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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, 2018-04-23 06:00
Stegosaurus wielded a spiked tail — dubbed a “thagomizer” by cartoonist Gary Larson and informally adopted by paleontologists — which the herbivorous dinosaur likely used for defense against hungry predators. Other extinct animals also sported foe-clobbering tail weapons: Ankylosaurus had a tail club, as did extinct mammals like the glyptodonts, giant armadillo-like animals that once roamed the Americas. Today, though, thagomizers and bony tail clubs are things of the past. In a new study, paleontologists have found that extinct animals with such weapons all shared a now-antiquated set of traits: They were large, herbivorous, and had body armor and a stiff torso. Read more
Mon, 2018-04-23 02:00
Decades of consistent data from Landsat help scientists monitor the growth of urban areas in a world where more than half of the population lives in cities.
Fri, 2018-04-20 14:18
Scientists write, it's part of the job. If writing feels laborious, it might be because you haven't found the right tools yet. The wrong tools <cough>Word</cough> feel like a lot of work. You spend a lot of time fiddling with font sizes and not being sure whether to use italic or bold. You're constantly renumbering sections after edits. Everything moves around when you resize a figure. Tables are a headache. Table of contents? LOL.If this sounds familiar, check out the following tools — arranged more or less in order of complexity.MarkdownIf you've never experienced writing with a markup language, you're in for a treat. At first it might feel clunky, but it quickly gets out of the way, leaving you to focus on the writing. Markdown was invented by John Gruber in about 2004; it is now almost ubiquitous in tools for developers. It's very lightweight, but compatible with HTML and LaTeX math, so it has plenty of features. Styling is absent from the document itself,...
Fri, 2018-04-20 09:33
ASLO is now accepting applications for the ASLO Science Communication Internship. Applications are being accepted for the Fall of 2018 (details on timing and stipend below). The internship is based in the ASLO Communications Office, just outside of Washington, D.C.
Fri, 2018-04-20 06:00
The early 20th-century invention of a nitrogen-fixation process revolutionized agriculture and made it possible to feed the planet’s growing population. But nitrogen runoff is polluting our waterways and suffocating aquatic life. Now, researchers looking for ways to reverse that trend are turning farmland into wetlands to filter nitrogen from streams and rivers. Read more
Thu, 2018-04-19 20:00
AAPG, the recognized global leader in the dissemination of high-quality geoscience data and information, brings its International Conference and Exhibition (ICE) to Cape Town, 4-7 November 2018. ICE 2018 will gather geoscientists and petroleum industry professionals from 60+ countries looking to build their knowledge, discover innovations, and network with peers. Submit your abstracts today and help guide our future industry success.More...
Thu, 2018-04-19 17:05
Director Hawryluk of Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory unveils the moment that captured him to pursue a career in STEM.
Thu, 2018-04-19 10:00
This colourful cloud of glowing interstellar gas is just a tiny part of the Lagoon Nebula, a vast stellar nursery. This nebula is a region full of intense activity, with fierce winds from hot stars, swirling chimneys of gas, and energetic star formation all embedded within a hazy labyrinth of gas and dust. Hubble used both its optical and infrared instruments to study the nebula, which was observed to celebrate Hubble’s 28th anniversary.
Wed, 2018-04-18 19:07
by Dean Moosavi, Education Programs Coordinator at the Geological Society of America About this time last year GSA began revising its programming for K-12 teachers and the future citizens that these teachers help prepare for life. An upcoming series of education-related blog posts is meant to share GSA’s journey to build a program, currently titled GeoTeachers, to help fill the gap in geoscience education besetting so many of our primary and secondary school programs which becomes the first and biggest bottleneck inhibiting creation of a geoscientifically literate citizenry with an ample supply of geoscientists at all levels of society. GeoTeachers starts by recognizing the reality facing most teachers and the schools they teach in. These teachers and schools have relatively regimented teaching schedules and limited financial resources. Unlike college faculty, K-12 teachers cannot just cancel class or ask a peer to cover for them to miss a week of school to attend a conference or join...
Wed, 2018-04-18 11:53
What would happen if a M=7.0 Hayward Fault earthquake struck the Bay Area today?

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