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A tradition as old as the stars: the Perseid meteor shower.

If you live in the U.S. you may have been too distracted this week by the sad news about Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall, and the terrible events unfolding in … Continue reading

August 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

Hale-Bopp: the Great (and terrible) Comet of the 90s.

Nineteen years ago tonight, on July 23, 1995, a curious coincidence occurred. Two men, unknown to each other but living in the same country and actually not that far from … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

Starfish: the next victims of climate change.

When I was on vacation not long ago, I visited the Oregon Coast with members of my family. For many years we’ve made a retreat at Yachats, near Newport on … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Happy 50th birthday to DSV Alvin, the little submarine that just won’t quit.

One of the most remarkable pieces of machinery in our modern world turns 50 today. On June 5, 1964, DSV (Deep Submergence Vehicle) Alvin was commissioned at the Woods Hole Oceanographic … Continue reading

June 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

The geologist who rode the whirlwind: remembering David Johnston.

Thirty-four years ago today, on May 18, 1980–like today, also a Sunday–Mt. St. Helens, the most picturesque peak in the Pacific Northwest, exploded in a volcanic eruption of immense magnitude. … Continue reading

May 18, 2014 · 2 Comments

42 Historical Objects, No. 32: the Crystal Palace dinosaurs.

These concrete models of dinosaurs, life-size, are truly fascinating artifacts not just of ancient zoological history, but also the Victorian Era. They currently occupy a few islands in the center … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 31: Elias Howe’s sewing machine.

This sewing machine is one of the earliest models built by Elias Howe, the American inventor and entrepreneur who is most closely associated with this invention. Howe actually did not … Continue reading

May 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

The amazing solar system: what if the planets were the same distance as our Moon? [video]

Check out this awesome video from Yeti Dynamics–a YouTube channel which evidently does a lot of stuff regarding astronomy and celestial objects–and be amazed. Here we see the various planets … Continue reading

April 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

The story of Pluto: the hard luck ex-planet that gets no respect.

Eighty-four years ago today, on February 18, 1930, the celestial body known as Pluto was discovered. In contrast to the dramatic discoveries of other things made by humans in the … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · 3 Comments

The day it rained meteors: the Sikhote-Alin Event.

The chunk of metal you see above may look pretty nondescript, but it traveled a long way to get here. This is a piece of a meteorite that fell from … Continue reading

February 12, 2014 · 1 Comment
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