PalAss 2017

The 61st Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Association is this year held at Imperial College London. We’ll be livestreaming a selection of talks across three days, so nobody has to miss out on this great event. Our schedule is given below, all times are in UTC. If you join the stream late, up to four hours can be replayed. If the stream is interrupted for any reason, please refresh your browser (F5). If problems persist,…

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JR Profiles Episode 7: Aggeliki Georgiopoulou – Marine Geologist

I got to sit down with science party member Aggeliki Georgiopoulou, a structural geologist from Ireland, to learn about what a marine geologist does. Watch the interview here and learn about geology careers at sea! Aggeliki is originally from Greece and has translated her answers into Greek for us! Πες μας λίγα πράγματα για τον εαυτό σου: Με λένε Αγγελική Γεωργιοπούλου, όλοι με φωνάζουν Άγκυ, που είναι πιο εύκολο για τους μη ελληνόφωνους φίλους και...…

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Best Science Books 2017: OODA LOOP: Best Security, Business and Technology books of 2017

As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I've done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. And here we are in 2017! As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science…

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Best Science Books 2017: OODA LOOP: Best Security, Business and Technology books of 2017

As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I've done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. And here we are in 2017! As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science…

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#452 Face Recognition and Identity

This week we deep dive into the science of how we recognize faces and why some of us are better -- or worse -- at this than others. We talk with Brad Duchaine, Professor of Psychology at Dartmouth College, about both super recognizers and face blindness. And we speak with Matteo Martini, Psychology Lecturer at the University of East London, about a study looking at twins who have difficulty telling which one of them a…

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Best Science Books 2017: Waterstones / Adam Rutherford Picks the Best Science Reads of 2017

As you all have no doubt noticed over the years, I love highlighting the best science books every year via the various end of year lists that newspapers, web sites, etc. publish. I've done it so far in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. And here we are in 2017! As in previous years, my definition of "science books" is pretty inclusive, including books on technology, engineering, nature, the environment, science…

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Stargazing at Sea – Sparkly Night Shows Aboard the JOIDES Resolution

Sometimes working the night shift has sparkly benefits! Lately, we have been going outside on deck at night to take advantage of most of the lights being off during our transit across the Southern Ocean and Tasman Sea, from Australia to New Zealand. The stargazing has been great, with beautiful starry skies ✨ and an easily visible Milky Way galaxy spreading across the sky – things that are difficult to see when you live in...…

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3407 nautical miles – how do we get to New Zealand?

While we are still transiting from Fremantle to New Zealand, I got curious about navigation. How is the course planned? How do weather and ocean currents affect plotting a course? How has technology changed the way ships are navigated around the ocean? Thankfully, Second Mate Edmund Ancheta was kind enough to answer my questions again. His responses are paraphrased below. What are the different ways the ship’s track is planned and followed? The passage undertaken by...…

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