The big news this week was the magnitude 7.2 earthquake in eastern Turkey, which I blogged about here and expanded on in a post on the Scientific American Guest Blog. Some other useful links and resources:
- Nice post on the seismic history of the Van region, Turkey, by David Bressan
- In Focus shows aftermath of Ercis quake. Lots of concrete & block construction, not much rebar.
- Amid Debris in Turkey, Survivors & Signs of Poor Construction (questions raised about quality of construction material)
- Dot Earth Blog: Ideas for Spreading Quake-Resistent Building Methods
- Some cool pictures of the ongoing El Hierro undersea eruption’s effect on the sea at National Geographic.
(via @NatGeo, @rivrchik)
basically, we should be drilling geothermal wells instead of fracking? : geothermal map of U.S.
- Paleontologists think the T-rex is ‘frikking weird’. I think it’s a compliment…
- Jurassic Park is almost 20 years old, but we still love it. Brian Switek have a few thoughts as to why:
- Science from Vesta from Geological Society of America meeting: Vesta has 2 basins & sets of troughs
- Informative commentary on the Muller/BEST affair at RealClimate admirably reins in the possible snark, especially when you compare it to my own reaction.
- The Daily Show’s spin on this is also awesome: Is science a scam?
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- Survey claims 72 % approval of research into geoengineering; much smaller % seem to know what geoengineering means…
- A rather scary satellite image of the floods around Bangkok. It’s practically an island.
- Thousands Leave Bangkok as Flooding Spreads:
- A Few Good Reads: Bangkok Flood Update Edition(10/24/11)
- Date Petley provides an update on the Burma flood and riverbank collapse disaster
- Floods in Cambodia from @NASA_EO
- Flooding in southeastern Mexico from @NASA_EO #NASA
- Flood complacency evaporates in Bangkok –
- “Population is the issue you blame if you can’t admit to your own impacts”
(via @jfleck, @alicebell)
- Goods vs Commodities: or why oil companies can be faulted for much, but not the price of oil.
- So sad. The Nautilus: immensely beautiful, last living close relatives of ammonites, and severely endangered.
- Campaigners occupy Belo Monte dam –
- Fantastic post from @kuchtam on teaching and playing with the EmRiver stream table
- Excellent post from @glacial_till on Deep Time, complete with Dr Who and radioactively decaying Daleks…
- Callan Bentley pointed out this epically awesome structural geology teaching tool. Drool.
- Geology outcrops in the most unlikely places: including, @metageologist has found, the toilets of posh office buildings
- Spectacular video of rockfall onto Franz Josef glacier in New Zealand: Lucky escape for tourists.
- Strained metaconglomerate photos by Callan Bentley a fabulous example of how rocks flow like putty when deep/hot enough.
- Great points from Brian Romans on why he won’t blog unpublished results, building on a Twitter discussion in response to an article in the Guardian.
- Great BBC interview with Jocelyn Bell on discovering pulsars, challenges of being a women in science
- Remember Ben Goldacre’s latest column every time the phrase ‘postcode lottery’ comes up in the headlines.
- Not ruin. Make 1000x more AWESOME!! Another Thing Sonic Screwdrivers Can Do: Ruin Action Movies
- Guy who helped design iPod leaves Apple to build… an iThermostat. Easy to use, learns your routine, helps save energy.