Monthly Archives: May 2011

The scientific tourist #176 — Opal

Continuing on my geology “kick,” here’s a beautiful sample of Opal on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science

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Casual Friday — sand seas of the Solar System

There are four worlds in our solar system that have both substantial atmospheres and solid surfaces — and each has sand seas covering some portion of its surface as a result. In this video, Lori Fenton, Research Scientist at the Carl Sagan Center, explains sand seas and what we can learn from them…

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The scientific tourist #175 — “desert rose” barite

Seen at the University of Denver’s Olin Hall, here’s a nice specimen of “desert rose” barite…

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Casual Friday — The disruptive transistor and where it came from

You personally own millions of transistors, even though you probably don’t think about it very often. If you don’t know how they work, or anything about their invention, you’ll want to watch this…

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The scientific tourist #174 — a trilobite

This week’s image is of a trilobite (acadoparodoxides mureroensis), on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science…

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Casual Friday — Mojave Air and Space Port

A fun promotional video courtesy of the Mojave Air and Space Port — everything you’d ever want to know about the place…

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Carnivalia — 5/04 – 5/10

The past week’s selection of (mostly) science-related blog carnivals…

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The scientific tourist #173 — Azurite

On display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, a beautiful sample of Azurite…

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Casual Friday — Solar Activity

So after a multi-year lull in its cycle (one of historic length), the Sun is finally getting more active again. Want to know what all the fuss is about?

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Carnivalia — 4/27 – 5/03

The past week’s crop of science-related blog carnivals for your reading fun…

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