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March 12, 2015

Writing to Learn in the Science Classroom

Education in the United States, particularly in the K through 12 arena, has been a hotbed of public debate in the last decade, heating up more recently in controversies surrounding Common Core. While few would argue...

The loudest (and quietest) places in the U.S.
Credit: National Parks Service Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division

February 21, 2015

Image of the Week: Picturing—and Preserving—Soundscapes

Shhh. Do you hear that? Last week at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in San Jose, CA, all eyes (and ears) were fixed on a new map from the National...

Smith created arguably the first geologic map. (Public domain, Scan by the Library Foundation, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library)

January 23, 2015

A Historic Map Turns 200 Years Old

Geologic maps represent the flashier side of earth science. They depict in vibrant colors and funky shapes the rocks and sediments that cover our planet — materials which are often decidedly duller in reality. But though...

Nicolaus Steno Portrait

January 9, 2015

Nicolaus Steno: An Unlikely Geology Genius

Portrait of Nicolaus Steno as a bishop. Image courtesy: Wikimedia Commons Nicolaus Steno could not have guessed that he would one day be known as a father of modern geology on the fateful day in October...

Global atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations from Oct. 1 through Nov. 11, as recorded by NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2. 
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

December 20, 2014

A Year in Review: Scientific Advancements of 2014

As we wrap-up another year, it seems appropriate to take some time to think about the scientific advancements made in the past twelve months. From landing on comets to discovering new species in the deepest parts...


December 17, 2014

Wolverines Give Insight into the Evolution of Greed

Cross-posted with the permission of Dr. Nathan Lents from his The Human Evolution Blog.   Greed is often defined as the intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food. Although we usually associate this unseemly...

The rare western glacier stonefly lives in Glacier National Park and thrives in its icy streams. (Credit: Joe Griersch, USGS)

December 12, 2014

A cold-loving insect confronts a warming world

Today marks the end of two weeks of climate negotiations in Lima, Peru, where world leaders gathered to address the growing threat of climate change. Much of the conversation at the UN conference revolved around the...

Claude Monet. London, Houses of Parliament. The Sun Shining through the Fog, 1904, in the Musée d'Orsay , Paris. (Public Domain)

December 3, 2014

The Great Smog of ’52: Environmental Disasters in History

Fog as thick as pea soup is nothing new to Londoners. But on December 5, 1952, a dense, grimy cloud of fog descended on London, immobilizing the city and causing more than 4,000 deaths over a...

November 19, 2014

Video of the Week: A Year in the Life of Earth’s Carbon Dioxide

Sometimes it is easy to forget we are all members of a unified environment on Earth and actions in one area affect many others.  In this new NASA computer model, though, scientists provide a comprehensive understanding of how...

Green anole

November 3, 2014

Florida Lizards Show that Evolutionary Change can be Rapid

Cross-posted with the permission of Dr. Nathan Lents from his The Human Evolution Blog.     Green anole Small lizards called anoles are found throughout the Caribbean islands and nearby mainland areas. The coastal and swamp regions of...