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Landslides from the Kaikoura Earthquake Part 4: partially failed slopes

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 5:14pm
The Kaikoura Earthquake left a landscape with many partially failed slopes. Forecasting the behaviour of these slopes is a major challenge

Collecting unique data where the Atlantic Water meets the Arctic Ocean: A-TWAIN2017

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 10:40am
Life on board RV Lance is very ‘koselig’ (cosy in Norwegian). Meals are served at fixed hours in the mess three times a day and coffee is always brewing.

Ouachita Mountains: Rock Strength in Action

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 8:48am
In this model Phil Prince takes us to the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Landslides from the Kaikoura Earthquake part 3: the Leader 220 landslide

Sun, 09/17/2017 - 6:06pm
The third part of my series of helicopter images of landslides from the Kaikoura earthquake, featuring the magnificent Leader 220 landslide and dam

Landslides from the Kaikoura Earthquake part 2: the Hapuku landslide

Sat, 09/16/2017 - 7:19pm
The largest landslide triggered by the Kaikoura earthquake was the valley-blocking Hapuku landslide, an impressive 2.7 km long rock avalanche

Sol 1818-1819: Brushfest

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 8:00pm
The focus of science planning this morning was an experiment to acquire data on a bedrock target before and after brushing.

Converting a short-term position into a long-term career

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 5:33pm
As organizations try to remain flexible, they are more and more reluctant to hire permanent employees.  Many organizations are using contract or temporary staff, then hiring a select few into fulltime positions.  Sometimes, a temporary position is the only way to get into a company, but if you use the opportunity, you can turn a temporary position into a permanent job. To begin, make sure you understand the contract terms.  …

A Revised Ethics Policy: Setting the Bar High to End Harassment in the Sciences

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 11:42am
By Eric Davidson, AGU President, Robin Bell, AGU President-elect, and Margaret Leinen, AGU Past President Science is strongest when a diverse set of voices are not only allowed, but encouraged, to share their perspectives and scientific ideas. Harassment and discrimination can negatively impact that diversity of voices and have no place in a research environment or workplace of any kind. They compromise open communication, create a hostile work climate, and in …

Connecting Science to Policy in New York

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 10:52am
A group of student scientists went to meet with their congressional member. This is what happened.

Turning on the aurora switch with HAARP

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 10:44am
People travel north from all over for a chance to see the aurora. Soon, Chris Fallen will make his own.

Friday fold: Dextral asymmetry in a shear zone, Italy

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 5:37am
The Friday fold comes from highly foliated rocks in a shear zone near Tyrol, Italy. It was contributed by reader Samuele Papeschi.

Landslides from the Kaikoura earthquake part 1: the Seafront landslide (also wrongly known as the Seaward landslide)

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 5:20pm
Helicopter images of the very large Seafront Landslide, also known as the Cow Slide, triggered by the Kaikoura earthquake in New Zealand

Gaining Insight into the Atlin Ophiolite

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:33am
Atlin was chosen for our field site because it’s home to an ophiolite, a rare place on earth where the crust and mantle are exposed at the surface.

Sulztalferner Retreat, Austria Bedrock Expansion Mid-Glacier

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 10:02am
Sulztalferner in Landsat images from 1990 and 2017.  Red arrow is the 1990 terminus, yellow arrow the 2017 terminus, purple dots the snowline and the green arrow an area of emergent bedrock amidst the glacier.  Sulztalferner is a glacier in the Subaier Alps of Austria. The glacier begins at 3200 m below Daunkogel Peak and descends north from the peak.  Schlicker (2006) identified that between 1969 and 2003, 14 of the 88 …

It’s Time for a 21st Century Hurricane Scale

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 1:51am
Most folks are familiar with the Saffir Simpson hurricane scale and while it’s very useful, it also has some drawbacks. It’s greatest attribute is that the public understands it, but I’m not alone among meteorologists who think the time has come to replace it. We need a new scale that will better indicate the destructive potential of a tropical cyclone, and there are some good candidates out there. The main …

Sol 1815 – 1816: Stopping to Smell the Rocks

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 8:00pm
Planning for Curiosity this morning was a bit like reading a great mystery novel. There were several twists and turns along the way...

Life 3.0, by Max Tegmark

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 10:20am
A new book on artificial intelligence (AI) has just been published. It’s Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, by MIT physicist Max Tegmark. Tegmark was one of the trailblazing thinkers interviewed by James Barrat in his book Our Final Invention, which I thought was terrific, so I was eager to see what he had to say when writing for himself. I finished the audiobook version of …

Journeying to Earth’s Interior on a Mountain in British Columbia

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 10:16am
I spent several days last week on the summit of Monarch Mountain in the company of two Texas A&M University geophysicists and one undergraduate.

Early volcanic activity may have caused bumps to erupt across lunar plains

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 10:12am
Scientists have discovered a new feature on the surface of the Moon: small mounds that grew on its dark plains, likely from volcanic activity.

Canada’s Science Literacy Week and National Science Reading Day

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 8:58am
A week-long celebration of science in Canada, September 18-24, 2017