Monthly Archives: July 2011

Wanderings for August

In this month’s New Wanderings you will find a link to Jesus Hernandez’s web site where he describes how he made a knife blade using his DIY steel. Than, we’ll look at several quick and easy Laser Microscopes that anyone should be able to hack together. Continue reading…

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Studying Plankton

On family trips to the coast, one of my favorite activities was collecting samples of marine coastal plankton for study under the microscope after we got home. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science “Old School.” Very Old School.

This may not fall strictly into a kind of citizen science that most people would recognize as such, but it is still a rather interesting example of “crowd sourcing” data collection. Zooniverse has been at the forefront of setting up all kinds of programs for citizen scientists to get involved in everything from nature observations to selecting potential targets for space probes. Now they are going back into the past with a new project using volunteers to help read ancient Greek papyri. Continue reading…

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Getting Started in Fossil Hunting

Fossils are found almost exclusively in sedimentary rock. That means shale, sandstone, limestone, siltstone and sometimes conglomerates. Look for places where erosion or human activity has exposed the rock. Continue reading…

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A DIY Seismograph

The creator of this seismograph design was John C. Lahr, a scientist and educator who passed away in March of 2009. He was known as “the gentle scientist” because of his unfailingly gracious personality who did much to promote the cause of amateur science. Continue reading…

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Mountain View, CA Citizen Wins EPA Award

The Environmental Protection Agency is honoring Mountain View’s Lenny Siegel as its “Superfund Citizen of the Year” for his work in the community. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: When Voles Attack (The Lawn)

When the snow melted down to ground level, we found a network of tunnels that had been carved into the sod. Continue reading…

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Leonard Susskind: My Friend Richard Feynman

Leonard Susskind reflects on his association with Richard Feynman. Continue reading…

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The Space Shuttle: One Last Curtain Call

The following video compiled by Nature encompasses footage from all 135 Space Shuttle missions. Continue reading…

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Russia Launches New Space Telescope

By linking up with radio telescopes on the ground using interferometry, the array will result in a “dish” nearly 30 times the diameter of the Earth. Continue reading…

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