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Hey, farmer, farmer, put away the DDT now

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 7:30am

Music has often been used as an outlet for activists to reach a broader audience on issues concerning politics, social issues, and environmental crises. Joni Mitchell was a prominent and very influential recording artist in the 1970’s that embodied this idea of using music to educate the public.  One of her most popular songs “Big Yellow Taxi,” called out various environmental issues like deforestation and, what stood out the most to me, the use of DDT.k

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Scientists Tackle Grand Challenges In the Earth and Space Sciences In New Special Centennial-Themed Collection

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 8:00am

One hundred years ago when AGU was founded there were still large unmapped places on our planet and the idea of a person stepping on the moon was a dream. Discovery and wonder have characterized the last 100 years of science as we learned the plates shift, the climate changes, and scientists are studying the Moon, Mars, and beyond in detail. Our species now has a global view of how …

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Human Rabies Mortality in India: Why Is This Still An Issue?

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 7:30am

There are an estimated 25 million stray dogs within the country of India. These animals serve as carriers for one of the deadliest diseases in the world - one that has ravaged the country and surrounding areas within Southern Asia. This disease is rabies, and India makes up 36% of the world’s rabies deaths each year. About 30% to 60% of rabies victims within countries where the disease is endemic are children under the age of 15. Some of them don’t even know they’re infected until symptoms begin to show and it’s too late.

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The Budhiganga River landslide: just one of many landslide challenges in Nepal as the monsoon develops

Tue, 07/09/2019 - 1:17am

The Budhiganga River landslide: just one of many landslide challenges in Nepal as the monsoon rapidly develops across South Asia

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More WaterWords and videos from the Hunting Bubbles expedition

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 1:06pm

Five new posts from the Hunting Bubbles expedition.

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Urban water underground: How green infrastructure makes it visible

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 12:27pm

When it comes to protecting the water resources that sustain society and the natural environment, it is perhaps unsurprising that groundwater is the part of water cycle that most folks tend to ignore.

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Cicadas + Magic Mushrooms = ?

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 7:30am

Magic mushrooms, also known as shrooms, are not allowed for human consumption, but cicadas are also experiencing the same drugs via a different route. Does it affect them the same as it does humans?

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Monday Geology Picture: Travertine Wall

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 6:06am

Wow, the past couple of months have been busy! I spent most of May and June travelling for work. Life has calmed down now, so it’s time to resume my blogging… and try to stick with it a little better for the rest of the year! To kick off some blogging, here’s a picture of a beautiful decorative travertine stone on the front of a building. I took this picture …

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The Proceedings of the Second JTC1 Workshop: Triggering and Propagation of Rapid Flow-like Landslides

Mon, 07/08/2019 - 12:50am

The Proceedings of the Second JTC1 Workshop: Triggering and Propagation of Rapid Flow-like Landslides

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Sols 2461-2462: What Would We Do Without MAHLI?

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 7:00pm

The data from Mars returned a trove of close-up images from the outcrop near the top of 'Harlaw Rise,' including the one shown here.

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Penny Ice Cap NW Thinning and Retreat Evident

Sun, 07/07/2019 - 5:30am

The Northwest (NW) and Northnorthwest (NNW) outlet of the Penny Ice Cap in 1991 and 2019 Landsat images. Red arrow indicates the 1991 terminus location. Point 1 is a large proglacial, Point 2-4 are areas of emerging and expanding bedrock amidst the ice cap. The two largest outlet glaciers of the NW quadrant of the Penny Ice Cap feed the Isurtuq River.  In 1991 both outlet glaciers terminated at 600 …

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It’s Not Easy Finding The Shadow of the Moon

Sat, 07/06/2019 - 2:09am

When the Moon blocks the sun during a solar eclipse, there isn’t a big difference between 70 and 90%, but the difference between 99 and 100% is jaw-dropping! It’s something you remember for the rest of your life. I’ve now seen it twice. My first was two years ago near the Wyoming/Nebraska border, and number two was this past Tuesday near La Serena in Chile. I traveled to Santiago to …

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Sols 2457-2460: A busy holiday weekend!

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 7:00pm

Curiosity will continue to investigate the rocky Harlaw region of the Glen Torridon formation on this holiday weekend. Curiosity arrived at her current location on Monday and has been investigating some interesting layered bedrock material over the past few days.

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Weird world of northern dinosaurs coming into focus

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 8:38am

The mini tyrannosaur, duck-billed swamp-stompers, armor-headed planteaters and other dinosaurs found in northern Alaska hint of a story that is theirs alone. That tale is separate from the one we learned as kids, told by fossils found in Montana, Alberta, Mongolia and other more-exposed and easier-to-get-to places.

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Lyme Disease in Winter

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 7:30am

Similar to other wildlife diseases, there are myths about Lyme disease. While many myths exists, one of the most interesting myths about Lyme disease pertains to transmission. People believe that ticks cannot survive in the winter; so, Lyme disease cannot be transmitted during winter.

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Friday fold: the University of Wisconsin geology museum stained glass window

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 4:18am

Today’s Friday fold is rendered in stained glass, along with a bunch of other geological details, as seen at the entrance to the geology museum at the University of Wisconsin (site of our previous Friday fold): Beautiful work!

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The Aizawl landslide: evidence from Google Earth of slope modification

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 1:29am

Google Earth images suggest that the Aizawl landslide this week, which killed three people, occurred on a slope that had been cut during construction

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Are possums actually awesome?

Thu, 07/04/2019 - 7:30am

It is a common misconception that possums are rabid, disease carrying animals with no good intentions. When someone says the word “possum” the one thought that will probably pop into most people's head is rabies.

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Sol 2455-2456: Investigating laminated rocks.

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 7:00pm

The 4th of July is coming up - and so the team worked to keep the rover busy without keeping ourselves busy! Today Earth time we planned two Mars sols, and tomorrow Earth time we will complete an over-sized weekend plan that will keep Curiosity busy while we celebrate 4th of July on Earth.

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Protecting Science at the State and Federal Level

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 5:49pm

News coming out of Alaska right now reminds me how strongly science depends not just on federal but also state financial support. And it’s disheartening to hear that this crucial science funding is facing challenges at all levels. Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy recently vetoed the state’s budget, which would mean huge cuts for the state – including a $130 million—or 41 percent—cut to the University of Alaska system’s funding from …

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