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Geotimes is a free electronic newsfeed for the geoscience community. The American Geosciences Institute coordinates and edits Geotimes, but it is the result of contributed materials from societies, geoscience organizations and others in the community. Do you have a geoscience blog or newsfeed with an RSS feed? It may be a good fit for Geotimes. To learn more about RSS or to submit information to Geotimes by email, please contact Joe Lilek at geotimes@americangeosciences.org. Events can also be listed on the AGI Geoscience Calendar.

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Mon, 2018-08-06 13:47
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 7, 2018   Image Credit: Society for Science & the Public   ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is pleased to recognize outstanding science projects by pre-college students honored recently at this year's Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF).    Intel ISEF unites young scientists from more than 75 countries, showcasing their talents on an international stage, where doctoral-level scientists review and judge their work. As part of an ongoing partnership with Intel ISEF, AGI facilitates the review of geoscience-related entries and offers four awards to recognize outstanding projects.   This year's award recipients showcased a broad range of exciting geoscience topics including fossils, 3D drone-based modeling, sea level rise, and hydrothermal vents. The winners are listed below:   First Award of $1,500 Emily Grace Cross Taphonomic Geochemistry of...
Mon, 2018-08-06 12:57
Yesterday's M=6.9 earthquake is an aftershock of a M=6.4 quake a week earlier.
Mon, 2018-08-06 12:00
Learn about key facts related to wind turbines used in distributed applications.
Mon, 2018-08-06 08:00
Get the details on a few of the lesser known wind energy facts.
Mon, 2018-08-06 02:00
The Landsat archive has added its 8 millionth scene.
Fri, 2018-08-03 15:28
The AAG welcomes Zan Dodson as Director, Program Management & Research. Prior to the AAG, he was a postdoctoral associate for three years in the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh and Adjunct Faculty at Carnegie Mellon University. He has taught numerous courses in geography ranging from cultural and regional geography, to […]
Fri, 2018-08-03 15:16
The National Center for Research in Geography Education (NCRGE) has approved awards for a third cohort of grantees under its Transformative Research grant program. This investment by NCRGE continues a long-term and broad-based effort to develop a research coordination network supporting implementation of the Road Map for 21st Century Geography Education project’s landmark report on […]
Fri, 2018-08-03 02:31
The latest Geophysical Tutorial came out this week in The Leading Edge. It's by my friend Gram Ganssle, and it's about neural networks. Although the example in the article is not, strictly speaking, a deep net (it only has one hidden layer), it concisely illustrates many of the features of deep learning.Whilst editing the article, it struck me that some of the features of deep learning are really features of life. Maybe humans can learn a few life lessons from neural networks! Seek nonlinearityActivation functions are one of the most important ingredients in a neural network. They are the reason neural nets are able to learn complex, nonlinear relationships without a gigantic number of parameters.Life lesson: look for nonlinearities in your life. Go to an event aimed at another profession. Take a new route to work. Buy a random volume at your...
Thu, 2018-08-02 14:45
WAPA’s Crews Work Round the Clock to Restore Power Following the Carr Fire in California
Thu, 2018-08-02 12:56
Educators participate in a Geophysical Information for Teachers workshop at a recent Fall Meeting. Credit: Karna Kurata Today I’m incredibly pleased to announce that AGU is launching a new section: the Education section. AGU’s sections reflect the scientific breadth of the Union and are responsible for fostering scientific discussion and collaboration, identifying emerging issues, providing member input, and nominating scientists for honors and recognition. The Education section marks the second new section launched by AGU in the past year; the Geohealth section was launched in December 2017. Bringing a Diverse Community Together After supporting an Education Special Interest Group for a number of years and seeing a significant increase in the number of education-related abstracts and sessions at the Fall Meeting, AGU realized that the community’s needs had evolved and grown and that it was time to create a formal Education section. The Education section was established to provide a...

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