Blogs in motion
- Chris’s friend and fellow paleomagnetist Andy Biggin has just started blogging at http://www.geomagnetism.org/
- A diary of scientific drilling into New Zealand’s Alpine Fault, by GNS’ Rupert Sutherland
- This is awesome: the Pink Terraces, thought destroyed by Tarawera eruption in 1886, found in Lake Rotomahana
- Photos that make you go, ‘wow’: @WanderingGaia‘s local Guatemalan volcano Fuego erupting one night last week. It’s getting daily more active.
- Fascinating video of Mount Shinmoedake erupting recently. Shinmoedake is part of the Kirishima complex, and Erik Klemetti has been keeping us up to date with the goings on there.
- The M8.8 earthquake in Chile last February did not fill a seismic gap on subduction zone, meaning that the risk of another large quake remains high.
- Spooky: Chris saw the Tully Monster at Field Museum and wondered what Brian Switek would make of it. Then he sees his latest post…
- Here’s a good write-up of the Kepler results, with commendable caution over use of ‘Earth-like’. Chris thinks that we should put aside our obsession with ‘Earth-like’ and focus on the diversity Kepler is revealing: boundless planets, in more configurations that we can imagine.
- The ‘Apollo renaissance’: new science from re-examining old lunar samples/data (Nature Geoscience – free, registration required)
- Claims of evidence for recent Martian Plate Tectonics are seriously over-reaching: evidence for local tectonics (which is interesting) does not equal plate tectonics.
- Hey, Chicago? The Arctic just called. It wants its snow back. Arctic sea ice extent hits a record low for January.
- Here’s a video of the storm that buried Chicago moving across the Midwest and on to the East Coast of the US from @NASA_EO
- A 1,200yr tree-ring record from Mexico will help to test and clarify the links between droughts and the rise and fall of Mesoamerican civilisations
- BBC: UK climate-proofing plans unveiled: More evidence how wealth insulates from climate risk:
Water and Weather
- A new paper claims that a European weather model predicted July downpours in Pakistan & could have predicted the floods. However, it turns out that the Pakistani Met office has their own models and were not unaware of the potential for flooding: any information bottleneck was at the local, not the international, level.
(via @realhannahbloch, @TheAGU)
- Tropical Cyclone Yasi made a direct hit on Queensland as a category 5 storm. Fortunately, the region was well-prepared and the cyclone didn’t hit the wettest parts of the state. Still, check out the damage from the cyclone and read why the flooding wasn’t as bad as feared.
- 10 American Cities With the Worst Drinking Water [Does anybody know why Pensacola’s water is so bad?]
(via @AOL, @loticwater)
- Yikes! Halliburton and others illegally pumped diesel into the ground during fracking –
- The problem with hoping technology will solve energy/climate woes: as devices get more energy efficient we buy/use them more.
- In his state of the Union speech, President Obama focussed more on economic, rather than environmental, arguments for pursuing clean energy. A couple of interesting posts that explore why: is environmental protection simply becoming more integrated with economic development? Or is is the President just making the best of a hostile Congress?
- Sadly we’ll prob be having same conversation after next spill: the oil industry’s ‘Culture of Complacency’
- Razor blades and the limits of complexity. Or: how our civilisation has run away from us.
- Landscapes of extraction some pretty pictures of some ugly industrial processes
- Unbelievable! Residents of award-winning, transit-oriented development say no to transit.
(via @dbiello, @sustaincities)
- Yum. The latest Accretionary Wedge is a delectable smorgasbord of geo-related foods.
- Possibly the oddest tectonic analogy ever: Pacific plate=Elvis, slab pull=Elvis fans, & ridge push=Batman!?
- No breakthrough to Antarctica’s Lake Vostok: end of drilling season reached with hole about 20m short of target.
- Dry lake beds on Mars. IAG Planetary Geomorphology image: Mmmm patterned ground!
- MUST READ this powerful piece on GOP’s Redefining Rape by @dhunterauthor
- Mind. Blown. Vikings may have navigated on cloudy days by observing light polarisation. That said: Vikings loved to travel, had great beards, & liked their alcohol. Add some mad science skills and don’t you get a marauding band of Ur-Geologists?
- And they say internets don’t teach you stuff. Iron-deficiency not something you get just for being a lady
- Nabokov was right – so was Stephen Jay Gould wrong about genius? by @biophemera
(via @David_Dobbs, @stevesilberman,)
- Lies, Damned lies, and seminars: Said: I’ll just speak briefly. Means: I’ll yammer on for AT LEAST an hour.
- Great post by Athene Donald on the unwritten rules that hold us back – in academia, the blogosphere, and elsewhere.
- One woman’s story of how and why she’s leaving science: Much to chew on. )
(via @DoctorZen, @NerdyChristie)
- The gender gap on Wikipedia. Only 13% of contributors are women!! Hardly the "sum of all human knowledge"
(via @edyong209, @danicar)
- An amazing profile of African-American woman who has worked for the government for 65 years and, at 85, still plans to complete her Ph.D.
- From @nparmalee: “Let’s reflect on the irony: College admissions tests require kids learn SAT vocab. Admissions officers perplexed when:”
- “Is greatness in chemistry a transitory thing?” wonders @kjhaxton. Anne wonders whether there are fields where this not true. http://www.possibilitiesendless.com/?p=533
- 10 Tips for Responding to Reviewer & Editor Comments
(via @Clin_Chem_AACC, @biochembelle)