Monthly Archives: September 2012

Crowdsourcing Comes to Climate Science

Tropical Cyclone Bingiza (Photo credit: NASA Goddard Photo)

Crowdsourcing has changed how we gather news, how we fund companies and now how fast scientists can analyze data to produce predictive climate models. Continue reading…

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Part 11: Rotatable Electromagnet Project


This week, we’ll continue with building the coil winder – yes, we’re almost done with the coil winder. Continue reading…

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Amateur Astronomer Produces Remarkable Map of Ganymede

Photos by Manis Karpasis

An amateur astronomer has created the first-ever homemade brightness map of Jupiter’s huge moon Ganymede in a magnificent display of how non-professional skywatchers can contribute to the field of observational astronomy. Continue reading…

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ALA President Protests Library Ebook Sales Practices in Open Letter to Publishers


American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan released an open letter today denouncing the refusal by several large trade publishers to sell ebooks to provide access to their ebooks in U.S. libraries. Continue reading…

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Richmond, Virginia Area Science Meeting


This meeting’s theme was “magnets and magnetism”, though we deviated a little bit with Dr. Dunn’s rocketry talk. For our “Show & Tell” session, I showed the “in-process” electromagnet I am building for future anisotropic magnetism experiments. Continue reading…

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This Week at Hilton Pond (15-21 September 2012)—“Ouch! Again, This Time Thanks To Tearthumb”

Figure 1. Arrow-leaved Tearthumb, Polygonum [Persicaria] sagittatum, comes by its common name honestly, with each stem bearing hundreds of prickles (above) that lacerate one’s skin if one isn’t careful. (Photo copyright Bill Hilton Jr.)

Last week we were moaning about pain from strong biting mandibles of a Belted Kingfisher we were banding, but “This Week at Hilton Pond” we experienced agony of a different sort from a vine called Arrow-leaved Tearthumb. Continue reading…

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Scientific American Book of Projects for the Amateur Scientist


If you remember the classic Amateur Scientist columns that ran in Scientific American, you probably know about this wonderful book by Amateur Scientist author C. L. Stong that was published in 1960. Continue reading…

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3 Ways to Tell Girls How Cool Science Is

girls doing science

“I would have gone into science.” A student, a humanities major, once said these words to me as we talked about her post-college plans. It was only midway through college that she had learned that the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) fields offer so many possibilities for careers. Continue reading…

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An amateur rancher brings the wastelands of the Southwest back to life

Valer Austin, a Manhattan society girl living on acres of desiccated, left-for-dead earth in the Southwest rolls up her sleeves and does the miraculous. CNN Photo.

Walt Anderson, one of the biologists who has worked with the Austins, calls what they did at El Coronado a “remarkable demonstration”—an experiment that could be replicated. “I watched that landscape change from rockland habitat to robin and frog and turtle habitat. Continue reading…

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The Root of the Problem

There are a bunch of buzzwords in the medical manufacturing industry. One relatively recent one is CAPA, short for Corrective Action/Preventative Action. It uses a simple, but smart, idea. Continue reading…

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