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Finding Pluto

Geopoetry - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 10:00
 JHUAPL/SwRI

This summer, a space probe that has been traveling for 9 years will finally reach Pluto. Image: JHUAPL/SwRI

 

Far away, a beloved dot

Arcs through cold and shrouded spaces,

Not lonely, as we had once thought,

But circled by more rocky faces:

Charon, Nix, and Hydra found,

Classified as “dwarf” or pseudo,

And though such bodies now abound,

None sparks wonder quite like Pluto.

On the hunt for Planet X,

Tombaugh found a ball of light,

Among a crowd of tiny specks;

Imaginations soon took flight.

Elusive is this outerworld;

Nine years ago we took a dare –

To deepest space, a scouter hurled

… and soon it will be there!

 

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Further reading:

Pluto-bound probe faces its toughest challenge: finding Pluto, Witze (2015) Nature

NASA Mission: New Horizons to Pluto

This is one in a series of posts by Katherine Allen, a researcher in geochemistry and paleoclimate at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University.

 

Giant earthquakes are shaking Greenland - and scientists just figured out why - The Washington Post

Featured News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:00
The stunning science behind why Greenland is having so many earthquakes. Features research by Meredith Nettles.

Study Reveals What Happens During A 'Glacial Earthquake' - NPR

Featured News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 11:00
Features research by Meredith Nettles.

Adam Sobel, Columbia - Madden-Julian Oscillation - Academic Minute

Featured News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 11:00
Features Lamont scientist Adam Sobel.

Study: Green space around schools may boost mental abilities - Associated Press

Featured News - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 11:00
Discusses research by Wade McGillis.

Pope's warning on climate change stirs controversy - Philly.com

Featured News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 11:00
"We are going into unprecedented territory," said Michela Biasutti, an associate research professor at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Biking and Breathing - The Brian Lehrer Show - WNYC

Featured News - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 11:00
Interview with EI researcher Darby Jack and Lamont-Doherty geochemist Steve Chillrud on new air-quality research cosponsored by WNYC.

“Faux pause”

Geopoetry - Fri, 06/12/2015 - 09:30
 Maintenance workers on an ocean buoy, NOAA.

The global ocean buoy network has been expanding in recent years. Accounting for small, consistent offsets between temperatures measured by buoys and by ships reveals a greater global warming trend than previously calculated for the past 15 years. Image: Maintenance workers on an ocean buoy, NOAA.

 

New data support the conclusion

The “hiatus” was mostly illusion.

They say that the keys

Are the poles and the seas …

The next job: reduce the confusion.

 

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Further reading:

Global warming “hiatus” never happened, study says, Wendel (2015) EOS

Possible artifacts of data biases in the recent global surface warming hiatus, Karl et al. (2015) Science

This is one in a series of posts by Katherine Allen, a researcher in geochemistry and paleoclimate at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University.

Polar scientists to peer beneath largest ice shelf - Science Magazine (subscription)

Featured News - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 11:00
"It's the least known piece of ocean floor on our planet," says Robin Bell, a geophysicist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

New Yorkers Set Sail on the 'Mystic Whaler' Schooner - Live Science

Featured News - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 11:00
Frank Nitsche, of Columbia's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, leads expeditions to map the seafloor, from the Hudson River to the ocean around Antarctica. "We have better maps of the moon and Mars than we have of the seafloor," he said.

The Upper Crust in a Tectonic Plate Collision - New York Times

Featured News - Mon, 06/01/2015 - 11:00
Quotes Colin P. Stark, an associate research professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Trees and Megadroughts - WAMC Academic Minute

Featured News - Thu, 05/28/2015 - 10:51
Audio essay by Lamont scientist A. Park Williams.

LDEO's H. James Simpson, A Pioneer on PCBs in the Hudson - Nyack News and Views

Featured News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 11:00
Obituary of Lamont scientist Jim Simpson.

Treks to the North Pole Might Be a Thing of the Past - VICE News

Featured News - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 11:00
Features Bob Newton and Stephanie Pfirman of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Ancient dry spells offer clues about the future of drought - Bio-medicine

Featured News - Thu, 05/21/2015 - 11:00
Dorothy Peteet, a paleoclimatologist also affiliated with NASA GISS and Columbia University, has uncovered evidence that shows far more severe droughts have occurred in the Northeast.

Stone tool discovery pushes back dawn of culture by 700,000 years - Guardian

Featured News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:00
Features research done by Lamont-Doherty researcher Chris Lepre.

Scientists find world's oldest stone tools - CBS News

Featured News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:00
Features research by Lamont-Doherty scientist Chris Lepre.

From granite to glacier: Rebuilding Antarctica’s Ice Age past - Medill Reports

Featured News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:00
Long-form profile of Lamont geologist Mike Kaplan.

Global warming's 'missing' heat may be in the Indian Ocean - Phys.org

Featured News - Wed, 05/20/2015 - 11:00
In line with the increases in Pacific winds, measurements by coauthor Arnold Gordon of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory show that flow through the main Indonesian channel, the Makassar Strait, has increased since the early 2000s.

Washington state declares drought emergency with $1.2bn in crops at risk - The Guardian

Featured News - Sat, 05/16/2015 - 11:00
The droughts in California and Washington are only the beginning, according to a study written by the scientists at the Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Jason Smerdon is quoted.
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