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  • Public lecture: Science, junk science, and how to tell the difference

    13 July 2017 1:09 AM 4

    How do we tell the difference between science, pseudo-science, anti-science rhetoric and ‘alternative facts’? As the famous astrophysicist Carl Sagan once said, "We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology in which hardly anybody knows anything about science and technology". Why is the language of science and scientific achievement

  • Scoop Business » Larsen C ice shelf cracks – Expert reaction

    12 July 2017 9:40 PM 8

    After weeks of teasing, a trillion-tonne iceberg has calved off the Larsen C ice shelf into the sea. After weeks of teasing, a trillion-tonne iceberg has calved off the Larsen C ice shelf into the sea. “A lot of the Antarctic continent is fringed by floating ice—places where the big ice sheets and smaller glaciers have gone afloat at the coast and pushed

  • An Iceberg the Size of Delaware Is Now Floating in the Ocean, but It’s OK

    12 July 2017 7:09 PM 7

    Climate change isn’t behind this one—and it won’t cause sea level rise, either. One of the largest icebergs ever recorded has just broken away from the Larsen Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Over the past few years I’ve led a team that has been studying this ice shelf and monitoring change. We spent many weeks camped on the ice investigating melt ponds and their

  • After Antarctica sheds a trillion-ton block of ice, the world asks: Now what?

    12 July 2017 7:08 PM 4

    A hunk of ice the size of Delaware broke off from the Antarctic Peninsula. Sometime in the last few days, scientists say an iceberg weighing roughly a trillion metric tons separated from the Larsen C Ice Shelf and began its long, slow drift northward through the Weddell Sea. The 2,400 square-mile mass of ice won’t immediately raise sea levels, but its loss has probably

  • Why the Antarctic ice shelf broke apart and what it means

    12 July 2017 7:08 PM 83

    Too early to tell if this calving is linked to climate change, scientists say This new iceberg — some 200 square kilometres larger than P.E.I — is one of the largest in recorded history to break off the continent. It represents more than 10 per cent of the entire Larsen C ice shelf, said Christopher Shuman, a NASA research scientist and professor of glaciology

  • Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica

    12 July 2017 11:07 AM 5

    LONDON (Reuters) - One of the biggest icebergs on record has broken away from Antarctica, scientists said on Wednesday, creating an extra hazard for ships around the continent as it breaks up. The one trillion tonne iceberg, measuring 5,800 square km, calved away from the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica sometime between July 10 and 12, said scientists

  • Here’s how long it would take you to drink that iceberg

    12 July 2017 10:36 AM 3

    As you may have heard, a giant iceberg just broke off of the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica. It has been variously described as the size of Delaware (helpful only to that state’s 600 residents) or as having a volume twice that of Lake Erie (helpful only to LeBron James). Climate Central put its volume in scale relative to New York, San Francisco and Mount

  • Jupiter's Great Red Spot gets closest look yet from NASA's Juno spacecraft

    10 July 2017 9:56 PM 4

    NASA's Juno spacecraft is set to fly directly over Jupiter's Great Red Spot, the 10,000-mile storm that's raged for more than 350 years on the gas giant, according to the space agency. The spacecraft will give humankind the first ever "up-close and personal view" of the storm, NASA said. The spacecraft will fly over the Great Red Spot shortly after 10 p.m. EDT Monday

  • Four kākāpō make epic journey

    10 July 2017 9:40 PM 8

    Four critically endangered kākāpō have been moved to predator-free Hauturu/Little Barrier Island, in the Hauraki Gulf as part of a programme to secure the survival of the flightless native parrot. There are only 153 kākāpō in the world and Hauturu plays a key role in the work the Department of Conservation(DOC) is doing, in partnership with national

  • Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Jul 2017: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Cleveland, Sabancaya, Bogoslof

    5 July 2017 10:12 PM 3

    Bogoslof (United States, Aleutian Islands): Two significant explosive eruptions occurred at the volcano yesterday afternoon / evening: the first at 16:51 local time (00:51 July 5 UTC), followed by another one at 19:07 AKDT (03:07). Ash plumes from the explosions reached up to 32,000 ft (10 km) altitude and drifted southeast. The Aviation Color Code/Alert