We found ourselves right at the centre of this week’s dominant Twitter meme, as Anne’s post on using the Up-Goer 5 text editor to break down complex scientific concepts into simple words triggered a wealth of wonderful responses in the geoblogosphere and beyond, which we are continuing to collect at Ten Hundred Words of Science. Here are a few of our favourites:
- A sublime description of Natural Selection, based on final para of Origin of Species.
- Goedel’s Theroem also yields to the challenge.
- This one describes telescopes as ‘far-seers’ and has a pretty good explanation of adaptive optics.
- Space boxes and ground-shakes: Tim Wright explains satellite geodesy.
- Kamchatka is awesome. FOUR volcanoes erupting simultaneously all within 110 miles of each other.
(via @eruptionsblog, @rsimmon)
- Very cool find by Lockwood: the surprisingly intricate pattern traced in sand by an earthquake-shaken pendulum.
- Three years after the earthquake in Haiti, and it’s very difficult to track where $9 billion in ‘aid’ actually went.
- Ancient accounts of tsunami recorded by Indian copper plates?
- David Bressan on the 1995 Kobe EQ and early attempts at making earthquake-resilient buildings
- Tohoku-Oki tsunami created underwater bedforms 20 m long by ~2 m high off coast of Japan.
(via @clasticdetritus, @NOAAOceanToday)
Planets & Astronomy
- Great write-up of latest Curiosity results by Emily Lakdawalla: Glenelg full of rocks deposited in and altered by water.
- The search for astronomical evidence of the nature of dark matter is getting interesting.
- Why the Universe needs Dark Matter (and not MOND) in one graph
- New study suggests that (vertebra?) of early tetrapods may have been reconstructed the wrong way round. Oops.
- Draft of US National Climate Assessment starkly asserts AGW already having major impacts.
- Looks like the Mississippi will stay open for shipping, thanks to rock blasting by Corps
- Fascinating for anyone discussing water. MT : Army Corps’ Options Dwindle Along With Mississippi River
(via @stressrelated, @nprnews)
- Green ideas for protecting New York harbor from storm surge and sea level rise. n
- A nice clear explanation of the mechanics of center pivot irrigation
- Are you a hydroecologist or ecohydrologist?
(via @WaterWired, @SnowHydro)
- Nifty new stormwater runoff calculator developed by my grad student as an undergrad res project!
- Excellent post by @Geomorphology: The fluvial geomorphology of East Anglia – a brief history/introduction
- I wouldn’t call the Umpqua and Eel small rivers, but I suppose to oceanographers they are. Particulate organic matter export by two contrasting small mountainous rivers from the Pacific Northwest, U.S.A.
- KSU colleague Brian Lutz has a new paper out on wastewater generation from Marcellus gas development (paywall)
- Video: Understanding the world’s largest rivers – @RioParana explains why they are important & different.
- Flying over the Earth at night, North Dakota is lit up by fracking gas flares.
(via @GenAnthropocene, appropriately enough)
- High temperatures in Gulf of Mexico helped weather Deepwater Horizon oil.
(via @guertin, @EuroGeosciences)
- New analysis estimates tidal power could provide>20% of UK’s electricity demand; maturing tech increasing potential.
- Want to know how they are extracting methane from the bottom of Lake Kivu? Here’s a great video explainer:
- Photoshopping the trees out of some famous paintings: Imag(in)ing a world without trees via
(via @StatelyTrees, @fortiain)
- ‘On the Strata of the Earth’ by early Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov reveals a uniformitarian who pre-dated Hutton, and I’ll think I’ll have to nick this quote: “Searching for stones without testing what you find is boring and not very productive”
- New Nature paper presents geochemical evidence from hotspot lavas for melt-rich regions at the base of the mantle.
- Nice article on the Gaia hypothesis & its fractious, yet still very real scientific impact:
- Interesting review paper: how complex structure of subduction zones leads to unique segmentation and seismicity patterns.
- After a year’s wait it looks like (hopefully) uncontaminated Lake Vostok water is in hand – now let’s see what’s in it.
- @lockwooddewitt is doing a post every day for 2013 showing off Oregon geology
(via @clasticdetritus, )
- REU announcement: Ecosystem restoration through interdisciplinary exchange (ERIE) at U Buffalo
- Fantastic undergraduate research opportunity at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest
- Looking forward to the new series by @SFriedScientist: Surviving Grad School: A Practical Guide to an Impractical Lifestyle:
- Excellent overview of how scientific process makes its conclusions more than ‘mere opinion’.
- You wouldn’t want to navigate with it, but very cool: a planisphere, or palindromic Earth map. The same both ways up!
- Tough question: how do we move students beyond a ‘Cargo Cult’ approach to university education?
- Wow: ‘The 100 richest people in the world earned enough last year to end extreme poverty four times over’
(via @PaulLewis, @CatrinNye)
- XCKD manages to simultaneously argue for maths literacy, and warn that it is a Pandora’s box of ‘Ew’
- Some simple plot-making using R the comment thread is rich and will definitely help me get to where I want to be
- Don’t Underestimate NSF’s New Grant-Submission Rules