Category Archives: Navy Stories

Citizen Science Musings: Remembering Grace Hopper

Today (Sunday) is the 107th birthday of computer pioneer Grace Hopper, who did most of her ground-breaking work while part of the US Navy Reserve. Continue reading…

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This Week at Hilton Pond (1-10 October 2013)—#581—“Northern Flicker: An Atypical Woodpecker”

“This Week at Hilton Pond” I netted a locally uncommon Northern Flicker—a woodpecker whose mud-caked, slightly decurved bill revealed something about the bird’s atypical behavior. Continue reading…

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The 2013 Eureka Prizes

Best science photograph: Amateur photographer and marine biologist Richard Wylie's photo of a weedy seadragon. Photo: Richard Wylie.

Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership & commercialisation, school science and science journalism & communication. Continue reading…

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This Week at Hilton Pond (1-30 June 2013)—#573—“June 2013: From Termite Devastation To A Geriatric Hummingbird”

Figure 1. Cranberry Glades Wilderness Area (above) in southern West Virginia is an unusual mountaintop bog populated with sphagnum moss, pitcher plants, larch trees, and several bird species more likely found much further north in Canada. It’s one of many spring field trip destinations for the annual New River Birding & Nature Festival. (Photo copyright Bill Hilton Jr.)

The 1-30 June 2013 installment of “This Week at Hilton Pond” is eclectic and comprehensive, covering topics as diverse as shed-wrecking insects and a Neotropical excursion to Belize. Continue reading…

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10,000-square-mile volcanic rock cluster found floating near New Zealand

Drifts of pumice floating in the South Pacific.

Lieutenant Tim Oscar said that while he knew his ship the HMNZS Canterbury was in no danger from the pumice, which is solidified lava filled with air bubbles, it was still “the weirdest thing I’ve seen in 18 years at sea”. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Going Deep

James Cameron beside his custom-built submersible, Deepsea Challenger. Photograph by Mark Thiessen, National Geographic.

Preparation for this trip took over seven years, much of it in secret. The sub underwent rigorous testing and many refinements. It features multiple redundant systems to help ensure the safety of its single passenger. Continue reading…

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Love, War, and Buffleheads

The bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) is the smallest duck in North America. Buffleheads spend the summer in southern and western Canada and central Alaska, and they winter in the southern United States and along the western and eastern coasts of the United States. So it is not surprising that at local ponds here in San Jose, California, they are common sights during the winter months. Continue reading…

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