National Park Service Centennial: 100 Years of America’s Greatest Idea

Today, America’s National Park Service turns 100.  One century of preservation of this country’s natural and historical beauty, one century of activists legacies of protecting some of the gems of the wilderness from ourselves. This epic of preservationists, conservationists versus corporate interests goes back farther than the establishment of Yellowstone National Park.  I can’t pinpoint…

One Giant Leap for Mankind: The Story of the Space Race

          People have been dreaming of flying to the moon for centuries (yeah, Jules Verne, I’m looking at you). But for most of the time, it was confined to poorly informed science fiction (creative, though) mythology and fairy-tales with magical creatures that did not require life support to not, like, die….

Scientists find material that seems to summon water out of thin air

          Drought is one of the biggest issues in human society today. By accident, scientists discovered a possible solution: carbon-rich nanorods (man, carbon’s just good for everything, isn’t it?) that absorb water vapor and ooze it out as a purified liquid. At the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, they observed…

Sally Ride: a Non-Conformist

Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is a process of investigating. It’s posing questions and coming up with a method. It’s delving in.   Sally Ride It’s the 33rd anniversary of Sally Ride’s first trip into space!  Here’s some old posts we’ve written on her accomplishments: Ride Sally Ride!…

We Need You for Martian Exploration

These great NASA astronaut recruitment posters were made in 2009 to catch the eye of workers in many types of jobs, from farmers (that’s you, Mark Watney) to builders, technicians, teachers and surveyors.  Applications can still be sent in for this #MarsGeneration dream job!  If you’re over 18, send in your forms for this chance…

Flightless Cormorant and It’s Tiny Wings

Off the coast of Ecuador, there is a cluster of volcanic islands that seem like they are on another planet. These islands, called the Galapagos, have been untouched until very recently, being used as a base for 18th and 19th century sailors and pirates, and finally being claimed and settled in 1832. These islands are…