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November 17, 2014

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11:02 PM | National Business Review: last bastion of climate denial in NZ pushes de Freitas tosh
The National Business Review — New Zealand’s biggest-selling business weekly — provides a happy media home for climate deniers of all stripes. Columnists like former ACT Party leader Rodney Hide and right wing spin doctor Matthew Hooton1 are given free rein to rant and rave about climate issues, but occasionally editor Nevil Gibson offers its […]
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9:32 PM | Update on the Dropout
Last Wednesday, we puny humans landed on a comet- kudos and sincere admiration to ESA. I fully expected that I would lose a day or two focused entirely on that, and I did. Then, due to the (hilarious) foibles of the landing, as I was struggling to get caught up with my reading Friday, Philae was sputtering out of battery power, and was apparently headed into "hibernation mode," or as one wag put it, "a coma." So again I was largely distracted, watching breathlessly to see if the last batches of […]
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8:00 PM | Major Quakes May Be Predicted by Subtle Shifts
Small, slow-moving shifts in the Earth's offshore plates may accurately provide a heads up to major earthquakes and tsunamis.
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7:50 PM | Bárðarbunga volcano update Monday 17-November-2014
There has not been any major change in the eruption in Holuhraun. Latest reports are that the lava field is now 74 square kilometres in size. While the eruption is smaller than it was when it started, it … Continue reading →
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7:17 PM | Oh, lordy!
Mostly misc. I start with this erg screenshot, which I hasten to add is not mine, though that will be obvious to the cognoscenti immeadiately, or indeed to anyone who has sweated out 2k and got not even close to 6:06.8 – I can’t even quite manage 7:10 for 2k, let alone for three times…
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4:40 PM | San Francisco Streets Painted With Hidden Creeks
Artists will overlay the path of hidden creeks and arroyos on San Francisco's city streets, in a nod to waterways that used to run through nearly every valley in the city.
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4:16 PM | View from the Handlebars
The blistering heat has dissipated. The jostling summer crowds have disappeared from the trails. Shuttle buses still whoosh quietly up and down the main canyon, but only on the weekends. The sun casts its lengthening shadows on the towering cliffs of Navajo Sandstone. There is a definite chill in the air. This is Zion National Park in November, and it is a perfect time for a bicycle ride.View from the handlebarsA bicycle offers opportunities to pause anytime, anywhere. In Zion, this means the […]
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3:49 PM | Sounds of Seismology
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory scientist Ben Holtzman grew up discovering science through interactive exhibits in San Francisco’s Exploratorium and now provides a similar experience for others. Holtzman designs immersive shows that allow people to experience what earthquakes and seismic waves look and sound like as they move through and around the Earth. On Monday, November 17th at the American Museum of Natural History Hayden Planetarium, Holtzman and his collaborators will present one […]
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3:45 PM | Links: Headwaters of the Susan River and Lassen Volcanic National Park
Geologic Map of Lassen Volcanic National Park and Vicinity, California:main page at USGSGeologic Map of Lassen Volcanic National Park and Vicinity, California:Sheet 1, geologic mapGeologic Map of Lassen Volcanic National Park and Vicinity, California:Sheet 2, correlation chartGeologic Map of Lassen Volcanic National Park and Vicinity, California:Sheet 3, figuresGeologic Map of Lassen Volcanic National Park and Vicinity, California:pamphlet (write up of the geology)Susan River (Wikipedia)Susan […]
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3:45 PM | Links: Headwaters of the Susan River and Lassen Volcanic National Park
Geologic Map of Lassen Volcanic National Park and Vicinity, California:main page at USGSGeologic Map of Lassen Volcanic National Park and Vicinity, California:Sheet 1, geologic mapGeologic Map of Lassen Volcanic National Park and Vicinity, California:Sheet 2, correlation chartGeologic Map of Lassen Volcanic National Park and Vicinity, California:Sheet 3, figuresGeologic Map of Lassen Volcanic National Park and Vicinity, California:pamphlet (write up of the geology)Susan River (Wikipedia)Susan […]
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3:04 PM | Iubeste-ti Riul: How the mantra of “Love Your River” is Spreading Environmental Stewardship throughout Moldova
Where roads cross the Bic River in the country of Moldova, you will likely notice “Love Your River” signs. It is a simple unclaimed request, devoid of self-promotion yet very personal to all that read it. In these three simple, yet profound words, those signs tell the story of the National Environmental Center (NEC), a four member NGO working to persuade their country to adopt water stewardship in a place where both political and physical infrastructures have long been neglected. […]
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1:15 PM | Floods, Companies and Supply Chain Risk
Global companies with long supply chains could do a much better job of managing climate disaster risk, according to a recently published study from Masahikio Haraguchi and Upmanu Lall, researchers at the Columbia Water Center. According to the study, published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, even as the impact of natural hazards [...]
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12:15 PM | Imaggeo on Mondays: Gothic Snow Architecture.
