Monthly Archives: April 2010

Guest post: Brennan

Brennan writes: Hi, I found an amazing video of a a solar eruption in the sun. I saw it on CNN. Apparently NASA had taken the video. I thought it might be a cool video to post on the blog. … Continue reading

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The Story of Stuff

Here’s the link to the web video we watched in class. Feel free to watch it again, or one of the other videos on the site. Want to change the world? The site lists 10 things you can do to … Continue reading

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Iceland volcano may last months or even years!

I’ve been slow to put up a post about the Icelandic volcano because the story keeps getting more interesting; every time I start a post, I hear a new interesting story about it and put it off! As we’ve discussed … Continue reading

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Ms. Thompson's blog from Greece

I hope you all enjoyed Ms. Thompson’s assembly yesterday. As you know, she’s studying the declining bottlenose dolphin population in Greece. The population has dropped because human activity (overfishing, pollution, fertilizer run-off from farms) has killed most of the smaller … Continue reading

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Earthquake update

Since my last post about earthquakes, there’s been another major earthquake, this time a 6.9 quake in China. It happened last Wednesday, and like the Haiti quake, there was a great deal of damage because it hit a relatively poor … Continue reading

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Middle school boy discovers new species of human ancestor!

Okay, it’s not new–the fossil is estimated to be nearly 2 million years old, but 11-year-old Matthew Berger found it just two years ago. From the New York Times: Matthew held the ancient remains of a 4-foot-2 boy who had … Continue reading

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Rube Goldberg device

A Rube Goldberg device is an absurdly complicated machine designed to perform a simple task in the most ridiculous way possible. They were named after Rube Goldberg, an American cartoonist who drew many of these devices. Ben G. made a … Continue reading

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Plate Boundary animations

(Updated to fix incorrect link.) Here are the plate boundary animations I showed you in class today. You should also review the diagram on p. 34-35. Good luck on Monday’s quest! Continental Drift: drag the continents to see how they … Continue reading

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New lizard species identified!

It’s called a Northern Sierra Madre Forest Monitor Lizard From the Reuters news service: “A dragon-sized, fruit-eating lizard that lives in the trees on the northern Philippines island of Luzon has been confirmed as a new species, scientists reported on … Continue reading

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An unusual view of the International Space Station

NASA released this picture of the moon–that little white dot in the dark side of the moon is the International Space Station. Pretty cool! Speaking of the space station, it’s been getting some new equipment lately. On February 8th, NASA’s … Continue reading

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