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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

Comment: Mudrock cement and the importance of basic research

Imagination is what drives science, and combining the diverse imaginations and funding of both the private and public sectors will allow science to be most effective in the long term.
11 Sep 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

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