Pluto

Pluto Flyby!

As Trace Dominguez said on "Pluto is Coming," a livestream by TestTube Plus and DNews on YouTube, Pluto is the first flyby in the social media era. The space probe New Horizons launched in January 2006, passed Jupiter with a gravity-assisted new trajectory in February 2007, and spent much of its flight since in hibernation. Indeed, … Continue reading Pluto Flyby!

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Brief History of Time and Cosmos

Book Reflection: Studies in Astrophysics: Cosmos by Carl Sagan and A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

After graduating college with a biology degree, I find most of my intellectual interest gearing toward subjects that were not integrated into my program. Conventionally this would mean biochemistry, soil science, water science, geomorphology--basically, environmental and related physical sciences. However, thanks to science nerd social media I jumped on the astrophysics bandwagon. Books I most … Continue reading Book Reflection: Studies in Astrophysics: Cosmos by Carl Sagan and A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Planet formation

The Nebular Hypothesis for the Origin of the Solar System

It’s always fun to read an older science book and read about the cast of theories scientists have considered through the centuries to describe Earth’s beginnings. I love natural history, and many natural history—or even physical geography—books open with a chapter on Earth system history. 1755, Germany: Last semester I took an ethics class, which … Continue reading The Nebular Hypothesis for the Origin of the Solar System

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Solar Cell Efficiency and Zinc Oxide

I contributed to an article featured at LiveScience.com! I'm excited about it since it is a product from my internship and the people I work with were encouraging, and the editor from LiveScience sounds pleased in his correspondence emails. Normally I consider myself a natural historian. I love the natural sciences in general and a few … Continue reading Solar Cell Efficiency and Zinc Oxide

What Trees Do in the Fog When You Aren’t Looking

Imported from first blog: Peregrination Notebook. A year ago in my plant ecology class, I learned that trees living in areas constantly exposed to fog are capable of absorbing moisture on the leaves.  My teacher discussed this like it was old news, although he is the sort that is inclined to include new concepts that … Continue reading What Trees Do in the Fog When You Aren’t Looking