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Science project

Back in the day, my daughter did a science project on the rocks of Northern Minnesota. While I probably did more than my fair share of the project, in part because I collected many of the rocks over the course of many years, I’ve always been fascinated by rocks and geology.

So tonight’s article brought back that science project, in large part because the rocks found on this island, didn’t belong there. The article is entitled “‘Impossible’ Rocks Found on Remote Volcanic Island” by Stephanie Pappas at Live Science. Nothing like a good mystery.



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Green space

As someone who grew up with a lot of green space as a kid, who use to play in the woods and stay outdoor every night until my mom called me in, it’s nice to see a city taking back some green space and a school yard is a great place to start. Add to the fact that Paris is one of my favorite European cities, it’s a very cool story.

So tonight’s article is entitled “Green Space in Every Schoolyard: The Radical Plan to Cool Paris” over at The Guardian. With a week full of parental school work now over, hopefully I will get back into my usual blogging routine next week. I might try and post again this weekend. We’ll see.



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Pleistocene cat

So I guess you’re wondering what a Pleistocene cat is and if it wasn’t for the book I’m reading, Roadside Geology of Missouri by Charles Spencer and tonight’s article, I wouldn’t either.  Thanks to the handy chart in Mr. Spencer’s book, I know the Pleistocene period is from the Cenozoic Era, when the ice sheets advanced as far as northern Missouri.

Plus, thanks to the article entitled”How Jaguars Survived the Ice Age: Changing the menu may have allowed jaguars to thrive while other cats perished” by Brian Switek over at the Scientific American blog Laelaps, I know that unlike many animals of that time, thankfully the Jaguar survived.



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This article in some ways took me back to kindergarten. How we use to walk to school when I was in kindergarten, once even getting lost and being late to school. I remember the path we use to take in the woods almost like it was yesterday.

I was also just talking with my co-workers the other day how my friends and I use to stay out as late as we good after school, usually not going in until our mothers called us for dinner.

We would be outside playing what we called 500 ball, kickball, tag and any number of other games in our neighborhood. On the weekends we would play in those same woods we walked to school in.

The article is entitled “German Kindergarten Campouts Test Helicopter Parents” by Jessica Holzer at the Wall Street Journal. In a way, the education they’re talking about in the article is what we got every day after school and on weekends, we just didn’t know it.



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School bell’s ringing


Randall Munroe makes science fun

After I read this article, I was ready to go to science class (if I just had a class to go to). In fact, maybe I need to look into finding a science class to take for adults. Hmm…?! Well, I take a look into that tomorrow.

Read this article by Randall Munroe, “He’s Glad You Asked” over in the Science section of the New York Times last Tuesday and see if you don’t agree. I tell you, as a lifetime learner, I was born to work in a library.



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Home sweet home

So our home isn’t as green as I would like it to be. I do try however, to do what I can to take of our small part of the earth. This weekend I’ve spent most of my time trying to clean and recycling as much as possible.

Along the way, I came across the article “Home Green Home” by Tara Ballenger in Mizzou, the quarterly journal I receive from the University of Missouri at Columbia, where I got my Masters in Library Science.

Anyway, it’s about six students in one old house with a mission to use less and conserve more. It’s articles like this that keep me motivated to do more in our home.



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Still interested in science writing?

So I happened to stumble on this article tonight as I was going through some old magazines at home tonight. The article is in Mizzou Magazine, courtesy of the University of Missouri at Columbia (where I received my Masters in Library Science) and is entitled “Lifting Heavy Metals“.

Now the article is all about what it says, sort of.  It is about the work of David Mendoza-Cozatl, an Assistant Professor of Plant Science at the University of Missouri and the work he’s doing with how plants absorb mineral. What  really caught my attention was the fact that as part of a recent grant he obtained, he will be bringing in journalism students interested in science writing.

So if you know someone interested in science writing, send them on over to Professor Mendoza-Cozatl in the School of Plant Sciences  at the University of Missouri at Columbia.



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