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I got a chance to check out this wild project on Lake George.
cue limnologists drooling
A major project on a New York lake goes big on data—for science.
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As we start to pin down some key details at Totten Glacier...
Warmer water may reach an ice shelf that holds back 3 meters of sea level rise.
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A bigger impact than we would have guessed.
Geologists learn from a natural experiment on Earth with implications for Mars.
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My piece for Scientific American on cool new research into the formation of Devils Tower.
A similar butte in the Czech Republic gives researchers a clue that helps solve the mystery of the massive Wyoming formation’s geometric structure
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I always like the story with the seven maidens and the bear.
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Talk of geoengineering the climate by boosting our planet's reflectivity often refers to a "and-nothing-else" scenario. Here's what a more moderate plan might look like.
Not all geoengineering scenarios are created equal.
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Seen this before...it was called 'Snowpiercer':-)
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A surprising connection between sea level and volcanism at the bottom of the ocean.
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Randomized trials with actual Congresspersons!
US Congresspersons participated in online chats as part of an experiment.
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Nanoparticles beyond Saturn’s rings may tell a tale of the moon's interior.
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I couldn't get legislators to explain why "teach the controversy" science education bills mention human cloning as a "scientifically controversial" topic. I think that's because it isn't.

Just like the other scientific topics commonly mentioned: evolution and climate change.
Op-ed: Challenging coverage of “human cloning” is about ethics, not science.
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By the looks of the shirt, the Copernican Revolution is one of those topics. 
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Amateur astronomers saw it, professional astronomers aren’t sure what it was.
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I think it's either a super dust devil or it's a reflective cloud caught at the right angle.  Those are my hypotheses.  
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How do tectonic plates coast around on mantle rocks? There might be a geologic slip-n-slide down there.
All you need is a borehole and 1,100 pounds of dynamite.
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Oh yeah the guy I was helping told me that the easier/better way to do it would be with shotgun shells blasted into the ground with a device for that sort of thing but they didn't have that at the time. 
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science writer, community college educator, hydrogeologist
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  • Ars Technica
    Freelance Science Contributor, 2011 - present
  • Madison Area Technical College
    Earth Science Instructor, 2010 - 2013
  • Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources
    Hydrogeologist, 2011 - 2013
  • Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey
    Hydrogeologist, 2011 - 2013
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slightly differentiated from the legion as Scott K. Johnson
Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Hydrogeology, 2008 - 2010
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Geology, Environmental Studies, 2004 - 2008