Spamming Scientific Publishers?|
March 9, 2014 | Scientific American
A researcher identified over 100 phony papers that made it through “editorial review” and appeared in the conference proceedings of major publishers. These phony papers had been generated by computer programs that grab existing documents and mash/spin them into phony works.
What is a Maar?|
March 6, 2014 | Geology.com
Maars are the second most common volcanic feature on Earth.
The largest maars are found on the Seward Peninsula of Alaska. Do you know what they are and how they form?
Most Popular News Items – February 2014|
March 3, 2014 | Geology.com
So, You Think Yellowstone Is About to Erupt?
Moving at 2.5 Million MPH
The Strangest Volcanic Landscape
Underwater Eruption from Space
Geology of Diamonds
Blue Flames at an Indonesian Volcano
How Stars Explode
Eight Corvettes Swallowed by a Sinkhole??
Measuring Wind With Microphones?|
March 2, 2014 | University of Colorado Boulder
“We have demonstrated for the first time that we can use ambient noise to measure wind speeds. [...] Eventually, the method could be used to cheaply measure wind speed and direction in the atmosphere, critical information for weather forecasts, or even to study the rotation of Earth’s core.” Quoted from the University of Colorado Boulder press release.
March 2, 2014 | Geology.com Store
The Geology.com store has a great selection of field bags, backpacks, beltpacks, and cases to carry your gear in the field (or to the office).
February 25, 2014 | MagmaCumLaude
Jessica Ball has a post titled: “Volcanic lightning in the lab and in the ‘wild’“. The “in the lab” part of the post explains how the lightning might be formed.
Related: Brentwood Higman describes volcanic lightning at Redoubt
The Previous Life of the Hope Diamond|
February 20, 2014 | Smithsonian.com
Smithsonian.com has an interesting article that traces the history of the Hope Diamond, the famous blue stone that is one of the most popular exhibits at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. The article focuses on how the Hope Diamond was once (in the late 17th century) a larger stone with a very different cut and known as the “French Blue”, a gem in the personal collection of King Louis XIV of France.
What is the Bermuda Triangle?|
February 20, 2014 | NOAA
“The Bermuda Triangle is a region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean in which ships, planes, and people are alleged to have mysteriously vanished.” NOTE: This article is by NOAA.
February 20, 2014 | Smithsonian.com
Smithsonian.com has an article that is not “geology”, however, it takes an x-ray look at a number of familiar objects.
Salmon Sense Magnetic Field When Migrating?|
February 18, 2014 | Oregon State University
“A team of scientists last year presented evidence of a correlation between the migration patterns of ocean salmon and the Earth’s magnetic field, suggesting it may help explain how the fish can navigate across thousands of miles of water to find their river of origin.” Quoted from the Oregon State University press release.
Experimental Studies in Sediment Transport|
February 18, 2014 | Caltech
Caltech has an interesting article on their website about experimental sediment transport. The links in the article are also interesting because they show the tilting flume used to investigate fluvial bedrock erosion and the initiation of debris flows.
February 16, 2014 | EarthCache.org
“An EarthCache site is a special place that people can visit to learn about a unique geoscience feature or aspect of our Earth. Visitors to EarthCache sites can see how our planet has been shaped by geological processes, how we manage the resources and how scientists gather evidence to learn about the Earth.” Learn more about EarthCaching.
February 13, 2014 | Harvard Center for Astrophysics
New research may revise the theory that the asteroids in the gap between Jupiter and Mars originated there from a failed planet. Instead they may be a diverse group with origins from many parts of the solar system.
Scientists Reading Fewer Papers These Days|
February 11, 2014 | Nature.com
The average scientist is reading fewer research papers these days according to a study summarized on Nature.com. Although digital consumption surpassed print consumption, the total number of papers read declined.
At Least 15 Killed at Sinabung|
February 2, 2014 | New York Times
The eruption of Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra has killed at least 15 people.
February 2, 2014 | Geological Society of America
“A critical mineral is one that is both essential in use and subject to the risk of supply restriction.” This definition accompanies a short article and position statement on the Geological Society of America website.
January 28, 2014 | National Geographic
A species of bat that lives in parts of Central and South America has an echolocation sense that gives it the ability to detect water ripples from a croaking frog and swoop in for a kill.
Exploring the Farthest Reaches|
January 26, 2014 | National Geographic
National Geographic has a small photo collection titled: “Exploring the Farthest Reaches“. It contains spectacular photographs from blue holes, Arctic ice, Antarctic caves, Kenyan mudflats, the deepest cave in the world, blackwater swamps, space and more.
The Loss of Scientific Data|
January 21, 2014 | University of British Columbia
“Eighty per cent of scientific data are lost within two decades [...] the current system of leaving data with authors means that almost all of it is lost over time.” Quoted from the University of British Columbia media release.
Solar Energy at Night?|
January 16, 2014 | University of North Carolina
“Solar energy has long been used as a clean alternative to fossil fuels such as coal and oil, but it could only be harnessed during the day when the sun’s rays were strongest. Researchers led by Tom Meyer at the Energy Frontier Research Center at UNC-Chapel Hill have built a system that converts the sun’s energy not into electricity but hydrogen fuel and stores it for later use, allowing us to power our devices long after the sun goes down.” Quoted from the UNC press release.
Hydrophobic Surfaces and Magnetic Liquids|
January 16, 2014 | YouTube
The Slow Mo Guys are at the General Electric Global Research lab filming slow motion videos of hydrophobic surfaces and magnetic liquids.
Lift the Ban on Exporting Crude Oil?|
January 12, 2014 | Wall Street Journal
The United States currently has local surpluses of crude oil. This crude could be exported at a significant profit but an export ban prevents that. However, some refined products are currentlyl exported to fetch higher prices in other countries. The debate on allowing the export of crude oil is becoming stronger.
The Science Behind Olympic Sports|
January 12, 2014 | National Science Foundation
The National Science Foundation has a collection of videos that explain the role of science in skiing, snowboarding, figure skating, speed skating, bobsledding and more.
January 1, 2014 | National Geographic
National Geographic has an article about “deepwater soloing”. A variety of rock climbing in which the climber ventures without a rope or protection. When a fall occurs the plunge is into deep water. Some climbers say that it allows they to climb routes that are beyond their potential.
Neanderthals Could Speak Like Humans?|
December 29, 2013 | BBC
Researchers have studied a well-preserved hyoid bone from a Neanderthal and have determined that the bone functioned like the hyoid bone of modern humans – meaning that Neanderthals had the ability to make a wide range of sounds similar to modern humans.