Chasing Ice and the power of the big screen

Feb 01, 2013 5 Comments 4044 views

Last week, a group of us from the Cohen Research Group, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, went to see a new movie. This is usually not an event worth blogging about but this movie was different. We saw the documentary “Chasing Ice”, a film by acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog. If you’re […]

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MINSC pies, mulled wine and a very merry New Year

Jan 07, 2013 No Comments 1793 views

It was the season for carol singing, tree decorating and merry making. This year, however, the highlight of Christmas for me was the fact that I was able to stay in one place and catch my breath after a very hectic few weeks. I realize, of course, that many people see the holiday as an […]

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Amazon, Climate Change and Geochemistry

Dec 14, 2012 No Comments 1318 views

The Amazon Basin with its 7.6 Mio km² is almost the size of Europe, and its biggest river, the Rio Amazon, supplies more than 15% of the total freshwater input to the world’s oceans. Deforestation, agriculture, mining and urbanization have…

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A perspective on writing Perspectives

Sep 20, 2012 No Comments 1355 views

Perspectives invites its authors to share their personal experience in view of their contributions to geochemistry. My experience writing the first issue of Geochemical Perspectives provided me with many moments that were fun and funny. However…

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Moving on

Sep 19, 2012 No Comments 2249 views

  For the fourth time in my career I am starting life at a new institution. Like most academics I’ve had several jobs since completing my PhD and each post has involved a change in surroundings, colleagues and a slight shift in research focus. Moving is generally accepted to be part and parcel of academic […]

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The Melody of Science

Sep 19, 2012 No Comments 2301 views

Two times during the last few weeks, my wife has been asked to write a song. A very specific song that is, a song for special occasions when a person is celebrated e.g. for a 50th birthday or a Confirmation. The way to produce songs of this type is to use keywords from a person’s […]

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Curiosity rover is on Mars! Follow the news! – Updated

Aug 05, 2012 No Comments 5253 views

Curiosity rover (Mars Science Laboratory, NASA) has successfully landed on Gale crater, Mars, on Monday August 6, 5:31 TU (Sunday August 5, 22:31 PDT). The rover is carrying the most advanced geology and geochemistry laboratory which has been ever sent to another planetary body. This includes cool instrumentation to carry out X-ray diffraction / fluorescence, […]

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Men and Machines

Aug 02, 2012 No Comments 1639 views

Since the dawn of civilisation, humans have gazed up at the stars and planets overhead. Even now, separated from our forebears by an expansive gulf of time, technology and knowledge, the stars remain distant, esoteric but evocative targets. Our curiosity and thirst for understanding…

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How to save your fieldwork season

Jul 13, 2012 No Comments 1744 views

You just know it when it’s time to leave the field and head for home. When the thought of one more day collecting rocks in the field is just too much to handle; when the mosquito bites feel like personal attacks and the homely daily routines appear in your mind as something heavenly: DVD’s, your […]

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Goldschmidt 2012, Impressions from Montréal

Jul 05, 2012 No Comments 1393 views

Having hurriedly wrapped up my poster and put my current projects on hold, I arrived in Montréal, Canada, a couple of days before the official start of the conference with the firm idea of enjoying the touristic attractions the city had to offer. Joining in with other early bird attendees we strolled through Montréal, enjoying […]

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