A Special Place for Blog Lovers with a Touch of Science!

Enjoy our special posts in the fields of Earth & Planetary Sciences (EPS Blog) and Social Sciences & Arts (SSA Blog)

A Special Place for Blog Lovers with a Touch of Science!

Blog of Earth & Planetary Sciences EPS blog is specially made for Natural Science enthusiasts. Here you can discuss the most relevant themes of today’s scientific world with scientists from all around the world. Our goal is to facilitate the conversation between both scholars and amateurs by providing an online platform, which covers all the...

Blog of Earth & Planetary Sciences EPS blog is specially made for Natural Science enthusiasts. Here you can discuss the most relevant themes of today’s scientific world with scientists from all around the world. Our goal is to facilitate the conversation between both scholars and amateurs by providing an online platform, which covers all the main branches of Earth and Planetary Sciences like Geology, Informatics, Ecology, Space Technologies and, last but not the least, Educational methods and systems.

More

On this date, 1943 years ago...

Credit: Vulcan Vesuvio and Pompei ruins, the Forum; Getty images

The eruption of Mount Vesuvius

On the 24th of August 79CE, the most famous volcanic eruption occurred. Mount Vesuvius in Italy ejected a cloud of stones, ashes, and volcanic gases to a height of 33 km (21 mi), erupting molten rock and pulverized pumice at the rate of 6×105 cubic meters per second. That event resulted in the destruction of the Roman cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, and Stabiae, and many smaller settlements. The number of people that have died is unknown though it is believed that there are around 1000 victims. The only written account made by an eyewitness of that event that has survived are two letters from Pliny the Younger to the historian Tacitus.

Continue reading
  143 Hits

Researchers pull a record of 700,000 years of tropical climate change from an Andean lakebed

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Scientists obtain the longest glacier record for the tropics

When Mark Abbott and his team pulled a 300-foot-long core of mud from a lakebed high in the Peruvian Andes, he hoped it might provide a glimpse of the past 160,000 years of climate change.

Instead, the U.S. National Science Foundation-supported researchers revealed in the journal Nature that the lakebed had recorded the ebb and flow of glaciers for more than 700,000 years — the longest glacier record for the tropics, and among the longest records of historical climate. In that lake mud, the team found clues for how climate change may shape the modern-day world.

"This is unlike anything we had before," said Abbott, a geologist and environmental scientist at the University of Pittsburgh. "We now have a land-based record of glaciation from the tropics that is in many ways equal to our records from the ice caps at the poles and from the ocean, and that's really been lacking."


Continue reading
  153 Hits

How did Earth avoid a Mars-like fate?

Credit: Getty images

Earth's solid inner core formed 550 million years ago and restored the planet's magnetic field

Approximately 1,800 miles beneath our feet, swirling liquid iron in the Earth's outer core generates the planet's protective magnetic field. The magnetic field is invisible but is vital for life on Earth's surface because it shields the planet from the solar wind—streams of radiation from the sun.

 About 565 million years ago, however, the magnetic field's strength decreased, to a level of only 10% of the strength it has today. Then, mysteriously, the field bounced back, regaining its strength just before the explosion of multicellular life on Earth.

Continue reading
  200 Hits

Thoughts to reflect on

Credit: Wikipedia

Carl Linnaeus

1. "I demand of you, and of the whole world, that you show me a generic character... by which to distinguish between Man and Ape. I myself most assuredly know of none."

2. "Nature's economy shall be the base for our own, for it is immutable, but ours is secondary. An economist without knowledge of nature is therefore like a physicist without knowledge of mathematics."

3. "When all the thoughts are concerning one thing and the person loses interest in other things, the melancholy begins."

Continue reading
  167 Hits

Is math discovered or invented?

Credit: Getty images

Discovery or Invention – a question without a single answer

It's funny how scientists often speak about their new invention as a discovery or vice versa. Well, one thing is to discover a cave with ancient drawings inside and another to discover a physics law. On the other hand, have we invented musical harmonies or we have found them because it's obvious that some chords sound well together, others don't and that's far from subjective? 

Maybe, we can say that there are cases when something is both a discovery and invention, which is not necessarily a contradiction. It's a ticklish topic that has been discussed for centuries but still, there is no definitive resolution. Perhaps, we haven't posed the right question yet, or the best answer to it is to stay open and thus provocative and stimulating for the imagination of future thinkers.

Continue reading
  177 Hits

EPS Recent Posts

26 September 2022
Earth & Planetary Sciences (EPS)
Credit: Getty images; Mystery termite nest under the religion building in Chiang Rai province, Thailand Researchers design new materials that mimic the fundamental rules in nature's growth patterns Inspired by the way termites build their nests, rese...
15 Hits
21 September 2022
Earth & Planetary Sciences (EPS)
Social Sciences & Arts (SSA)
Credit: crossref.org Get involved Having joined the Crossref team merely a week previously, the mid-year community update on June 14th was a fantastic opportunity to learn about the Research Nexus vision. We explored its building blocks and practical...
62 Hits
20 September 2022
Earth & Planetary Sciences (EPS)
Credit: Getty images A letter to a young scientist Each beginning in a new profession is challenging, no matter the sphere one has chosen. At first, it looks like it isn't such a great effort but as soon as one realizes the size of the journey that h...
47 Hits