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May 2018

How a fossil fuel geoscientist joined the fight against climate change

How a fossil fuel geoscientist joined the fight against climate change

Imagine walking away from a promising and well-paying career as a geoscientist in the fossil fuel industry to join the fight against climate change.That's what Dimitri Lafleur did.He started working for Shell in his home country of the Netherlands before he ended up in Australia in 2008 to help the…

Dr. Tom Holtz’ talk on paranormal concepts in geology – SPOOKY GEOLOGY

Dr. Tom Holtz’ talk on paranormal concepts in geology – SPOOKY GEOLOGY

https://youtu.be/oa0bxFW2M_Y Dr. Thomas Holtz of the Univ. of Maryland presents at Balticon 50 on May 30, 2016 his talk about paranormal concepts on the nature of our planet featuring discussions on Atlantis, Lemuria, the hollow Earth, sunken continents, a concave Earth, and everything made of Nummulitids (forams). Holtz points out…

The Tipi Gets a Makeover

The Tipi Gets a Makeover

Sometimes a symbol can be so familiar that even out of context—different surroundings, different colors and very different materials—it remains immediately recognizable. That’s the case of the five neon-colored tipis that anchor the exhibition “Manifestipi,” currently on view at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s George Gustav Heye…

Ancient Scrolls Blackened by Vesuvius Are Readable at Last

Ancient Scrolls Blackened by Vesuvius Are Readable at Last

The lavish villa sat overlooking the Bay of Naples, offering bright ocean views to the well-heeled Romans who came from across the empire to study. The estate's library was stocked with texts by prominentthinkers of the day, in particular a wealth of volumes by the philosopher Philodemus, an instructor of the poet…

Movement behavior of an anole species surprisingly dynamic — ScienceDaily

Movement behavior of an anole species surprisingly dynamic — ScienceDaily

Anolis lizards have a thing or two to teach humans about love -- or in scientific speak, sexual selection -- at least when it comes to territoriality.Decades of behavioral research on the lizard's mating systems have resulted in near-unanimous agreement among scientists that the males maintain restricted, static territories to…

How Robots Could Help the Elderly Age In Their Homes

How Robots Could Help the Elderly Age In Their Homes

Despite innovations that make it easier for seniors to keep living on their own rather than moving into special facilities, most elderly people eventually need a hand with chores and other everyday activities.So how will our society bridge this elder-care gap? In a word, robots.Just as automation has begun to…

Construction Underway on Clock That Will Keep Time for 10,000 Years

Construction Underway on Clock That Will Keep Time for 10,000 Years

Computer scientist William "Danny" Hillis has visions of a clock that ticks for millennia.Thanks to financial backing by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, his clock is now in the works.An organization called the Long Now Foundation, founded by Hillis and Stewart Brand, publisher of the defunct counterculture magazine Whole Earth Catalog, will build the…

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