Whilst on a family holiday in Norway, Gerrit de Rooij took this incredible photograph of an ice arch. Understandably geoscience is not his top priority whilst taking photographs on holiday, however Gerrit points out that “pretty much every picture of a landscape has hydrology in there somewhere”, as he goes on to describe below. This […]
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9:19 AM | Dinosaurs, Volcanoes, Monsters of the Deep, and Other Stories Told by a Pile of Rocks. And Disneyland.
One of my most vivid childhood memories was Southern California Gas Company's Disneyland Night. My dad worked for the company at the time. Once a year the company rented Disneyland and practically every employee and their family showed up. It's hard to explain why this is so extraordinary, but let me try. Have you ever heard the expression "E ticket ride", referring to an event almost too exciting to bear? Disneyland used to require the purchase of a ticket book which was used to buy your way […]
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8:33 AM | Markagunt: A truly gigantic gravity landslide (2000 cubic kilometres!)
A new paper in Geology describes for the first time the Markagunt gravity slide - a c.2000 square kilometre landslide deposit in Utah, USA that occurred about 22 million years ago.
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5:35 AM | Slide collection opens a door on America’s past
A look at hand-coloured slides from the early days of photography.
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5:35 AM | Rosetta: ‘At the limit of what humankind can do’
The perils and triumphs of the audacious mission to land a probe on a comet.
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5:35 AM | Lone stars: Half of the stars in the Universe may lie outside galaxies
Caltech scientists may have found some of the missing matter in the Universe.
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5:35 AM | Best of the blogs
Highlights from our daily blog over the past week.
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5:35 AM | The crystals that can clean the planet
Matthew Hill’s work with ultra-porous crystals has earned him an Australian Prime Minister’s science prize.
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5:35 AM | Let’s bring on the brave new world
Fear about robots taking our jobs is misplaced.
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5:35 AM | Blood test may be key to Alzheimer’s treatment
Early warning may offer patients the best chance.
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5:15 AM | Claremont chert, and other Oakland rocks, in Sunol
The other day I took a field trip to see the construction site of the new dam for the Calaveras Reservoir. (The old dam is being replaced because it’s not strong enough to endure a big earthquake on the Calaveras fault, which runs essentially right through it.) It was a cool time, with fossils and […]
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5:07 AM | Dr. Ruth L. Elder - July 22, 1954 – Nov. 4, 2014
Dr. Ruth L. (Jessie) Elder passed away earlier this month at the age of 60.  Dr. Elder is best known in the vertebrate paleontology community for her work on the Triassic vertebrate fauna from the Dockum Group near Otis Chalk, Texas. The purported rhynchosaurian Otischalkia elderae is named in her honor.Dr. Elder's obituary can be viewed here.
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4:20 AM | Carbon News 17/11/14: G20 climate action
Minister knows of water woes, but public information tap is turned off Finance Minister Bill English has been told something about fresh water — but the public isn’t allowed to know what it is. Last month, Ministry for the Environment officials were forced to admit they were wrong to say that the quality of our […]
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3:42 AM | Effective stress and FDL science
"It's a very dynamic slope," Margaret Darrow said, standing in front of frozen debris lobe -A. FDL-A is a slow landslide; among the frozen debris lobes documented it's the closest to the Dalton Highway and the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. Although the lobes likely began their life as debris left over when Pleistocene glaciers disappeared 10 to 14 thousand years ago, their speed has recently increased. Now when Darrow describes FDL-A she states truly: "It moves so fast that you can watch it... […]
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1:16 AM | Wordless Wednesday Challenge – Arrows
The RocNaNo blog offers weekly Wordless Wednesday writing prompts. Last week’s was this:   Arrows “What are those for?” said Henry. “What do you think?” Gilbert replied. “We’re going on the hunt. We need to be able to fell the … Continue reading →

November 16, 2014

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11:09 PM | Persimmons
Despite California’s epic drought, there were Central Valley persimmons this afternoon in Talin Market, Albuquerque’s international district grocer, when my sister, Lisa, and I stopped by to pick up a few things. They were priced at $1.29 a pound, with the box label suggesting they had come all the way from Gridley, Calif., a little ...Continue reading ‘Persimmons’ »
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10:01 PM | Have De Gruyters enclosed previously open-access Bepress journals?
At the end of October, we published a short piece called CC-By documents cannot be re-enclosed if their publisher is acquired. In an interesting discussion in the comments, moominoid asked: Isn’t this what happened when DeGruyter acquired BEPress? And subsequently expanded: This is the announcement of the acquisition. If you visit the journals now, they are […]
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9:00 PM | Earth Shots: Must-See Planet Pics (Nov. 16)
In this roundup of recent imagery from around the world, an aurora is seen above Norway, disaster is narrowly averted at the World Trade Center, and an astronaut captures the Rio Grande from aboard the space station.
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