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Versatile Blogger January 8, 2012

Posted by mareserinitatis in blogrolling, links, personal.
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Thanks to GeekMommyProf, who was kind enough to nominate me for a versatile blogger award!

I guess I should start with the rules:

1) Nominate 15 fellow bloggers
2) Inform the Bloggers of their nomination
3) Share 7 random things about yourself
4) Thank the blogger who nominated you
5) Post the award badge.

So we’ll start with the bloggers.  Some of the ones I would’ve nominated have been taken, so you only get 11.

1 – Design. Build. Play  by FrauTech

2 – Life as an Outlier by Miss Outlier

3 – Periodic Boundary Conditions by Miss MSE

4 – GEARS by GEARS (of course)

5 – Mommy/Prof by Mommyprof

6 – 27and a PhD

7 – Scientist Rising

8-The Expanding Life

9 – Abbi Reads

10 – Skulls in the Stars

11 – Athene Donald’s Blog

Random facts:

1 – The shortest I’ve ever had my hair is shoulder length, and I hated it.

2 – I had to laugh at GMP’s comment that she is the runt at 6′.  I’m the tallest woman in my family at 5’4″.

3 – My only time outside the US was one horrible trip to Tijuana.

4 – My favorite food is peaches, but I can’t eat them because they make me sick.

5 – I lost my last baby tooth when I was 34.  Rather forcibly.

6 – I’ve been friends with one person for 19 years over the internet and I’ve never met him in person.  (Though not for lack of trying.)

7 – My favorite flower is the Gardenia.  (You know, in case you ever want to send me a bouquet or something…)

Linkety Link July 31, 2011

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I came across this fascinating article on the history of research in global climate change.  I am greatly amused by the fact that methods used for oil and gas exploration were later utilized to validate theories on climate change.  Irony.

Anyway, it’s a fascinating read:  The Discovery of Global Warming

I’ve also been remiss in not posting a link to this sooner.  (As you can tell, blogging hasn’t been at the forefront of my brain.)  GEARS wrote two great posts on diversification in STEM fields: Diversification In Stem Fields and On Diversification: with Dr. Anna Garry and Professor Ursula Keller.

Of course, there’s a lot going on at EngineerBlogs.  I wrote a post recently titled Died-in-the-wool Engineer.

For fun, you should think about whether math should be taught in schools.  (And yes, the video is a spoof.)

Linkety Link December 23, 2010

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Christmas has always belonged to other traditions – Today, most Quakers have assimilated into the cultural and religious mainstream and put on their most festive grey to observe the Christmas season. Some still avoid much of the excess of the season (you can often pick out the Quaker house on the block of otherwise electric bill-impaired residents)… He must’ve been driving past my house…

Creativity can lessen leader image

Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms

Muddying the Bathwaters – setting a quantitative criteria for improving public education

Totally Radical: a microhistory of 1980s science fiction

IEEE Spectrum: At NYU, tech show takes an artistic turn

Researchers at NDSU have discovered what your holiday letters say about you.

Geologic Time Visualization Tricks

The real bottleneck in astronomy research

Science Writing and Readability and the corresponding readability test. (I got grade 9.1 and a Gunning-Fox index of 12.)

Eight-year-olds publish bee study

The geophysics (and 1 solar physics) linkety-link September 7, 2010

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New View of Tectonic Plates: Computer Modeling of Earth’s Mantle Flow, Plate Motions, and Fault Zones: This article on Science Daily gives an overview of a new model that examines the interplay between mantle flow, tectonic motion, and fault zone behavior. (The original article is here, but it’s behind a pay wall.) The authors have taken an adaptive algorithm, which can create a finer mesh in areas where more detail is needed, and modified it so that it can be used on distributed computing systems. Many models utilize regularly spaced meshes. It would be really cool to develop a model that incorporates the behavior of all parts and scales of the Earth system, and this model may be a step in that direction.

ScienceNews had an article on what may have been an uber-fast magnetic field reversal. I’ll be interested to see what other people say on this one. One friend noted that the thermal history of the area is complicated and thus may not be a good candidate for this type of study, but I’m not sure how you could find this with something less complicated. Anyway, it would have some interesting implications if the field actually can flip this fast…or at least have an excursion.

Discovery News has an article on a proposal that the Yellowstone hotspot may have shredded the Juan de Fuca plate, thus slowing down the rate of subduction of the Pacific under North America.

And finally, Dave Jones from EEVblog sent this one out over Twitter: something from the sun, possibly neutrinos, might change the rate of decay for radioactive elements on Earth. That’s just cool.

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