The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...' --Isaac Asimov
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Entries from February 2013

UAF Sea Ice Field Course in Barrow, Alaska

February 27th, 2013 No Comments

[photos from 2006 sea ice field course in Hokkaido, Japan] We are planning a sea ice field course in Barrow, Alaska, from May 8-18. All the relevant information for the course can be found in the syllabus, including costs and prerequisites. To sign up for the class, please send a CV and a 1-page summary […]

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Good News in Open Access and Green Labs

February 26th, 2013 No Comments

The Washington Post reports “The White House moved Friday to make nearly all federally funded research freely available to the public, the latest advance in a long-running battle over access to research that exploded into view last month after the suicide of free-information activist Aaron Swartz. White House science adviser John Holdren wrote “To that […]

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Arctic Sea Ice Death Spiral

February 21st, 2013 No Comments

I made this movie to visually demonstrate the dramatic decrease in Arctic sea ice happening right now. When I was born, in 1979, the minimum summer sea ice extent in the Arctic was about 17,000 cubic kilometers. In 2012, it was less than 5,000 cubic kilometers. The red points show weekly estimates of sea ice […]

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Should I stay or should I go?

February 7th, 2013 No Comments

I’m going to the Polar Marine Sciences Gordon Conference next month in California. Which means I have to get from here to there. I just did some calculations, and the results are surprising and rather discouraging. Surprising because after some research I learned that Amtrak is not nearly as efficient as I expected it to […]

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