Sorry for starting with a non-geological link again, but it’s important: We have two more elements! Well, two more names in the periodic table at least: Flerovium (element 114, atomic mass 289) and Moscovium (element 116, atomic mass 292). Welcome!
After the New Zealand Canterbury and Christchurch earthquakes, home insurance premiums will rise by up to 20%, insurance companies say. Even motor insurances will go up by 5%. Interesting – did the seismic hazard increase after the two strong earthquakes?
Some guys have created a mobile app that allows to identify trees. When will the automatic rock identification mobile app be ready? Put your mobile on the floor of the hotel lobby and find out they haven’t used marble! Go to the Teide volcano and identify the rocks as basalt! Learn to distinguish between sandstone and granite! So many possibilities. Would be great if you could include a small XRF unit, thanks in advance. The mobile app will most likely be banned from my field trips.
Russia and Norway have finally (after years and years and years) agreed on a solution for their Access-to-the-Arctic-Dispute. Now they can start exploring and exploiting the oil and gas out there. Will I have to pay less for my gasoline, then?
Have a nice weekend!