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Earth Hour in Sydney

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Sydney went dark this evening as a large portion of the city participated in Earth Hour, an attempt to increase global awareness about climate change. My only question is what is the local impact of all the candles used in the restaurants that participated in the event 🙂 This is an interesting idea that I […]

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Paleobotany and Terracotta army

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The BBC reports on an article from the Journal of Archaeological Science about research on the clay that was used to make China’s Terracotta army. They have recovered pollen from the clay and hope to find its source. An interesting part is that different statues may have come from different source materials, or maybe different […]

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Ocean Beneath Asia

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Have you ever heard of Atlantis being called the land beneath the ocean? Well how about an ocean beneath the land? Apparently researchers have found a sizable blob of water beneath Asia. It’s about the size of the Arctic Ocean and the yet another lovely byproduct of plate tectonics. Apparently it also serves a critical […]

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More light bulb news

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The folks down under are one upping our friends in Raleigh, NC, by moving the entire country away from the beloved, but past its prime, incandescent light bulb. They will be moving to greener options that will reduce the power requirements of the country and, they hope, set an example for the rest of the […]

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North American Winds Used to Blow the Other Way

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Researchers have discovered that during the last ice age, the prevailing winds blew east to west, not west to east pattern we see today. Climate changes made everything shift thousands of years ago. It’s an interesting discovery and apparently helps explain some other odd findings, like the Pacific Northwest used to be much drier according […]

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Top 8 Earth Science Stories for 2006

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‘Tis the season for top 10… or 8 in this case… lists! Discover has a interesting run down of the top stories for earth science for 2006. Global warming tops the list, as one would probably expect. My personal favorite is King Tut’s main jewel might not have been from Earth at all!