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Earth Science Mon Aug 13 2018 16:00:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Im pleased to announce that Im leading a new multi-institution NSF-funded project investigating how stormwater decision making translates to environmental outcomes at the watershed scale. Im collaborating with Aditi Bhaskar (Colorado State University
Our current model of internet security is too vulnerable to the mistakes of individual programmers. Better alternatives exist and should be deployed
If you want to make earthquake scientists jumpy, all you need to do is ask, "can you predict the next earthquake?" In fact, any variation on the theme of ‘earthquake’ and ‘prediction’ will do &a
A beautifully illustrated new book details the evolutionary path that created modern bees from their ancient wasp ancestors - and why the apians future is uncertain
Volcanic happenings are afoot on the Big Island of Hawaii. To be clear, Kilauea has been erupting continuously since 1983, but activity has waxed and waned. The last few weeks have definitely seen an uptick in unrest, with inflation and … C
Tools used to make Easter Islands famous statues have yielded a clue that suggests the Rapa Nui inhabitants that made them all got along with each other
So, there this piece recently published at Undark called "The Magnetic Field Is Shifting. The Poles May Flip. This Could Get Bad.". Unsurprisingly, I have thoughts. Somewhat complicated thoughts. Let’s start with the importa
See a taxidermied rabbit in a silver goblet at show about human-animal hybrids, read about biology's muckier side, and listen to tough talk about our digital future
For a couple of years now, I've been telling a story at the beginning of the introductory geology course I teach, called How the Earth Works. I like to think it gives a flavour of the kinds of stories you can tell about the Earth, if you know how to
Animal owners are increasingly falling for potentially risky fad pet diets or homeopathic alternatives to vaccines, warn vets Danny Chambers and Zoe Belshaw
The premise of earthquake early warning systems is simple. An earthquake produces several different kinds of seismic waves that race away from the rupture point. Because they are different kinds of vibrations, they travel at different speeds; and the
When blockbuster game Fortnite hits Android phones, gamers will be able to get it outside Google Play, which could leave them vulnerable to scams
Preface For the 3rd year in a row, I have meticulously tracked each and every paper, proposal, manuscript, etc. I read for professional reasons. Begun by Jacquelyn Gill in early 2015, I found the twitter hashtag #365papers an appealing way &#8230
Dissected and preservedsea life specimens give visitors athrilling, slightly shallow glimpse of a hidden world
Why 2017 was a quiet year - and an examination of the provocative hypothesis that 2018 may not be. Continue reading →Plenty of natural disasters hit the news in 2017, but most of the headlines were hogged by disasters linked to extreme weat
Psychologists use Amazons Mechanical Turk platform to study our behaviour, but now bots are spoiling things by pretending to be human
Not much may have made it onto the blog, but its been a busy year for both Anne and Chris in 2017. Heres a brief summary of what weve been up to - with pretty pictures where appropriate. Continue reading →Not much may have made it onto the
Michel Siffres extraordinary self-experiments in a cave with no light would never be allowed now but revealed strange truths about how we perceive time
If you’ve walked through the forest on a rainy day and noticed that it’s drier under the trees, you’ve experienced interception. In hydrology, interception is when water gets hung up on vegetative leaves, needles, or bra
Jason Stathams new film The Meg looks gloriously silly and good luck to it, but it got us thinking aboutwhat its giant prehistoric shark was really like and why it died out
It’s Earth Science Week and Congress is still debating the budget for this fiscal year. That means that science funding is still on the line. The American Geophysical Union is running a campaign encouraging members to speak up for NASA&
Its time to return to the planet Mercury. At New Scientist Live, Emma Bunce will be revealing all about the BepiColombo mission set to launch in October
There’s been a lot of speculation and discussion about the role of urbanization in contributing to the flooding from Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Fortunately, urban hydrology is my specialty, so even though I’ve never been to Hous
People in New Zealand currently use about 150 plastic bags each a year, but the country now plans to phase them out within the next six months
This Friday at noon, the Kent State University Department of Geology is hosting a panel discussion on the human role in the catastrophic flooding experienced by Houston and surrounding communities in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. I will be one &#
Thanks to science, we now have an answer. Plus: a stolen shark, mapping the Kessel Run, TripAdvisor reviews of migrating animals, and more
August 30th: Harvey reminds us that we should treat climate change as we treat other public health threats. That’s the argument in this New York Times op-ed: Harvey, the storm that humans helped cause. August 29th: The most sobering hot-tak
Biologists have watched death spread across a living cell for the first time, and discovered that it travels in a steady wave in the same way that wildfires do
Albert Einstein predicted that the speed of light does not change just because you are moving and now two experiments have shown just how right he was
You can grow into and out of allergies your whole life; they come in groups; women are more allergy prone... Wild ideas about allergies abound, but which should you believe?
Non-native grasses such as cheatgrass are easier to ignite and can spread fires far more quickly than the native ones
Cyberattacks target not just our phones and laptops, but hospitals, schools and power stations. A new security solution redesigns chips from the inside out
The Long Valley Caldera in east California unleashed a supervolcano eruption 760,000 years ago. Today it is quiet but it may have a few smaller eruptions left in it
Men who wear boxer shorts have higher spermlevels than men who wear tight underwear, although the difference shouldn't usually be enough to affect fertility
It has been thought that inducing labour leads to more C-sections, but a study of over 6,100 women suggests this isnt the case when induced at 39 weeks
An analysis of online dating has found most users hit on people who are 25 per cent more attractive than them, and that shorter messages have better reply rates
Genetic genealogy services are rapidly become a key source of forensic evidence, but do we really want the police to have access to everyone's DNA?
Mouse studies hint that social difficulties in autism might be caused by faulty serotonin signalling in the brain and can be helped with serotonin-boosting drugs
Bad news on the climate should lead neither to despair nor unfounded optimism. Instead, we need to roll up our sleeves and prepare for life on a drastically changing planet
Oil behaves strangely in water now a combination of AI and super-expensive underwater vehicles are being used to track it. Joshua Howgego went along for the ride
The US Navy wants to make super-expanding weaponised slime, inspired by the hagfish, that can trap boats in the water
We've all heard that being too clean can cause allergies, or exposure can help you beat them. Most advice doesn't stand up, but there are things that do seem to work
Banning nuts on planes and in schools may seem like hysteria, but there's good reason: allergies are becoming more common. And you may not realise how you're affected
Firefighters are battling high winds and extreme heat as they try to slow the spread of the biggest wildfire ever recorded in California
Ultra-compact neutron stars are so dense that the light bends around from the far side, making it possible to see all sides of them simultaneously
As sound waves travel, they float upwards away from the pull of gravity. Thats because they have negative mass, so theyre repelled by massive objects
Power plants are shutting down in the northern hemisphere due to a lack of cool water, and the problem will only get worst in a warming and drier world
In London this September, Juliane Kaminski will be arguing that dogs have spent so long living alongside humans that they have evolved to think just like us
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