Blogs in motion
The Scienceseeker Geosciences category is now nicely populated with many more geoblogs, but it turns out the list I submitted is already out of date, as a couple more blogs have already popped into existence:
- Erik Klemetti takes on the public and media’s obsession with Yellowstone. Hint: An eruption is not imminent.
Then, all his good work is undone when a physicist is interviewed on TV about the Yellowstone “supervolcano” and does a rather poor job, unless the job was ‘confuse, worry, and sensationalise.
But Erik still found the time this week to post an awesome resource – links to all the world’s volcano webcams:
- Now here’s what I would call a BIG volcanic bomb (Etna, 6 September 1999):
- Beautiful! A truly lovely snow-covered volcano from space! )
(via @BadAstronomer, @dhunterauthor)
- Encouraging to see: rebuilding after M7.7 Gujarat, India earthquake takes account of future quakes, follows guidelines ignored before the quake.
- Earthquake drill in British Columbia, modelled on California Shakeout. Raising awareness in this region is probably even more important than in California, but it appears that, at least for a similar initiative in Oregon, there is still some way to go.
- High resolution before and after images of the Brazil landslides at the Landslide Blog
- Landslide deaths peak in El Nino years while total landslides increasing. Odd: l’d have guessed opposite.
- Great post from Brian Switek discussing why the biggest mammals were/are still dwarfed by the largest dinosaurs
- New evidence that T. rex was hunter, not scavenger [based on ecological modelling, rather than morphology].
- Is our 2nd winter in a row of abnormal mid-latitude cold and high latitude warmth linked to climate change? )
- Dan Satterfield answers: How do scientists forecast #climate in 100 yrs, when they can’t predict next week’s weather?
- A thought-provoking point! : Peruvian glacier melt challenges US security
- The Colorado River and the civilisation it waters are in crisis.
(via @thirstygecko, @ddimick)
- The first ever photo of a snowflake, plus links to more modern ones. via
- Receeding Flood Waters around Rockhampton, Queensland [image] #NASA
- Huge Brazilian Belo Monte dam given go ahead
- Nice post on permeability in layered rocks and why direction matters. Yay, more hydrogeology blogging.
- Attn undergraduates: Great research opportunity in water this summer at Virginia Tech
- The science behind the "boiling water turns to snow" demo
- Flooding in South Africa and extreme rain forecast through March. [La Nina strikes again]
- Persistent Drought to Linger Across Southern US: [La Nina strikes again, again]
- California uses almost 1/5th of its electricity to move & treat water
- Thought-provoking article discussing the environmental and political issues surrounding Canada’s tar sands
- Looking forward to this: 1 month ahead of its hoped-for encounter, Stardust spots Deep Impact-ed comet Tempel 1
- Uranus: more ice giant than gas giant, tipped on its side, & a weird magnetic field. We should definitely send a probe.
- Shots by the European Space Agency’s Mars Express probe of the small moon, Phobos:
- Holy habitable hoodoos, batman! Check out some of Callan Bentley’s photos from Capadoccia, Turkey.
- Lake Vostok drilling in Antarctic ‘running out of time’ – slowed by drilling through 1m ice crystals!
- Great analogy between pasta & rocks, one of the many, many, food-related entries for the upcoming Accretionary Wedge:
(via @highlyanne, @kuchtam)
- Many good people (including Chris) are featured in the Science Careers article on blogging & careers article by @VivRaper.
- Scientists ARE good communicators: Tim Radford explodes a pernicious myth
(via @edyong209, @DrMichaelBrooks)
- Must-read ScienceOnline reflections from Kate Clancy:
This post catalysed some wonderful discussions of the issues facing women science bloggers, and women scientists in general, including an awesome, funny, thought-provoking dialogue between Scicurious and Miriam Goldstein on gender and women scientists being judged on their looks.
Sheril Kirshenbaum is an inspiration and a veteran of many women sicence bloggers conversations, but she’s hopeful this time. Read her thoughts on this round of the discourse:
- @KateClancy also did a great job of summarizing the #scio11 MLK session: Underrepresentation Hurts Us All. We’re sorry to have missed it.
- Great post by Biochembelle on the mixed legacy of Fritz Haber, who gave the world the Haber_Bosch process, but also chemical warfare. Lots of food for thought on nature of greatness.
- Nature: ‘Blogs and tweets are ripping papers apart’. How to react? As John Hawks says, WRITE BETTER PAPERS!
- Map of scientific collaboration between researchers. Of course, this indicates a lack of communication rather than lack of good science being done; I wonder what cool stuff we’re missing?
(via @highlyanne, @flowingdata)
- Where do you others with your surname live?