Science

Science, and the scientific method are fundamental underpinnings of our modern society. And science is just so cool.

Real Whales are not the Same as Cartoon Whales

Reading my news feeds this morning while eating breakfast, I came across Gizmodo's repost of the todayIfoundout.com article "Whales Don’t Spray Water Out of Their Blowholes Nor are Their Throats and Blowhole Connected."  I have to admit that my first reaction was "you...

Making “Silver” and “Gold” Pennies

We did this in High School – turning copper/zinc pennies into “gold” and “silver” pennies using zinc powder and sodium hydroxide.  So much fun!  Makes me want to immediately expose my children to the joy and dangers of the chemical sciences.  They need to hurry up the...

Baking Bread in 5 Minutes?

  A long while back I tried to make some bread.  My first attempts were pretty good.  I even made my own sourdough starter, and was pretty successful.  For a week or two. But it was all hard work, and it was hard to fit the timing and needs of the bread into my...

Choosing a Notebook

Does it matter what kind of notebook you use for your field journal?  Probably not, although there are features of some certain journals that are probably better for some uses than other journals would be.  My very first field journal was given to me by my...

Glossary

A Acre - 43,560ft2 Acre-foot - (Acre-ft, AF, AC-FT) The volume of water that would cover one acre of land (43,560 square feet, about the size of an average football field) to a depth of one foot, equivalent to 325,851 gallons of water. An acre-foot is the basic...

The RGS Expedition Handbook

Every winter, I look towards the coming summer as the time when I will finally get my ducks together, save up money and vacation days, plan like crazy, and finally leave on a big research expedition. Unfortunately, when every summer comes, I’m too busy, or too poor,...

Update on Censorship at OSU College of Forestry

Two weeks ago I wrote about the controversy surrounding an attempt by some professors at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry to block to publication in the journal Science of research lead by Daniel Donato, a graduate student in the College. Now, it looks...

Censorship at OSU’s College of Forestry?

As a graduate student in Oregon State University’s College of Forestry, Daniel Donato has achieved something that professional scientists spend entire careers trying to do: be published in Science, one of the United States’ most famous scientific journals. Surely a...

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