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An Introduction to the New Planet Hunters Talk

Planet Hunters | 19 September, 2014
There were some big changes to the Planet Hunters website and our Talk discussion tool yesterday. Along with the main Planet Hunters website and classification interface being completely rebuilt, we are now pairing the main Planet Hunters website with the latest version of the Zooniverse's Talk discussion tool.  Now when you go to http://talk.planethunters.org it will take you to Planet Hunters Talk 2.0.  In this blog, I'll give you a brief overview and introduction to the new features added into Planet Hunters Talk.
Categories: Site News;

HGVs – Henceforth Gas Vehicles?

Between a rock and a hard place | 19 September, 2014
You may not own or drive a car, but it is almost inevitable that part of your day-to-day your is delivered by heavy goods vehicle (HGV). That Amazon parcel, the food you bought in the supermarket, the pint of beer your drunk in the pub...it all came on a lorry. This transport sector comprises a mere 2% of UK road traffic, yet is responsible for 20% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
Categories: Resource managament; Sustainable development; air quality; biomethane; gas vehicles;

Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: A nest of cornulitid tubeworms and friends from the Upper Ordovician of northern Kentucky

Wooster Geologists | 18 September, 2014
It could be that this represents a tiny hard substrate tiered assemblage, meaning that the organisms were selecting food resources at slightly different heights and particle sizes (see Ausich and Bottjer, 1982, for a start on the tiering literature). The cornulitids may have taken the largest bits, the bryozoans the next size, and then the stromatoporoids, as minuscule sponges, got the finest particles. This is another paleontological hypothesis that can be tested with further specimens.
Categories: Uncategorized; Fossil of the Week; fossils; Kentucky; Ordovician;

Another watershed moment

Watershed Moments | 18 September, 2014
Regular followers will notice that there's been little to read on this blog lately. Not having posted in over a month, I may even be close to violating my own blog network's rules of engagement for syndication on the site (sorry Science Borealis!...
Categories: Watershed Moments 3.0; blogging; Environmental science; local; scicomm; writing;

Near record peak discharge on San Pedro River

Arizona Geology | 18 September, 2014
Although we got very little rain in Tucson from Hurricane Odile remnants, southeastern Arizona and northern Sonora got a lot of rain. The southernmost stream gauge on the San Pedro River is at Palominas, a few miles north of the U.S. - Mexico bord...
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Fenestella Bryozoan Fossils

Louisville Fossils and Beyond | 18 September, 2014
These fossils appears to be a Fenestella. It was found in the Glen Dean formation.of Grayson County, Kentucky USA. There is an interesting set of spines in the middle of the image. The fossils date to the Mississippian Period. Image was taken with...
Categories: bryozoan; glen dean member; mississippian;

Opportunity: Pancam looks east

Red Planet Report | 18 September, 2014
Sol 3786, September 17, 2014.  Two red-filtered frames from a Pancam mosaic in progress look over the interior of Endeavour Crater, with its eastern rim segments on the far horizon. The crater is about 22 km (14 miles) wide, with ... Continue readin...
Categories: Reports; Cape Tribulation; Endeavour Crater; Mars Exploration Rover; MER; NASA; Opportunity; Ulysses Crater; Wdowiak Ridge;

New Executive Program on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture

State of the Planet | 18 September, 2014
The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment will be addressing the challenges of sustainable agricultural investment in its inaugural Executive Training Program on Sustainable Investments in Agriculture, which will be held at Columbia University fr...
Categories: Agriculture-Food; Education News; General Earth Institute; sustainability; agriculture; Environment; Sustainable Development; sustainable investment;

How do paleontologists access the (non-open access) literature?

The Integrative Paleontologists | 18 September, 2014
It is no secret to those who know me that I am strongly supportive of open access (OA)-published data and personal experience alike show that OA is strongly beneficial to science. That said, it's not as if we can ignore the "non-open" (call it paywalled or subscription based or whatever) literature. Some really great research is published there, and it is often necessary to get access to it one way or another.
Categories: Open Access; Paleontology; Publishing; journals; literature; open access; publishing;

A mediocre Colorado River Basin forecast

Inkstain (John Fleck) | 18 September, 2014
The Climate Prediction Center's seasonal outlook, published this morning, is another "meh" for the Colorado River Basin. The good news is that odds favor wet for the southerly part of the basin, especially Arizona and New Mexico. The "meh" part is that the low country doesn't contribute much of the river's overall supply. Most of that falls in the Rockies to the north, where the current forecast could be worse - slight tilt in the odds toward wet for a portion of the basin. But only slight:
Categories: climate variability; Colorado River; water;

MS Student Prepares for Career as Corporate Sustainability Strategist

State of the Planet | 18 September, 2014
Current Master of Science in Sustainability Management student Ame Igharo is new to the field of sustainability but in her time at Columbia has developed a deeper understanding of the subject and the skills necessary for her to succeed in her goal of...
Categories: General Earth Institute; education news; MS in Sustainability Management News; student news;

