Author Archives: rberkowitz

New tools for forecasting steam-blast eruptions

Satellite data can pinpoint predictors of future explosive activity. Read more in Physics Today… Advertisements

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How to build megaripples out of sand

Sorting of grains by steady winds produces rare formations larger than ripples but smaller than dunes. Continue reading

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A Kilauea eruption like no other

The famously active Hawaiian volcano typically erupts at existing fissures and triggers minor earthquakes. This latest event has no such limitations. Continue reading

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Forecasting steam-burst eruptions

Satellite data can pinpoint the locations of potentially life-threatening geothermal events.   Continue reading

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Mine Social Media Posts to Predict Flu

Podcast on my article! Researchers used Twitter searches for nonflu words associated with behavior to predict flu outbreaks two weeks in advance. Continue reading

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An eruption mechanism for underwater volcanoes

A new model explains how some lava that rises from the seafloor eventually sinks back down.   Continue reading

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Lab experiments mimic the origin and growth of astrophysical magnetic fields

A turbulent, laser-generated plasma can amplify magnetic fields to cosmic scales. Continue reading

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#Flu

Mining social media to predict outbreaks. Continue reading

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Move a plateau, change a climate

Climate models explore how changes in the Tibetan Plateau’s latitudinal position and elevation may have affected ancient Asia’s climate. Continue reading

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Experiments support theory of cosmic magnetic field growth

A turbulent, laser-generated plasma can dramatically amplify magnetic fields. Continue reading

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