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July 22, 2014

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8:45 PM | At last, Champs One
More nonscience, I’m afraid. When we left off the never-ending story last year we’d just bumped Press, and were rather regretting not getting a shot at Champs. Roll forwards a year, and its Tuesday again. We have six of our old crew back, losing Mr W and Dr H, and replacing them with old-hand-turned-fit Paul…
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7:45 PM | Like May 2014, June Was Hottest on Record
This June was the hottest on record, continuing a 38-year trend.
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6:13 PM | Benchmarking Time: DC is all about boundaries
Washington DC is an interesting city. When the original plans were being made in the 1780s and 1790s, they called for a 100-square-mile area to be allocated for the city, and George Washington (who was President at the time) wanted to include the City of Alexandria in Virginia. But the Residence Act, passed in 1791, specified that all the federal buildings had to be on the Maryland side of the river (mostly because someone realized that the law allowed the President to choose the location and […]
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5:01 PM | Training and Development Questionnaire
Could you give us 5 minutes of your time this week? We’d really appreciate your help in completing this short questionnaire, helping us to understand requirements for future GfGD training and development programmes (workshops, summer schools, conferences). You can access the questionnaire by clicking the image below.
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4:55 PM | Oso disaster had its roots in earlier landslides
The disastrous March 22 landslide that killed 43 people in the rural Washington state community of Oso involved the "remobilization" of a 2006 landslide on the same hillside, a new federally sponsored geological study concludes.
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3:57 PM | Women Working on Mars: Curiosity Women's Day
Just after completing the primary mission of 669 sols on Mars, Curiosity's managers planned a special day -- June 26, 2014 -- in which mostly women were assigned to the more than 100 different operational roles.
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2:31 PM | Earth-like soils on Mars? Ancient fossilized soils potentially found deep inside impact crater suggest microbial life -- ScienceDaily
Earth-like soils on Mars? Ancient fossilized soils potentially found deep inside impact crater suggest microbial life -- ScienceDailyThis out recently from the same scientist that reinterpreted the Ediacaran fauna as terrestrial lichens, fungi and biocrusts, http://geodermatophilia.blogspot.com/2012/12/very-early-life-on-land-just-who-is.html
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2:07 PM | Pedal Power: The Earth Institute and Climate Ride
Once again this year the Earth Institute is a beneficiary of Climate Ride, the national bike ride to raise charitable donations for and awareness about sustainability, active transportation, and environmental causes. Participants can select the Earth Institute as a grant recipient when riding in any 2014 Climate Ride event, and anyone can support one or [...]
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1:55 PM | Security and risk at Sport Mega Events
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk. Findings on Sport Mega Events from two former IHRR researchers, Dr Francisco Klauser and Dr Richard Giulianotti, reveals that these are far more complex and dynamic than is normally realised. Their work shows the variety of public, government, and commercial [...] The post Security and risk at Sport Mega Events appeared first on Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog.
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1:20 PM | Germans Mine 'Europe's Biggest Hole' Amid Protests
Coal miners have been digging what German environmentalists decry as 'Europe's biggest hole' at Hambach in the Lower Rhine basin. It covers 50 square miles. Continue reading →
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12:47 PM | Environmental risks from Britain’s mining legacy
Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk. Steven Kershaw explains the environmental risks left by coal mining in Britain and how they can be managed Centuries of mining in Britain has left a legacy of abandoned underground mines that continues to represent a risk to public safety [...] The post Environmental risks from Britain’s mining legacy appeared first on Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog.
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12:00 PM | A Trinket from Majuba Hill
Rhyolite from Majuba Hill, in the shape of Nevada (a pin).As per this little blurb (above) by the NBMG, tourmaline (the black mineral) has replaced the sanidine and plagioclase feldspar phenocrysts, leaving small blobs and fairly large eyes of translucent and very light gray to faintly yellowish or tan quartz amongst the often large masses of tourmaline. The one tourmaline mass or crystal near the center of Nevada — right about where Kingston Canyon, south of Austin on old Highway […]
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12:00 PM | A Trinket from Majuba Hill
Rhyolite from Majuba Hill, in the shape of Nevada (a pin).As per this little blurb (above) by the NBMG, tourmaline (the black mineral) has replaced the sanidine and plagioclase feldspar phenocrysts, leaving small blobs and fairly large eyes of translucent and very light gray to faintly yellowish or tan quartz amongst the often large masses of tourmaline. The one tourmaline mass or crystal near the center of Nevada — right about where Kingston Canyon, south of Austin on old Highway […]
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8:54 AM | Erzurum: a landslide destroys an almost new ski jump facility in Turkey
Last Tuesday a landslide destroyed a 20 million Euro ski jumping facility in Erzurum, Turkey. The collapse was in part caught on a video
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7:14 AM | R.I.P. H.E.Taylor
I have a sad announcement to make, further to my previous posting about a missing edition of A Week of GW News. Harvey E. Taylor, aka het, died Monday, July 14, 2014 at his home in Portage la Prairie, a small town in Manitoba, Canada.  All I know of it is from one brief online obituary and one more…
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5:36 AM | Seal of approval - How marine mammals provide important climate data
Understanding what is happening in the oceans is crucial since 90% of global warming is going there and attempts to measure temperatures at various depths go back to the 1960s. But, what does this Weddell seal have to do with this and what is it wearing on its head? Weddell Seal West Antarctic Peninsula (photo: Dan Costa - NMFS 87-1851-03) To answer these questions we have to backtrack a bit and look at the recent history of data collection used to find out what is happening in the […]
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5:01 AM | Field work travelog – Day 10, Regrouping and highlights
We’re back in Laramie for the night after a difficult four-day stint in the field. Tomorrow we re-supply and head back out for the next step in the adventure. Here are some highlights so far: Tomorrow, it’s back out to … Continue reading →
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3:23 AM | How well is California weathering the drought?
Peter Gleick runs down some of the impacts of California’s remarkable drought: [W]ater still comes out of my tap, in unrestricted amounts and superb quality, at a reasonable price. And this is true of every resident in the state: drinking water supplies have not been affected, especially for the vast majority of the population that ...Continue reading ‘How well is California weathering the drought?’ »
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3:05 AM | Clouds
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2:00 AM | Iguanodon Dinosaur Stamp
Here is a picture of the Iguanodon dinosaur stamp. It was issued in 1965 by the small republic of San Marino (located on the Italian peninsula). It had a value of 100 lire but the country now uses the euro as their currency. In 1965 it would be worth about 16 United States cents. The stamp was part of collection of nine issued that year. The Iguanodon existed in the Late Jurassic Period (
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1:31 AM | Barry Brill and Anonymous: U R A Fraud
People send me things. Brightening my email inbox last week was a pithy little email, headed U r a fraud. It didn’t have much to say. Here it is, in its entirety, exactly as it appeared: Please take down your posts about barry brill or Anonymous may have to Make some “unauthorized” changes to your […]
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12:26 AM | Chang'e 3 update: Both rover and lander still alive at the end of their eighth lunar day
Despite the fact that it hasn't moved for 6 months, the plucky Yutu rover on the Moon is still alive. Its signal is periodically detected by amateur radio astronomers, most recently on July 19. A story posted today by the Chinese state news agency offers a new hypothesis to explain the failure of the rover's mobility systems.

