Category Archives: public science

Mystery Geology Theatre 2012

Yesterday was, of course, the long-awaited day of the apocalypse, as we reached the end of the Mayan calendar. The fact that the descendants of the Maya didn’t buy this interpretation was, of course, beside the point, as were all … Continue reading

Categories: geology, public science, ranting, reviews

AGU Dispatches: Posters and Pontification

There are two main ways to get your science at AGU: by sitting in on one of the dozens of sessions of themed talks, or browsing the monstrous poster hall in Moscone South. I spent Tuesday morning mostly wandering around … Continue reading

Categories: academic life, conferences, palaeomagic, public science

DonorsChoose: the final push

Thanks to the incredible generosity of our geoblogging comrades and readers, our drive to improve earth science education in schools has gone from strength to strength in the past two weeks. Our own challenge, in collaboration with Maitri, has raised … Continue reading

Categories: public science, teaching

On the L’Aquila trial verdict: earthquake safety is about door locks, not fire alarms

Imagine that one day, an apartment block in a major city catches fire. The fire brigade arrive too late, and the whole block burns down with people still trapped inside. An investigation reveals that the building’s fire alarm system was … Continue reading

Categories: earthquakes, geohazards, public science, society

One Venus transit – but many kinds of scientific outreach

How more traditional and modern forms of scientific outreach combined effectively in the coverage of Venus’ transit. Continue reading

Categories: planets, public science