Endless Night at –50 Degrees: A Look at Life on an Icebreaker. Brrr! The German research icebreaker Polarstern is purposely trapped in the ice in the Arctic Ocean for the Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) expedition. Want to get a sense of what that means for expedition members? Henry Fountain’s New York Times story is a cool (brrr!) interview with climate scientist and expedition leader Markus Rex and photographer Esther Horvath, who recently rotated off the icebreaker in December and will be back on board in April. Horvath’s behind-the-scenes photos accompany the story.
—Randy Showstack, Staff Writer
Trump’s New Budget Cuts All but a Favored Few Science Programs. Trump’s 2021 budget request is shortsighted and disappointing, though not surprising.
—Faith Ishii, Production Manager
Some Truths About Data, Fieldwork, and the Realities of Working in Science.
My #7DaysOfFieldwork is over, so it's time for me to post some truths about data, fieldwork, and the realities of working in science. [thread]
— Jackie Caplan-Auerbach (@geophysichick) February 11, 2020
I really enjoyed this personal and uplifting reflection about how geoscience is for everyone. Fieldwork is great for some people, but it doesn’t define the discipline. “There are a million ways to be an earth scientist.”
—Timothy Oleson, Science Editor
Early Collisions Led to Striking Differences Between Uranus and Neptune. Considering everything we know about how our solar system formed, Uranus and Neptune should be pretty identical but are really quite different planets. Playing thousands of games of pool with virtual planets is one (really fun) way to figure out why. (Kim can’t stay away from the ice giants! —Ed.)
—Kimberly Cartier, Staff Writer
— Jenessa Duncombe (@jrdscience) February 10, 2020
—Jenessa Duncombe, Staff Writer
I love that we’re still discovering spectacular sites like the aquaculture systems in the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape, and I also love how better appreciation of indigenous knowledge and geoscience are helping inform environmental strategies.
—Caryl-Sue, Managing Editor