chalcedony: (science works)
Yesterday, the temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait got up to 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit. According to Weather Underground (, that's a record for Earth's Eastern hemisphere.
chalcedony: (nerdvana)
No mention of the lack of experimental evidence, but who cares - this is great! I've got to check out this guy's YouTube channel and watch his other videos.

Bohemian Gravity:


Sep. 13th, 2013 01:03 pm
chalcedony: (science blue)
Fans of various science fiction shows and movies have long argued jokingly (or not) about which genre show has had the most effect on this country's real-world space program. Although I once saw a post where someone seriously suggested Lost in Space as the one that had most inspired future scientists and engineers, most people seem to favor either Star Trek or Star Wars. I'm not sure, but I think the quote below may hold our answer, at least for one guy at NASA.

"Voyager has boldly gone where no probe has gone before, marking one of the most significant technological achievements in the annals of the history of science, and adding a new chapter in human scientific dreams and endeavors," said NASA’s Associate Administrator for Science John Grunsfeld. "Perhaps some future deep space explorers will catch up with Voyager, our first interstellar envoy, and reflect on how this intrepid spacecraft helped enable their journey." (Quote from the io9 article on Voyager’s status.)

So Voyager is out there in interstellar space. Now we just have to sit back and wait for those aliens to pick it up. ;)
chalcedony: (dinosaur brains)
I missed the news yesterday, so I just saw this a few minutes ago. What a mess! Must look into who is coordinating rescue operations and see if they're taking contributions.

Where I reveal that I'm not a nice person )

We must get a handle on this.
chalcedony: (nerdvana)
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught a photo of Curiosity as it was landing.

MRO Curiosity

Yes, I am in Nerd Heaven. :)
chalcedony: (sunset on Mars)
NASA has posted the landing on YouTube. This is what I watched live last night.

One thing that really jumped out at me as I was re-watching it just now: Look at all the women! This may seem like a no-brainer to many of you, but I've been watching launches and landings since Alan Shepherd's first flight. I remember when Mission Control was a total sausage fest, and this is just so refreshing.

I couldn't find Howard in the group, though.


Aug. 6th, 2012 01:33 am
chalcedony: (Marvin)
... has landed!

ETA: I have finally joined the 21st century. This is the first time I've watched a landing, not on TV, but on my computer. Let's hear it for NASA TV!!

ETA2: I love watching nerds celebrate. :)

Uh oh

Oct. 3rd, 2011 04:27 pm
chalcedony: (home)
An article published yesterday in the on-line version of Nature, titled "Unprecedented Arctic Ozone Loss in 2011" describes ... well, just what the title says. We now have a hole in the ozone layer over the North pole to match our previously existing hole over the South pole. Good for us!

My life is hectic beyond belief right now. I haven't even read email in well over a week, so if you're waiting for a reply ... end of this week, I promise.
chalcedony: (happy birthday)
And if you don't know who he was, what did you do in high school? ;)



Mar. 11th, 2011 07:40 am
chalcedony: (geologist)
Yowsa! Poor Japan. That's a whole lot of energy releasing all at once. Of course, the media are all concentrating on the tsunami it generated and which is moving east even as I type, but the quake itself is going to provide lots of interesting information over the next few weeks.

If you're curious:
chalcedony: (dinosaur brains)
You know how a big chunk of ice breaks off the Antarctica glacier every summer (usually in November or December)? Guess where else it's starting to happen on a big scale?


May. 11th, 2010 07:42 am
chalcedony: (dinosaur brains)
Thirty-seven tornadoes in one day a couple of weeks ago, thirty in one day yesterday. I wonder if there could be some sort of over-arching climatological reason for this?

Nah, it's just God testing us.
chalcedony: (geologist)
I've been highly entertained by the news coverage of the ongoing volcanic eruption in Iceland and the subsequent disruption of air travel worldwide. I particularly enjoyed it when Ernie Anastos of the Fox affiliate in NYC refered to the volcano as a "freak of nature". No, Ernie, the volcano is 100% natural for Earth; it is you who are the freak.

So what's the deal with the volcanic ash? Warning! Geology professor ramblings! )

Of course, I'm now wondering if we'll get a cool summer out of this. I hope so.
chalcedony: (ninety degrees)
An excellent illustration of why science education is so critically important:


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