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Zombie Worms, Ploonets, and Other Things We’re Reading This Week

What Earth and space science stories are Eos staffers recommending this week?


Ancient Life Awakens Amid Thawing Ice Caps and Permafrost: “This Twitter thread was a really good breakdown of the science behind that splashy ‘40,000-year-old frozen worms’ headline. Also a good reminder to read more than just headlines when it comes to science news.”
Kimberly Cartier, Staff Writer

Moons That Escape Their Planets Could Become “Ploonets”: “Hard not to smile when repeatedly reading the words “ploonet” and “ploonethood.” Quirky story about an as yet theoretical but entirely likely type of celestial object.”
—Timothy Oleson, Science Editor
The California Coast Is Disappearing Under the Rising Sea. Our Choices Are Grim: “This article is a tour de force of sea level rise woes in California. I couldn’t stop reading.”
Jenessa Duncombe, Staff Writer
Many Water Cycle Diagrams Promote Misconceptions: “I felt silly for not having noticed this before, but hindsight is 20/20. Where are the people?
—Kimberly Cartier, Staff Writer
A New Plan for Keeping NASA’s Oldest Explorers Going: “To infinity and beyond. NASA engineers work to extend lives of interstellar probes.”
Randy Showstack, Staff Writer
Chinese Air Pollution Dimmed Sunlight Enough to Impact Solar Panels: “In China, coal has literally been throwing shade at solar power generation for decades.”
—Timothy Oleson, Science Editor
Get to Know the National Science Foundation’s DKI Solar Telescope: “The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope’s deformable mirror can correct distortions in Earth’s atmosphere to as small as the width of 40 hydrogen atoms.”
—Caryl-Sue, Managing Editor

Citation: AGU (2019), Zombie worms, ploonets, and other things we’re reading this week, Eos, 100, Published on 12 July 2019.
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