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When mountains collapse: New-tech geodatabase helps geologists assess landslide hazard and risk

Jesse Mysiorek, New Science Communicator Early in the morning of August 2, 2014, part of a mountain collapsed in Jure, […]

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The latest ‘golden’ age for electronics

I don’t know the dates for the last ‘golden’ age of electronics but I can certainly understand why these Japanese researchers are excited about their work. In any event, I think the ‘golden age’ is more of a play on words. From a June 25, 2019 news item on Nanowerk (Note: A link has been removed), One way that heat damages electronic equipment is it makes components expand at different rates, resulting in forces that…

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Adventures in the back woods of Ontario and Quebec

by Kirsten CrandallStrange looks, weird exclamations, tiny squeals, and questions about being aliens - these are the reactions we would receive when the public would see us emerge from the woods in our protective fieldwork gear (see picture below for full impact). This would normally be followed by looks of relief or curious questions as I began to explain my project and the reasons for wearing what I aptly named our “biohazard suits”. My answer:…

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Learning to Teach Yourself

I’ve always liked teaching others. I enjoy being able to connect with students, understand their struggles, and offer what I know as a way to help them make sense of a concept. My particular subjects of interest are mathematics and physics, but the real joy I get from teaching is simply being able to help others. Teaching has a fairly good reputation. It’s seen as a respectable profession. I don’t doubt that teachers do important…

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Ethics of germline editing special CRISPR journal issue

Caption: The CRISPR Journal delivers groundbreaking multidisciplinary research, advances, and commentary on CRISPR, the extraordinary technology that gives scientists the power to cure disease and sculpt evolution. Credit: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers The CRISPR Journal’s publisher, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., released two notices about their special issue on ethics. I found this October 10, 2019 media alert on EurekAlert a little more informative than the other one, Highlights from this Issue: 1. Human Germline…

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Observations by a Backyard Naturalist III: Insects

“Every kid has a bug period… I never grew out of mine.” Edward O. Wilson When we consider biodiversity, no single taxonomic group that we can readily observe comes close to the insects. The estimates of the number of extant species ranges from a low of 1.5 million to a high of 30 million, but the latest estimates point to about 5.5 million species (Stork 2018).   It should be noted that there is considerable uncertainty…

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Inktober 2019 – week 3

Continuing with this year’s #Inktober project: A Field Guide to Flying Trilobites. Here’s where to find Week 1, Week 2, and Week 4. You can also follow along on my Instagram and Twitter, @FlyingTrilobite. “The common spotted red-elytra variant of *Coccinella trilopunctata* proliferated across Europe after the treaty was signed. By the divine, or a splicing artist no one was ever really sure.” — from A Field Guide to Flying Trilobites ‬ “Discovery of several…

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