#AntarcticLog: Antarctic Bears
AGU Blogosphere | The Plainspoken Scientist
by Shane Hanlon
1w ago
#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here. When you think of Antarctic beasts, the tardigrade might not be the first to come to mind. But new research from the British Antarctic Survey shows that the ones in Antarctica represent a divergence hailing back to the time when the continent was cut off from the rest of the world.  It’s not the first time #AntarcticLog has featured tardigrades. Here’s a three-part comic about the adventures of NASA JPL’s Ariel Waldman, when she investigated cryoconites in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica ..read more
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#AntarcticLog: Ecosystem Services 
AGU Blogosphere | The Plainspoken Scientist
by Shane Hanlon
1w ago
#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here.   What makes an animal a hero? Maybe it’s the services it naturally supplies to its ecosystem — services that may help plants, waterways, other animals, and yes, humans. Some researchers are even coming up with dollar amounts that people would have to pay for the services beavers provide.      Since beavers are helping make their environments more fire-resistant, maybe Smokey the Bear should transform into Smokey the Beaver? Bears interact with their environments in differ ..read more
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#AntarcticLog: Happy New Year!
AGU Blogosphere | The Plainspoken Scientist
by Shane Hanlon
3w ago
#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here.   George Wortley posted pictures and news from Amundsen-South Pole Station this week, and I loved them so much I turned them into this week’s comic.       The South Pole is as mysterious to me as it is to you. I rely on other people’s stories to get a sense of what it’s like.  This one’s from Guy Guthridge, and I appreciate it. Even more, I appreciate Guy, who founded the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers program. I’m always looking for ways ..read more
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#AntarcticLog: Hopey New Year!
AGU Blogosphere | The Plainspoken Scientist
by Shane Hanlon
3w ago
#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here.   It’s so kind of you to read these comics! As of January, they’ve been going for five years, the product of support from the National Science Foundation and International Ocean Discovery Program, and the Waypoint Foundation.  Writing and drawing about climate change science, policy, and activism in this format is sometimes sobering, sometimes cheering, and always engrossing.  As we start 2023, I’m bright-eyed and bushy-tailed with optimism, so this post is a look back at some of the ..read more
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#AntarcticLog: Blasts from the past
AGU Blogosphere | The Plainspoken Scientist
by Shane Hanlon
1M ago
#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here.   Magical? Science? Sure, as samples offer clues to unseen, unknown worlds nothing like our own, the metaphors turn to ideas like time machines and portals, and the adjectives turn to fantasy.  And yet — it’s real!  Check this — new proof of ecosystems and species previously unknown, based on a few grains of dirt.      The samples we rely on to see into the past this way are only available as people travel to the areas where such clues can be found.  In the case ..read more
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#AntarcticLog: Beyond the “Wall”
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by Shane Hanlon
1M ago
#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here. Yes, I’m shocked each time I see a scientist take time to get interviewed by someone debunking a false claim about climate change, Antarctica, space, you name it.       Besides debunking the debunking, my contribution this week is a look back at just a few #AntarcticLog comics that focus on the work of scientists who worked in Antarctic’s interior.     Jessica Badgeley of the University of Washington investigated Blood Falls, itself the subject of some tall tales.  &n ..read more
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AntarcticLog: Diversifying Antarctica 
AGU Blogosphere | The Plainspoken Scientist
by Shane Hanlon
2M ago
#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here. There are many efforts afoot to increase minority perspectives in the sciences. As we celebrate the 63rd anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty, which designated Antarctica as an international continent dedicated to knowledge and peace, we acknowledge the lack of diversity there — and elsewhere.   In my new project, I Was A Kid, which launched in September, several Antarctic researchers are included among a growing library of profiles of people who represent underrepresented communities. This we ..read more
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#AntarcticLog: Wonders of the World 
AGU Blogosphere | The Plainspoken Scientist
by Shane Hanlon
2M ago
#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t truly see the world through rose-colored glasses, as this comic may make it appear.  But I’m looking for hope wherever it may be found, including, this month, the COP27 gathering in Egypt.      The time is also right to look at other worldwide efforts made with integrity in reference to science and a peaceful potential future. Coming up this week: Antarctica Day.      What’s more, I can’t help looking back a few years to the Paris A ..read more
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Excitement! Adventure! Sharing Science at #AGU22
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by Olivia Ambrogio
2M ago
While we in Sharing Science offer events year-round, we love sharing our passion for science communication and its infinite variety with the attendees of AGU’s Fall Meeting. Check out our virtual and in-person offerings this December: Virtual: Science Communication and Engagement with Religious Publics (8 Dec.): With hosts from the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion program (DoSER), discuss challenges, opportunities and best practices for science engagement with and within faith communities. In person: Monday, 12 Dec. Science Storytelling – learn what makes a compelling science st ..read more
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#AntarcticLog: Under the Sheet
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by Olivia Ambrogio
2M ago
#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here. It’s miles thick and millennia old. It’s the Antarctic Ice Sheet, and it’s a bit of a mystery. Though it’s not easy to get to the bottom of the thing, scientists use innovation, imagination, and information to piece the puzzle together.  One of the best clues has proved to be something that didn’t make sense at all.  I’m fascinated by this whole question — and, being me, by the technologies and practices developed to try to answer it.  Here are just a few #AntarcticLog comics that a ..read more
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