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La Niñas on the rise in climate change double whammy - New Scientist

Featured News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 10:02
"It looks like most of their extreme La Niñas are the ocean sloshing back after extreme El Niños," says Mark Cane from LDEO.

Snowstorm's Forecast Was Mostly Right, Even if It Felt Wrong in New York - New York Times

Featured News - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 12:00
"In the big picture, this was not a bad forecast," said Adam Sobel, an atmospheric scientist at Columbia University, who agreed that the meteorologists were not too far off.

Pennsylvania Quake Could Have Been Caused By Quarry - Philadelphia Inquirer

Featured News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:00
Features Lamont seismologist Leonardo Seeber.

A Blizzard Is Coming - WNYC Brian Lehrer

Featured News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 12:00
Interview with Lamont scientist Adam Sobel.

When the Atmosphere 'Goes Bananas,' Wildfires Do Too - High Country News

Featured News - Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:46
Lamont's Park Williams explains how an atmospheric parameter known as vapor pressure deficit is helping to kill off trees in the American Southwest.

Surprise Lake Sheds Light on Underbelly of Greenland Ice - Climate Central

Featured News - Fri, 01/23/2015 - 07:25
Meltwater funneling into a lake below Greenland's ice could be speeding the flow of ice to the sea, says a new study in Nature coauthored by Lamont's Robin Bell.

British Volcanologist Wins Earth Sciences 'Nobel' Prize - The Conversation

Featured News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 15:10
Profile of 2015 Vetlesen Prize recipient Stephen Sparks.

Bristol Geologist Wins Vetlesen Prize for Volcano Work - Fulltime Whistle

Featured News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 12:00
A British volcanologist has won one of the most prestigious awards in science – the Vetlesen Prize, which is considered to be the earth sciences equivalent of the Nobel Prize.

Bristol Geologist Wins Vetlesen Prize for Volcano Work - BBC News

Featured News - Tue, 01/20/2015 - 11:32
British geologist Stephen Sparks whose work has improved the ability to forecast deadly volcanic eruptions is to receive the 2015 Vetlesen Prize.

The Southwest’s Most Important Number - Ensia

Featured News - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 12:00
By mapping a key indicator of droughts, pests and wildfire in arid places, Lamont's Park Williams and his colleagues offer hope for spotting — and addressing — drought before it sets in.

CT Officials Urge Calm After Earthquake - CBS News NY

Featured News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty seismologist Won-Young Kim discusses a string of small earthquakes to hit Connecticut.

A Closer Look at the Record Warmth of 2014 - New York Times

Featured News - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:00
Cites research by Lamont-Doherty.

Lobsters of the Land

Geopoetry - Fri, 01/16/2015 - 08:00

The eyes of crustaceans like mantis shrimp (left) and insects like horseflies (right) may have a common origin in the ancestral group “Pancrustacea.” Photo: Science Magazine, O_LUKYANOV/ISTOCKPHOTO.COM


Life arose from the sea, so they say,

And Earth’s family tree is still branching today.

Our view of the old structure way down below:

Mysterious, shrouded, a faded tableau.

A mandible here, a common gene there,

From shards of the past, a crusty forebear!

Butterflies, beetles, scorpions, fleas

Have much more in common with life in the seas

Than with other critters that you might expect,

Like spiders and millipedes, things kids collect.

The closer we look, the weirder it gets,

But it also makes sense – the twin silhouettes,

Those strange compound eyes, a similar brain …

Meet Pancrustacea, the base of the chain!

Crustaceans and insects, shrimp and lacewing,

Peas in a pod that sometimes will sting.

Cockroaches, grasshoppers, flies all a-flutter,

Think on them as you eat lobster with butter!



Further reading:

All in the (Bigger) Family, Pennisi (2015) Science

This is one in a series of poems written 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.

The Mesozoic: Age of Dinosaurs - Live Science

Featured News - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:00
"Nature is very efficient at getting rid of its corpses," said Lamont's Paul Olsen, of the extinctions during during the Mesozoic that left few remains.

‘Storm Surge’ Looks to Future Hurricanes - Science News

Featured News - Sun, 01/04/2015 - 12:00
A review of Lamont atmospheric scientist Adam Sobel's new book.

Celestial Music

Geopoetry - Fri, 01/02/2015 - 17:51
 G. Perez, IAC, SMM

The field of astroseismology provides new insight into stars’ structure. Image: G. Perez, IAC, SMM


Did you ever watch stars, and hear distant singing?

New telescopes see that the galaxy’s ringing!

Listen now carefully, open your ears

To Johannes Kepler’s great “music of spheres.”


Celestial music, slight changes in brightness,

Give star-gazers feelings of joy and of lightness,

But even more thrilling is what we are learning,

Like what the deep cores of red giants are burning!


Formation of elements, galaxy nascence …

There’s no doubt about it: we’ve got good vibrations!




Further reading:

Kepler’s Surprise: The Sounds of the Stars, Cowen, Nature 2012

The Sun and the Stars: Giving Light to Dark Matter, Casanellas and Lopes, Modern Physics Letters A, 2014

This is one in a series of poems written 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. “Celestial Music” was first published on the author’s website in 2012.


Making a Difference for LGBTQ Scientists - Scientific American

Featured News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 12:00
Lamont graduate student Kyle Frischkorn writes about the benefits of inclusion and diversity in science.

Miami's Answer to Sea-Level Rise Is Building More Condos - Vice News

Featured News - Wed, 12/24/2014 - 12:00
Miami is using property tax revenue to fund the construction of pumps that might keep rising sea levels at bay — a strategy that Lamont's Klaus Jacob and other scientists say is extremely short-sighted.

Lamont-Doherty Graduate Reaches for the Stars - Columbia College Today

Featured News - Tue, 12/23/2014 - 13:02
A profile of Lamont-Doherty graduate Jessica Cherry, now a senior researcher at University of Alaska, Fairbanks.



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