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SMU “Power Plays” conference to promote development of oil and gas fields for geothermal energy production

SMU’s renowned SMU Geothermal Laboratory will host its eighth international energy conference April 25-26 on the Dallas campus, focused on using the oilfield as a base for alternative energy production through the capture of waste heat and fluids.

In addition to oil and gas field geothermal projects, experts will discuss coal plant conversion for geothermal production, the intersection of geothermal energy and desalination, and large-scale direct use of the energy source produced by the internal heat of the earth. Continue reading

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SMU seismology team response to March 28, 2016 U.S. Geological Survey hazard forecasts

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) today released maps showing potential ground shaking from induced and natural earthquakes, including forecasts for the DFW metropolitan area. The North Texas Earthquake Study at Southern Methodist University provided data, and SMU scientists co-authored peer-reviewed publications cited in the report. Continue reading

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Daily Mail: Earth’s moon threw a ‘wobbly’ after it formed: Lunar poles wandered 125 MILES as volcanic bubbles threw them off balance

327EC6E200000578-3506346-Scientists_say_they_have_discovered_evidence_that_the_Moon_s_axi-a-3_1458751653451Science reporter Richard Gray with The Daily Mail covered the research of SMU planetary scientist and research assistant professor Matthew Siegler and a team of scientists who discovered the moon wandered off its axis billions of years ago due to a shift in its mass most likely caused by volcanic activity.

The article, “Earth’s moon threw a ‘wobbly’ after it formed: Lunar poles wandered 125 MILES as volcanic bubbles threw them off balance,” published March 23. Continue reading

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Wired: The Moon used to spin on a different axis

1-nasadataleadWired reporter Emily Reynolds covered the research of SMU planetary scientist and research assistant professor Matthew Siegler and a team of scientists who discovered the moon wandered off its axis billions of years ago due to a shift in its mass most likely caused by volcanic activity.

The article, “The Moon used to spin on a different axis,” published March 24. A report on the discovery of the rare event was published today in Nature. Continue reading

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Agence France-Presse in The Japan Times, Raw Story: Moon’s ‘wandering poles’ shifted long ago: study

moonpoles-afp-800x430Agence France-Presse covered the research of SMU planetary scientist and research assistant professor Matthew Siegler and a team of scientists who discovered the moon wandered off its axis billions of years ago due to a shift in its mass most likely caused by volcanic activity.

The article, “Moon’s ‘wandering poles’ shifted long ago: study,” published March 24. A report on the discovery of the rare event was published today in Nature: that Earth’s moon slowly moved from its original axis roughly 3 billion years ago. Continue reading

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The Washington Post: Volcanic activity may have shifted the moon’s axis

imrs.phpReporter Rachel Feltman at The Washington Post covered the research of SMU planetary scientist and research assistant professor Matthew Siegler and a team of scientists who discovered the moon wandered off its axis billions of years ago due to a shift in its mass.

The article, “Volcanic activity may have shifted the moon’s axis,” published March 23. A report on the discovery of the rare event was published today in Nature. Continue reading

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Smithsonian: Ancient Volcanoes May Have Shifted the Moon’s Poles

moon_poles_shift.jpg__800x450_q85_crop_upscaleScience reporter Danny Lewis with Smithsonian covered the research of SMU planetary scientist and research assistant professor Matthew Siegler and a team of scientists who discovered the moon wandered off its axis billions of years ago due to a shift in its mass most likely caused by volcanic activity.

The article, “Ancient Volcanoes May Have Shifted the Moon’s Poles,” published March 24. A report on the discovery of the rare event was published today in Nature: that Earth’s moon slowly moved from its original axis roughly 3 billion years ago. Continue reading

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NASA data leads to rare discovery: Earth’s moon wandered off axis billions of years ago

Ancient lunar ice indicates the moon’s axis slowly shifted by 125 miles, or 6 degrees, over 1 billion years. Earth’s moon is now a member of solar system’s exclusive “true polar wander” club, which includes just a handful of other planetary bodies. Planetary scientist Matt Siegler at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, and colleagues made the discovery while examining NASA data known to indicate lunar polar hydrogen. Continue reading

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Long-term daily contact with Spanish missions triggered collapse of Native American populations in New Mexico

New research in the Southwest U.S. has resolved long-standing debates on the timing and magnitude of American Indian population collapse in the region.

The severe and rapid collapse of Native American populations in what is now New Mexico didn’t happen upon first contact with Spanish conquistadors in the 1500s. Nor was it as gradual as others had contended. Continue reading

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