Posts treating: "science"
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
One of the problems with writing a book that tries to describe the current state of any science is that, by the time the book is published, the current state will have moved on and there’s always something new
I listened to a fascinating interview on Science Friday from NPR Friday afternoon, and it’s good news for poultry producers/bad news for cattle ranchers. Giving up beef reduces your carbon footprint more than giving up your car! Click below to listen: Poultry is a big industry here in Maryland, and they should be very happy about this. Poultry is an order of magnitude less carbon intensive than beef
These days mostly I build scientific instrumentation- I
don’t do a lot of science. But last year
I did get a small grant to look at some novel stuff. I don’t want to go into it right now; but the
process was interesting enough to share.
Figure one shows how we thought the project would progress; that is what
we proposed to the funding body.
Figure 1: We’ll do this- what could possibly
I was reading a rant on another site about how pretentious it is for intellectuals and pseudo-intellectuals to tell the world about their “media diets” and it got me thinking–well, angsting–about my scientific media diet. And then almost immediately I thought, “Hey, what am I afraid of? I should just go tell the truth about
Editor’s Note: As part of our annual GEMS (Girls Exploring Math and Science) program, we conduct interviews with women who have pursued careers in science, technology, engineering, or math. This week, we’re featuring Katie Balko, Process Engineer at CB&I.HMNS: How old were you … Continue reading
This is going to be my first in a bunch of Creationist-Evolutionist topics that I have in mind. More to come in the future (at some point).Back in February there was a much politicized debate between Bill Nye (the science guy) and Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis CEO). Previously I had not had the time to sit and watch the 2.5 hour debate but recently I had and I have marked down my comments below. Pretty much they follow the course of the "debate" but I have not marked out clearly for the most case [...]
Things have been quite at March of the Fossil Penguins lately, in large part because I have busy moving north. This summer, I started my tenure as the Curator of Science for the Bruce Museum. Now that things are settling down, there are some new posts on the horizon. For the summer, I am planning
One of the most fascinating things about geology is its ability to reveal global events from evidence contained within a single outcrop. The cliff exposure at Aust in Gloucestershire, UK, is a spectacularly colourful example of this. Located beneath the original Severn Bridge, and running alongside the Severn Estuary, the 40m tall rock face records
Jul 13, 2014, at 1:55 PMHello,My name is Ross [----] and I will be a senior at [----] High school in Missouri this year. I am considering either geology or geophysics as a major for college. I am specifically looking for guidance regarding the future job outlook for both of these careers in the next 20 years. I am also considering majoring in petroleum engineering and need some insight about the advantages and disadvantages concerning this career compared to geology/geophysics. Also, [...]
I honestly don’t think I can write any more on how bad Alan Feduccia’s “science” is on the subject of bird origins than I already have, here. Briefly, Dr. Alan Feduccia has teamed up with earstwhile companion in quackery Stephen … Continue reading
It was with slight embarrassment that I read of the Geological Society of London’s successful drive to increase take-up of chartership and accreditation among its Fellows (Geoscientist, 23/11, p.7). It is unambiguously a good thing, in my view, for practitioners of geoscience to be certified according to rigorous professional standards. Then why have I, along with many others in the academic community, resisted applying for chartership despite having spent 40 years since graduation [...]
The Contemplative Mammoth [2014-06-30 22:19:48]
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(14 visits) Quaternary; EC,US,GB
As a scientist, there are places I want to visit one day because they feature heavily into the intellectual mythology of my field: Darwin’s Down House, Mount Chimborazo, the Galapagos. At the top of the list, my scientific Mecca has been the fossil-rich Pleistocene tar pits at Rancho La Brea.
It seems it’s been eons since my last post to Evolutionary Routes; the blog was well on its way to becoming a great case study in fossilization. In light of my insomnolent work schedule these days (on which I blame my tardy … Continue reading
There are some new and familiar faces among the summer staff this season!Returning to work as our field technicians are Eric Blaich and Aaron Kilmury. Each with a year of Field Tech experience under their belts, they have been a massive help in training new staff and volunteers and giving insight into new displays and exhibits.New to the field tech team are Candace Le Sage and myself, Paige Ready. Candace is in her third year of studies in Geology and Anthropology at University of Manitoba. She [...]
LONDON, ENGLAND — This is one of my favorite places in the world. It is a Victorian cathedral of science: The Natural History Museum in London. Today I began three intense days of research with Paul Taylor in his paleontology lab. Here is my lab station. Today I did the most alpha level of alpha
Hello everyone! Gosh! It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged, I apologise! I am in the deepest, darkest hole that is called thesis writing. To make matters worse, the post today isn’t even my own! Having said that, it is a a fantastic guest post by Ekbal Hussain. on why scientist SHOULD communicate the
And that's something that I really love about science and geology: the acknowledgement that there are things we don't know...yet. No matter how ingenious our technology becomes, no matter how much data we collect, there will always be new things to discover, and each week research reveals something new about our Universe that no one has ever known before. And that's the fun of exploring a
John G. forwarded a link to me about a PBS special on NOVA called Earth From Space. I watched it and was very impressed! Even at 1 hour and 53 minutes, the information contained in this video is remarkable. I found it interesting that funding for NOVA is provided by David Koch. Koch would seem to be a man bent on supporting those who routinely deny the importance of science in our political institutions. I'm still scratching my head on that one.In this video you will understand why funding for [...]
One of the most infamous fistfights in the history of science went down on May 5, 1888, at Philadelphia’s Philosophical Hall, just as a meeting of the American Philosophical Society was getting underway. The two combatants were dear friends. Hot-headed paleontologist Edward Drinker Cope was scheduled to give a formal presentation on fossil ear bones.
It’s exciting and eye-opening to see where people do fieldwork and what questions they’re asking--it introducesothers to the fun, majesty, grubbiness, hardship, and wonder of studying science. That’s why we’d like you to share your work, and your field locations, with us by submitting a Postcard from the Field to AGU’s new Tumblr