USGS Ramps Up Earthquake Monitoring Effort

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) National Earthquake Center has unveiled upgraded technology, 24/7 staffing, and a new website to be rolled out over the next few months in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and a wider call for better earthquake monitoring. The effort includes HYDRA, a system that will provide more detailed … Continue reading USGS Ramps Up Earthquake Monitoring Effort

The Great Frontiers of Exploration

The soft blue pool of light in claustrophobic darkness, the white and crème-colored towers of limestone, the shimmer of hot fluids mixing with cold sea water, the occasional life form swimming back - it is another day in the exciting exploration of the Lost City Hydrothermal Field. Half a kilometer below the surface of the … Continue reading The Great Frontiers of Exploration

Return to Lost City, Live!

In a remarkable display of the cutting-edge in robotics, telepresence, and ocean exploration, live video is streaming over the Internet from under the Atlantic Ocean. The public, students, educators, and scientists can all follow along as the crew of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's ship Ronald H. Brown use IFE Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) … Continue reading Return to Lost City, Live!

Live Telepresence from the “Lost City”

The IFE ROV "Hercules" is sending stunning live video - broadcast over the Internet on the NOAA Ocean Explorer site - from near the Mid-Atlantic Ridge at a depth of over 2,000 feet. The mission? To explore the white carbonate chimneys and other geological formations at the "Lost City" site and surrounding areas. read more … Continue reading Live Telepresence from the “Lost City”

“Florida” Wildfire Threatens Arizona Observatory

The view from Tumamoc Hill west of downtown Tucson says it all. A wildfire has spread to consume approximately 20,000 acres about 40 kilometers (25 miles) south of the city of Tucson in Arizona, United States, after a lightning strike on July 07, 2005. The fire has been given the name "Florida" and has been … Continue reading “Florida” Wildfire Threatens Arizona Observatory

Extreme Driving Comfort

Hardy explorers of Antarctica may soon travel in stylish and warm comfort thanks to a design concept by James Moon working with the British Antarctic Survey. "Ninety Degrees South" is a concept vehicle designed to seat two people while providing protection from the elements. Outfitted with both wheels and tracks, the vehicle would theoretically be … Continue reading Extreme Driving Comfort

Review: Google Earth

Google appears to be unstoppable. Their recent projects have involved turning static web pages into interactive presentations, each one more useful than the last. Often called "web services" these new features are taking the World Wide Web into a welcome direction. Google unveiled today their next step, a program called "Google Earth". The Earth in … Continue reading Review: Google Earth

Soft Tissue Retrieved from Dinosaur Fossil

Scientists investigating the inner structure of a Tyrannosaurus rex fossil discovered what appeared to be preserved soft tissues, perhaps including intact blood cells, as reported in the March 25, 2005 issue of Science. If confirmed, the unexpected finding could revolutionize our understanding of ancient life forms. Biological tissues are generally not preserved in the geological … Continue reading Soft Tissue Retrieved from Dinosaur Fossil

“Dolphin Returns to Land”

When those of us who do focus on the future, we often see through anthropomorphic glasses; that is, we think in terms of humanity only. But the emerging future promises profound changes to other species of life on this planet as well. Even if humans had not created "technological" evolution, "natural" evolution would have continued … Continue reading “Dolphin Returns to Land”

An Interview with Geologist Jay Quade – Page 1

The Desert Laboratory sits on Tumamoc Hill overlooking the city of Tucson, Arizona. Rainfall amounts here have been above normal this winter and the desert is in bloom. I am sitting in the office of Dr. Jay Quade, from where the view of both Tucson and the desert is spectacular. A faculty member in the … Continue reading An Interview with Geologist Jay Quade – Page 1

An Interview with Geologist Jay Quade – Page 2

(Continued from Page 1.) Meanwhile, volcanoes in Ethiopia lay down layers of ash, pumice and other fragments through frequent eruptions. As this material begins to cement over time, it becomes tuff. Tuff sticks out from other layers because it is so light in color. The river and volcano activity are preserved in the varying layers … Continue reading An Interview with Geologist Jay Quade – Page 2

An Interview with Geologist Jay Quade – Tools of Time

Geology is like forensic work; it requires time, patience, and the right tools. To the layperson, rock sedimentary layers sometimes seem to blur together. The geologist uses common sense to determine how each layer is related to the other layers, what it is made of, and how it got there. Then, using this data, the … Continue reading An Interview with Geologist Jay Quade – Tools of Time

An Interview with Geologist Jay Quade – Geology, Famine and War

Embarking on a geology expedition might sound exciting or boring, depending on your interests. However, there is more going on behind the scenes than just scientific research. Sometimes scientists find themselves in the middle of suffering and violence, and they begin to question why they are there, even as their heart reaches out to those … Continue reading An Interview with Geologist Jay Quade – Geology, Famine and War

Age of Kibish, Ethiopia Hominid Fossils Determined

As described in a letter published in the February 17, 2005 issue of Nature, scientists from Australia and the United States have estimated the age of anatomically modern human fossils in Ethiopia to be 195,000 years old, plus or minus 5000 years. McDougall, et al, reached this estimate after correlating rock layers at different sites … Continue reading Age of Kibish, Ethiopia Hominid Fossils Determined