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Hubble Space Telescope images Phobos

Red Planet Report | 20 July, 2017
While photographing Mars, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a cameo appearance of the tiny moon Phobos on its trek around the Red Planet. Discovered in 1877, the diminutive, potato-shaped moon is so small that it appears star-like in the Hubbl...
Categories: Reports; HST; Hubble Space Telescope; Phobos;

THEMIS: Channels of Granicus Valles

Red Planet Report | 20 July, 2017
THEMIS Image of the Day, July 20, 2017. This VIS image shows part of Granicus Valles. Granicus Valles is just one of several long channels found on the western margin of the Elysium Volcanic Complex. More THEMIS Images of the ... Continue reading â†'...
Categories: Reports; Arizona State University; ASU; channels; Elysium Planitia; Granicus Valles; Mars Odyssey; NASA; THEMIS; Themis Image of the Day; Thermal Emission Imaging System;

Ellsworth Glacier Retreat & Lake Expansion, Alaska

From The Prow | 20 July, 2017
Ellsworth Glacier in 1989 and 2016 Landsat images.  Upper yellow arrow marks the west terminus in 2016 and the lower yellow the 2016 east margin.  Purple dots mark the snowline and purple arrows tributaries from the east that are thinning and disco...
Categories: alaska glacier retreat; Ellsworth glacier icebergs; Ellsworth glacier retreat; Ellsworth lake expansion glacier retreat; featured; sargent icefield glacier retreat; Sargent icefield snow line;

The Paleo Intern Says Goodbye (by Madison Pullis)

Hold onto your seats, folks, because the DINOSAUR FESTIVAL IS UPON US! As I write this post, museum staff are finishing everything for the grand opening of "Dinosaurs: Reign of the Giants!" For those of you wondering, the Dinosaur Festival starts Friday, July 21st and will continue into Saturday, July 22nd. Check the museum's website or Facebook page for times and schedules. For those of you anxiously awaiting the opening, enjoy this sneak peek of the T-rex skull that will be on display next to a full-sized Triceratops skeleton and real Triceratops skull!
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MPA-ESP students visit the Gowanus Canal to learn about urban contamination

State of the Planet | 20 July, 2017
The newest cohort of MPA Environmental Science and Policy students went on a field trip to the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn with professors Benjamin Bostick and Michael Musso to learn about the challenges of a dense mixed-use urban landscape....
Categories: Education; Sustainability; education news; Environmental Science; MPA in Environmental Science and Policy News;

New dates for earliest human occupation of Australia

Earth-Pages | 20 July, 2017
When modern humans first reached Australia has an importance beyond the starting date for the island continent's archaeology and confirmation that their ancestors are the oldest known migrants from Africa. The first native Australians carried within their genome important information about the minimum date at which some non-Africans interbred with more archaic Neanderthal and Denisovan humans, traces of whose DNA are are present in that of living Australian aborigines. Most dating of when modern humans first reached different parts of the non-African world has relied on the radiocarbon method, which is suspect from beyond 40 to 45 ka as 14C produced earlier has decayed to levels that are now below the practical limit of detection and measurement. It is therefore no accident that the bulk of 'first-arrival' dates for Eurasia and Australasia are around 45 ka. In fact, any accurate age, however old, for the earliest skeletal remains only indicates the minimum date of arrival until other remains are discovered.
Categories: Anthropology and Geoarchaeology; Earliest Australians; Madjedbebe rock shelter; OSL dating;

Fish near the Early Triassic (Late Smithian) Equator!

Ammonoidea | 20 July, 2017
Romano, C., Jenks, J., Jattiot, R., Scheyer, T., Bylund, K., & Bucher, H. 2017. Marine Early Triassic Actinopterygii from Elko County (Nevada, USA): Implications for the Smithian equatorial vertebrate eclipse. Journal of Paleontology, 1-22. doi:10....
Categories: Anasibirites Beds; Early Triassic; Fossils; General Paleontology;

Can Albert/Alberto Parker/Boretti Handle the Math?

Open Mind | 20 July, 2017
I only recently found out that Albert Parker/Alberto Boretti and C.D. Ollier published a "Discussion" of my paper with Patrick Brown about the analysis of sea level time series. You can get your own copy of their paper here. What, ... Continue re...
Categories: Global Warming;

The climate has always changed. What do you conclude?

RealClimate | 20 July, 2017
Probably everyone has heard this argument, presented as objection against the findings of climate scientists on global warming: "The climate has always changed!" And it is true: climate has changed even before humans began to burn fossil fuels. So what can we conclude from that?
Categories: Climate Science; Communicating Climate; Paleoclimate; skeptics;

Volcano City

Julian's Blog | 20 July, 2017
Mangere Mountain, L. Homer / GNS ScienceVolcanic cones, explosion craters and lava flows form much of Auckland's natural topography. All of these, apart from one (Rangitoto Island) are from vents that erupted once only (monogenetic), with eruptions l...
Categories: Auckland; Disaster Risk Reduction; Volcanic Eruptions; volcanic rocks; Volcano;

Advocacy and Activism – what they mean, why they matter

From The Prow | 20 July, 2017
Advocacy and activism... what are they, and can/should they be done by scientists? What are the impacts to the individual and to society? Items to reflect upon......
Categories: Uncategorized; activism; advocacy; featured;

Opportunity: Looking back at the valley’s lip

Red Planet Report | 19 July, 2017
Sol 4793, July 18, 2017. Tipping to the north and east, Opportunity is parked for the solar conjunction communications pause just inside Perseverance Valley, where the Navcan and Pancam nabbed a few images. Above, a four-frame Navcam view looks back ...
Categories: Reports; Cape Byron; Endeavour Crater; Mars Exploration Rover; MER; NASA; Opportunity; Perseverance Valley;

