Shannon Hall

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A Surprise From the Supervolcano Under Yellowstone
The New York Times, October 2017

"Beneath Yellowstone National Park lies a supervolcano, a behemoth far more powerful than your average volcano. It has the ability to expel more than 1,000 cubic kilometers of rock and ash at once — 250,000 times more material than erupted from Mount St. Helens in 1980, which killed 57 people. That could blanket most of the United States in a thick layer of ash and even plunge the Earth into a volcanic winter."

7 Alien 'Earths' May Be Swapping Life via Meteorites
National Geographic, March 2017

"The discovery of alien life would be revolutionary. But what if we uncovered it on two—or even seven—planets all orbiting the same star? That’s the tantalizing possibility offered by the cosmic grouping called TRAPPIST-1, where seven Earth-size worlds circle a star roughly 39 light-years away."

Exoplanet Census Suggests Earth Is Special after All
Scientific American, February 2016

"More than 400 years ago Renaissance scientist Nicolaus Copernicus reduced us to near nothingness by showing that our planet is not the center of the solar system. With every subsequent scientific revolution, most other privileged positions in the universe humans might have held dear have been further degraded, revealing the cold truth that our species is the smallest of specks on a speck of a planet, cosmologically speaking."

A Turning Point in Combating Climate Change May Be Here
Scientific American, December 2015

"The world is shifting. At least that’s what Bill McKibben, a leading environmental activist, tweeted on November 6."

Is It Time to Embrace Unverified Theories?
Nautilus, August 2015

"In the world of modern physics, there is change afoot. Researchers are striving so hard to leap beyond the mostly settled science of the Standard Model that they’re daring to break from one of science’s crucial traditions."

BICEP2 Was Wrong, But Publicly Sharing The Results Was Right
Discover Magazine, January 2015

"In the end, science is a human endeavor. As such it's flawed. This latest incident is a reminder that scientists are constantly engaged in a tightrope-walk between astonishing claims and careful deliberation."