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Beginnings: Where will you begin?

Thursday 26th July saw the launch of, a new English language science blog network., the brand-new home for Nature Network bloggers, forms part of the SciLogs international collection of blogs which already exist in German, Spanish and Dutch. To celebrate this addition to the NPG science blogging family, some of the NPG blogs [...]

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Prelude to a Catastrophe: “Our Best Judgement of Risk”

Geologist using theodolite at Timberline, northeast of Mount St. Helens. Skamania County, Washington. April 27, 1980. Image courtesy USGS.

The whole point of volcano monitoring is risk. Well, there’s also the sheer joy of scientific discovery for its own sake – volcanoes are fascinating in their own right. They’re windows on what goes on inside this planet, they can tell us things about how the earth works in ways no other natural features can, [...]

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Prelude to a Catastrophe: “The Only Way It Can Stabilize is to Come Down”

USGS geologist David Johnston (red circle) sampling fumarole at the crest of the "bulge". Image taken from hovering helicopter. USGS Photograph taken on May 17, 1980, by unknown USGS photographer. Image courtesy USGS.

There’s more to an eruptive sequence than explosions. And there are times when a distinct lack of explosions are more troubling than endless ash columns. When earthquakes continue rattling the slopes, and one of those slopes is swelling outward several feet per day, concern and caution are the only reasonable responses. In mid-April of 1980, [...]

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Prelude to a Catastrophe: “Pale-blue Flames”

Phreatic eruption of Mount St. Helens from north. Skamania County, Washington. April 12, 1980. Image courtesy USGS.

What do you do when the volcano whose beauty you’ve admired for so long suddenly wakes with a shiver and blows a plume of steam and ash into the sky? Thanks to Dwight Crandell and Donal Mullineaux, officials had a reasonable idea of what to expect. On March 27th, as the first phreatic eruptions fractured [...]

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SciAm Blogs Blows Out a Candle, Has Cake, and Invites You to the Party

The Scientific American Blog Network turns 1 today! Scicurious wrote a poem for the occasion. Hard to believe we’re so young, innit? We’ve got a long-established magazine behind us, and so many veteran science bloggers, that it feels longer, at least to me. And I can see this network celebrating many happy returns. But we [...]

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