MARCI weather report, July 10-16, 2017

Red Planet Report | 19 July, 2017
Water-ice cloud abundance intensified over the tropics of Mars this past week. Central Terra Cimmeria and the highlands south of Solis experienced a couple of local-scale dust storms over the course of the week. Looking to the northern plains, a ... ...
Categories: Reports; atmosphere; clouds; dust; haze; Malin Space Science Systems; MARCI; Mars Color Imager; Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; MRO; MSSS; NASA; storms; weather; wind;

In total eclipse of a star, New Horizons' future flyby target makes its presence known

Planetary Society Weblog | 19 July, 2017
The team reported two weeks ago that the first attempts at observing 2014 MU69 were unsuccessful. But in their third try, on July 17, astronomers in Argentina saw the telltale sign of MU69's presence: a stellar wink....
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THEMIS: Scoured ejecta from Bacolor crater impact

Red Planet Report | 19 July, 2017
THEMIS Image of the Day, July 19, 2017. Today's VIS image shows some of the ejecta from Bacolor Crater in Utopia Planitia. There are several layers of ejecta visible in the image. The crater itself is just off the image ... Continue reading â†'...
Categories: Reports; Arizona State University; ASU; Bacolor Crater; crater ejecta; Mars Odyssey; NASA; THEMIS; Themis Image of the Day; Thermal Emission Imaging System; Utopia Planitia;

District Days: August is Coming!

From The Prow | 19 July, 2017
It's that time of year again. Winter August is coming! Throughout next month, Members of Congress will be home in their state and district offices to host events at home and meet with constituents to talk about their priorities. This is a prime tim...
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First half of 2017 was 2nd warmest such period on record

ImaGeo | 19 July, 2017
The month of June by itself was third warmest in records dating back 138 years, according to NOAA The Earth has been cooling somewhat since the epic El Niño of 2015/2016. But even so, conditions are still plenty warm. The National Oceanic and A...
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Developing Carbon Management Solutions

State of the Planet | 19 July, 2017
David Goldberg and Peter Kelemen, scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, are at the forefront of carbon capture and storage research. In this video, they discuss their work and how it will contribute to carbon management solutions and streng...
Categories: Climate; Earth Sciences; Energy; carbon capture and storage; carbon management; climate change; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory;

House Rejects Trump’s Budget, but Still Cuts Science

From The Prow | 19 July, 2017
Appropriations Update: Part 2 Leaders in the House of Representatives have directed the Appropriations Committee to introduce and consider all 12 appropriations bills before the chamber breaks for August recess. Overall, science fared poorly in the H...
Categories: Congress; Energy; Federal budget; Policy; Value of science;

Plants Do Not Care How Rich You Are: A Perspective on Anthropogenic Florstic Changes in Tehran’s Public and Private Green Areas

The Nature of Cities | 19 July, 2017
The city landscape, because of the holistic nature of city-forming factors and urban community, is like a book in which the various characteristics of the city and its citizens are visible: values and norms, economic conditions, tastes and aesthetic criteria, commitment to the living environment, and so on. Throughout history, the city, as a dynamic system, ... Continue reading Plants Do Not Care How Rich You Are: A Perspective on Anthropogenic Florstic Changes in Tehran's Public and Private Green Areas â†'
Categories: Essay; Place & Design; Architecture; Climate change; Culture; Design; Experiencing Nature; Gardens; Landscape; landscape architecture; Middle East; Resilience; Water;

CV’s, resumes, & scicomm?

By Shane M Hanlon I had a discussion the other day with a friend who is in the process of updating her resume as she's likely to be promoted at her current job. She was lamenting about how time intensive it was and how she couldn't quite remember...
Categories: Education; SciComm; featured; science communication; science education;

Wednesday on the Web – 19 July edition

Watershed Moments | 19 July, 2017
It's been a tough week. I've had to spend more days in bed than I'd like to, and am feeling the gloomy fingers of depression creeping back into my life. I realize I've had a lot on my plate lately, so this change in mood is an entirely predic...
Categories: Watershed Moments 3.0; anxiety; biology; bipolar; climate change; depression; doomsday; ethics; mental health; ocd; problems; science writing; scientists; sixth extinction; water; west; writers;

Meanwhile, what are the Wooster Paleontologists up to?

Wooster Geologists | 19 July, 2017
Wooster, Ohio -- The igneous petrology team has a thorough and entertaining report about their activities in the Wooster geology labs this summer. It has encouraged the summer paleontologists (that would be me and Macy Conrad '18) to give a progress report. Compared to the high-temperature geochemistry going on in the basement, we are decidedly low-tech upstairs in the Paleo Lab!
Categories: Uncategorized; Cretaceous; fossils; France; SEM;

Congress gives NASA's planetary science division some love (and a Mars orbiter)

Planetary Society Weblog | 19 July, 2017
The House of Representatives proposed $2.1 billion for NASA's planetary science budget, which would be an all-time high. Part of the increase would be used to start work on a new reconnaissance and communications orbiter....
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A Different Way of Visualizing The Global Temperature Rise

Gavin Schmidt at NASA GISS posted the graphic below on Twitter Tuesday night and it quickly spread like wildfire. We are used to seeing the graphs with hockey stick endings of the global temperature but showing it in a sequence of normal distributio...
Categories: Uncategorized; bell curve; climate; Climate Change Communication; featured; GISS; NASA;

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