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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?

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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019EO128615. Published on 12 July 2019.
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