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Monday, July 12, 2010

GRACE gets extension and noticed

graceThe Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission is included in a recent article on the Environment 360 Web site as one of the crucial ways scientists are keeping track of changes in the Earth’s climate from space.

GRACE is a twin-satellite array that measures changes in gravity around the world. Scores of scientists have used data collected by the satellites to track changes ranging from Greenland’s and Antarctica’s ice sheets to the amount of water in California’s aquifers.

Engineering Professor Byron Tapley of The
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Friday, October 16, 2009

Pianka goes Nova. Super!

Eric Pianka and Gisela Kaufmann--Photo by Carsten Orlt

Eric Pianka and Gisela Kaufmann–Photo by Carsten Orlt

Sometimes it pays to read those old magazines gathering dust in doctors’ offices. That turned out to be Eric Pianka’s version of being discovered by a talent scout.

Pianka, a biologist who holds the Denton A. Cooley Centennial Professorship at the University of Texas at Austin, is the expert guide in “Lizard Kings,” a part of the Nova series on PBS. It will be shown on KUT at 7 p.m. Oct. 20, 2009.

And it’s
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Friday, March 6, 2009

Clarifying a climate debate

LeeAnn Kahlor

LeeAnn Kahlor

Those tracking the Earth’s temperatures might want to make a notation of a heat spike in February 2009.

That’s when newspaper columnist George Will wrote about his skepticism on global warming and the role of humans. He cited scientific data that he said supported his conclusions. Others said that Will misread, misinterpreted and mischaracterized the data, not least of all the scientists who compiled that data. More about the ruckus can be found at

Argument, some of it heated, ensued in newspapers
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