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20 January 2017

On 4 January 2017, PHE Researcher Iddo Wernick delivered the keynote address ‘Creating a circular economy: The challenges and opportunities presented by Technology Metals for future business‘ kicking off a conference on the topic of Sustainable Resource Management organized by Acer Inc., in Taipei, Taiwan.  Iddo also gave a talk on ‘Conflict Minerals and Tantalum’ from the perspective of Supply Chain managers in the electronics industry.  Below are some pictures of the event.


Posted at 02:01 pm in News, Talks

19 December 2016

On September 13, 2016 Jesse delivered a lecture on Marine biodiversity revealed by extracellular DNA in seawater as part of the conference celebrating the 70th birthday of Russia’s Shirshov Institute of Oceanology.  Thanks to Mark Stoeckle, who leads PHE’s eDNA work.

Posted at 02:12 pm in News

19 December 2016

On April 17, 2016 Jesse delivered a lecture  The Nature of the City at the University of Glasgow as part of a workshop “Future cities: Do cities have limits?

The lecture is also on YouTube

Posted at 02:12 pm in Talks

7 December 2016

The Deep Carbon Observatory, which Jesse Ausubel has helped create and manage, offers some new short, enjoyable videos about its work.  For example,

Deep life

Volcano prediction

Posted at 06:12 pm in News

28 November 2016

Galatee’s The Seasons, on which Jesse Ausubel served as a science advisor, earns good reviews.

Review: The Nature Documentary ‘Seasons’ Looks at Land Animals New York Times

‘Seasons’ takes a visually dazzling journey into the animal kingdom Los Angeles Times –

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22 November 2016

During 1996, on behalf of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Jesse Ausubel helped Prof. Thomas Bailey establish the Community College Research Center at Teachers College.   The influential center celebrated its 20th anniversary on 17 November 2016 with a symposium highlighted by a talk by Dr. Jill Biden, 2nd Lady of the USA and professor at Northern Virginia Community College.  For Jesse’s role, please watch minutes 10 to 18 of this video:

 Below are TC President Susan Fuhrman, Prof. Bailey, Prof. Biden, Anne Ausubel (who worked at TC during the late 1960s and early 1970s), and Jesse Ausubel.jesseanneausubel

Posted at 07:11 pm in News

10 November 2016

The reduction in life hours of work  since 1850: estimates for Dutch males” by Jaap de Koning follows the 1995 paper by Jesse Ausubel and Arnulf Gruebler Working less and living longer: Long-term trends in working time and time budgets .

de Koning finds the number of hours Dutchmen work during their lives gradually diminished. Men born in 1840 worked on average 118 thousands hours, while it is only 67 thousands hours for the 1950 cohort.   As a percent of total number of hours available to a man, the decline is from 23% for the 1840 birth cohort to 9%for the 1950 birth cohort.  The finding resembles what Jesse and Arnulf found for American males.  Technology lifts productivity and lengthens lives, and the changed ratio of work to life explains many of the benefits and worries of modern societies.

Posted at 05:11 pm in News

26 October 2016

Dr. Robert Ballard’s inspiring speech about ocean exploration begins at the 16-minute mark in this video from the 2016 National Ocean Exploration Forum held at the Rockefeller University 20-21 October.


We also post the Op-ed for the Marine Technology Society by VADM Gaffney (ret.) summarizing the findings of the 2016 National Ocean Exploration Forum.


Posted at 10:10 am in News

21 October 2016

A Press Release describes recent discoveries by ocean explorers and the 2016 National Ocean Exploration Forum, organized by Jesse Ausubel (Rockefeller University) and Paul Gaffney (Monmouth University). Thanks to the 110 participants and for great preparation by Alan Curry, Doris Manville, Karl Vilacoba, and Danica Simmons.

News reports of the recent discoveries:

Remotely operated vehicles expand reach for ocean researchers

WorkBoat (blog)Oct 20, 2016

“A lot of the difficulty with ocean exploration since Ulysses is we move slowly at sea,” said Jesse Ausubel, director of the Program for the Human …

Strange purple sea creatures found in deep ocean trenches
BBC NewsOct 20, 2016

 500 ‘Champagne’ Methane Seeps Discovered Off Pacific Coast
Live ScienceOct 20, 2016

 Methane leak along the West Coast that could contribute to global …
Daily MailOct 20, 2016

 There’s an Enormous Natural Gas Seep Along the West Coast
Gizmodo India15 hours ago

Posted at 06:10 pm in News

8 October 2016

Deep Carbon Observatory researchers have created an eye-popping animation that shows volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and associated emissions since 1960…and reveals the seamy structure of the Earth.  See the press release about Exhaling Earth and the 70-second E3 animation.

Coverage includes

Washington Post

Watch Earth pulse with earthquakes and eruptions in this stunning visualization


Daily Mail

Global system could help predict cataclysmic supervolcano eruptions


Volcano insight: Fifty years of eruptions revealed


Una aplicación compila todas las erupciones volcánicas desde 1960


Eruzioni e terremoti, 50 anni di dati in un’app

New York Times

What 50 Years of Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions Look Like

Congratulations to Liz Cottrell, Tobias Fischer, Marie Edmonds and Co. on super science!

Posted at 09:10 pm in News