DART’s Success – October 19, 2022

DART’s Success – October 19, 2022

It’s Science Wednesday! A few weeks ago, we heard about the DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) mission that managed to successfully impact its target asteroid, Dimorphos. It was a first-of-its-kind mission, demonstrating usage of asteroid deflection technology in...
Desert Varnish – October 12, 2022

Desert Varnish – October 12, 2022

While here in Albuquerque for an Early Career Workshop with the regional climate adaptation science centers, I fit in a trail run with friends and colleagues at the Piedras Marcadas Canyon. It offers a unique and beautiful insight into the geologic, cultural, and...
Hurricane Intensification – October 5, 2022

Hurricane Intensification – October 5, 2022

This season has seen an active Atlantic, most recently with hurricanes Fiona and Ian, leading to loss of lives and causing billions of dollars of destruction in Puerto Rico, Cuba and Florida. Strong tropical cyclones, called hurricanes in the Atlantic, typhoons in the...
DART’s Success – October 19, 2022

The DART mission – September 28, 2022

If you’ve seen the movie, Armageddon, then you’re familiar with the idea of planetary defense. While no drillers were sent out to stop a gigantic asteroid on a collision course with Earth this week, NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) was a smashing...
Extraterrestrial Life – September 21, 2022

Extraterrestrial Life – September 21, 2022

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) hasn’t been up in space for very long, and yet already it is taking unprecedented images in high-resolution. Its infrared vision allows us to “cut through the cosmic dust” to see some of the earliest structures in the universe in...
Uptick in Ticks – September 14, 2022

Uptick in Ticks – September 14, 2022

This summer has seen an uptick in ticks and tick infections. Is this normal? Or, a “new normal”? When weather is warmer and spring starts earlier, people are outside more often, allowing for more “human-tick” encounters to occur. But what about the ticks themselves?...