Monthly Archives: April 2015

Death toll in the Kathmandu earthquake tops 4200

This is the latest number I could find this evening, published in the Washington Post.  It has probably gone higher since this was published.  I suspect that the final toll will be even higher and that as teams fan out … Continue reading

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Texas A&M Galveston Professor Flunks the Entire Class

Prof. Irwin Horowitz failed his entire class of students in his Strategic Management class, according to a story posted by the CBS Houston affiliate. Horowitz claims he and his wife were threatened.  Students claimed that they were surprised and thought … Continue reading

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Third Update on the Kathmandu Earthquake

The earthquake this past week in Nepal has been an unspeakable disaster. The death toll is now over 1300 by conservative count and probably will go much higher.  The damage to  cultural, historical, and religious heritage is heart breaking. Here … Continue reading

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Another Asteroid Near Miss

Asteroid 2015 HD1 came very close to hitting Earth this past Tuesday.  According to Earthsky,  the asteroid  came within 20 per cent of the distance between Earth and the Moon.  Since it was a small asteroid, it likely would have … Continue reading

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Second Update on the Kathmandu Earthquake

  Map courtesy of USGS via UK Daily Mail The map above shows the Earthquake epicenter in the Himalaya Mountains  of Nepal near Kathmandu.  The Richter Scale measure of the Earthquake has been revised from 7.9 to 7.8, still among … Continue reading

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7.9 Earthquake in Nepal: Death and Destruction

This is about as big as Earthquakes get.  According to the USGS, as reported in Earthaky.org, the quake struck between Kathmandu and Pokhara in Nepal.  at 6:11 Greenwich UTC or 11:11 PM PDT.  A 7.9 magnitude earthquake is consistent with … Continue reading

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Calbuco volcano erupts in Southern Chile

Photo credit:  Phillip Oyarzo Calisto via earthsky,org The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile erupted on Wednesday, sending huge clouds of gases, ash, and debris throughout southern Chile and as far away as Argentina.  Lava flowed from the volcano as well.  … Continue reading

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Political Geology

Earthsky today links to a new USGS report on “induced seismicity”  linking earthquakes to human activity.  As I read the report and negotiated  my way through the thickets of tortured syntax and the brambles of labored locutions, there is a … Continue reading

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United Auto Workers Union Organizing Graduate Students who teach adjunct courses.

It is well known that survey courses in the freshman and sophomore years at major universities are taught by graduate students or what are variously called teaching assistants or adjuncts.  That they are paid less than half what full professors … Continue reading

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Hey California! Need to conserve water?

Forget about water saving toilets, here is the real deal on saving water:  build an outhouse in your backyard.  You can do it in four easy steps: 1.  Get your Uncle Walt to build an outhouse for you (not pictured.)  … Continue reading

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