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Anti-progress: The case of airline travel

Resource Insights | 28 May, 2017
We are so used to rapid progress in so many fields, especially in the communications devices and computers that we can hold in our hands and that keep getting cheaper. In addition, the media is filled with thrilling advances in biotechnology, robotics and artificial intelligence. It's hard to imagine that there might areas of our lives in which progress has not only ceased but been reversed.
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Garbage truck falls into sinkhole in Augusta, Georgia.

Sciency Thoughts | 28 May, 2017
A garbage truck became trapped in a sinkhole in Augusta, Georgia, after a section of road collapsed beneath it at about 8.00 am local time on Thursday 25 May 2017. Nobody was hurt in the incident and the vehicle has subsequently been removed, but the section of road where it occurred is likely to remain closed for some time while engineers assess the situation and repairs are carried out.
Categories: Augusta-Richmond County; Geohazards; Georgia; North America; Sinkhole; US;

How To Get Your Science Noticed? Get The Government to Try and Cover It Up!

Raul Grijalva, the ranking member of the House Committee on Natural Resources, sent a hot letter this week to the Secretary of the Interior. It was about the removal of the first line of a USGS press release last week. The press release was about a ...
Categories: Uncategorized; Climate Change; coastal flooding; featured; NOAA; science education; seal level rise; USGS;

Asteroid 2017 KY4 passes the Earth.

Sciency Thoughts | 27 May, 2017
Asteroid 2017 KY4 passed by the Earth at a distance of  948 300 km (2.47 times the average distance between the Earth and the Moon, 0.63% of the average distance between the Earth and the Sun), slightly before 3.50 pm GMT on Saturday 20 May 2017. There was no danger of the asteroid hitting us, though had it done so it would have presented no threat. 2017 KY4 has an estimated equivalent diameter of 22-68 m (i.e. it is estimated that a spherical object with the same volume would be 22-68 m in diameter), and an object of this size would be expected to explode in an airburst (an explosion caused by superheating from friction with the Earth's atmosphere, which is greater than that caused by simply falling, due to the orbital momentum of the asteroid) in the atmosphere between 20 and 3 km above the ground, with only fragmentary material reaching the Earth's surface.
Categories: 2017 KY4; Amor Group Asteroids; Asteroids; Near Earth Asteroids; Solar System;

Lots and lots of people seem to be going to our National Parks

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 27 May, 2017
Virgin River, Zion National Park
Categories: mind;

“stick your foot somewhere & see what you can see”

"In some ways this is a meditative exercise. In others, an unconventional form of yoga. Either way, it's surprising what you can see if, for a moment, you stand still and refuse to move." -Lucy Corrander Earlier this week, on a bright fr...
Categories: #stuckfootposts; California botany; White Mountains (California);

Ben Wetherill: #IAmSeaGrant

Deep Sea News | 27 May, 2017
With the publication of the current administration's budget calling Sea Grant part of the "lower priority, and in many cases, unauthorized" parts of NOAA, we here at DSN are highlighting people who are or have been supported by Sea Grant. If you would like to share your story with us about why #IAmSeaGrant, please send it to us.
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Drunk on Geology - Evolution Amber Ale

The Geology P.A.G.E | 27 May, 2017
The next up in our Drunk on Geology series is Evolution Amber Ale by Wasatch Brewery.
Categories: Beer; Drunk on Geology;

Flooding and mudslides kill at least 91 in Sri Lanka.

Sciency Thoughts | 26 May, 2017
At least 91 people have died and over 110 are missing after heavy rain triggered flooding and mudslides across central, western and southern parts of the country on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 May 2017. The worst incident occured in Bulathsinhala District in Western Province, where at least eleven people are known to have died in a single mudslide, while 38 people are reported to have died in flooding in Kalutara District in Central Province and 46 in Ratnapura District in Southern Province. Landslides are a common problem after severe weather events, as excess pore water pressure can overcome cohesion in soil and sediments, allowing them to flow like liquids. Approximately 90% of all landslides are caused by heavy rainfall.
Categories: Bulathsinhala District; Central Province; Geohazards; Kalutara District; Landslips; Monsoon; Ratnapura District; South Asia; Southern Province; Sri Lanka; Western Province;

Highlights: Good (Tidal) Beach Reading

JSR Paper Clips | 26 May, 2017
Tide-dominated beaches are widespread in today's world, and coastal researchers have recently begun to address their sedimentary character, finding that they differ notably from the more familiar, purely wave-dominated beaches. Nonetheless, ancient tide-dominated beaches are infrequently recognized, perhaps for want of suitable sedimentological criteria and facies models. Smosna and Bruner present the facies reconstruction of The Cambro-Ordovician Cabos Formation of northern Spain, a system interpreted to represent an ancient tide-dominated beach system. In describing sedimentologic observations and the criteria on which the interpretation is based, this analysis constitutes a beginning step in constructing the sedimentological framework for a virtually unknown (or at least poorly documented) paleoenvironment. 
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THEMIS: False color scan across Terra Sirenum

Red Planet Report | 26 May, 2017
THEMIS Image of the Day, May 26, 2017. Today's false color image shows part of the plains and craters of Terra Sirenum. This long scan (see full size image at link) was taken not long after local sunrise. The THEMIS ... Continue reading '...
Categories: Reports; Arizona State University; ASU; Mars Odyssey; NASA; Terra Sirenum; THEMIS; Themis Image of the Day; Thermal Emission Imaging System;

