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Endangered Icebreakers: The future of Arctic research, exploration and rescue at risk

A shortage of ice-breaking ships limits polar research efforts; complicates search-and-rescue efforts when fishermen, tourists or others are stranded in sea ice; and raises national security concerns. So far, though, the U.S., which has only two government-owned icebreakers, isn’t prioritizing funding for these important ships.

26 Jul 2015

The Arctic is open for research

“Science knows no boundaries, and the issues that the Arctic region faces require high-quality, trans-disciplinary and problem-based research, something which cannot be accomplished solely at the national level.” So stated Annu Jylhä-Pyykönen, Finland’s Head of Delegation to the Arctic Council’s Task Force for Enhancing Scientific Cooperation (SCTF) in an interview published on the Arctic Council’s website in March 2015.
 
26 Jul 2015

Racing to the future of automotive efficiency and performance

High-performance, environmentally friendly race cars used in endurance races are serving as prototypes for the electric and hybrid cars that will soon make their ways to a car lot near you.
19 Jul 2015

Travels in Geology: Hiking the Catskill Mountain Front

Take a trek through the geologic remnants of the last ice age on display in the Hudson River Valley.

18 Jun 2015

Getting there and getting around the Catskill Mountain front

We began our journey near fabled Woodstock, N.Y., which is best known for the 1969 outdoor concert that did not actually occur there. Woodstock, the music festival, was held some 100 kilometers away in the village of Bethel. Nonetheless, Woodstock is an interesting town to visit, with a vibrant arts community, and is a good spot to begin your trek. Driving is the easiest way to get to Woodstock from New York City or Albany. The Overlook Mountain trailhead is just a few kilometers from the center of Woodstock. 
 
18 Jun 2015

Geoheritage: Preserving Earth's legacy

When it comes to geology, what is lost cannot be regained. Can geoparks preserve Earth’s geologic wonders?
17 Jun 2015

Science Illustrators: Making the invisible visible

Science illustrators visualize data, revealing what otherwise can’t be seen: the deep Earth, distant worlds, quantum particles and extinct life.

16 Jun 2015

Tools of the trade

Until a few decades ago, illustrators most often plied their trade with pencil and paper, ink, watercolors, or maybe airbrushed paints. While some still work in these media, most now rely heavily on computers, at least for the finished product. Some artists, like New Jersey-based illustrator Frank Ippolito, made the switch early on. “The promise was already there, so I was one of those early adopters who jumped in with both feet,” he says. For others, going digital became a necessity when clients started changing their expectations, says Lynette Cook, who previously worked as an artist and photographer at the Morrison Planetarium at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. 
 
16 Jun 2015

Rock stars: Geologists on the silver screen

Good guys or bad guys? A team of geologists investigates how their profession is portrayed on film.

26 May 2015

And best picture goes to...'Dante's Peak'

Our favorite cult geologist movie is “Dante’s Peak,” released in 1997. It is a good representation of the last few decades of disaster movies, and it is arguably the best and most realistic geologist movie to date.

26 May 2015

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