Archive for January, 2013

Stars and dogs

Yes, I know theese two subjects aren’t really related but these two stories are about things that my kids like and since I haven’t seen them since last Wednesday, I thought it would be appropriate to share these great articles.

First up, is a story about the eighth-brightest star in the night sky and second-brightest in the constellation of Orion, Betelgeuse. It turns out that unlike the rest of his classmates, my son was able to remember the name of this star (pronounced like beetle juice).  Anyway, it seems that this star is in getting ready to collide with some time of linear filament. Check it out at “Betelgeuse Crash” by Andy Soos over at the Environmental News Network.

For my other two kids comes this amazing video over at the Mother Nature Network entitled “Blind Sled Dog Thrives with Brothers Help” via the Associated Press. It’s hard to argue that dogs are peoples best friend.

Good Night!


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Speak of the devil (so to speak)

Just as I mention his name, here he is quoted over at the Grist on the same topic, the heat wave. Check out the article “Top Australian Climate Scientist: Heat Wave ‘encroaching on entirely new territory’” by James West.



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Now students, get out your world map coloring book and crayons

Every time I turn around, it seems that temperatures somewhere are reaching extremes. Over the last week or so there were numerous stories about Australia and their heat wave. In fact, according to Lori Zimmer over at Inhabitat, you’ll need a new color. The story is entitled “Australia’s Scorching Temperatures Spark New Colors on Meteorology Map“.

Add to that the story over at New Scientist entitled  “Sand Tsunami Pictured Striking Australian coast “and it’s clear that Australian’s are in a tough place at the moment. Hard to believe that according to Tim Flannery, in the book Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet there are some very lush, almost rainforest like land in western Australia.



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The three R’s

Now this story takes the three R’s to the extreme. It took me back a couple of years ago when my son and I were on our way home when we passed these two old gasometers. Now what’s a gasometer you ask, well there is a page entitled “Gas Holder” via Wikipedia that will give you a basic idea.

Anyway, when we drove by these two huge buildings, my son got very upset after I told him about the city’s plan to demolish them.  When we finished talking though, we decided to write a letter to the editor (which you can find here).

Despite that, they were still dismantled but recently I came across this story over at Inhabitat about some gasometers in Vienna that have become a beautiful city within a city. Check it out in the article “Gigantic Coal Gasometers Transformed into Thriving Communities in Vienna” by Diane Pham.



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Rocks, rocks and more rocks

As someone who has always liked rocks, whether their for decoration in the house or a tool to impart educational wisdom, I thought that these two articles seemed particularily appropriate to be put together.

The first one is a great article over at Science Daily entitled “A Rock is a Clock: Physicist Uses Matter to Tell Time“. I enjoyed this one as it reminded me of one of my daughters early Science Fair Projects (Rocks of Northern Minnesota). Rocks are also the topic of my partially written book, the one that my kids remind me of as they continue to work on theirs.

The other article is entitled “Weathering” by Michael Pidwirny over at The Encyclopedia of Earth. Just an all around great read.

Kicking it down the road!


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Here on Earth

For the last few weeks I’ve been reading this really great book lately entitled “Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet” by Tim Flannery and I have to say that I highly recommend it which is a little surprising.  It’s one of those books that I found somewhere while at work and even though it sounded good, I was very skeptical. The review is over at Kirkus Reviews.

Chapter 4, where I left off today,  had some really good stuff on oceans and how they regulate salt but I have to admit, one topic he hasn’t discussed  yet is the noise of the ocean. That however, has been covered in a really great article entitled “A Riding Tide of Noise is Now Easy to See” by William Broad at the New York Times. There both good reads


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An avalanche

Okay, so I’ve had this article (see below) sitting around for quite a while now but after reading “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek” by John Branch at the New York Times, I guess I felt compelled to go ahead and post “Solving Avalanches’ Mysteries” by Jim Robbins. As the title implies, there’s still a lot to learn.

Rest in Peace!


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There’s a chill in the air

With a limited run of a “winter chill” in the air the last couple of days (though now giving way to yet again warm front), I thought that this article “Science in Ice: Lab Operates Inside a Glacier” by Katharine Gammon over a Live Science was a great story.

However, if that’s a bit too much then there is this wonderful reminder of those chilly days, at least the ones where you wake up to a frosty covering outside your window. The article is “Beautiful Photos of the Day: Frost Flowers” and it’s by Celeste Yarnall over at Care2.


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