Profile

Cover photo
Xavier Middleton
Works at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)
Attended University of Cape Town
50 followers|50,962 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos

Stream

 
 
New Species Discovered Beneath Ocean Crust | #Geology #GeologyPage

Two miles below the surface of the ocean, researchers have discovered new microbes that “breathe” sulfate.

The microbes, which have yet to be classified and named, exist in massive undersea aquifers — networks of channels in porous rock beneath the ocean where water continually churns. About one-third of the Earth’s biomass is thought to exist in this largely uncharted environment.

Read more : http://www.geologypage.com/2015/02/new-species-discovered-beneath-ocean.html

Geology Page​
www.geologypage.com
Image: C-DEBI researchers deply the ROV Jason to collect samples. Alberto Robador / USC Two miles below the surface of the ocean, researchers have discovered new microbes that “breathe” sulfate. The microbes, which have yet t...
View original post
1
Add a comment...

Xavier Middleton

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
The second bite of a Martian mountain taken by our Curiosity Mars Rover​ rover hints at long-ago effects of water that was more acidic than any evidenced in the rover's first taste of Mount Sharp, a layered rock record of ancient Martian environments. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1FbGyDV
60 comments on original post
1
Add a comment...

Xavier Middleton

Shared publicly  - 
 
The number of matriculants who passed in 2014 is much lower than many media reports suggest
1
Add a comment...

Xavier Middleton

Shared publicly  - 
 
It seems Dr Charlie is mesmerised by SABC 3 (and Jeff Probst reruns).
1
Zenobia Gillion's profile photo
 
lol...dr Charlie
Add a comment...
 
Such a cool video!
1
Add a comment...
 
To boldly go where no Xavier has been - unless more of my namesakes sign up.
Exploration of the Planet Mars - missions, videos, images and information
1
Add a comment...
 
 

Why Scientists are Seen as Competent but Untrustworthy (and Why it Matters)

According to a recent study, the public’s distrust of scientists has gotten so bad that they are now on par with CEOs and lawyers. This loss of trust will almost certainly have profound implications for our future.

Read more from Dr. +Barry Starr of +The Tech Museum of Innovation at KQED Science.
According to a recent study, the public's distrust of scientists has gotten so bad that they are now on par with CEOs and lawyers. This loss of trust will almost certainly have profound implications for our future.
5 comments on original post
1
Add a comment...
In his circles
71 people
Have him in circles
50 people
Maia Matshikiza's profile photo
Rochelle Wigley's profile photo
Habib “Style4urban” Ahmad's profile photo
Divyam Minerals's profile photo
Zenobia Kloppers's profile photo
Sekiwe Gastile's profile photo
Carla Mauger's profile photo
Douglas Anderson's profile photo
Ashley Korsman's profile photo
 
 
Public lecture webcast posted: 
From Cosmic Birth to Living Earth: The Next Great Space Telescope Beyond JWST
Dr. Jason Tumlinson, Space Telescope Science Institute

Are we alone? How did we get here? These are perennial questions that pique our curiosity and probe to the very heart of our existence. While our historical attempts to address these questions have progressed from the philosophical toward the scientific, astronomy is currently in a golden age that promises to get even brighter. New technologies, new telescopes, and new discoveries will bring forth exciting prospects for broad advances in understanding the cosmos and the life within it over the next two decades.

Hosted by Dr. Frank Summers. Recorded live on February 3, 2015 at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD, USA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwHTMcV-k74
13 comments on original post
1
Add a comment...

Xavier Middleton

Shared publicly  - 
1
Zenobia Gillion's profile photo
 
congratulations

Add a comment...

Xavier Middleton

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
Will Recycling Phosphorus Help Stop Algae Blooms?

"Steve Carpenter, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the director of its Center for Limnology, describes phosphorus management as the “keystone” issue for healthy lakes. “If we can get phosphorus under control,” he said, “we have a much better shot at dealing with all of the other problems that the lakes have,” like invasive species, which can swoop in when a lake’s nutrient levels are unbalanced."
A new Wisconsin facility aims to clean up algae-plagued lakes by stripping phosphorus out of wastewater.
1 comment on original post
1
Add a comment...

Xavier Middleton

Shared publicly  - 
 
 
Syr Darya | #Geology #GeologyPage

The Syr Darya is a river in Central Asia. The second part of the name (Darya) means river, though "Syr Darya River" is the conventional name. The current name dates only from the 18th century; since roughly the Muslim Conquests of Central Asia the river was known as the Seyhun (سيحون) River, i.e., one of the four rivers of Jannah, or paradise. Prior to the coming of Islam to Central Asia, the river's name is recorded by several sources, including those relating to Alexander the Great as the Jaxartes River.

Read more : http://www.geologypage.com/2014/08/syr-darya.html

Geology Page
www.geologypage.com
Astronaut photograph of the Syr Darya River floodplain The Syr Darya is a river in Central Asia. The second part of the name (Darya) means river, though "Syr Darya River" is the conventional name. The current name dates only ...
1 comment on original post
1
Add a comment...
People
In his circles
71 people
Have him in circles
50 people
Maia Matshikiza's profile photo
Rochelle Wigley's profile photo
Habib “Style4urban” Ahmad's profile photo
Divyam Minerals's profile photo
Zenobia Kloppers's profile photo
Sekiwe Gastile's profile photo
Carla Mauger's profile photo
Douglas Anderson's profile photo
Ashley Korsman's profile photo
Education
  • University of Cape Town
    Geology
Links
Story
Introduction
Geologist, aspiring author and perpetual student - I have an insatiable curiosity about a wide range of subjects (I also own a 14 year old Estwing geological hammer; I call it Mjölnir. It's my special friend).
Bragging rights
Survived the Karoo, Survived 27, Recently ate eel nigiri, Survived 32, Started writing a book, Owned by two cats, Bought a PS4
Work
Occupation
Lecturer
Employment
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)
    present
Basic Information
Gender
Male