Monthly Archives: February 2008

Casual Friday — MSL has a snack

In the fall of 2009, NASA will launch the next generation of rover to Mars. This beast, the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is the size of a Mini Cooper, will draw its energy from a nuclear power pack, and will carry a science package that will set whole new standards in sophistication…

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Carnivalia

Somehow this post got blown away on the server, so here goes again — last week’s science-related blog carnivals, in alphabetical order…

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The scientific tourist #9 — the view out front

This week’s “sciencey” tourist picture comes from the Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico, USA. The cliff dwellings and other structures at Bandelier were built by the ancestors of modern day Pueblo dwellers, who lived in the canyon from the 1100s into the mid 1500s…

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The Beagle, Redux

Since the last two SOS podcast episodes have been all about Charles Darwin, and the historical context surrounding him, this seems like a good time to remind everybody about the Beagle Project…

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Casual Friday — espresso book machine

Granted, this looks like a bit of a kludge currently — but I have to think that it’s only a matter of time until big swaths of book store inventory is replaced by a more refined version of this sort of machine…

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Episode 19 — The Evolution of the Theory of Evolution, Part 2 of 2

In the last episode, I talked about the development of evolutionary theory leading up to Darwin and his contemporaries. Now it’s time to turn to the man himself…

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Carnivalia

As always, the past week has provided plenty of blog carnival goodness for your reading pleasure…

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The scientific tourist #8 — I’m petrified!

This week’s “sciencey” tourist picture comes from the Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona…

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Casual Friday — the melting of the North polar ice cap

A sobering look at what trends are telling us about the Arctic sea ice in upcoming summers…

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Carnivalia

This past week’s crop of science-related blog carnivals, just waiting for you to dig in…

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