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November 16, 2014

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4:52 PM | Did Russia and China just sign a death warrant for U.S. LNG exports?
Russia and China have signed two large natural gas deals in the last six months as Russia turns its attention eastward in reaction to sanctions and souring relations with Europe, currently Russia's largest energy export market.But the move has implications beyond Europe. In the department of everything is connected, U.S. natural gas producers may be seeing their dream of substantial liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports suffer fatal injury because of Russian exports to the Chinese market, a […]
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4:47 PM | American Farm Bureau Federation vs. EPA: Oral Arguments Scheduled for Tuesday
American Farm Bureau Federation, et al. v. EPA, Case 13-4079 oral arguments are scheduled for Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia. The American Farm Bureau Federation (Farm Bureau) is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over its authority to regulate farm runoff. The issue has gained attention following this summer’s “do not drink” advisory affecting over 500,000 residents in the Toledo, Ohio …
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4:30 PM | BNSF Railroad and Unstable Bluffs near Bellingham
In late 2012 and early 2013 there were close to 100 shallow landslides that closed the rail line between Seattle and Everett, Washington due to wet weather and slopes above the railroad tracks becoming repeatedly saturated (railroad-landslide-closures). There was even a landslide that hit a moving train during that period.The rail line just northwest of Bellingham has not been closed by landslides, but faces a significant risk of landslides in the future as the railroad track runs along […]
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12:25 PM | This is how I like to eat slugs
Slugs are full of protein, but it is dangerous to eat them raw.  So I process them by using a pack of domesticated dinosaurs to turn the slimy molluscs into slimy egg yolk.  This has the added bonus of keeping them off of the vegetables. Everybody wins.
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10:14 AM | 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #46
SkS Highlights Speaking at the University of Queensland, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, reminded his audience of college and high school students that he had tweeted about The Consensus Project (TCP) last year. Here are the President's words: This university is recognized as one of the world’s great institutions of science and teaching.  Your research led to the vaccine that protects women and girls around the world from cervical cancer.  Your […]
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7:33 AM | Why did the San Andreas Fault Cross the Road? Why did the Road Cross the San Andreas Fault? 12 Years of Geologic Change
2002First off, I've been leading geology field studies trips to lots of places in the American West for 26 years. Second, I entered the digital age of photography in 2001, which led to a personal renaissance in picture-taking. I sometimes struggle to find new things to photograph when I visit a place for the 26th time, but in some cases it is not a problem. There are geologic changes that happen on a yearly basis, and with twelve years of photos, the changes become obvious.2004Highway 25 in the […]
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5:38 AM | New Mexico history, south to north
New Mexico has a relatively short part in the conventional story of the making of the United States from east to west. The older, longer-lasting story of a country made from south to north, or in gridwork and patches with contributions from all over the hemisphere and the world, has resumed there. It is a ...Continue reading ‘New Mexico history, south to north’ »

November 15, 2014

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11:13 PM | Now Philae down to sleep
My last post on the drama in Darmstadt, where ground controllers believe Philae may have fell asleep for good.
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7:12 PM | Salmon Cannon
If you have not been watching John Oliver's Last Week with John Oliver you should start. The reporting is very in depth and though delivered with ample humor is thought provoking. This clip is a bit of shout out to  a Washington State company Whooshh that has been developing a variety of creative solutions to work in Washington State. Managing salmon is a big job and the salmon cannon may reduce the work load, costs and be easier on fish. Salmon are transported around the lower […]
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5:00 PM | 'Ice Tsunami' Smashes a House: Why?
A viral clip from last winter shows a sheet of ice smashing into a house. How does this happen?
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3:15 PM | Preparedness
“With severe weather events becoming more frequent and more extreme, it is more important than ever that New Yorkers are prepared for disasters and know what to do in an emergency.” - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, 2014 State of the State Address from the Citizens Preparedness Corps training session at FIT on October 15, 2014 Last […]
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12:50 PM | Canyonlands River Trip 2014
My Canyonlands rafting trip in 2014 was a huge success. Running the Green and Colorado Rivers through the National Park is among the scenic and rewarding adventures I ever done. For the geologist, it has everything. And the wildflowers are spectacular. Take a look. And by the way - I have a few spots left for the 2015 trip from May 17 to 26. Contact me for more info.We have a one day tour of the Island in the Sky section of the Park by 4-wheel drive. Seeing the White Rim and Schafer Point […]
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12:30 PM | 2014 SkS Weekly News Roundup #46B
4 reasons Republicans are losing their sh*t over the climate deal Bailing out the climate wreckers at the G20 China, coal, climate China tries to save Earth; Republicans furious Does global warming make food less nutritious? Experts say Obama Climate Fund pledge far short of what is owed Fossil fuels with $550 billion subsidies hurt renewables Global warming could increase U.S. lightning strikes by 50 percent House votes to build Keystone Obama puts climate change at fore in speech at U of […]
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12:02 PM | Crocodiles of the World
Recently I took a trip up to this unusual establishment in Oxfordshire on something of a whim. I’d been planning to go for quite a while but the opportunity came up and I wanted to make the most of it so headed over (so apologies to various people who I’d been muttering to about arranging […]
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7:39 AM | "Science" Doesn't Have to be Craptacular
Source: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/J_marks_the_spot_for_Rosetta_s_landerI get so depressed sometimes...We live in the most spectacular of times, and in so many ways humans have accomplished incredible feats, with explorations out to the voids of space and into the micro-world of atoms, quarks, and strings. What happened this week? Humans built a machine, threw it into space and let it drift for ten years through intense radiation fields, turned it on, and orbited a […]

