Why Geologists Become Astronauts

Author: Simon Rowendaal (Universitat Hamburg, Germany) A personal reason for me to go into geology was my dream to become an astronaut. I was therefore very excited when in May 2019 the U.S. announced its plan to return to the Moon by 2024. When man will set foot on the lunar surface again, among them … Continue reading Why Geologists Become Astronauts

Falling seas or Rising lands? The discovery of glacio-isostatic adjustment

Author: Hanneke Heida (ICTJA - CSIC, Barcelona) One of the most challenging aspects of earth sciences is the linking of processes occurring on vastly different scales, from the local to the global, the microscopic to the solar system, the second to millions of years. Sometimes fascinating clues to a large and seemingly ungraspable phenomenon can … Continue reading Falling seas or Rising lands? The discovery of glacio-isostatic adjustment

SALTGIANT Short Course 3 – Numerical and analogue modelling in the Earth Sciences

Author: Ronja Ebner (Utrecht University, Netherlands) This short course will give all ESRs an insight into the philosophy, methods, and applications of numerical and analogue modelling in the Earth Sciences. Two months after having spent 10 days in the sunny South at the Mediterranean Sea to learn about seismological signals, we meet again a colder … Continue reading SALTGIANT Short Course 3 – Numerical and analogue modelling in the Earth Sciences

Noah’s flood: did something similar happened in the Mediterranean 5.33 Million years ago?

Author: Francesca Bulian (Universidad de Salamanca, Spain) When mankind started populating Planet Earth, it was immediately encountered with extraordinary events that it could not fully explain or understand on its own such as great storms, lightning and thunder, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods…. However, like we continue doing today, it is in our nature to seek … Continue reading Noah’s flood: did something similar happened in the Mediterranean 5.33 Million years ago?

Too many cooks spoil the broth, but what about science?

Ronja Ebner (ESR 7)– Utrecht University (Netherlands). “There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.” [1] When one starts to … Continue reading Too many cooks spoil the broth, but what about science?

About Dr. Ilaria Capua, the loss of scientific credibility and the amplifying effect of the press

Author: Gaia Travan (CNRS Lille, France) Ilaria Capua, virologist This is the story of Ilaria Capua. However, is also the story of Giulio Selvaggi (1) and many other scientists that had to defend their actions in court and were exposed to the media pillory, in a reality increasingly inclined to judge the bona fide of … Continue reading About Dr. Ilaria Capua, the loss of scientific credibility and the amplifying effect of the press