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Dead Whales, Dinosaurs, a Yeti, and Other Spooky News of the Week

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We All Fell for the Whale Fall.


The E/V Nautilus found a decomposing whale skeleton at the bottom of the ocean last week. Hanging out with bone-eating worms has never been so fun!
Jenessa Duncombe, Staff Writer

 

Diseases Are Spreading with Climate Change. Panic Doesn’t Have To. Valley fever is riding the wave of warmer, drier air in the West, and health officials are taking new approaches to informing and warning the public.
Heather Goss, Editor in Chief

 

Astronomers Discover “Cosmic Yeti” Galaxy from the Early Universe.


With Halloween just around the corner, scientists now have proof of a new monster—a monster galaxy, that is. A University of Arizona astronomer recently spotted light “in an area without a known galaxy.”
—Tshawna Byerly, Copy Editor

 

Scientific Integrity Act Passes House Committee.

A gavel and a tray of test tubes
Credit: iStock.com/DNY59

What excellent news for the scientific community and for the public! The part of the bill that prohibits “suppressing, altering, interfering with, delaying without scientific merit, or otherwise impeding the release and communication of, scientific or technical findings” is particularly needed in today’s politically charged landscape and in this climate crisis. Now, on to the full House….
Kimberly Cartier, Staff Writer

 

The Experts Have Spoken: Disbanded Particulate Pollution Panel Finds EPA Standards Don’t Protect Public Health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disbanded its Particulate Matter Review Panel about a year ago. However, scientists from that panel continued their work as an independent group. They recently released recommendations to the EPA administrator on the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for Particulate Matter.
Randy Showstack, Staff Writer

 

Paleontologists Discover Complete Saurornitholestes langstoni Specimen.

Profile illustration of a toothy, feathered dinosaur
A small, feathered theropod dinosaur, Saurornitholestes langstoni, was long thought to be so closely related to Velociraptor mongoliensis that some researchers called it Velociraptor langstoni—until now. Illustration by Jan Sovak

Preserved in this new specimen is its flat tooth with ridges that is thought to have been used for preening its feathers. Imagine this flying dinosaur landing on your balcony railing to preen itself if it were around today—it’s the size of a large turkey but with a very long tail and, of course, teeth!
Liz Castenson, Editorial and Production Coordinator

 

California Launches Nation’s First Earthquake Early Warning System.Last week, on the thirtieth anniversary of the devastating 1989 earthquake that hit the San Francisco Bay Area, an app was launched called MyShake that “notifies residents of an earthquake of magnitude 4.5 or higher in their area.”
Melissa Tribur, Production Specialist

 

A Universal Law for the “Blood of the Earth.” The natural pattern that describes how snowflakes form and bacterial colonies spread, called Laplacian growth, also appears to characterize how many river networks around the world take shape, according to a series of studies. This piece clearly summarizes the work—and some skepticism about it—and wonderfully captures the appeal of a topic that’s long fascinated scientists but that with a blander recounting, might not be quite enough to excite most of us.
Timothy Oleson, Science Editor

 

The Limits of Science. This is a great essay for anyone looking to understand how rational, thoughtful people can be antiscience, and how we define science itself might require a more humanitarian approach.
Caryl-Sue, Managing Editor

Citation: AGU (2019), Dead whales, dinosaurs, a Yeti, and other spooky news of the week, Eos, 100, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019EO136143. Published on 24 October 2019.
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