Posts by Heather Falconer

Heather Falconer

Heather Falconer holds undergraduate degrees in Graphic Arts and Environmental Science, as well as an MFA in Writing and an MLitt in Literature. She is currently completing her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, with an emphasis on rhetoric in/and/of science. Heather has worked internationally in academic publishing as both an author and editor, and has taught a wide range of topics – from research writing to marine biology – in the public and private educational sectors.

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September 28, 2010

New X-Ray Technique Could Lead to Countless Discoveries

In the 1950s, it was Rosalind Franklin and Raymond Gosling’s X-ray Diffraction (XRD) technique that allowed Watson, Crick and Wilkins to see the true shape of DNA. In fact, without the photographs produced by the two,...

September 23, 2010

New Research on Earthquakes and Fault Weakening

In today’s issue of Nature, Ze’ve Reches and David A. Lockner present new insights into the mechanics of earthquakes. According to the authors, it isn’t all about tectonics. As Reches explains to Nature, “The gradual buildup...

September 21, 2010

Proof is in the Pudding — Together, we really can make a difference.

The Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2010, being released in full next month from the United Nations Environment Programme, not only shares good news for the state of the ozone layer, but provides hope for further...

September 14, 2010

Next on the Menu: Cocktail de Cucaracha

It’s often joked, half-seriously, that if a meteor were to strike Earth the only thing left living would be cockroaches. If you’ve ever tried, you know that these creatures are some of the hardest to kill....

September 9, 2010

The Science of Cooking

Sometimes, it’s hard to engage our students or children in the sciences. Let’s face it, it’s just not everybody’s favorite subject. But understanding science and the role it plays in our lives is as important as...

September 7, 2010

Get Your Free Climate Data, Here

This week, scientists from all over the world will descend on Exeter, England, to take action on something they’ve only been talking about for years: making climate data free for everyone. After the firestorm surrounding email...

September 2, 2010

Riding the “A-Train” to Hurricane Preparation

The ‘A-Train’, courtesy of NASA.gov As the East Coast of the US battens down hatches in preparation of Hurricane Earl’s landfall, we thought we’d take a moment to give kudos to the system that helps us...

August 27, 2010

New Module Live at Visionlearning.com

It’s taken some time, but we are thrilled to announce that the third module in our DNA sequence, DNA III: The Replication of DNA, is now live on the Visionlearning website. This new module expands on...

August 25, 2010

Maybe Sun Ra Really DID Come From Another Planet…

(c) Nasa.gov Hunting exoplanets is a relatively new activity: scientists have really only been doing so successfully for the last 15 years. In that short time their success has been impressive, though – 450 have already...

August 20, 2010

Need Help With Your Genetics Homework?

The Nature Publishing Group has created a new, free learning resource for the public called Scitable. While still in its infant stage, it looks to be a promising general resource discussing topics such as animal behavior...