July 21, 2014

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10:26 PM | NOAA: Earth Had Its Hottest June On Record
From NOAA: “The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for June 2014 was the highest for June since record keeping began in 1880. It also marked the 38th consecutive June and 352nd consecutive month with a global temperature above the 20th century average. The last below-average global temperature for June was in 1976 and the last below-average global temperature for any month was February 1985. “ FYI May …
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9:49 PM | Geo 730: July 21, Day 567: Sidewalk, Redux
Okay, it's a pretty lousy photo, and the shadows from the fence when I was out taking pictures don't help at all, but here's the same stretch of sidewalk I featured five years (!) and a month ago. I've annotated just two of the more distinctive pebbles, but you can see the full deal here. That photo seems to have a big impact in presentations I've done over the past few years. In a field trip a month ago, participants found quite a few nice agates at our first stop, and were somewhat distracted […]
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9:03 PM | A Better Class Of Garbage: Open, Accessible Science
“When you push the leading edge of analysis, you risk giving away proprietary information.” – a manager at almost every science-technology company today vs. “Tesla knows that its best chance of dominating a large electric vehicle industry depends on there being a large electric vehicle industry.” – Matt Hall on Tesla’s decision to share its […]
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8:52 PM | Rep. Kirkpatrick calls for permanent ban on new uranium mining near Grand Canyon
U.S. Representative Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ, 1st Congressional district) tweeted this morning "Will you help me call for a permanent ban on new uranium mining near the Grand Canyon?"http://action.kirkpatrickforarizona.com/page/s/grand-canyon … … #AZ01The link takes you to a re-election campaign website which shows a picture of the Grand Canyon [right] and says "Uranium mining is a real threat to the Grand Canyon. We have to preserve this wonder of the world for future […]
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7:26 PM | Could 2011 Quake Trigger an Eruption of Mount Fuji?
Japan's devastating 9.0 earthquake in 2011 has dangerously increased the pressure beneath Mount Fuji, an active volcano. Continue reading →
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7:17 PM | As far as the moral high-ground is concerned...
...the earth is flat. [sorry, just watched the evening news, couldn't help myself.]
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6:13 PM | Mike Taylor’s ESOF2014 talk: should science always be open?
As recently noted, it was my pleasure and privilege on 25 June to give a talk at the ESOF2014 conference in Copenhagen (the EuroScience Open Forum). My talk was one of four, followed by a panel discussion, in a session on the subject “Should science always be open?“.   I had just ten minutes to […]
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5:40 PM | DNews: What Could Have Made Siberia's Mystery Crater?
It's big, it's deep, it's just all-around spooky, and so far no one has a clue how it got there! But the big honkin' crater in Siberia didn't just appear there out of thin air ... er, did it?
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