A Simple Way to Improve Earth Science Education

In the last week or so, several science bloggers have highlighted earth science projects from teachers on Donor’s Choose. Many of those projects (aimed at providing classroom materials and outdoor opportunities for elementary school children) have been fully funded, but a few are still a little short on their goals. I encourage all of my…

Earth Science Week: It’s Official in Oregon

WHEREAS: Geology and the other earth sciences are fundamental to the safety, health and welfare of Oregonians and to the economy of Oregon; and WHEREAS: The earth sciences are integral to locating, developing and conserving mineral, energy and water resources needed for Oregon’s continuing prosperity; and WHEREAS: The earth sciences provide the basis for preparing…

A Halloween Challenge: Geo-Pumpkins

It’s fall, and there’s no better way to celebrate the season than to take a knife to a big, orange squash. Since we’re all lovers of rocks, geology, and all things earth science here, I issue a challenge! Pick a pumpkin-appropriate, geology themed image, get out your carving knife and hack away. When you’re done,…

Homeopathy & Why Homeopaths Should Hate It

It’s never really been my intention to use this blog as a repository of skeptic rants, but this blog is about advancing the public understanding of science and sometimes that mean confronting issues of pseudoscience. That being the case, you can expect this sort of thing from time to time. Let’s begin by talking about…

Bonus Video of the Day

This video has already made the internet rounds, so odds are good you’ve already seen it. In the case that you haven’t, you should spend the next few minutes enjoying Bon Iver’s video for their song Holocene. The imagery is incredible and the mood and music extremely resonant with the landscape itself. Lots of beautiful…