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Sun, 2018-05-06 23:06
Una oleada de actividad sísmica en la Gran Isla de Hawái está relacionada a la actividad volcánica asociada con el magmatismo de Kïlauea.
Sat, 2018-05-05 20:00
A flurry of earthquake activity on the Big Island of Hawai’i is related to the volcanic activity associated with Kïlauea magmatism.
Sat, 2018-05-05 20:00
A flurry of earthquake activity on the Big Island of Hawai’i is related to the volcanic activity associated with Kïlauea magmatism.
Thu, 2018-05-03 13:56
By Lindsay Davis, GSA Science Policy Fellow Since Ryan Zinke’s confirmation on March 1, 2017 as U.S. Secretary of the Interior, he has been touting his plans to reorganize the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to move more employees into the field, or, as he says, put more “boots on the ground.” A press release issued by the DOI on April 12, 2017 contained quotes by Secretary Zinke on his vision for reorganization of the DOI: “I fully support President Trump and taxpayers’ vision to reorganize the federal government in a way that will make the executive branch more lean, accountable, and efficient while still allowing the government to deliver core services. I approach this job like I approached every command I was tasked with in the Navy: empower the front lines, cut the waste, fraud and abuse, hold people accountable, and do more with less. I won’t be afraid to make investments where appropriate and I look forward to working with the career veterans as we...
Thu, 2018-05-03 10:54
An orienteer leaving a control site.  If you love studying maps or solving puzzles, and you love being outside, then orienteering — the thinking runner's sport — might be the sport you've been looking for.There are many, many flavours of orienteering (on foot, on skis, in kayaks, etc), but here's how it generally works:Competitors make their way to an event, perhaps on a weekday evening, maybe a weekend morning.Several courses are offered, varying in length (usually 2 to 12 km) and difficulty (from walk-in-the-park to he's-still-not-back-call-search-and-rescue).A course consists of about 20 or so 'controls', which must be visited in order. Visits are recorded on an electronic 'dibber' carried by the orienteer, or by shapes punched on a card.Each person chooses a course , and is allotted a start time.You can't see your course — or the map — until you start. You have...
Thu, 2018-05-03 10:30
Collegiate Wind Competition helps undergraduates learn the real-world skills they need to grow America's energy economy.
Thu, 2018-05-03 02:00
As Hurricane Sandy made landfall on October 29, 2012, the storm’s waves and wind cut a breach in a narrow part of Fire Island, a barrier island south of Long Island, New York.
Wed, 2018-05-02 17:48
by Dean Moosavi, Education Programs Coordinator at the Geological Society of America We just passed the early registration deadline for GSA’s summer 2018 workshops so it seems like a good time to share a bit of what we have planned. This post will focus on our exciting debut workshop in GSA’s home state, Geology of Colorado: The Central Front Range. This workshop will be based out of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS) and is scheduled to run from noon on Monday, 30 July to noon on Friday, 03 August. Garden of the Gods & Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, CO. Image Credit: Dean Moosavi The field focus of this workshop stretches across El Paso and Teller Counties and explores the geology of the Central Front Range and adjacent areas of Pikes Peak country that were so essential to the development of Colorado from a territory into the 38th state in 1876. Over the course of the workshop participants will explore over 1 billion years of geologic history from mountain uplift...
Wed, 2018-05-02 13:00
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have detected helium in the atmosphere of the exoplanet WASP-107b. This is the first time this element has been detected in the atmosphere of a planet outside the Solar System. The discovery demonstrates the ability to use infrared spectra to study exoplanet extended atmospheres.
Wed, 2018-05-02 11:58
Earlier this week, AGU signed onto a letter to Puerto Rico’s governor and leaders of its House and Senate. The letter voices concern over Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s efforts, and now an approved plan by the Puerto Rican legislature, to overhaul the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics (PRIS), an independent government statistics agency. The plan would bring PRIS under the Department of Economic Development and Commerce and outsource the agencies work to private companies. The letter, which is coordinated by the American Statistical Association (ASA) and has been signed by more than 30 science organizations, notes that these actions by Puerto Rico’s leaders undermine scientific integrity and evidence-based policymaking. Specifically, the ASA letter calls out the impact and importance of government statistics and how critical it is that they “be produced through rigorous scientific processes and analyses performed by experts that can function free of outside influence.” Transparent...

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