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April 23, 2014

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12:34 AM | more favorite posts
Last month, I compiled a list of favorite posts organized by label. When I went through that exercise, I ended up with a bunch of other posts that didn't quite make the cut. Here's the runner-ups, with the last 3 labels dropped, since they each had less than 20 posts:field rants: healthy fieldwork?short psychology: alone in the hotelmiscellany: in memoriamacademia: organization!geology: MOOCs and geologygear: the light tablemanagement: continuity = goodadvice: old maintenance guyon blogging: […]
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12:00 AM | The Moon’s New Clothes Mantle
By Thomas The 12 people who walked on the Moon are the only humans who ever set foot on another world1. Though this world is on average more than 380.000 km away from ours, the rocks brought back by the … Continue reading →

April 22, 2014

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11:21 PM | Large landslide in east Iceland (Ímatindi, Vaðlavík)
According to Rúv News an landslide fell in East Iceland last week (best guess). This appears to be an large landslide. It did closed down an road close to two abandoned farms in the nearby area. This landslide … Continue reading →
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10:06 PM | Upcoming public appearances: me, Bill Nye, and Planetary Radio Live in Washington and Los Angeles
I have a spate of several public appearances coming up; I hope some of you can come out and see me and other Planetary Society folks, including Bill Nye and two, count them, two Planetary Radio Live events!
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9:43 PM | Where are the Ten Most Incredible Places You've Ever Stood? My Number 10: The Alaka'i Swamp on the Island of Kaua'i
It is Earth Day 2014, which seems as good a day as any to start a new series about ten of the most extraordinary places on Planet Earth, as based on my own personal experiences. Everyone has such places in their memories, and I encourage you to add your most profound experiences in the comments or on your own blog if you have one. Mine aren't necessarily the most extraordinary places in the world, seeing as how I haven't and will never see every such place, but that's why I want to hear from […]
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6:29 PM | Geo 730: April 22, Day 478: Puzzling Pillows
This is perhaps one of the nicest exposures along the waterfront sidewalk in Depoe Bay. There's a cleft in the rock, coming right up to the sea wall, near the crosswalk in the middle of town. Looking down onto the rock, you can see individual pillows and clumps of them suspended in a mixture of sandstone and breccia. I presume the latter formed by spalling off the pillows as they formed. Glassy breccia of this sort is pretty standard with pillow basalt, and can be seen in a post from last […]
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6:20 PM | The 8 Biggest Mysteries of Our Planet
More than 40 years after the first Earth Day, many riddles still remain when it comes to our planet.
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5:46 PM | Rosetta update: Instrument commissioning going well; Philae cameras activated
Rosetta and Philae have very nearly completed a six-week phase of spacecraft and instrument checkouts to prepare the mission to do science. Recently, the lander used its cameras for the first time since hibernation, producing some new photos of Rosetta in space.
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5:00 PM | Tidal Power: Energizer Bunny of Renewable Energy?
Tidal power can do what wind and solar can’t: provide reliable energy, right when you need it.
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4:11 PM | Crossing 400ppm: Welcome to the Pliocene
“Right now, we’re living in a world of a Pliocene atmosphere,” scientist Maureen Raymo of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory tells the Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media. “But the whole rest of the climate system — the oceans are trying to catch-up, the ice sheets are waning, and everything is trying to catch up to this Pliocene atmosphere.”
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4:02 PM | Celebrate Earth Day with Extreme Science
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory scientist Robin Bell will participate in a Google+ Hangout hosted by the White House on Tuesday, April 22 at 4:00 pm EDT. Bell, who will join the Hangout from New Zealand, is a polar scientist who studies sub-glacial lakes, ice sheet dynamics and tectonics in Earth’s polar regions.
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3:55 PM | MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis on 3D Printing and the DIY Spirit
Bre Pettis is the CEO of MakerBot, a company that produces 3D printers, which he co-founded in 2009. Pettis also co-founded the Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor, where MakerBot technology was first created, tested, and proven.  Read more
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2:59 PM | Landslide Discussion with Whatcom County Council
Whatcom County Council wants to start a dialog on landslide hazards and I was asked to make a presentation. The following are the images from the presentation with just a few notes. John Thompson, geologist with Whatcom County Public Works River and Flood and Natural Resources will present some information as well. A strength Whatcom County has had has been staff geologists that have played a role in reducing hazard risks. I decided to start the talk with a brief overview of the […]
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2:50 PM | Piece of Africa Found Under Alabama
A quarter of a billion years ago Africa slammed into North America and left a scar that can be seen today with special instruments.
