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vol. 51, no. 6
18 A Nanotechnology Revolution
for the Geosciences
The manipulation of individual atoms
and molecules through nanotechnology could have a big impact on
alternative energy, resource extraction and pollution control.
Stephen L. Gillett
22 Extreme Microbes: Testing
Microbial life survives in astonishing
environmental extremes on Earth, shedding light on the search for life elsewhere
in the universe.
Robert M. Hazen
26 Exploring Life in the
Nathalie Cabrol is free diving in
one of the highest lakes on Earth to understand lakes, and life, on ancient
30 Microsatellite Mania
Satellites are shrinking, as researchers
look for new ways to keep an eye on the planet.
Global Warming: Whose Problem is it Anyway?
The United States needs to stop
being an ostrich and start being more of a hawk in the war against global
8 NEWS NOTES
Fish fossil fills evolutionary gap *
Found: One of many missing human links *
Fish teeth bite into Antarctic formation *
Plate shifts in the Pacific Northwest *
Ancient methane-makers *
Penguins endure extinction event *
Seeing below Tambora *
Warming opened Americas to humans
17 POLITICAL SCENE
NASA Science: The Sick Man of Federal Research
Due to a lack of funding and
support, NASAs science programs are anemic, potentially limiting
opportunities for young scientists engaged in crosscutting research.
Margaret Anne Baker
Sea levels may rise sooner
Eastern Europe fights massive flooding
38 TRENDS & INNOVATIONS
Smart Volcano Mini-Sensors
In the dangerous world of volcano
monitoring, researchers are working to find new ways to make their monitoring
instruments smaller, lighter, cheaper and intelligent.
42 EDUCATION & OUTREACH
Geoscience Training in Full Force
A summer program is immersing
high school students in geology through classroom, field and real-world
44 ENERGY & RESOURCES
Is ethanol the answer?
Mineral Resource of the Month: Beryllium
On Exhibit: Art from the rocks
Books: Pleistocene ecology and public policy: A review of Twilight
of the Mammoths: Ice Age Extinctions and the Rewilding of America
On the Web: Google delves into Mars
Natalie Mahowald: Interdisciplinary intellect
20, 1977: Oil Flows From Alaska Pipeline
Nearly 10 years after the discovery of oil at Prudhoe Bay on Alaskas
North Slope, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline comes online to move oil from the
bay south to the Valdez port.
60 GEOLOGIC COLUMN
Do you have writers block
or a general lack of inspiration? Some simple tricks could help you turn
the light bulb back on.
6 Letters: Perspectives
34 Where on Earth?
54 Classifieds: Career
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