Since Anne and I have both been away, this is actually the last two weeks’ worth of interesting links for your clicking pleasure.
Blogs in motion
- In addition to the launch of Scientopia, Lab Spaces has also added a raft of new bloggers in recent weeks. They are blogging about science, science communication, and lives in science. It’s all good stuff; just take a glance at biochembelle’s roundup of the week’s posts to get a sense of the diversity of voices.
- Prolific tweeter @perrykid has also fired up a new geoblog, Hydrofelicity.
- Brian Romans is taking on an additional blogging outreach role with his debut QUEST community science blog: http://www.kqed.org/quest/blog/2010/08/05/learn-the-facts-about-serpentinite-before-it’s-removed-as-california’s-state-rock/
- Indian crust may have subducted to depths of 200km before being uplifted to form Himalayas, far beyond what current orogenic models suggest.
- The Mississippi River caused massive earthquakes in Missouri? It’s an idea:
- GPS satellites can detect ‘internal gravity waves’ produced by tsunamis. Warning poss. Even if no local instruments?
- Nice audio report on Lusi mud volcano: draws parallels with Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
- A nice post by @eruptionsblog on climate and volcano geomorphology in the Andes vs Cascades
- An astonishing landslide in China.
Environment and Water
- Most interesting thing about this article on the problems with using shale gas as a ‘bridging fuel’ between coal and renewables: 60 years’ supply is ‘an abundance’. Short-term, much?
- We “can’t adapt to climate change without adding to the destruction created by…climate change” )
- A sobering article by @carlzimmer. Warming &stratified oceans could become depleted in O2 as a result of climate change.
- U.S. faces climate-driven water shortages [1/3 of counties by 2050]
- 1.8 million people, 90 percent of them children, lose their lives each year as a result of … unsafe drinking water”
- State in-holdings in Grand Teton National Park may be up for sale…and development
- Mars site may hold ‘buried life’.Interesting, but slightly overselling ‘chemical similarity from remote sensing’…
- A wonderful analogy at the end of this piece on the Earth’s inner core. The Earth is full of “solid-looking things…that might be better understood not as places, but as processes”.
- An ambitious & interesting project from Friends of the Pleistocene. Geologic City: A Field Guide to the GeoArchitecture of New York
- The OED keeps a vault of unused words. Some look rather handy – some I’m sure I’ve heard in conversation…
(via @kjhaxton, @2020science, @nigelcameron)
- Are we less cautious sharing info online than in real life? Probably true for individuals, but I suspect the distributions overlap for populations.
- Post-mockery by xckd, unis recongnise their useless websites. Because I’m sure no-one has ever pointed this out before.
- A good list of advice for tenure-track faculty, from Prof in Training:
- More good advice from Prof-Like Substance: preliminary data: get it!