Friday Link-O-Rama!

Water triggers earthquakes – An interesting look at the influence of water on fault deformation and volcano formation at a plate boundary. This of course immediately put me in mind of other situations in which fluids influence fault activity in my own backyard, Such as in Trinidad, Colorado recently, as well as the famous Rocky ...

Spiderbots!

From the Department of That Is Some Awesome Technology You’ve Got There: Scientists invent ’spiderbots’ that talk amongst themselves inside active volcano. I think this is some pretty exciting stuff, and I’m glad to see that NASA is working on it. Basically, they’re developing robots to form a self-healing network for sensing seismic data. The ...

Women at TAM (SGU interview)

There’s a lively discussion going on at Skepchick regarding women in skepticism. More precisely, women in skepticism as things went at TAM, which was discussed in this week’s Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe via interview. Here is the SGU forum thread about that episode, which contains a lot of discussion about the interview. I did ...

Source Material Theater: HR 3200

In the fight against BS, I don’t think there’s any tool in the skeptical arsenal more important than source material. I’ve often seen scientific papers cited (or quote-mined, as the case may be) by someone pushing pseudoscience. It lends an air of credibility to their claims. When that happens, the most important thing to do ...

Within the heart of every mountain, there slumbers a pyramid.

I’ve still got a cold, so I’m going to keep this pretty short and sweet. I’m having a hard time writing anything even vaguely coherent. But here we go. From the people who brought us pyramids in Bosnia: Pyramids in Romania? No. That was easy. Okay, not quite that short and sweet. Looking at the ...

Friday Link-O-Rama

Research Reveals Guatemala’s Geologic History – Analysis of metamorphic rocks is showing a very complex geological history for Guatemala, particularly the interaction between the North American and Caribbean tectonic plates. More earthquake faults discovered at the Salton Sea – Shaping our understanding of how the San Andreas fault is moving. Ancient Lava Flow Photographed from ...

Monkeywrenching geology

Monkeywrenching the Batholiths I saw this item on Pharyngula, and it just kind of blew me away. I mean, you hear about animal rights groups going after biologists all the time, but I’d always thought at least academic geologists were safe from this kind of interference with their experiments. There were several things about the ...

Beware the Spinal Trap

I agree whole-heartedly with the efforts of Sense About Science in the UK and its efforts to keep the libel laws out of science. I’ve already signed the statement and done what little bits I could do. Another little bit today seems to be the re-posting of Simon Singh’s excellent article about chiropractic, which lead ...

Astronomy Picture of the Day with Devil’s Tower!

Astronomy picture of the day for July 29. Very, very beautiful. I love Devil’s Tower as a geological formation. I’ve only been there once, when I was just a kid, but I desperately want to go back some day soon. Beautiful picture! For a full look at the geological history of the Devil’s Tower area, ...

The Grand Canyon of Durham

From the BBC: Floodwaters create ‘Grand Canyon’ As you might expect, this news item popped up on my Google alerts because of great flood references. It’s now been mentioned on at least a couple of forums where people have an interest in, shall we say, Not Real Geology. I’m actually surprised I missed this entirely ...