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Anthropology in Practice

Editor’s Selection: Excavations, Hurricanes, and Bonobos

This week you’ll want to be sure you check out: Reporting live from Rome, Katy Myers discusses some of the challenges with excavating inside urn—and what constitutes a person—at Bones Don’t Lie. At Inkfish, Elizabeth Preston makes a connection between naming practices and popular words—like violent weather systems. At Evoanth, Adam Benton delves into what [...]

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But Seriously...

Hacking the Planet Interview

Hacking the Planet

For the past several months I’ve been working on a television show for The Weather Channel. Hacking the Planet is the brainchild of my friend John Rennie, former editor in chief of Scientific American, and it features me and Cara Santa Maria, senior science correspondent for The Huffington Post. As host, John flies around the globe, talking [...]

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Guest Blog

How to stop a hurricane (good luck, by the way)

As another hurricane season passes, I’m disappointed I didn’t hear Bill Gates resound with last year’s grand (yet perhaps logistically impossible) idea to dump tons of cold water in the path of moving twisters like Karl, Danielle, Lisa, and Tomas. Maybe Steve Jobs is plotting a more hip idea for 2011… Despite a tech mogul’s [...]

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Life, Unbounded

Oh Extravagant Planet!

Cumulonimbus clouds over the Gulf of Mexico 1984 (Shuttle image, NASA)

Sitting here in New York after a night of listening to the roar of hurricane Sandy I, along with everyone else here, am feeling a little bit worn. And I’m lucky, many people are still in the midst of dealing with a very real disaster in the city and the states up and down the [...]

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Observations

Google Maps Dives Underwater with “Street View”

Credit: WIkimedia Commons

Google has taken its ‘street view’ maps to a whole new level—namely, the ocean’s depths. Already, scientists have collected 400,000 panoramic photos of coral reefs and other marine marvels off the coast of Australia and in the Caribbean, some of which viewers can access on Google Maps. This week, U.S. government scientists will dive the [...]

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Observations

Hurricane Season: How Do Storms Form? [Video]

hurricane head shot

The Atlantic Hurricane season officially begins Sunday, June 1, and runs through November 30. Last week various agencies released their predictions for how many hurricanes might develop and how many might be big ones. The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which overseas the National Weather Service, forecasts a below-average season, with three to six [...]

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Observations

Hurricane Humberto Ties Atlantic Record

Tropical Storm Humberto on Sept. 10, 2013.

Since 1941 we have never gone later than Sept. 11 without a hurricane forming in the Atlantic Ocean. So when the National Hurricane Center upgraded Tropical Storm Humberto to a hurricane early Wednesday morning, Humberto tied the Sept. 11 record set by Hurricane Gustav in 2002. Gustav later struck North Carolina. Humberto is currently in [...]

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Observations

Can Hurricanes Be Controlled?

hurricane formation

Everyone likes to talk about the weather, and maybe someone could do something about it someday. From the dances and prayers of the past, we get to the weather-modification technology of the 24th century (at least, that’s what I recall from an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation). Controlling cyclones is an effort entirely [...]

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Observations

Review: New Documentary Explains Engineering Failures That Drowned New Orleans during Katrina

The Big Uneasy will make you squirm in your chair for two reasons: one good, one bad. The sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is fast approaching, and New Orleans has little more protection against storm surges than it did before the monster hurricane struck. Yet few people living outside southeastern Louisiana seem to care. Filmmaker [...]

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Roots of Unity

The Most Breathtaking Video of the Weather You’ll Watch This Week

Last Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a video of the past 10 years of weather in the Americas. The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite GOES-12, which had monitored the weather in North and South America since April 2003, was retired on August 16. This video shows one photo a day from the [...]

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