Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

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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Solitary bees

So a couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post entitled Bee Stories where I talked about the book Our Native Bees by Paige Embry. In the book I learned so much about all the other species, outside of honey bees and bumble bees, the only two I probably knew anything about.

Anyway, seeing this article entitled “MaliArts designs city-chic beehives to save solitary bees” by Lucy Wang over at Inhabitat, made me realize how cool beehives can be. Honestly, I’ve always wanted to have one. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.



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Bee stories

So I just finished reading the book Our Native Bees by Paige Embry and I have to say, what an excellent book with so many great stories. While I’ve always known about honey bees, like the ones we use to try and catch them as kids out by our honeysuckle bushes, I never knew that they’re not native to North America.

I certainly never knew that there are in fact over 4000 species of native bees and that they range in size from about an inch to less than the size of a grain of rice. In fact, on a recent field trip to a conservation area with my youngest son’s science class, I finally realized that I’ve actually seen some of those tiny ones before.

I also want to mention that towards the end of the book, the author talks about how we can all help support our native bees by getting involved in citizen sciences projects like the Great Sunflower Project (for more citizen science projects, you can also check out the scistarter website).

Go Citizen Science!


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Earth Day

Whenever I think of Earth Day, I think back to the one in 1990. Somewhere, and I don’t know where, I came across a flyer about the 20th anniversary of Earth Day and when I saw it, I decided I wanted to get involved.

I remember going to the first meeting and that they ask everyone there to introduce themselves and say why they were there. I think I said something about  Robert Kennedy and that he was my  hero.

So here we are in 2017 and Scientist have decided to march on Washington, D.C., just like the Women’s march on January 22nd, on April 22nd.So even though I won’t be able to get there and my opportunity to march in St. Louis (if there is  one) will also be limited, I will find a way to participate in Earth Day 2017.

While I don’t remember where I first found out about Earth Day 2017, here’s where I found out about Earth Day 2017 and the march. The article is entitled “March Madness: Mark your calendars! The March for Science is happening in D.C. on April 22 (Yes, that is Earth Day.)“over at the Grist.



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Rogue (citizen) science

Call it what you will but, watching science go rogue (or citizen) has been fun to say the least. It started out with the Badlands National Park and has now spread to several government science groups creating their own twitter accounts to make sure their information is out there for the public.

Check out this article entitled “Government science goes rogue on Twitter” by David Morgan over at CBS News. Who knows what’s next?



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Scientific American

So today started out with me reading an old post from Doing Good Science blog over at Scientific American entitled “Reflections on being part of a science blogging network” by Janet Stemwedel only to find out she’s moved on.

Anyway, I’ve always enjoyed the numerous blogs over at their website including Beautiful Minds, Extinction Countdown, Rosetta Stone, Tetrapod Zoology, Artful Amoeba and the Urban Scientist.

When I found this article over at the Urban Scientist tonight entitled “Urban Science Adventure: Make Autumn Leaf Lanterns“, it brought back a great memory with my kid when we did some leaf rubbings up at the Headwaters in northern Minnesota.

Oh yea, I almost forgot. I found this webpage over there as well entitled Citizen Science. Check it out!



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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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The marching scientists

I have to say that when I read this article about the marching scientist, I was like “wow”. Fast forward to today however and it seems that fit right in. Anyway, the article is entitled “In Rocky Mountains, It’s Hooray For the Red, White, Blue and Green: Scientists in Fourth of July Parade Wear Foliage—Some With Nothing Else’ by Julia Harte over at the Wall Street Journal.

I must add though that I’m reading the book Letters to a Young Scientist (in my second attempt) by Edward O. Wilson and knowing what I’ve learned about the author, I’m not completely surprised by what was going on with this group. If your interested in learning more about the folks over at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, check out their website.

Good Stuff!


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NASCAR & science

Since my oldest son and I are heading over to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Drivin’ For Linemen 200 this weekend over at Gateway Motorsports Park, I thought I would post this article on one of the drivers in NASCAR (but not necessarily the Camping World Truck Series) who is apparently crazy about science, particle physics and quantum mechanics in particular.

The driver is Brian Vickers and the article is entitled “Vickers, Crew Teach Kids about ‘Science of Speed’ by John Zenor at the AP and courtesy of USA Today. How cool is that?!



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Looking up at the night

As I was looking up at the beautiful moon tonight, I was reminded of a nice article in my local paper (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) on a building somewhat unique and dedicated to the stars and planets up above.

The article is entitled “After Five-Year Break, Planetarium Gets Color Again” by David Hunn. It’s actually connected to another amazing building here in St. Louis, the St. Louis Science Center. So if you’re ever in town, they’re well worth the time.

Twinkle, twinkle little star!


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