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Satellite technology: beneficial for all or ill-fated endeavour?

Landsat spots birth of Iceberg A-68, Antarctica. Image acquired July 12, 2017. (Landsat imagery courtesy of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and U.S. Geological Survey)

By Kathi Unglert and Tanya Samman, Earth and Environmental Science Co-editors My radio alarm clock turns itself on at 7 […]

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Join Waterkeeper for water sampling at Breakwater Park

By: Hannah McDonaldThis summer I am working for Lake Ontario Waterkeeper as the Water Literacy Assistant in Kingston. Part of my job is to test water quality in popular swimming areas along the waterfront.Each week, I sample water from points along Breakwater Park and the Wolfe Island Boat Club. Then I take the samples to the lab where it is tested. I take those results and post them on Swim Guide so that recreational water…

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Une marche en milieu naturel plutôt qu’urbain diminue vos idées noires

Pour ceux et celles qui sont surtout en ville cet été, de gré (en vacances) ou de force (parce que vous n’avez pas trop les moyens d’en sortir…), essayez de marcher un peu chaque jour dans un grand parc (ce qui, encore une fois, n’est pas toujours facile dans les quartiers moins favorisés). Pourquoi ? Parce qu’une énième étude, depuis celle de Roger Ulrich en 1984, vient de confirmer l’effet bénéfique des environnements naturels pour…

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Understanding conspiracy theories and cognitive styles in a post-truth era

Over the past few years, I’ve read, enjoyed, and learned a great deal from the friendly banter that goes back and forth between Stephen Lewandowsky (@STWorg) and Dan Kahan (@cult_cognition) on Twitter. While Kahan often points to politics and ‘tribes’ as triggers for risk perception and behavior, Lewandowsky reframes things in a slightly different way. He suggests that perceptions may be less shaped by political ideology and more by something he calls “cognitive styles.” “Cognitive…

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Newsflash: the Geophysics Hackathon is back!

Mark your calendar: 22–24 September (right before SEG), at a downtown Houston location to be confirmed.We're filling the room with 50 geoscientists of all stripes. Interpreters, programmers, students, professionals... everyone is welcome. The plan: to imagine, design, and prototype some new tools in geophysics — all around the theme of machine learning. It's going to be awesome.  The schedule: we'll get started at 6 pm on Friday 22 September, and go till 10 pm. Then…

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Is International CRISPR Regulation a Pipe Dream?

Written by Shawn Xiong Edited by Manisha Talukdar Header image courtesy of Marie Ann Liebert At the dawn of recombinant DNA technology in the early 1970s, two conferences took place in Asilomar state beach in California, led by Stanford biochemist Paul Berg. From an outright prohibition during the first meeting in 1973 to tight regulation…

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