Archive for March, 2013

Sharks in the water

So for the last few weeks I’ve been thinking about writing a post on sharks and after watching Hawaii 5-0 tonight, where the story was in part about sharks, I thought okay here we go. According to recent articles like this one over at PlanetSave,   “Sharks May Go Extinct Within the Next Few Decades, 100 Million Sharks Killed Every Year“, the outlook for sharks is not good.

Thankfully however, others believe that there is time such as Dr. Rachel Graham, a conservation biologist  In a Conversation with Rachel Graham by Claudia Dreifus over at the New York Times published last year, she says that “There still are sharks left, and so with many of the species, there is time to reverse what we’ve done to them”.

Thankfully and just recently in fact, some good news came out supporting Dr. Rachel Grahams efforts. The organization CITES (or Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) met in Bangkok earlier this month and the results were definitely in the sharks favor. Check out the article “Five Shark Species Win Protection Against Finning Trade” by Damian Carrington at The Guardian.

Go Sharks!


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NASCAR & physics

Sometimes it’s funny how life comes full circle. Just a couple of months ago, as the local science fair was approaching , I thought we had the opportunity to include my sons’ favorite topic, NASCAR. While unfortunately (at least for me) he decided to pass but at the time we (okay, I) had already started to look for resources and among them was a book entitled The Physics of NASCAR by Dr. Leslie-Pelecky.

So as I’m sitting here watching today’s NASCAR sprint cup race, the Auto Club 400, what do I come across but an old article entitled “NASCAR’s Screech and Slam? It’s All Aerodynamics” at the New York Times. It’s an article about the author of the aforementioned book. Now what makes this topic all the more interesting is that when her book came out in 2008, NASCAR was just introducing what they call their 5th generation car. Ironically enough, this year they’ve just introduced their 6th generation car.

So what did I do after the race? I requested the book. After all, next’s year science fair is only 10 months away!

Speeding away!


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Sunny days

With this being Friday and all, I thought I would post one more article but this one is about an old friend of mine that I haven’t seen much these days, the sun. The article is entitled “Forecast: Chance of Havoc” by Kenneth Chang at (you guessed it) the New York Times. For an article on something so bright though, it does seem rather gloomy.

There’s also an amazing video of solar eruptions on the sun from March 16, 2013.  All this courtesy of the online Slooh Space Camera and over on the Space website. It’s just awesome!



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Back to the future (of science)

To follow up on my earlier Future of science post, I found a couple more articles on science, one looking forward and one back. The first article is entitled “Cracking Open the Scientific Process” by Thomas Lin over at the New York Times. It talks about the current role of the web and it’s affect on scientific research. It does seem to be where it’s headed.

The second article looks back at an institution that has played an important role in science, having first been founded back in 1660 and located across the pond, the Royal Society. Like those within the scientific research community, it’s attempting to stay relevant. The article is entitled “A Redoubt of Learning Holds Firm” by Michael Powell, also at the New York Times.

Happy Friday!


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Mathematics and sink holes

Okay, there not related (at least not as far as I know, well after reading what I wrote, I’m sure they are) but they are two topics that  my daughters  not too fond of.

After reading the first one, it makes me wish my daughter had Vi Hart for a teacher as it looks like she makes math really fun. The article is “Bending and Stretching Classroom Lessons to Make Math Inspire” by Kenneth Chang at the New York Times.

This second article, after the recent spat of sinkholes (i.e. in Florida and closer to home, Illinois) is actually an article and video of a man made pond that suddenly became a sinkhole. The article is entitled “Sinkhole swallows pond (video). How does that happen?” by David Clark Scott at the Christian Science Monitor.



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The future of science

The other day I received another e-mail from SciStarter, a website dedicated to citizen scientist and as that is one of my passions, I thought I would pass along the link. It’s a great place to get involved in the world of science, even if your not a scientist by trade.

That e-mail also reminded me of a recent article over at the New York Times entitled “A Laboratory Grows Young Scientist” by Ethan Hauser. So while my kids and many like them try their hands at their local Science Fair, who knows where the next young scientist’s might come from. Hmmm…



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Birds, birds, birds

The kids and I were running really late this morning but then we noticed this amazing flock of black birds flying overhead so may it was okay. My youngest said there must have been hundreds while I said thousands. Anyway, it reminded me of an earlier post (see Mother Nature at her best) where I talked about seeing hundreds (but again, it must have been thousands). So since I was putting together a few bird articles just the other night, I thought here’s the perfect opportunity to post those articles.

First up is a book review for two books, Gift of the Crow by John Narzluff and Tony Angell and Bird Sense by Tim Birkhead. The article is entitled “The Games Crows Play, and Other Winged Tales” by James Gorman over at the New York Times. Ever since I read Feathers : the evolution of a natural miracle by Thor Hanson, I’ve become fascinated with birds. They are two books definitely on my list right after…

So this next article makes sense as it cover’s another book but this one about what lies under those feathers. The article is “Flights of Winged Majesty, again by James Gorman (yes, over at the New York Times) with this book entitled The Unfeathered Bird by Katrina Van Grouw and again, you can just add it to the list.

Now of the birds of the world, certainly one of my (and my kids) favorites is the owl. Each year we go on an Owl walk over at our local park and so this article is appropriately entitled “The Owl Comes Into It’s Own” by Natalie Angier and yet again, at the New York Times.

Fly away!


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Red-tailed Hawk

Today as I was riding the Metrolink (both ways and at the same stop in fact, so maybe it was the same bird), I had the fortunate to see a Red-tailed Hawk soaring high up in the sky and so in honor of that amazing bird, I’ve provided a link to the Cornell Bird Lab of Ornithology Bird Guide page for the Red-tailed Hawk. Check it out!



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Trees of summer

I’ve loved trees all my life. I grew up climbing in them as a youngster and over the years, I’ve grown fond of taking my kids on walks throughout the area, all the while talking about the trees. My youngest son even belonged to a tree club with a couple of his first grade friends. Talk about the acorn not falling far from the tree!

Is the last year or two however, I’ve grown a little concerned as I had the tree in our backyard taken out (as it was  nearly half dead with the branches crossing over  several of the electrical/telephone wires in the backyard). I know this year, a tree in our front yard (which has already lost about a third of itself) will have to come down this spring.

Then I came across this article, “Is Your Relationship with Trees on the Rocks?” from the Nature Conservancy via Care2 and so this year I’ve decided I’ll work a little a preparing my relationship with trees.



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Zen and the art of Nature

Okay, so it’s not Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (One of my dad’s all-time favorite books) but it’s it a title I can relate too. So taking off from that starting point, we find the article “Finding Zen in a Patch of Nature” by James Gorman at the New York Times.

That in turn, leads me to the next book I’m going to read (after The Spark of Life: Electricity in the Human Body by Frances Ashcroft and  then The Sun’s Heartbeat and Other Stories From the Life of the Star that Powers our Planet by Bob Berman, my next book), The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey.

Not very Zen like is it? Maybe I just need to learn to go with the flow!



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