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October 17, 2014

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3:32 AM | tiny brontosauruses
This arrived on my Facebook wall, courtesy of Raul Diaz. For a split second I really did think the one second from the right was an older-model Carnegie Brachiosaurus toy. I assume that, like me, you have people in your life that you don’t correspond with very often, and when you remember that they exist, […]
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12:53 AM | Another Well Written Defense of Science
Jonathan Bines is a staff writer for Jimmy Kimmel and he has a piece in Huff Post that is superb- it deserves sharing and widely. In this memorable October, a lot of virologists (and disease experts) are getting a taste of what evolutionary biologists, and climate scientists have experienced. A quote from Bines: “Science cannot be refuted by appeals to intuition or personal experience, attacks on the character or motivations …

October 16, 2014

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11:55 PM | Bárðarbunga update for 16-October-2014
Largest earthquake in Bárðarbunga volcano today (16-October-2014) had the magnitude of 5,0. Second largest earthquake had the magnitude of 4,6. Other earthquakes have been smaller. There have been more earthquake activity today compared to yesterday. The eruption in … Continue reading →
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10:14 PM | Did Deforestation Pave the Way for Ebola Outbreak?
Cutting down trees isn't just bad for the climate. It also can facilitate the spread of deadly diseases. Continue reading →
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10:10 PM | MiSTORY
Anyone who follows the science of climate change knows that we are heading for environmental and social turmoil along our current path. In his new novel MiSTORY author Philip Temple imaginatively pictures what that turmoil might mean decades on from now. New Zealand is in a political mess. Conflict abroad and conflict within. A long-lasting […]
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8:51 PM | The Winter Forecast Is Out, and It’s Probably Wrong!
  NOAA Released the 2014/2015 winter forecast today and it is probably wrong. I’m not taking a slam at NOAA here, they will also admit to you that the odds are that this forecast will not be correct. The truth is, that any forecast beyond 5-7 days has very low skill. That said, we cannot learn to make long-range forecasts unless we try, and that’s how science works: we make …
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8:00 PM | Winter Forecast for US Nothing to Shiver About
Don't expect the polar vortex to pummel the eastern United States this winter.
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6:50 PM | Drought-hit US Town Learns to Live Without Water
Hundreds of residents and business people in the small town of Porterville, in California's normally verdant Central Valley, who have no running water and are having to re-think how they live.
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5:55 PM | The Strange Medical Case of the Radioactive Landslide
The landslide of Köfels (named after a small village in Tyrol) is one of the largest recognized landslides in the Alps – large enough to dam up a 92 meters (300 feet) deep prehistoric lake and divide in two the valley of Ötz. Wood fragments discovered during the construction of a gallery in the landslide [...]
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5:55 PM | The Strange Medical Case of the Radioactive Landslide
The landslide of Köfels (named after a small village in Tyrol) is one of the largest recognized landslides in the Alps – large enough to dam up a 92 meters (300 feet) deep prehistoric lake and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:36 PM | And now for the fun part: choosing your outreach activities!
The wonderful thing about science communication and outreach is that there are an almost infinite number of ways to share your science. We’ve made a quick list of some of the kinds of activities you can be involved in to share your science.
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4:50 PM | Environmental Earth Science in the News Roundup #5
View the story “Environmental Earth Science News Roundup #5″ on Storify
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4:08 PM | Principal Features of the Mammalian Nasal Cavity were Present in Triassic Eucynodonts
Ruf, I., Maier, W., Rodrigues, P. G., and C. L. Schultz. 2014. Nasal Anatomy of the Non-mammaliaform Cynodont Brasilitherium riograndensis (Eucynodontia, Therapsida) Reveals New Insight into Mammalian Evolution. The Anatomical Record 297: 2018–2030. DOI: 10.1002/ar.23022Abstract - The mammalian nasal cavity is characterized by a unique anatomy with complex internal features. The evolution of turbinals was correlated with endothermic and macrosmatic adaptations in therapsids and in early […]
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3:35 PM | Offshore Oil Rigs Are Turning Into Fish Condos
Fish are flocking to the structures beneath oil drilling platforms, and turning them into living spaces. Continue reading →
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3:22 PM | Magic Mushrooms in My Yard: Photos
The mushrooms springing out of the ground lately are of the magic variety...literally.
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3:14 PM | Random Writing – Wild Yeast
