dangerously
This is the trailer for Years Of Living Dangerously, a nine part documentary about the impacts of climate change by James Cameron and a bunch of Hollywood filmmakers, working with some of the USA’s top TV journalists and a team of top climate scientists. There are some big names involved: Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Jessica […]
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10:12 PM | The Dogwoods are Blooming in Yosemite Valley! And North Dome, the Stuff of Legend
The Pacific Dogwood (Cornus nuttalli) is a diminutive tree that forms some of the understory of Yosemite Valley's conifer forests. It seems practically invisible to park visitors (like me, anyway) most of the year except for two times: fall, when the tree becomes one of the most vivid contributors to the autumn colors of the valley, and spring, when the Dogwood flowers bloom. The flowers aren't all that showy actually. They are the small yellow sphere in the middle of the structure. But they […]
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8:55 PM | Tucson-based Mintec acquired by Hexagon
Mintec, Inc., announced that Hexagon AB, a leading provider of design, measurement and visualization technologies, has of today entered into an agreement to acquire the company, a resource modeling, optimization, mine planning and scheduling software developer for the mining industry."Headquartered in Tucson, AZ, USA, Mintec has with its 232 employees grown into a global network of mining professionals providing technology, service and support in some of the most complex mining operations […]
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8:50 PM | electricity and crow
This is our 21st spring in the house on Aliso Drive, the longest (by a significant margin) that I’ve lived in the same place. The utility pole in the back corner of our yard has been at the fringe of my perception that whole time. I never completely ignored it, but I never thought much ...Continue reading ‘electricity and crow’ » Related posts:Dad always had a camera The Blues electricity and beer
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6:27 PM | Geo 730: April 20, Day 476: Weathered Wall
Taking a break from the basalt and sandstone of the surf area (though you can still see a bit a blue from the bay at the top), this is a close-up of the wall along the sidewalk of the Depoe Bay waterfront. I would describe this as cavernous weathering, with ribs between pits forming in vesicular (bubbly) basalt.Photo unmodified. July 10, 2012. FlashEarth location.
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5:00 PM | How to make graphene in a kitchen blender
Don’t try this at home. No really, don’t: it almost certainly won’t work and you won’t be able to use your kitchen blender for food afterwards. But buried in the supplementary information of a research paper published today is a domestic recipe for producing large quantities of clean flakes of graphene.  Read more
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4:21 PM | Perverse outcomes: Lifting U.S. oil export ban would mean greater dependence on foreign oil
The United States today is a large net importer of crude oil and refined products. And, yet the story that the country can somehow export crude oil as a foreign policy measure to help reduce Ukraine's dependence on Russia won't die. Oil executives and their surrogates keep bringing it up, and unsuspecting reporters amplify a message that has absolutely no basis.The reason for this oil industry public relations blitz on the Ukraine is rooted in the industry's desire to end a decades-old ban on […]
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4:06 PM | This Week's Geo-Quiz: Plate Tectonics
Over 200 years ago, we began to glimpse the outlines of the great engine that sculpts and maintains the Earth as we know and love it. It took a century and a half to come up with a paradigm—a body of theory and worldview—that we could sink our teeth into: plate tectonics. Today the general public is familiar with the basics of plates. But this quiz gets into the deep details that only a Geo-Whiz has mastered. Could you be one? Give the quiz a try.
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3:31 PM | the ants of spring
This crew is building an architectural masterpiece in our driveway. Related posts:Pulse flow, from outer space Portal to the past? Pulse flow slows
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2:43 PM | At The Cutting Edge of Science
The information that is gathered during these marine geoscience expeditions contributes hugely to our knowledge and understanding of how the Earth evolved and is still evolving. It underpins our models of climate change, the emplacement of valuable minerals and the distribution of natural hazards in both space and time. read more
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