Surprise White Rock on Mars
January 23, 2014 | NASA
While preparing to start robotic arm work on the target "Cape Elizabeth" on Sol 3541 (Jan. 8, 2014), Opportunity encountered a slight surprise -- a rock had appeared in the images that had not been there before. This target that has been named "Pinnacle Island" and its origin has been the target of much speculation.
Pompeii: Quick Movie Review
March 2, 2014 | MagmaCumLaude
Volcanologist (who has a background in archaeology), Jessica Ball, has posted a quick review of "Pompeii". She considers how the filmmakers struck a balance between making an interesting movie and keeping with the scientific and historical accuracy of the eruption.
Related: Mount Vesuvius
Shortage of Pipeline Capacity in Canada
January 1, 2014 | The Chronicle-Herald
Canada has enormous amounts of oil and natural gas in shale, oil sands and conventional resources. One problem encountered in developing these resources is usually a lack of pipelines.