All the cool kids are doing it.

Yeah... it's science. Science kids are the coolest. And that's English... but only barely.

Here's another from the rejection collection for Sara's 2010 DRI photo work. Poor metering means this one was blindingly washed out, which makes it a good candidate for photoshop experimentation. From an albino to an almost normal-looking -- albeit, retrofitted in cross-processed color -- man, Paul Verburg, in one of our lysimeter pods.. And if you think the EcoCELLs are cool from a plant's point of view, you should see the underground tunneled domain that houses the maze of wires recording the lysimeter data. I'll have to ask for another opportunity to get down below and show you what goes on down there.

And now, finally, because I know you are here not because you adore us, but because you are hoping I'll toss around some more of my random and semi-useful informative facts.... here are some interesting tidbits that I know you'll find a use for these at your next cocktail party.
1) Girls are more likely to doubt their competence with math and science, though statistically they perform at an equal level to their male counterparts (perhaps due to a lack of support from generations of more traditional-role-oriented parents and teachers). Fascinating! Give your daughters a science kit, folks!
2) While looking for interesting tidbits about the lack of adequate science education in schools in Nevada (yep, it doesn't even exist at the elementary level in many schools)... i got sidetracked. I think we'll allow that, so I ran with it. I can't even tell you how many random and nerdy science blogs I got lost on.... but it finally led me to this little website showcasing the apex of geekery: Starship Dimensions. Wow kids, wow.
3) Eyjafjallajokull has far too many "j"s in it to be pronounceable by a human. I would not advise looking for other geologic stories of interest in the scientific blogosphere during an active eruption.
4) Geodesy -- and you thought only geomorphologists got to study their geologic subjects in real-time. Turns out, the dip of the fault responsible for the recent 8.8 magnitude Chilean earthquake along the Nazca-South American plate convergence zone in February is such that vertical motion can have a large impact on global physics. Not only is this single quake responsible for shortening the length of an Earth day (sure, a mere 1.26 microseconds, vs. 6.8 as a result of the 9.1 Sumatran quake in 2004), but has probably thrown off the figure axis (line about which Earth's mass is symmetrically balanced while spinning) by a couple of centimeters. Sure sure, highly theoretical and subject to further modification, you say, but it's still a fascinating subject... (original JPL release here).

Are you bored yet? Over and out --S Pin It


Katie at: April 20, 2010 said...

I have no idea what that first paragraph says, but it makes you sound smart. That was the point, right?

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