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“PeerJ can’t possibly last because the numbers don’t add up.”

I had an email out of the blue this morning, from someone I'd not previously corresponded with, asking me an important question about PeerJ. I thought it was worth sharing the question, and its answer, more generally. So here it is.
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Magnitude 1.4 Earthquake on the Isle of Mull.

Sciency Thoughts | 27 March, 2015
The British Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 1.4 Earthquake at a depth of about 8 km on the east of the Isle of Mull in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, slightly before 5.25 pm GMT on Saturday 21 March 2015. This was not a major event, and presented no threat to human life or property, but may have been felt locally.
Categories: Argyll & Bute; Earthquake; Eurasian Plate; Glacial Rebound; Isle of Mull; Scotland; UK;

Asteroid 2015 FF passes the Earth.

Sciency Thoughts | 27 March, 2015
Asteroid 2015 FF passed by the Earth at a distance of 1 596 000 km (4.15 times the average distance between the Earth and the Moon, or 10.7% of the average distance between the Earth and the Sun), slightly before 8.30 pm GMT on Friday 20 March 2015. There was no danger of the asteroid hitting us, though had it done so it would have presented only a minor threat. 2015 FF has an estimated equivalent diameter of 9-28 m (i.e. it is estimated that a spherical object with the same volume would be 9-28 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 34 and 20 km above the ground, with only fragmentary material reaching the Earth's surface.
Categories: 2015 FF; Apollo Group Asteroids; Asteroids; Near Earth Asteroids; Solar System;

A Volcano Changes Everything

En Tequila Es Verdad | 27 March, 2015
We focus a lot here on geology (this being a geology blog and all). But the thing I love about science is how you can start with one and end up visiting most of the rest as you explore. For instance: take the Mount St. Helens eruption. It's a hell of a geology story, one which isn't nearly finished - but that dramatic geologic moment caused a cascade of other events that have scientists of all stripes sitting up and taking notice.
Categories: science;

Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: An encrusted scleractinian coral from the Middle Jurassic of southern Israel

Wooster Geologists | 26 March, 2015
This week's fossil is in honor of Annette Hilton ('17), who is my Sophomore Research Assistant this year. She has been diligently working through a large and difficult collection of scleractinian corals from the Matmor Formation (Middle Jurassic, Callovian) of Hamakhtesh Hagadol, Israel. These specimens were collected as parts of many paleoecological studies in our Wooster paleontology lab, so I thought it was time they received some systematic attention on their own. I knew it would be difficult, but Annette was up to the task and has done a splendid job.
Categories: Uncategorized; Fossil of the Week; fossils; Israel; Jurassic;

Rhees to head USBR Upper Colorado office

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 26 March, 2015
The Bureau of Reclamation today named Brent Rhees to head its Salt Lake City-based Upper Colorado office:
Categories: Colorado River; water;

Recent radio interview on Israeli National Radio

Resource Insights | 26 March, 2015
I was recently interviewed by Doug Goldstein on his personal finance show, "Goldstein on Gelt," which plays on Israeli National Radio, the English-language radio network in Israel. Goldstein saw a piece of mine and asked me on the show to discuss th...
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Battle over museum transfer heats up

Arizona Geology | 26 March, 2015
The bill to transfer the former Mining & Mineral Museum from the Arizona Historical Society to the Arizona Geological Survey is generating heated debate.   Although both AHS and AZGS have taken official neutral positions on SB1200, supporters and opponents are squaring off.  [Right, artists rendition for the proposed Centennial Museum to be built in the former museum space.  The building is currently vacant.]   The Arizona Capitol Times posted the most detailed report on the museum transfer published so far, by reporter Rachel Leingang at
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The Colorado – as human construct, and face to flow

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 26 March, 2015
Water journalist Brett Walton wrote a lovely piece about finally meeting the Colorado River for the first time:
Categories: Colorado River;

Four Ideas to Bust the Floor on Outer Planet Mission Costs

Planetary Society Weblog | 26 March, 2015
The road to lower costs outer planet missions has been paved by NASA's first two New Frontiers missions, the $700M New Horizons mission to Pluto and the $1.1B Juno mission to Jupiter. But can the cost of a mission to the outer solar system be cut t...
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As Seen From Space: Russian Volcano Throws A Tantrum

ImaGeo | 26 March, 2015
Shiveluch is at it again. The volcano -- one of the largest and most active on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula -- erupted yesterday, belching a giant plume of ash high into the atmosphere. You can see the plume in the animation above. I created it ...
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Today in Earthquake History: Alaska 1964

Seismo Blog | 26 March, 2015
Categories: Today In Earthquake History;

Mapping faults hidden below Lake Malawi

State of the Planet | 26 March, 2015
The lakes along the Great African Rift Valley are among the largest fresh water lakes in the world. They lie in depressions created by slow stretching and thinning of the east African continent over millions of years. Many of the essential geological...
Categories: General Earth Institute; Earthquakes; East Africa Rift;

