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Geologic Column: New Year's as we know it is new

Although commemorating the start of a new year and looking back on the past year is one of humanity’s oldest traditions, celebrating it on Jan. 1 is a relatively recent occurrence.  
 

 

31 Dec 2016

Geologic Column: Conscious landscapes: Thinking like a septic tank

Dogs, bats, septic tanks, mountains and lowlands can all be explored through philosophy. Can each have consciousness?
14 Dec 2016

Comment: To intervene or not to intervene: Improving the environment

Are science and technology enemies of the environment, or can they help us effectively and sustainably manage it?

08 Dec 2016

Geologic Column: Digital divorce!

The digital revolution has positive qualities, among them increased access to information and improved communication. But our compulsion for constant connection is troubling.

 
10 Nov 2016

Comment: Understanding Earth in the wider sense of science

Earth science is a large part of science in general. As such, good general science books can also help provide a solid earth science education.

07 Nov 2016

Geologic Column: Proposing a new U.S. Holiday: Explorers' Day

October has two holidays that celebrate two individuals both heralded as the discoverers of the New World: Christopher Columbus and Leif Erikson. Perhaps it’s time for something new.

14 Oct 2016

Comment: Did life start on a snowball?

Somewhere toward the end of the Hadean, life emerged on Earth. Conventional wisdom suggests the Hadean was a hothouse, but what if instead it were a global icehouse? Could life still have emerged?

06 Oct 2016

Geologic Column: The notion of mantle plumes

EARTH’s feature on mantle plumes in the January/February issue reminded the author of his own evolving trip along the plate tectonic road.

01 Sep 2016

Geologic Column: Editia elegantis: A story of science, discovery and the elegance of a wife's contribution

A simple disagreement between the author's parents — one a graduate student and the other a young wife and mother — resulted in an article in the Journal of Paleontology and a collection in the Smithsonian National Musuem of Natural History. 

15 Aug 2016

Why is a gallon of gas cheaper than a gallon of milk?

The fundamental differences between milk and gasoline — shelf life and the scales of production, distribution and consumption — drive milk to cost more than gasoline.
07 Aug 2016

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