Archive for July, 2013

Solar & Tsunami, two words I would have never put together

So while we’re still on the topic of the sun, I have to say that I never would have imagined that I would see the those two words in the same sentence but here they are. The article is “Solar Tsunami Used to Measure Sun’s Magnetic Field” over at Science Daily. Of course I think what is amazing is how much we’ve learned about the sun despite how far away it is and how hard it is to get close to it. The book I read awhile back, The Sun’s Heartbeat and Other Stories from the Life of the Star that Powers Our Planet by Bob Berman only made it so awe inspiring to me.



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Hole or no hole, the sun is still hot!

I found this article over at LiveScience entitled “Subarctic Wildfire Activity is Heating Up” by Joseph Castro very intriguing. As I am now re-writing this last sentence about how this year has been full of rain and wildfires across the United States, I now seem to recall how Alaska had it’s own heat wave and apparently even the subarctic (the area just south of the arctic circle) has been affected.

To see more on Alaska’s heat wave, check out “Alaska Has Been Having a Record-Breaking Heatwave” by Matt Daniel over at EarthSky.



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Hole in the sun

Well you cant’ see that there’s a hole in the sun but according to Andy Soos, over at the Environmental News Network,  these are actually called coronal holes. These so called holes are where the suns corona’s is darker and colder, giving the affect of a hole in the sun. To see one up close, check out this picture over on NASA’s website.

You can also check out the article entitled “Hole in the Sun” by Andy Soos over at the ENN and if you still want to read more on that topic, check out Bob Bermans “The Sun’s Heartbeat and Other Stories From the Life of the Star That Powers Our PlanetMr. Berman  goes into greater detail on whats underneath that bright light and whats at the center of it too.

Shinning on!


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Divers beware!

Moving on from that harrowing event, lets check out another type of dangerous diving over at PBS Nova in this video entitled “Extreme Cave Diving“. While they’re not dealing with huge whales, they have their own set of dangers including a lack of oxygen and sudden dust ups or cave ins. Sounds like fun!



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(Almost) a whale of a tale

So in this story, the whale almost made a tale out of a couple of divers. To see the whole story, check out “Divers Almost End Up in Mouths of Large Whales” by Pete Thomas over at GrindTV.

Bon Appétit!


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Trees & Dogs

I was finishing up at work today when I noticed a small obituary in my local paper, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The man was Marc Simont and while the name didn’t ring a bell, a couple of the books he illustrated certainly did. The first one was A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry. It’s one that I read to my kids over and over as it was one of our favorites. A Caldecott Medal winner that I would put up there with another classic, The Giving Tree.

A few years later, we began to read another one of his works, The Stray Dog.  Mr. Simont no doubt has a place in my heart (and my kids as well). His obituary can also be found over at the New York Times by Margalit Fox and is entitled “Marc Simont, Classic Children’s Book Illustrator, Dies at 97″.

Fair Thee Well, Mr. Simont!


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Whale of an idea

I  received a comment the other day about how someone enjoyed my mixing the “green” world with the “book” world and I have to say, I never thought of it that way but I am a librarian after all and so in the future I will try to keep that in mind a bit more.

That said, I was doing some research last night when I was looking for a book that I checked out a long time ago but never finished.  The book is entitled The Sounding of the Whale: Science and Cetaceans in the Twentieth Century by D. Graham Burnett. I swore the library had it but I couldn’t find it in their catalog yesterday so I’ll just have to request it from another library. What I  do remember about it though is that the author had a really good sense of humor.

Anyway, I also came across two more whale books during that time, one that I have read entitled The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea by Philip Hoare and one that I have only requested entitled ” Into Great Silence : A Memoir of Discovery and Loss Among Vanishing Orcas” by Eva Saulitis.  The first book was great and I’m hoping the second one will be too. I’m hoping to add both to my reading list.

Finally, I thought I would add a video here of a couple of guys that helped an endangered northern right whale get loose from some old fishing gear near Virginia Beach. It’s entitled “Angler jumps in with knife, frees critically endangered northern right whaleby Pete Thomas over at GrindTV.



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Darwin et al.

So here’s another topic that I’ve been meaning to write about for quite some time, Charles Darwin. The article I came across tonight is entitled “Why Climate Change has Darwin Down for the Count” by Chris Mooney over at the Grist.

While I haven’t really found one good book on him, I’ve learned a lot about both him and his counterpart, Alfred Russell Wallace in several of the books I’ve read lately including one of the two I’m reading right now entitled Letters to a Young Scientist by Edward O. Wilson.

When I get the chance, I will add it to my Green Reading page because they were really two amazing scientist.



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Under the moon light


Every time I head over to the EarthSky website, there is always plenty to read on moon phases. Well, tonight as I watch the moon waxing (moving towards another supermoon on July 22nd) I’ve finally decided to post one such article on moon phases entitled “Understanding Moon Phases” by Deborah Byrd.

It also includes links to articles on the various moon phases, as well as, the names of all the full moons for each month. I’ve also included my feeble attempt at a picture of a  waxing moon but at least the article is a great moon primer.



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Getting dirty in the name of science

So the kids and I decided to get dirty this weekend on the road to becoming young (and old) scientist but not in the usual way. Instead of going outside, we actually stayed inside with one kilogram of dirt from the Mastodon Matrix Project.

Now while it’s true that this dirt has been sitting around for quite a while (in our house, as well as, deep under a pond in New York), we finally got around to sifting through it with our hands to see what was in it.

What we found mostly were a few sticks, a couple of possible shells and even some roots or what we hoped were hair. In order to know for sure, we’re going to send it back, as per the instructions and follow that up with filling out the Mastodon Matrix Project Worksheet. So stay tune to see what we’ve found!

And if you want to get involved, then head on over to the Mastodon Matrix Project website or visit the SciStarter website for this and other possible projects. Meanwhile, I need to go back and see if I can find the information I had on a project on Whale songs. After playing in the dirt, I think it’s time we get a little wet!



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