Unintended Consequences: When Environmental “Goods” Turn Bad

The Nature of Cities | 26 March, 2015
After a hectic start to 2015, I finally managed to slow down the pace. A few days ago, I attempted to catch up on some overdue readings--my way to keep in the loop. Among the many documents piling up on my computer desktop was this short podcast fro...
Categories: Essay; People & Communities; Communities; Design; Ecocities; Justice; Policy; Smart Cities;

LPSC 2015: Aeolian Processes on Mars and Titan

Planetary Society Weblog | 26 March, 2015
Planetary scientist Nathan Bridges reports on results from the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference about the action of wind on the surfaces of Mars and Titan....
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Sustainability Management Student Develops Passion for Energy Analysis

State of the Planet | 26 March, 2015
Master of Science in Sustainability Management student Laura Tajima came from an educational background, having experience managing cross-cultural education programs and developing curricula that engaged international scholars to speak about their pe...
Categories: General Earth Institute; education news; EI Student Profiles; MS in Sustainability Management News; student news; student profiles;

Winter Postcard From Antarctica: Life on Ice at the British Halley Research Station

ImaGeo | 26 March, 2015
Back in February, I stumbled across a Tweet about a 'not so nice day' at the British Halley Research Station in Antarctica. It featured a photo of a person wearing ski goggles and a big puffy parka being pummeled by wind-blown snow standing in fro...
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Shell-shocked: Ocean acidification likely hampers tiny shell builders in Southern Ocean

Geospace | 26 March, 2015
By Jim Scott Microscopic coccolithophores like this species, Emiliania huxleyi, among the ocean's most common phytoplankton, appear to be declining in the Southern Ocean, a possible result of a changing climate.Credit: Alison Taylor, University of ...
Categories: Atmospheric science; climate change; Ocean sciences; Uncategorized; featured; ocean acidification; ocean sciences;

Anti-fracking parliamentary candidate's embarrassing email

Frack-Land | 26 March, 2015
Mike Hill is a prominent anti-fracking activist in Lancashire, who is currently running for parliament on an anti-fracking ticket. Mr Hill is an engineer by training, so he's somewhat more effective than most of the anti-fracking groups, who as we ha...
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Experimental evidence suggests Burmese Pythons are responsible for the rapid decline of Mammals in the Everglades National Park.

Sciency Thoughts | 26 March, 2015
Burmese Pythons, Python molurus bivittatus or Python bivittatus, are large predatory Snakes from Southeast Asia. They are thought to have been introduced to the Florida Everglades some decades ago, either by deliberate release or unintended escapes ...
Categories: Biodiversity; Everglades National Park; Florida; Herpetology; Invasive Species; Lagomorphs; Mammals; North America; Pythons; Rabbits; Snakes; Squamates; US;

Deadly Tornado Pummels Mobile Home Park in Oklahoma

Two Oklahoma suburbs took the brunt of damage from a rapid-fire severe weather outbreak that developed Wednesday afternoon. At least one person was killed and another critically injured when a tornado and/or accompanying downdraft winds moved across ...
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A new species of Mamenchisaurid Sauropod from the Late Jurassic of Chongqing.

Sciency Thoughts | 26 March, 2015
The Mamenchisaurids are a unique group of Sauropods found only in Asia, and thought to be indicative of the isolation of that continent during much of the Jurassic. They arose of a more diverse Sauropd fauna in the Middle Jurassic, and are the only ...
Categories: China; Chongqing Municipality; Dinosaur; Jurassic; Mamenchisaurids; Palaeobiodiversity; Palaeontology; Qijiang Petrified Wood and Dinosaur Footprint National Geological Park; Sauropod; Taxonomy;

Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach

Lying on the waterfront at long beach is the actually rather well hidden Aquarium of the Pacific. Exactly as with the LA Zoo, for me the great thing here was the quality of the exhibits and in particular the combination of rare species I'd not see...
Categories: Museums etc.; aquarium; zoo;

The Colorado River’s Parker valley – “the illusion of plenty”

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 26 March, 2015
Alfalfa in the Parker Valley, Arizona, February 2015, by John Fleck
Categories: Arizona; water;

Communicate your Science Video Competition finalists: time to get voting!

EGU Geolog | 26 March, 2015
For the second year in a row we're running the EGU Communicate Your Science Video Competition - the aim being for young scientists to communicate their research in a short, sweet and public-friendly video. Our judges have now selected 3 fantastic finalists from the excellent entries we received this year and it's time to find the best geoscience communication clip!
Categories: Climate; Education; EGU GA 2015; Geomorphology; Media; Natural Hazards; Science Communication; Video Competition; Young Scientists; Communicate Your Science; competition; outreach; science communication; video;

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