November 14, 2014

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10:44 PM | Portage Chute
Churchill River, Manitoba: August 24, 2014 Heading south from Churchill, the helicopter follows the river for the first 30 kilometres above its mouth. Then we head off overland, taking a straight-line shortcut instead of duplicating the river’s long dogleg. “Overland” is, perhaps, a bit of a misnomer, since the surface we pass over must be at least […]
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10:26 PM | Indian Summer For The End of November?
There are growing sign,s that after one more blast of even colder air next week, we will see some much warmer air over the Central and Eastern U.S. as we head into Thanksgiving. Indian summer may be on the way! The forecast below is based on an average of many long-range model runs of the Climate Forecast System. Research shows that an average of model runs provides a more accurate …
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10:14 PM | Art Every Day – Day 14
Still trying to do some art every single day. This week has been very difficult. Nevertheless, I’ve succeeded – though I have not accomplished the little project I wanted to finish this week. I am finally back to drawing fish. … Continue reading →
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10:12 PM | Want Funding? Then Be a National Priority
On Monday, Jason Callahan published an article in The Space Review discussing the importance of aligning the goals of federally funded scientific communities with national priorities. This post highlights some of the main points of the article and suggests a possible role for The Planetary Society.
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9:08 PM | With New Horizons Ready to Wake Up, Scientists Prepare for Pluto Encounter
When New Horizons wakes up for the final time on Dec. 6, scientists will spend six weeks preparing for the start of the spacecraft's Pluto encounter.
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9:02 PM | What *not* to wear
We’ve probably all seen the fallout from #shirtstorm and #shirtgate regarding the inappropriate shirt Dr. Matt Taylor wore during the landing of the Rosetta comet lander this week. If you are not familiar with this, though, please check out the following webpages: What the eff is that shirt?, Why I’m furious…, Astro-sexism, and Shirt Uproar, among […]
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8:24 PM | Fossil Friday – camel molar
For this week’s Fossil Friday we’ll return to camels, specifically the large extinct camel Camelops hesternus that’s pretty common in Pleistocene deposits in California. This specimen is an upper molar collected near the west dam of Diamond Valley Lake. I’m … Continue reading →
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7:56 PM | Notes on a Few Favorite Trees and Landscapes on my Commute
Over the years I have had various work commutes - most people do. My current commute is a 3/4 mile walk through my neighborhood and then along a bit of the perimeter of the edge of downtown. Not a bad way of starting the day. The tulip tree one block from homeThis tulip tree planted long ago in the parking strip has long been a favorite. It is hugely tall for an urban tree within an area of small lots and it is massive. It is rapidly loosing its leaves this week after a fairly good fall […]
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7:43 PM | Bárðarbunga volcano update Friday 14-November-2014
This is not going to be a long update for Bárðarbunga volcano. The eruption in Holuhraun continues with little or no change since Wednesday. The eruption continues at the same phase as before. Visibility due to weather has … Continue reading →
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7:12 PM | Could a Carbon-Scrubbing Rock Slow Climate Change?
Geoengineering advocates say it's time to look at the carbon-absorbing ability of the mineral olivine. But critics say it might do more harm than good. Continue reading →
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6:33 PM | Philae update: My last day in Darmstadt, possibly Philae's last day of operations
Emily Lakdawalla gives a status report on Philae from the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt.
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6:00 PM | MPA Alum Makes Community Impact Through Urban Agriculture
For Rebecca Kline, a 2008 alumna of the MPA in Environmental Science and Policy program, making a difference in her community involves changing the way local community members eat and think about food.
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5:10 PM | Snowvember: What's Causing the Unseasonably Cold Weather?
The weather is unseasonably wintery in many parts of the U.S., but the infamous polar vortex is not the only weather system to blame for the cold, experts say.
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3:36 PM | Imaging with vectors
Even though it took way too long (I had been admiring it for quite some time), I recently became the first kid on the block to own a Lytro. The Lytro, if you haven't heard, is sort of like a camera, except that it definitely isn't. Apart from a viewfinder on one end, a piece of glass on the other, and a shutter release button on top, it doesn't really look or feel like a point-and-shoot or SLR either. It actually bares a closer resemblance to a pocket-sized telescope. So don't you […]
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3:00 PM | Friday Headlines: 11-14-14
Friday Headlines, November 14, 2014 THE LATEST IN THE GEOSCIENCES   Today’s round-up: Holy crap! We landed on a comet! Geoscientists acquitted of not properly predicting an earthquake Speaking of earthquake swarms   Rosetta mission: Philae tight landing spot on … Continue reading →
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