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March 2018

Education Roundup: Geology students present at national conferences

Education Roundup: Geology students present at national conferences

Nearly two dozen Cal State Bakersfield geology students, faculty, alumni and dual-credit high school teachers presented research at two separate national conferences last month.In Houston, Texas, an undergraduate and alumnus presented at the AfricaArray Diversity Forum, which sets out to improve the seismic network in Africa to help mitigate earthquake…

The palimpsest planet

The palimpsest planet

Illustration by JaceyThe core of a world is more than magma, thought Raccoon, as she hunched over her scout craft’s console. It’s what remains after you strip the rest away. It’s the starting point of rebirth.A desiccated sphere of ash, glass and volcanic rock grew large in Raccoon’s view­screen. The…

The most popular genes in the human genome

The most popular genes in the human genome

Peter Kerpedjiev needed a crash course in genetics. A software engineer with some training in bioinformatics, he was pursuing a PhD and thought it would really help to know some fundamentals of biology. “If I wanted to have an intelligent conversation with someone, what genes do I need to know…

Rapid evolution of a calcareous microalgae: Emiliania huxleyi surprises with fast changes in ecological fitness — ScienceDaily

Rapid evolution of a calcareous microalgae: Emiliania huxleyi surprises with fast changes in ecological fitness — ScienceDaily

When simulating future environmental conditions researchers face a problem: laboratory experiments are easy to control and to reproduce, but are insufficient to mimic the complexity of natural ecosystems. In contrast, experiments under real conditions in nature are much more complicated and difficult to control. Scientist of the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre…

Amazon: Aerial Geology Kindle Edition eBook Only $1.99 (Regularly $35) – Hip2Save

Amazon: Aerial Geology Kindle Edition eBook Only $1.99 (Regularly $35) – Hip2Save

Have you ever had moments when you're either out of time or out of printer ink, or both, and you really want to keep track of a "Hip" deal or print a valuable coupon in the next day or two? Or what do you do when an outstanding, but pricey,…

Introducing ‘Zuul,’ an Ankylosaur That Could Really Make Your Ankles Sore

Introducing ‘Zuul,’ an Ankylosaur That Could Really Make Your Ankles Sore

It didn’t take paleontologist Victoria Arbour long to come up with a name for the latest armored dinosaur to plod onto the scientific scene. It was obvious: The ’saur just had to be named Zuul.Between the armored dinosaur’s prominent horns and blunt snout, Arbour immediately saw a resemblance to the…

Two Litters of Adorable Cheetah Cubs Born in One Week

Two Litters of Adorable Cheetah Cubs Born in One Week

Spring has brought the births of two separate litters of adorable baby cheetah cubs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia. This was no accident. Smithsonian's scientists have a breeding program designed to preserve this endangered species through just the right pairings of cheetahs and perfect…

Scientists Recreate a Stone Age Cremation

Scientists Recreate a Stone Age Cremation

Scientists Recreate a Stone Age CremationA scientist sets about to recreate a Stone Age funeral pyre. Astonishingly, and using nothing but resources from that era, the makeshift pyre achieves the same high temperatures as a modern crematorium. (4:14)TagsLatest VideosThe switch from a hunter gatherer society to a farming one appears…

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