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In situ rock dating great promise for field geology

31.07.2012, http://www.nature.com/news/planetary-science-the-time-machine-1.11049

A portable geochronometer is being developed that may be included in future missions to Mars. It allows the dating of rocks on site, without the necessity to fly them back to Earth for processing in a geochronology lab. This new machine may revolutionise geological fieldwork on Earth as well.

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Climate change and development in the mountains of Nepal

28.07.2012

Great Britain based The Glacier Trust publishes a freely available e-book "Climate change and development in the mountains of Nepal". It has been compiled by Robin Garton, director of The Glacier Trust, as an introductory text for students and NGOs into the possible causes and probable effects of recent catastrophic warming in the Himalayas and its consequences for livelihood.

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‘Unprecedented’ Greenland Surface Melt debunked

27.07.2012

A few days of surface melting over most of the Greenland Ice Sheet inspired sensational headlines, spelling worldwide disaster. NASA's own news release of the melting epsode is largely to blame for the many misunderstandings in the media. New York Times' Andy Revkin puts the event into perspective

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Third Pole glaciers shrink rapidly

18.07.2012

In a paper published in this week's Nature Climate Change, Chinese scientists show that Tibetan glaciers are retreating at an accelerating rate. This is the result of 30 years of satellite image study of more than 7,000 glaciers and detailed field measurements of 15 glaciers.

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British government delivers blow to scientific publishers

17.07.2012

Scientific literature based on research paid for by British taxpayers will be free to read for everyone from 2014 on. In an interview with the Guardian, British science minister David Willetts said he expects this transition to open access publishing to occur within the next two years.

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Beautiful structures make math education more attractive

17.07.2012

The Experimental Geometry Lab is an initiative of several US universities to promote mathematical research and education. The team produces software in Mathematica that is freely available to others working in the same field.

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