The RocNaNo group frequently posts random writing prompts. This one involves beer, so it caught my eye: Random #WritingPrompt: A six-pack of beer, a surreal news story, and a famous quote. #amwriting — RocNaNo (@RocNaNo) October 15, 2014 Wild Yeast … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | Hayride season
National Blog Posting Month – September 2014 – Crunch Prompt – Tell us about your ideal hayride. What would you bring? Who would be there? —— Oh my goodness. Hayrides. The last time I went on a hayride was probably … Continue reading →
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2:00 PM | Thirsty Thursday – My Own Pumpkin Ale
My weekend was very, very busy, in terms of brewing. Saturday, I finally bottled by Sam Adams Summer Ale clone. In two weeks, I’ll finally get to drink it! Once it was bottled, and all the carboys cleaned, it was … Continue reading →
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1:30 PM | Could Gas Explosions Explain Bermuda Triangle Mystery?
The cause behind the Bermuda Triangle could also explain mysterious holes appearing in Siberia.
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11:27 AM | Boudinage in Santorini schist
While on my blueschist quest, I noticed this boudin train exposed in the trail. I’m not sure what exactly is being boudinaged here – only that it is lighter in color than the schist that surrounds it, as well as finer grained and less foliated (more massive). A tabular mass of fault gouge perhaps?
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9:00 AM | Event Reminder: The Lost World of Ladakh
EVENT REMINDER —- THE LOST WORLD OF LADAKH: RECLAIMING THE PAST, SUSTAINING THE FUTURE Venue: The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BG. 24 October 2014, 5.30pm – 8.30pm Tickets (£20) and Registration –  www.geolsoc.org.uk/Lost-world-of-Ladakh The Geological Society recently co-organised an international conference in Leh, the capital of the historic Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh. Sustainable […]
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8:00 AM | Science snap (#32): Coral currents
KT Cooper is a PhD student in the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. A carbonate geochemist by training, here she dives into the world of corals. Coral is misunderstood. It may look like a beautiful underwater plant, and for a long time it was thought to be one, but is in […]
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7:06 AM | Adventures in ACE I: In Which Oddities Are Explored
I recently spent an instructive few months reading Jonny Scaramanga’s blog, where I learned just how screwed up Accelerated Christian Education is. Imagine a room full of young kids stuffed in... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:04 AM | Panguraptor lufengensis, a New Coelophysoid Theropod Dinosaur from the Lower Jurassic of China
You, H.-L., Azuma, Y., Wang, T., Wang, Y.-M., and Z.-M. Dong. 2014. The first well-preserved coelophysoid theropod dinosaur from Asia. Zootaxa 3873:233–249.Abstract - Previously reported coelophysoid material from Asia (excluding the Gondwanan territory of India) is limited to two specimens that comprise only limb fragments. This paper describes a new genus and species of coelophysoid, Panguraptor lufengensis, from the Lower Jurassic Lufeng Formation of […]
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3:52 AM | Arizonans to drop, cover, and hold on during the Great Shakeout
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3:17 AM | Well Worth a Read: How Did We Become a Society Suspicious of Science?
I spotted this piece tonight by Keith Parsons a Professor of Philosophy at the Univ. of Houston-Clear lake. Well worth a read! He has a real point and it reminds me of Richard Feynman’s great quote: “Science is what we do keep from lying to ourselves”.
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2:49 AM | As Deadlines Loom, LightSail Bends but Doesn't Break
The Planetary Society's LightSail-A spacecraft is close to completing a final series of tests that pave the way for a possible 2015 test flight. But as deadlines loom, a new problem has sent the team scrambling to make a quick repair.
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2:46 AM | National Fossil Day - Arizona's state fossil is petrified wood
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2:15 AM | The Ebola Outbreak Is Proof That We Humans Are Terrible at Evaluating Risk
There are at least 5,000 dead of Ebola in Africa and it is a real human tragedy no doubt, but when I turned on CNN Tuesday to get the latest on what is happening there, I ended up watching nearly two hours of news about two patients who have contracted the disease in America. They are still alive, and hopefully with good care will beat the disease, but I must …
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1:41 AM | Northern Convergence: We'll Call it "Rock": The Okotok Erratic
There is a big rock out on the high prairie near Calgary, Alberta. That all by itself is a bit of strangeness. It's even more strange because it is around a hundred miles (160 km) from the cliff in which it originated, up in the Rocky Mountains in Jasper National Park. The Blackfoot Indians had a creative name for the rock, Okatok, which in their language means, um, "rock". These names always sound better in the original language! For whatever reason, the spelling changed a bit to Okotok.The […]
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