The Planetary Society’s Canadian Initiative

It's an exciting time for Canada in space. It's also an exciting time for Canadian space advocacy, as The Planetary Society's Global Community Outreach Manager Kate Howells describes....
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HiRISE: Flow on the rim of Tooting Crater

Red Planet Report | 26 May, 2017
This oblique view shows a small part of the near-rim ejecta from Tooting Crater. The flow extending from upper left to lower right looks much like a typical lava flow, but doesn't emanate from a volcanic vent. Instead, this must ... Continue readin...
Categories: Reports; High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment; HiRISE; Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter; MRO; NASA; rampart craters; rampart ejecta; Tooting Crater; University of Arizona;

AZGS mine files spurs silver exploration in Arizona’s Plomosa Mountains

Arizona Geology | 26 May, 2017
Ramsey Mine ca. 1987Imagine a room crowded with file cabinets whose drawers are stuffed with 100,000s of pages of unpublished mine reports, correspondence, geologic maps, mine maps, drill hole data, rock chemistry, and assay results for more than 20...
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Diesel Fumes Take a Toll on Health

Earth Matters | 26 May, 2017
Figure by the ICCT based on data from Anenberg et al. 2017.
Categories: Research News; Uncategorized; air pollution; diesel; health; NOx;

Christy Bowles: #IAmSeaGrant

Deep Sea News | 26 May, 2017
With the publication of the current administration's budget calling Sea Grant part of the "lower priority, and in many cases, unauthorized" parts of NOAA, we here at DSN are highlighting people who are or have been supported by Sea Grant. If you would like to share your story with us about why #IAmSeaGrant, please send it to us.
Categories: Uncategorized;

Reddit AMA (Saturday May 27th): DSN on a boat, throwing wood in the ocean!

Deep Sea News | 26 May, 2017
WE'RE ON A BOAT! That's right, The Blogfather Dr. M and myself (Dr. Bik, Assistant Blogmaster?) are in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico AT THIS VERY MOMENT!
Categories: Expeditions; Life At Sea; Special; AMA; Ask Me Anything; deep-sea biologist; Gulf of Mexico; life at sea; Louisiana; Reddit; scientific cruise; Super Cool Scientists; woodfall;

Friday fold: Macigno turbidites II

Mountain Beltway | 26 May, 2017
Samuele Papeschi contributes today's fold photo:
Categories: europe; folds; Friday Fold; italy; featured;

Meet the EGU’s new Science Policy Officer

EGU Geolog | 26 May, 2017
Hi there, my name is Chloe and I'm embarking on a new challenge. After participating in the EGU's 2017 General Assembly 3 weeks ago as a warmup, I am starting in Munich as the EGU's Policy Officer. While the title might sound a little ambiguous, it is an incredibly exciting position that allows me to facilitate the dissemination of the EGU members' scientific knowledge to EU policy-makers while simultaneously sharing upcoming political issues with EGU members.
Categories: Early Career Scientists; EGU; GeoPolicy; Policy; Regular Features; database of expertise; EGUPolicy; policymaking; Science for policy;

The Past Global Changes Open Science Meeting, Zaragoza…by PhD student Savannah Worne

Savannah presenting preliminary PhD research
Categories: Centre for Environmental Geochemistry; Christina Ravelo; climate change; George Swann; Melanie Leng; PAGES Past Global Changes; Savannah Worne; Sev Kender; Zaragoza;

“Fossil Insect Study Suggests That Los Angeles Climate Has Been Relatively Stable for at Least 50,000 Years”

So sayeth the press release. But what about the paper, and the 182 beetles sampled from La Brea tar pits?
Categories: climate; Peer reviewed literature; Beetles; Holden et al 2017;

Guest Blog: Could agroforestry do more to protect Rwandans from hazardous landslides?

Megan Jamer is a geoscientist from Canada, and an avid cyclist and explorer. Megan is currently travelling around East Africa on bicycle, taking in some remarkable sites and observing first hand the relationship between geoscience and sustainable development. Today Megan makes her debut on the GfGD blog site, writing on the relationship between agroforestry, landslides, and disaster risk reduction.
Categories: Africa; Agriculture; Disaster Management; Disaster Risk Reduction; Environmental Management; Geohazards; Guest Blogs; Landslides;

First meeting of the UK consortium of the DeepCHALLA project... by Heather Moorhouse

The DeepCHALLA UK party at the BGS plus International lead
Categories: DeepCHALLA; diatoms; Heather Moorhouse; hydrological change; Lake Challa; lake sediments; Lancaster University; Melanie Leng; nutrient cycling; past climates; University of Cambridge;

Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: An trilobite hypostome with an encrusting cyclostome bryozoan (Upper Ordovician of Kentucky)

Wooster Geologists | 26 May, 2017
A quick post this week. Above is a bit of a large isotelid trilobite my students and I found this past spring break on an expedition to the Upper Ordovician (Katian) of northern Kentucky. It was collected at a roadside outcrop of the Corryville For...
Categories: Uncategorized; Fossil of the Week; fossils; Kentucky; Ordovician;

Who owns your favourite journal?

This is an important question, and one that is all too easy to overlook. No doubt the editorial board of Lingua assumed that they owned and controlled their journal, right up to the moment they decided to find a different publisher who would help them transition to reasonably priced open access. Only then did Elsevier flex their muscles and tell them "no". Which is why the board left the journal en masse and started a new journal, Glossa, which is the continuation of the old one in everything but name.
Categories: Fair OA; open access;

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