The science behind the science

Aug 19, 2017 No Comments 1133 views

What do you think – in five days of Goldschmidt presentations, the product of how many years worth of labwork have you seen projected onto the screen, how many months of troubleshooting, how many weeks of tuning ICP-MS and calibrating microprobes? I reckon they must be plentiful. Confronted with such an impressive cumulative dedication to […]

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Conscripting plants and the microbial community for mineral exploration

Aug 18, 2017 No Comments 1314 views

Geologists have a great deal of geochemical tools for exploration of new mineral deposits. But, as most of the unexploited treasure is hiding at great depth, geologists have to invent and employ increasingly unusual tools to uncover new mineral resources. After seismic and electromagnetics, the potential of geomicrobiology is being investigated. Last Tuesday, Rachel Simister […]

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The rain, the Seine and the Eiffel Tower

Aug 18, 2017 No Comments 776 views

Paris appears to be a bit sad that this year’s conference is drawing to end since it has started to rain yesterday evening. The rain was especially timely for those making their way from the Palais des congrès to the River Banquet Cruise near Pont des Invalides. But luckily geochemists are not the sort of people to […]

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Prof Eiji Ohtani – nature is seamless

Aug 18, 2017 No Comments 945 views

Prof Eiji Ohtani is the 2017 Urey Medal Awardee for outstanding contributions advancing geochemistry over an entire career. Eiji Ohtani shares his thoughts on what it feels like to win this prestigious award, why he felt he needed to leave natural samples and start working with experiments, and why we should all focus on the […]

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Any questions for the speaker?

Aug 17, 2017 No Comments 696 views

Over the past few days, we have all heard our fair share of audience questions. As most of you may know, the main purpose of these questions is to enhance the audience’s understanding of the presented information. In many cases, this simply results in the need for the further explanation of a certain graph or […]

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Dr Shuhei Ono – protect people from academic bullying

Aug 17, 2017 No Comments 764 views

Dr Shuhei Ono is the 2017 Gast Lecturer. Dr Ono is a ‘hard-core’ isotope geochemist and feel that we should protect all scientists from academic bullying, especially Early-Career Scientists. This interview focuses on the interviewee, and therefore my own commentary is reduced to an absolute minimum, for now. Sami: Congratulations on the 2017 Gast Lectureship, and […]

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The Curie Legacy

Aug 16, 2017 No Comments 817 views

The plenary talk given today by Hélène Langevin-Joliot was one of the most highly anticipated talks of the week, made clear by the packed amphitheatre. Hélène, a nuclear physicist herself, is the granddaughter of Pierre and Marie Curie. The accomplished family boasts an impressive 5 Nobel Prizes between them, with Marie becoming the first person […]

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“That is wild! Nature made proteins that are ultra acidic” – How Corals Make Rocks

Aug 16, 2017 No Comments 496 views

Good morning! This is my second Goldschmidt during my PhD and luckily I was able to join the EAG Blogging Team again (the first time was 2 years ago in Prague). Also very fortunate to have given my oral presentation of my research Monday morning. Thus I have non-stop enjoying all the talks and posters these past few […]

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Dr Li Zhang – the freedom to fail

Aug 16, 2017 No Comments 2537 views

Dr Li Zhang is the 2017 Shen-su Sun Awardee. Dr Zhang shares her thoughts on what it feels like to become an award winning scientists, explains how she was given the freedom to fail, and feels that the dream of all people must be to know the unknown.  This interview focuses on the interviewee, and therefore […]

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Dr Julie Prytulak – It’s deeply humbling

Aug 16, 2017 No Comments 1025 views

Dr Julie Prytulak is the 2017 Houtermans Awardee. Dr Prytulak shares her thoughts on what it feels like to become an award winning scientists, provides constructive advice on an important issue faced by Early-Career Scientists, and explains why she’d go down into the mantle instead of travelling through time.  This interview focuses on the interviewee, and therefore my […]

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