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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
 Science Magazine, O_LUKYANOV/ISTOCKPHOTO.COM

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!

 

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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!

 

 

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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.

Coral Clues Hint at Looming Temperature Spike - Climate Central

Featured News - Mon, 12/22/2014 - 12:53
Lamont's Brad Linsley comments on a new coral study in Nature Geoscience that adds support for the idea that global average temperatures will rise when Pacific trade winds slacken in the next few years.

With or Without Climate Change, We Must Prepare for Floods and Droughts - LA Times

Featured News - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:00
We're poorly prepared for events like Superstorm Sandy and the California drought, even in today's climate, writes Lamont's Richard Seager and Adam Sobel in this Op-Ed.

NYC Tops List for Seeing Increased Storm Outages - Climate Central

Featured News - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:00
New York City is among the cities most sensitive to increasing hurricane intensity, likely knocking out electricity to more people, a new Johns Hopkins University study says; Lamont's Klaus Jacob comments.

Lights Out, New York? Bigger Storms Could Cause More Blackouts - NBC News

Featured News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 20:26
Climate change may mean bigger blackouts for cities like New York and Philadelphia, researchers say; Lamont's Adam Sobel comments.

Global Warming 56 Million Years Ago Holds Lessons for Climate Change Today - CBS News

Featured News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:57
Lamont's Paul Olsen comments on a new study showing two spikes of CO2 during the PETM.

We Could See More And More ‘Hot Droughts’ Like California’s - Five Thirty Eight blog

Featured News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 14:24
Cites research by Lamont's Richard Seager.

Scientists Explore Antarctica's Ghost Mountains - Daily Mail

Featured News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:00
Coverage of study led by Lamont's Tim Creyts.

How are Droughts, Floods and Climate Change Connected? - KALW San Francisco

Featured News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:00
Lamont's Adam Sobel speaks about California's drought, its causes, and how we can manage the increasing risk of future natural disasters.

Earth's Future? Ancient Warming Gives Ominous Peek at Climate Change - NBC News

Featured News - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:00
New data from the Earth's last big warmup, some 56 million years ago, may offer a sneak peek into what today's climate change may eventually look like. Lamont's Baerbel Hoenish comments.

A Link Between Climate Change and Severe Weather? - WXXI Rochester

Featured News - Thu, 12/11/2014 - 12:00
NPR's Rochester affiliate speaks with Lamont's Adam Sobel about climate change and what to expect from storms in the future.
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