Category Archives: Wanderings

Ralph Coppola’s monthly review of the best of amateur science from the web.

Wanderings!

Yes! Late again.

These last few months have been very life changing for me. First of all, after 38 years with the Canadian Coast Guard, I finally decided to call it quits and I retired on 02 January 2013. Continue reading…

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Wanderings for November

Many scientific experiments involve the measurement of some type of physical phenomena. Therefore, in order to make these measurements we will need a sensor. This month’s Feature introduces us to many types of sensors and transducers that enable us to make these measurements and some examples of how to process the data. Continue reading…

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Few Spaces Remain for Hummingbird Expeditions

Each year Hilton Pond Center–through “Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project”–offers citizen science expeditions as part of the only in-depth long-term study of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds on their wintering grounds in the Neotropics. Although much is known about behavior of this common hummer species within its North American breeding range, little is known about what these tiny birds do the OTHER six months when they’re … Continue reading…

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Wanderings for October

Have you ever thought that a Slinky, that wonderful childhood toy, could be used to build a scientific instrument? Well it can! The Slinky is used to build a simple vertical seismometer. Continue reading…

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“Wanderings” for September

This month may be a little light, compared to the usual Wanderings but still there are some items that you may like. Continue reading…

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New Wanderings for July

In this month’s column we will start of with a Feature on ticks. This little creature can make out doors activities very uncomfortable. With the current changes in climate they are turning up in new areas. Continue reading…

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Wanderings for June, 2012

I came across several excellent DIY sites that you should find interesting. The first one The Conspiracy of Light examines historical and modern experiments on the nature of space and light. The second is The Experiment of the Month Archive from Millersville University. Continue reading…

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Wanderings for April, 2012

May’s column opens with a Feature on LEGO. Besides being a great educational and fun toy, the LEGO system can also be used as a very versatile prototyping system. With the addition of LEGO sensors, motors, computer bricks, pneumatics and gear and wheel kits the possible creations are endless. Continue reading…

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Wanderings: April 1, 2012

When the term “Junk Science” comes to mind, most of us think of bad or pseudoscience. In this month’s Feature we will look at another Junk Science or science made from junk. Continue reading…

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Sixty Symbols Sample: Extra Dimensions

If you didn’t see this in Ralph Coppola’s last Wanderings, you’re missing a treat. Sixty Symbols is a collection of outstanding short video lectures and presentations on a number of science topics. Continue reading…

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