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Geologic Map of the North Side of the Moon by Baerbel K. Lucchitta (1978)
(U.S. Geological Survey map I-1062)

March 6, 2013

Image of the Week: The USGS Maps the Moon and Mines its Secrets

On Sunday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) turned an impressive 134 years old. Founded by President Rutherford Hayes on March 3, 1879, this scientific agency has been charged with many tasks over the years from...

The reconstructed appearance of the oldest common placental ancestor. Credit: Carl Buell

February 12, 2013

For Darwin’s Birthday, Scientists Reconstruct an Important Evolutionary Ancestor

Two hundred and four years ago today, Charles Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, England. He grew up, of course, to become the father of evolution –— the first to propose a robust, testable scientific hypothesis to...

False color image of the Ganges River Delta

February 11, 2013

A Beautiful Line of Scientific Research Continues as Landsat 8 Launches

And liftoff!  At 10:02 a.m. Pacific Standard Time today, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, a collaboration between NASA and the USGS, launched the eighth satellite in service of a scientific mission that dates back more than...

A Groundhog on Green Grass

February 2, 2013

The Science of Groundhog Day

Ah, Groundhog Day. That whimsical winter moment when even the most logical among us pause to embrace the silly, hopeful notion that a rodent can predict the coming of spring.  In case you haven’t heard the...


January 25, 2013

Image of the Week: Lake-Effect Snow Buries the Midwest

  If you live in Michigan, this photo may not surprise you. You are probably hunkered down, patiently waiting while the bitter Arctic wind tears across the state, leaving behind a deep wake of snow. If...

robotic fish in a test pool

January 18, 2013

Image of the Week: Robotic Fish Glides Along Gathering Water Quality Data

You might say that this robotic fish, developed by researchers at Michigan State University, has grace under water.  Her designers, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering Xiaobo Tan and his team, call her GRACE (which...


January 10, 2013

Citizen Scientists Help the Shale Network Address Fracking Concerns

  “Our species needs, and deserves, a citizenry with minds wide awake and a basic understanding of how the world works.” –Carl Sagan At the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), Susan Brantley of...

A double exposure image of Nikola Tesla under lightening

January 7, 2013

Image of the Week: Nikola Tesla, Tragic Genius

Today marks 70 years since the death of Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943), a Serbian-American electrical engineer and inventor who’s most remembered achievement was developing the alternating current (AC) electrical supply system. Used worldwide, AC is...

Grand Canyon with Snow

January 1, 2013

Big Moments in Science 2012

Well, it’s that time of year again: time to look back and reflect on everything that transpired during our latest trip around the sun.  In 2012, there were plenty of moments (or in some cases extended...