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Hurricane Harvey: The REAL world intrudes on the VIRTUAL one… and sharpens minds.

“Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he … Continue reading

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E(arth)xit.

Stephen Hawking has been asking a proper question: How much time do we (humans) have here on Earth? His answer is uncertain, and in fact has been a moving target, but can be summed up like this: not much! (and … Continue reading

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Scientists and society: the social contract redux.

Some months ago, the folks at AGU were kind enough to invite me to write an opinion for Eos.org, reflecting on the social contract connecting scientists with the society we serve. The piece was posted Tuesday, having finally cleared a … Continue reading

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U.S. “policy for science” … and a (possibly) new “equation” to focus minds.

Science policy analysts usually distinguish between “science for policy” and “policy for science.” The former denotes a unique role of science in informing policy on all aspects of the national agenda – national security, foreign affairs, the economy, public health, … Continue reading

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A(nother) NOAA astronaut

George Leopold contributed this post: Among the eight members of NASA’s 2013 Astronaut Candidate Class announced this week is Christina M. Hammock, currently station chief at NOAA’s American Samoa Observatory. This year’s astronaut class (four women, four men) is dominated … Continue reading

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The outlook for reducing losses from natural hazards

The other day a colleague was in my office and as part of the conversation she and I did a quick walkthrough of a powerpoint presentation I’d given about a decade ago on natural hazards. As part of that presentation … Continue reading

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Further reflections on the Sequestration landfall

In a Friday conversation, a colleague shared that the previous post failed to capture the true cost of Sequestration’s landfall: “There are many difficulties working in government…the agencies, and the Cabinet Departments, just like big organizations in the private sector, … Continue reading

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Seven (Black) Swans a-swimming…

This and every Christmas, our attention eventually turns to our true love, and his/her gift of seven-swans-a-swimming (along with six geese-a-laying, five gold rings, four calling birds, and all that other kit). Here are seven Black Swans that figure in … Continue reading

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2005 YU55

Forget YouTube; for one night and day we let’s pay attention to YU55. Tonight, this “potentially harmful” asteroid will whiz within a whisker of the Earth – a mere 200,000 miles distant – at a speed of some 30,000 mph. … Continue reading

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Thinking about the unthinkable – 2011 style

Half a century ago, a young man by the name of Herman Kahn burst into national and international prominence because of his proclivity (and aptitude) for Thinking about the Unthinkable (the title of a book he wrote which appeared in … Continue reading

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