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New Experiments to Model Mars’s Thermal Evolution

New Experiments to Model Mars’s Thermal Evolution

The Geophysical Laboratory’s Alex Goncharov and DTM's Peter van Keken were awarded a Venture Grant to apply a novel flash-heating method for high- pressure/high-temperature experiments to measure the thermal conductivity of Mars.

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Music to the Ears of a Volcanologist

Popocatepetl Volcano

Can automated sound-recognition techniques be used to read and analyze the sounds our planet makes, similar to listening to an orchestra warming up before a concert? DTM’s Diana Roman thinks so.

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A Planning Meeting of the Metal Earth Project in Canada Brings Together Both Current and Former DTM Scientists

Metal Earth

From June 14 to 17, 2017, postdoctoral associate Jesse Reimink and staff scientist Steve Shirey joined former postdoc Graham Pearson (now at the University of Alberta) and former predoctoral fellow Michael Hamilton (now at the Jack Satterly Geochronology Lab of the Royal Ontario Museum in Sudbury, Ontario) for a planning meeting for the 'Metal Earth' project.

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Two New Moons of Jupiter Discovered

Jupiter

In the hunt for a new massive planet beyond Pluto (sometimes called Planet X), DTM staff scientist Scott Sheppard has been continuing his survey of the night sky with David Tholen (University of Hawai’i) and Chadwick Trujillo (Northern Arizona University) looking for very distant objects in the outer solar system. During this search, Sheppard and his team pointed their telescopes near Jupiter and discovered two new, mile-wide, moons of Jupiter, S/2016 J 1 and S/2017 J 1 (“S” for satellite, “J” for Jupiter), both announced in early June of 2017.

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Volcanoes: Explosive and Entertaining

Diana Roman

Diana Roman’s job sounds like a blast. Pun very much intended. Although many people find volcanoes scary, she knows how to make them fun and, more importantly, fascinating. A staff scientist at DTM, Roman told us all about what happens “When the Volcano Stirs” during a public program at our DC headquarters building on Wednesday, May 31.

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