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Hospitalizations Increase Near Fracking Sites, Study Shows - Medical Xpress

Featured News - Fri, 07/17/2015 - 12:00
A new study involving Lamont-Doherty researchers finds hospitalization rates up for heart, neurological and skin complaints in areas of Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region with large concentrations of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Urbanization Threatens Drought-Reducing Clouds in California - EOS

Featured News - Thu, 07/16/2015 - 12:00
Since the mid-20th century, increased urbanization along the southern California coast has raised nighttime temperatures, resulting in less morning fog and cloud cover. Highlights research by Lamont-Doherty's Park Williams, Richard Seager, and Ben Cook.

The Collision that Changed the World, by Wally Broecker - Elementa

Featured News - Wed, 07/15/2015 - 12:00
Fifty million years ago, India collided with an island arc that rimmed Eurasia. It was the collision that changed the world, writes Lamont-Doherty's Wally Broecker.

What's Next for the UNOLS Research Fleet? - EOS

Featured News - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 12:00
EOS looks at what's next for the UNOLS research fleet, a partnership between the U.S. government and universities exploring the oceans, featuring Lamont-Doherty's RV Marcus G. Langseth.

Backward-Moving Glacier Helps Explain Glacial Earthquakes - Environmental Research Web

Featured News - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 12:00
New insights into glacier behavior could improve our ability to predict future sea-level rise in a warming climate says an article focusing on research by Lamont-Doherty's Meredith Nettles.

Rainforest Wildfires & Melting Ice Caves: High Temps Are Causing Havoc in Washington - Vice News

Featured News - Wed, 07/08/2015 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty's Tim Creyts explains how ice caves form. High temperatures have led to partial collapses of ice caves in Washington state.

America's Next Crippling Drought: Why California Could Be a Glimpse into the Future - Salon

Featured News - Sat, 07/04/2015 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty scientist Jason Smerdon weighs in on megadroughts and projections for the future under climate change.

Climate and the Khan - Discover Magazine

Featured News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:00
A fortuitous shift in weather patterns fueled the Mongol Empire's explosive growth 800 years ago. Today, a less favorable change is underway, as work by Lamont-Doherty researchers shows.

Breathe In: Putting Green Walls to the Test - Architect Magazine

Featured News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:00
Working with researchers, doctors, and immunologists from several organizations, including Lamont-Doherty, the designers are studying the relationship between pathogens in the indoor environment and biodiversity to try to bring fresh outdoor air in.

To Grasp What We're Doing to the Planet, You Need to Understand this Gigantic Measurement - Washington Post

Featured News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:00
Measuring ice loss in gigatons. Includes glacial earthquake research by Lamont-Doherty's Meredith Nettles.

Glacial Earthquakes Help Researchers Track Massive Ice Loss - Los Angeles Times

Featured News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty scientists tracking glacial earthquakes in Greenland have managed to crack open the mysterious dynamics of calving icebergs.

Icy Earthquakes Can Help Scientists Track Shrinking Glaciers - Christian Science Monitor

Featured News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty scientist Meredith Nettles offers a new explanation for Greenland’s glacial earthquakes, which have become increasingly frequent in recent years.

Finding Pluto

Geopoetry - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:00

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!



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.


What's Inside the Earth? - PBS News Hour

Featured News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty's Christine McCarthy discusses some of the ways scientists study what is inside the Earth.

Giant Earthquakes are Shaking Greenland and Scientists Just Figured Out Why - The Washington Post

Featured News - Thu, 06/25/2015 - 12:00
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 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty scientist Meredith Nettles explains how glacial earthquakes happen and how that knowledge could be used to monitor glacier changes in Greenland and Antarctica.

Climate Change and Geopolitical Pressures Threaten Antarctica - AAAS

Featured News - Wed, 06/24/2015 - 12:00
Lamont-Doherty's Robin Bell and other scientists describe how rapid changes at Earth’s poles could impact every region of the globe.

Adam Sobel on the Madden-Julian Oscillation - Academic Minute

Featured News - Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:00
Features an audio interview with Lamont-Doherty scientist Adam Sobel.

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

Featured News - Mon, 06/15/2015 - 12:00
Discusses research by Wade McGillis.

Pope's warning on climate change stirs controversy -

Featured News - Sat, 06/13/2015 - 12:00
"We are going into unprecedented territory," said Michela Biasutti, an associate research professor at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.



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