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2:03 PM | Ice Sheet Microbes and Melt: Dark Snow 2014
Here’s an article I recently wrote with professor Jason Box of Dark Snow – keep checking here for updates on our field plans for Greenland 2014! Ice Sheet Microbes and Melt Greenland […]
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1:59 PM | Another Week of Climate Disruption News, April 20, 2014
This weekly posting is brought to you courtesy of H. E. Taylor. Happy reading, I hope you enjoy this week’s Global Warming news roundup skip to bottom Sipping from the Internet Firehose… April 20, 2014 Chuckles, Invective, Pix, COP20+, Post WG3, Wang et al., Murder, Energiewende Bottom Line, Subsidies, World Bank, EcoCrime, Cook Fukushima: Note,…
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1:30 PM | Earth Day, the Geological Perspective
I love Earth Day as much as the next guy, but I have little use for it. To the geologist, every day is Earth Day, and the rest of the crowd seems to be singing from a different hymnal. So let me offer for your delectation three different essays about the occasion:...Read Full Post
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1:28 PM | Private public data
Our recent trip to the AAPG Annual Convention in Houston was much enhanced by meeting some inspiring geoscientist–programmers. People like... Our old friend Jacob Foshee hung out with us and built his customary awesomeness. Wassim Benhallam, at the University of Utah, came to our Rock Hack and impressed everyone with his knowledge of clustering algorithms, and sedimentary geology. Sebastian Good, of Palladium Consulting, is full of beans and big ideas — and is a much more […]
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1:10 PM | Sea Life Extraordinaire!
Jules Verne has a lot to answer for! When he wrote the book ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’, about the exploits of Captain Nemo and his submarine vessel the Nautilus, he described giant squid, or octopi, attacking the vessel and killing a crewman. read more
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1:01 PM | Whose river is the Animas?
Jonathan Thompson takes High Country News readers to his home town of Durango for a reprise of a western saga we’ve seen before: who gets to define the Animas River around which his city was built? [I]t’s somewhat luxurious, maybe even decadent, to be able to have a community-wide fight over whether a park has ...Continue reading ‘Whose river is the Animas?’ » Related posts:Water in the Desert What We Did on Our Summer Vacation Colorado’s “80/20 […]
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12:49 PM | stuff I wrote elsewhere: with water sales and revenue down, Albuquerque eyes another rate hike
From the morning paper: With revenue down as a result of dropping water sales, the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority board at its Wednesday evening meeting will consider a 5 percent rate increase beginning July 1. The average homeowner’s water bill would rise roughly $3 per month, according to a report to be presented ...Continue reading ‘stuff I wrote elsewhere: with water sales and revenue down, Albuquerque eyes another rate hike’ » Related […]
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12:02 PM | Ancient Plants, Maybe Martian Life, Sealed in Meteor Glass
Intense heat during meteor impacts forged tiny bits of glass that trapped fragments of ancient plant life in Argentina. Could the same process have entombed signs of life on Mars? Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | “S” is for Steky
“S” is for Steky, a tiny camera for 16mm film made by Riken. Riken also makes the Ricoh series of cameras. thingy more thingy   Reference: McKeown’s Price Guide to Antique and Classic Cameras, 12th edition, ISBN 0-931838-40-1 The other … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Picture This: Scenes From Earth (April 2014)
To kick off Earth Day, check out a snapshot of remarkable moments from around the world.
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11:39 AM | 'False Springs' May Become Thing of the Past
Chilly interruptions of spring revelry may someday disappear as the planet warms. Continue reading →
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11:23 AM | Film on scientists gets national award
Featured on this blog earlier for its powerful narration of the life and science of India’s celebrated scientist triad Bose-Raman-Saha, The Quantum Indians has now won India’s National Film Award as the best educational film of 2013.  Read more
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11:20 AM | What Lurks in Your Drinking Water
A careless teenager and a little urine was enough for Portland to flush 38 million gallons of otherwise clean water.
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11:00 AM | GeoEd: I’m a geoscientist, get me back in there!
There are a lot of ways to learn new things, but little beats putting your questions to the expert and finding out the latest science, straight from the source, which is why we’re running an event to do just that – I’m a Geoscientist, Get me out of here! James Hickey, a volcanologist from the University […]
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10:00 AM | Open-Source Seeds Fight Corporate Crop Control
For Earth Day, gardeners can order open-source seeds to help ensure vegetable, fruit and grain seeds are available to everyone.
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8:29 AM | Five conversations
5. Brian Kraatz, 2004 In the spring of 2004, I was killing time over in Tony Barnosky’s lab at Berekeley, talking to Brian Kraatz about something–mammals, probably. Brian told me that I should consider going to the International Congress of Zoology that was happening in Beijing that fall. He’d actually told me about it several […]
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