Posts by Julia Rosen

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Julia Rosen is a freelance science writer and PhD student at Oregon State University. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford University before beginning her doctoral research on polar ice cores and climate change. In between, she did her “Master's” in backpacking around the world and skiing. Julia is a periodic contributor to Oregon State’s research magazine, Terra, and helps write blog content and develop learning modules for Visionlearning.

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February 26, 2014

Putting Error Bars on Olympic Gold

This past weekend, the 22nd Olympic winter games drew to a close in Sochi, Russia, capping off 16 days of sweat, glory, and tears. Nearly 3,000 athletes from 88 countries competed in almost 100 different events,...

December 24, 2013

Video of the Week: Marvelous Snowflakes

This week, those who live in the northern hemisphere will cross their fingers in hopes of a dusting of snow for the holidays. Everyone loves snow for making snowballs and snow forts, plus a blanket of...

November 20, 2013

Nov. 18, 1929: The Day the Cables Broke

Today, a veritable superhighway of data rushes below the surface of the frigid North Atlantic. Every second, thousands of gigabytes whiz back and forth between North America and Europe on one of dozens of telecommunication cables...

October 11, 2013

The Return of the King (Salmon)

At this very moment, beneath the swiftly-flowing surface of the mighty Columbia River, an extraordinary event is taking place: hundreds of thousands of salmon are fighting their way against the current, doggedly inching hundreds of miles...

August 23, 2013

Heavy Rains Down Under Briefly Masked Sea-Level Rise

From late 2010 to early 2011 — the summer months in Australia — it poured. In fact, that season marked the midpoint of the wettest two-year period on record for the country; huge swaths of the...

June 28, 2013

Image of the Week: Celebrating the Solstice with Solar Activity

  Last week, on June 20th, people across the Northern Hemisphere celebrated the summer solstice. In Anchorage, Alaska, they held a midnight festival and a marathon in honor of their 24 hours of sunlight. Bonfires burned...

May 30, 2013

The Physics of Ferocious Funnels

Every year around this time, tornadoes materialize out of the ominous slate-grey skies of the Midwest, hurtling across the plains with unpredictable ferocity. Large ones, like the behemoth that obliterated the town of Moore, OK, earlier...

April 19, 2013

Video of the Week: Visualizing 150 Years of Health Data

Technology has transformed the process of science—this fact is indisputable. It has allowed us to detect elusive particles like the Higgs boson that remained invisible to generations of physicists, to probe the cold vacuum of outer...

March 22, 2013

World Water Day 2013

  The humble water molecule is full of surprises. Although it is just one oxygen with two Mickey Mouse ears of hydrogen, water is arguably the most important substance on Earth. It has sculpted the planet’s...

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...

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