Science in the Wild Blog

Bennu the Asteroid – July 10, 2019

Bennu the Asteroid – July 10, 2019 Bennu is a carbonaceous asteroid that was discovered on September 11, 1999. It is a potentially hazardous object that has a 1-in-2700 chance of impacting Earth between the years 2175 and 2199. Bennu is the target of...

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Solar Eclipse – July 3, 2019

Solar Eclipse – July 3, 2019   We’re down in Montevideo, Uruguay at the moment and our visit overlapped with a solar eclipse. In Montevideo, it was a partial eclipse (95%) and the maximum coverage occurred right around sunset. Did you know that during...

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T-rex in Space! – June 26, 2019

T-rex in Space! – June 26, 2019 Earlier this week, I went on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Sharing with you today something out-of-this-world! Back in 1992, a house was being constructed in Littleton, Colorado. During...

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Size – and Shape – Does Matter – June 19, 2019

Size – and Shape – Does Matter – June 19, 2019 Today we’re hosting Dr. Carl Schmitt, a scientist from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO, who specializes in cloud physics. “Size does matter, and so does...

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Survival – June 12, 2019

Survival – June 12, 2019 Our topic today is on survival. On Friday, October 13, 1972 Uruguayan Air Force flight 571 took off from Mendoza, Argentina to Santiago, Chile for a planned rugby match. The plane never made it. It crashed at nearly 12,000 ft. above sea...

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Flooding – June 5, 2019

Flooding – June 5, 2019 For the past few days, we’ve been on the road in the Midwest with the Summits, Songs and Science project. While on the way to get Iowa’s highpoint, driving from Chicago to the northwest corner of Iowa, we crossed the...

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Core Beliefs – May 29, 2019

Core Beliefs – May 29, 2019 Why does humanity have such a hard time accepting new facts and evidence? A lot of it stems from what’s called “core beliefs.” These are beliefs that people cherish the most deeply. They usually develop in childhood...

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Atmospheric CO2 – May 22, 2019

Atmospheric CO2 – May 22, 2019 A few weeks ago, Ricardo and I were on the Big Island of Hawaii, hiking Mauna Kea for the “Summits, Songs and Science” project. We also had time to explore Mauna Loa, including seeing the observatory where scientists...

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Meteor Crater – May 15, 2019

Meteor Crater – May 15, 2019 50,000 years ago, an iron-nickel meteorite about 150 feet across and weighing several hundred thousand tons struck a rocky plain in northern Arizona at over 26,000 mph and with an explosive force greater than 20 million tons of TNT....

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Earthquakes! – May 8, 2019

Earthquakes! – May 8, 2019 The Earth is an active place and every day, earthquakes happen somewhere on the planet. The National Earthquake Information Center (Golden, Colorado) locates about 12,000 – 14,000 earthquakes worldwide each year! On average,...

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New Land – May 1, 2019

New Land – May 1, 2019 On May 3, 2018, an eruption on Kīlauea volcano’s East Rift Zone on the Big Island of Hawaii began. Outbreaks of lava fountains up to 300 feet (90 m) high, lava flows, and volcanic gas in the Leilani Estates subdivision were preceded...

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World’s Tallest Mountains – April 24, 2019

World’s Tallest Mountains – April 24, 2019 Tomorrow, we’re on our way to Hawaii with the Summits, Songs and Science project! The Big Island of Hawaii is home to a few volcanoes, including Mauna Kea, which, at 13,803 ft., is the highest peak in the...

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Climate Refugees – April 17, 2019

Climate Refugees – April 17, 2019 Here is a student film that took the People’s Choice Award today in my “Intro to Global Climate Change” class at Colorado College. Students picked a topic related to climate change and, in addition to writing a...

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Bomb Cyclone – April 10, 2019

Bomb Cyclone – April 10, 2019 For the second time in less than a month, the Rockies and plains of the United States are experiencing what’s called a “bomb cyclone,” an actual term used by meteorologists. A bomb cyclone is a mid-latitude storm...

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Arapaho Glacier – April 3, 2019

Arapaho Glacier – April 3, 2019 Today’s “Science Wednesday” is from the Arapaho glacier in Colorado. Back in 1919, the glacier was pretty full, healthy and even had deep crevasses, as you can see in the historic photo below. In the early 20th...

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Welcome Arjan

A warm welcome to Arjan Schaeffer, Karpu Lama and Sunil Tamang, joining us in the Gokyo Valley, Nepal later this spring. Written by Arjan Schaeffer           As a project manager by profession, I am used to offering a helping hand in reaching someone else’s dreams....

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