Twenty-Eight Annual Report of the Geology Department at The College of Wooster

Wooster Geologists | 18 September, 2014
Every year our Administrative Coordinator Patrice Reeder puts together the Annual Report of Wooster's Geology Department. Every year this document grows in detail, creativity and information. This year's report is now available on this webpage. The Annual Report is our primary means of communicating with our alumni, current and future students, parents, administrators, and other friends of the department. It is a lot of fun to read, and over the years the previous reports have become repositories of our departmental history. Thanks, Patrice, for such dedicated and skilled work.
Categories: Uncategorized; Wooster Geology;

Evidence of Trophic Interactions Among Apex Predators in the Late Triassic

Chinleana | 18 September, 2014
Let's get back into the swing of things Chinle with this new paper that shows how badass phytosaurs were. I'd love to see someone recreate this fight scene for a film.
Categories: Chinle Formation; phytosaurs; predation; Rauisuchids;

Earth Has its Warmest Summer and August on Record

Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog | 18 September, 2014
August 2014 and the summer of 2014 were Earth's warmest since records began in 1880, said NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) today. NASA also rated August 2014 as the warmest August on record. August is the third time NOAA has ranked a 2014 ...
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Geo 730: September 18, Day 626: Faulty Sea Cave 2

Outside the Interzone | 18 September, 2014
Looking at the other, western, side of this cove reveals another, smaller, sea cave. But like yesterday's example, it's clearly associated with a vertical fracture, almost certainly a fault. The reason I don't simply assert that it is a fault is that I would need to demonstrate some evidence of offset parallel to the fracture, such as displaced layers, broken clasts, slickensides, or something along those lines. Obviously, I couldn't get close enough to do that, so I have to leave open the possibility (however slight, in my opinion) that this is simply a set of parallel joints.
Categories: Earth; Geo 730; Geology; Oregon;

Announcing The Anthropocene-Project. A Report

The Anthropocene Review Blog | 18 September, 2014
The text below has been copied from the Press Release of HKW (Haus der Kulturen der Welt) in Berlin, who have been running a fascinating series of events centered around the Anthropocene (more information here). The Anthropocene Project is concluding...
Categories: Anthropocene; Anthropocene Working Group; Communication; Exhibitions; ICS;

Go forth and plunder some trash for International Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday

Deep Sea News | 18 September, 2014
Worried about plastic in the ocean? Then get off your rumpus this weekend and do something about it! It's International Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday, September 20. You and a trash bag and a bunch of your friends can spend a day at the beach ...
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Mars Orbiter Mission: Getting into orbit

Red Planet Report | 18 September, 2014
For flight updates, see also the main mission page....
Categories: Reports; Indian Space Research Organization; ISRO; Mars Orbiter Mission; MOM;

Franklin's Ships: Records from HMS Erebus and HMS Terror

BGS Geoheritage | 18 September, 2014
'Term day books' from HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, 1840-1842, containing both magnetic and meteorological observations. Sir John Franklin's fabled lost expedition, back in the news last week after one of the ships was found by Canadian search ve...
Categories: Antarctic; Arctic; aurora; Crozier; Erebus; exploration; Francis Crozier; Franklin; Franklin's lost expedition; geomagnetism; HMS Erebus; HMS Terror; James Clark Ross; James Ross; polar exploration; Ross; Terror;

THEMIS: South polar cap

Red Planet Report | 18 September, 2014
THEMIS Image of the Day, September 18, 2014. Today's VIS image shows a small part of the south polar cap. More THEMIS Images of the Day by geological topic....
Categories: Reports; Arizona State University; ASU; ice; ice caps; layers; Mars Odyssey; NASA; south polar ice cap; south polar layered deposits; THEMIS; Thermal Emission Imaging System;

Moving beyond risk-based governance of agricultural GM technologies

Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience Blog - Making a difference to how we live with hazard and risk.
Categories: Developing World; Risk; global development; globalization; GM crops; GMFuturos; IHRR; research; science; technology;

NASA's Global Reach: Pakistan

Planetary Society Weblog | 18 September, 2014
Nagin Cox, a systems engineer and manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory currently working on the mission operations team for Curiosity, tells us about a trip she took to Pakistan as an ambassador for science and technology....
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Odile's Remnants Drench Southwest U.S.; Polo Expected to Stay Offshore of Mexico

Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog | 18 September, 2014
Tropical Storm Odile is no more, destroyed by the rough terrain of Mexico and separation from warm ocean waters, after making landfall in the Northern Gulf of California 110 miles south of the Arizona border early Wednesday afternoon. The moisture fr...
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Odile: The Still-Swirling Storm That Keeps on Giving, Bringing Torrential Rains and Severe Flooding Risks

ImaGeo | 18 September, 2014
The VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite captured the visible and infrared images of Hurricane Odile that make up this animation. Odile managed to maintain hurricane intensity -- with the faint signature of an eye still visible -- even after the storm spent several hours crossing the rugged terrain of Baja on September 15, 2014. Now, the remnants of the storm are bringing torrential rains and flooding from Arizona to Texas. (Source: CIMSS Satellite Blog)
Categories: Environment; Extreme Weather; select; Top Posts; Tropical Cyclones; Weather; cyclones; extreme weather; flooding; GOES-East; Odile; Suomi NPP; weather;

Bringing It All Together: Planning ARISE

Notes from the field | 18 September, 2014
ARISE project manager Christy Hansen stands in front of the NASA C-130. Credit: NASA
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