Volcanoes in Arizona? – December 1, 2021

Volcanoes in Arizona? – December 1, 2021

Check out our new video Science Wednesday. This one explores the volcanic features of northern Arizona. Also featured is Humphreys Peak, Arizona’s highpoint at 12,633 feet. While Ricardo climbed it back in 1999, this was Ulyana’s 20th state highpoint,...
Gannett Glaciers – November 24, 2021

Gannett Glaciers – November 24, 2021

Check out our new video Science Wednesday. This one explores the glaciers of the Wind River Range, home to Wyoming’s state highpoint: Gannett Peak, 13,804 ft. #sciencewednesdays #summitssongsandscience
Extinct Elephants – November 17, 2021

Extinct Elephants – November 17, 2021

Check out our new video Science Wednesday. This one focuses on The Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota, which is home to the largest concentration of mammoth remains in the world. #sciencewednesdays #summitssongsandscience
Winds of Change – November 10, 2021

Winds of Change – November 10, 2021

Check out our new video Science Wednesday. Shot on location on the Vatnajokull icecap (Iceland) in November 2021, this short film explores some of the changes that Europe’s largest glacier mass has seen over the decades. #sciencewednesdays...
New Land – November 3, 2021

New Land – November 3, 2021

Fagradalsfjall Mountain in the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland, is home to some of the youngest land on the planet. Check out this new video Science Wednesday to learn more about what happened and about different lava types! #sciencewednesdays...
GLOBE clouds – October 27, 2021

GLOBE clouds – October 27, 2021

Last week, we shared an educational game you can download and play while learning more about ice flows and changes in Greenland and Antarctica. This week, I wanted to share an opportunity for citizen science using a smartphone app: making cloud observations through...
Ice Flows – October 20, 2021

Ice Flows – October 20, 2021

For those who prefer interacting and experimenting with things on your own, this Science Wednesday is for you! Ice Flows is a new educational computer game based on science (but with some elements of fiction to make the game fun to play) developed at the University of...
Perseverance on Mars – October 13, 2021

Perseverance on Mars – October 13, 2021

In February 2021, the newest Mars rover – Perseverance – touched down at Jezero Crater, interpreted to be the site of an ancient Martian lake. Modern Mars is dry and hostile. But billions of years ago, when the planet still had a magnetic field and thicker atmosphere,...
The Efficacy of Vaccines – October 6, 2021

The Efficacy of Vaccines – October 6, 2021

*Disclaimer: Just like the virus is evolving, so is the science in trying to understand it. Using reputable sources (e.g., scientific research papers, scientific studies, reports from the CDC, Harvard/MIT/Yale Medicine, etc.) versus solely relying on mainstream media...
COVID Breakthrough Infection – September 29, 2021

COVID Breakthrough Infection – September 29, 2021

For the past week, Ricardo and I have been dealing with breakthrough COVID infections. It’s affected us in different ways. While Ricardo lost his sense of smell (anosmia), he’s retained taste. I initially kept smell but lost taste. Now, both senses are gone for me but...
The Fall Equinox – September 22, 2021

The Fall Equinox – September 22, 2021

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, leaves on the trees are starting to turn colors. There’s a chill in the air in the mornings and evenings. This Wednesday marks the first day of astronomical fall (autumn) in the Northern Hemisphere. According to the meteorological...
Renewable Energy – September 15, 2021

Renewable Energy – September 15, 2021

As the world grapples with climate change, let’s talk solutions. What are the long-term ones? The energy sources we currently rely on – oil and gas – are non-renewable, meaning that they draw on finite resources and once those are used up, they’re gone for good....
Hurricane Ida – September 8, 2021

Hurricane Ida – September 8, 2021

Warmer conditions in the oceans are raising the potential intensity for storms, where intensity refers to how bad they can get if nothing disrupts them. We have no clearer example of this than Hurricane Ida, a deadly and destructive hurricane that not only impacted...
An Explosive History – September 1, 2021

An Explosive History – September 1, 2021

Colorado is known for its beautiful remote wilderness areas and its high peaks. But it’s also home to one of the largest and most destructive volcanic events in Earth’s history. The story starts roughly 35 million years ago, when layers of lava, ash, and other debris...
Summit Rain – August 25, 2021

Summit Rain – August 25, 2021

Posting Science Wednesday early, due to some upcoming travel and being away from cell signal and the internet. More than 500 miles above the Arctic Circle and at 10,551 ft. (3,216 meters) above sea level, it rained for the first time. On August 14, 2021, temperatures...
Meteor Crater – August 18, 2021

Meteor Crater – August 18, 2021

50,000 years ago, a large crater was formed in the northern Arizona desert of the United States. To get an idea of the size, imagine twenty American football games being played simultaneously on its floor, while more than 2 million spectators watch from the sloping...
Code Red for Humanity – August 11, 2021

Code Red for Humanity – August 11, 2021

Just a few days ago, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) declared a “code red for humanity” in its latest 3,000 page report on the state of the climate. It is clear that the climate is in a state of emergency due to human-caused...
Flash Flooding – August 4, 2021

Flash Flooding – August 4, 2021

A lot of rain and afternoon thunderstorms are typical of the summer monsoon season here in Colorado. Monsoon? In Colorado? When you hear the word monsoon, you probably think of the heavy rains in India during the summertime. While The North American monsoon is not as...
Produce from the Past – July 28, 2021

Produce from the Past – July 28, 2021

Here in the Northern Hemisphere during these hot summer days, a lot of us are eating delicious produce like watermelon, peaches and corn-on-the cob. These days, there’s lots of chatter about GMO concerns (genetically modified organisms), but every species that’s ever...
Flooding in Europe – July 21, 2021

Flooding in Europe – July 21, 2021

A few days ago, record rainfall caused rivers to burst their banks, leading to devastating floods in parts of western Europe. In the hardest hit parts of Germany, two months’ worth of rain fell in 24 hours, according to Deutscher Wetterdienst, Germany’s meteorological...