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  • A New Home on the Ice | BEYONDbones
    a lot of time repositioning the ice screws No night this is a tough one the 24 hours of daylight make it hard to sleep and it s easy to forget what time it is The past week has been a busy one we typically wake up at 8 a m and sometimes don t finish work until 1 2 a m The science team has been working nonstop to refurbish their long term instruments and survey the terrain by foot and air They successfully installed two new instrument towers on the shores of the recently drained South Lake which will measure the weather icequakes using a seismometer and the movement of the ice sheet using a sensitive GPS For more information about the tools our science team uses to track moving ice visit the Polar Discovery tools page View of a glacial lake from a helicopter We also completed an hour long helicopter survey of 20 nearby lakes An aerial perspective gives you so much information that you can t get from either the ground or from a satellite You can see immediately the water level in a lake count the number of inflow channels and see where the lake is draining if at all The weather cleared during the survey and we had magnificent views of the glacial lakes full ones empty ones and draining ones On July 16 we disassembled our carefully constructed home at South Lake and packed everything up for a move to North Lake Although much of the work will be similar to what we did at South Lake removing existing instruments assembling new ones and field mapping by foot and helicopter the research team is expecting to see different processes at work here Last year South Lake drained through a huge downstream channel

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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.21.08) | BEYONDbones
    ve got one headed for us Adding lime to seawater could reduce atmospheric levels of CO2 It will not however make a very good margarita Archaeologists in Egypt will reassemble a boat built to ferry the pharoah into the afterlife Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed artificial whiskers that can sense their environment 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged afterlife algae archaeology artificial

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  • Seven significant changes | BEYONDbones
    recently 2000 2004 this flow has increased even more If the trend continues some scientists predict this could impact the global climate perhaps leading to the cooling of Northern Europe 3 Greening of the Arctic shrubiness The warming of the Alaskan Arctic during the past 150 years has accelerated over the last three decades This is expected to increase vegetation productivity in tundra if shrubs become more abundant indeed this transition may already be under way according to local plot studies and remote sensing photo credit untipografico 4 Acceleration of Greenland ice sheet melt Using satellite radar interferometry observations of Greenland scientists have detected widespread glacier acceleration below 66 north between 1996 and 2000 which rapidly expanded to 70 north in 2005 Accelerated ice discharge in the west and particularly in the east doubled the ice sheet mass deficit in the last decade from 90 to 220 cubic kilometers per year As more glaciers accelerate farther north Greenland s contributions to sea level rise will continue to increase 5 Opening of the Northwest passage The legendary passage was first navigated with great difficulty using a relatively small ship by explorer Roald Amundsen in 1903 to 1906 Predictions for the opening of the Northwest Passage have ranged from 2012 to 2080 at their most conservative We re several decades ahead of schedule right now said Mark Serreze a senior scientist at the University of Colorado s National Snow and Ice Data Center which monitors the region Fully navigable the Northwest Passage will make the trip 4 000 miles shorter for ships traveling between Europe and Asia allowing them to avoid the Panama Canal The notion of coming to an ice free Arctic Ocean even by 2030 is not totally unreasonable Serreze said photo credit myradphotos 6 Polar bears are becoming an endangered species The US Department of the Interior listed the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act based on studies claiming the loss of sea ice threatens and will likely continue to threaten polar bear habitat The studies cite differences in sea ice from the fall of 1979 to the fall of 2007 and projected declines in sea ice by the middle of the 21st century Although some females use snow dens on land for birthing cubs polar bears are almost completely dependent upon sea ice for their sustenance Any significant changes in the abundance distribution or existence of sea ice will have effects on the number and behavior of these animals and their prey Canada has listed the polar bear as a species of concern since 2002 and is currently conducting a status review as of 2008 7 Shortening of winter season means less lake ice and shorter time to use ice roads The oil industry and support services withdraw water from freshwater lakes and ponds to build ice roads and pads in the Arctic for increased access to remote sites This technique is important to the oil industry in that it allows oil field

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  • Looking Back… | BEYONDbones
    entire space program It was only six years later that NASA successfully reached the moon That s one small step for man one giant leap for mankind On July 20 1969 Neil Armstong and Buzz Aldrin become the first men to set foot on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission From start to finish the entire Lunar mission took just over 8 days Coming soon your chance to be a fly on the shuttle wall of this extraordinary mission If you can see this then you might need a Flash Player upgrade or you need to install Flash Player if it s missing Get Flash Player from Adobe On July 21 1931 CBS New York City station began broadcasting the first regular seven day a week television schedule in the U S By the end of the year CBS was broadcasting for seven hours a day seven days a week Now you can buy a set of knives or a juicer through the Home Shopping Network twenty four hours a day every day On July 24 1911 Hiram Bingham III rediscovered Machu Picchu more commonly known as the Lost City of the Incas The city was built in the 1450 s but was abandoned only a hundred years later during the Spanish conquest photo credit icelight 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged apollo 11 apollo mission Broadcasting buzz aldrin CBS fly me to the moon giant leap for mankind Giant Screen Theatre Hiram Bingham Incas joe walker Joseph Walker Lost City Lost City of the Incas lunar landing machu picchu moon neil armstrong North American x 15 one small step for man spaceflight television x 15 by Steven Bookmark the permalink About Steven Steven never dreamed his first job out of college would be

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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.18.08) | BEYONDbones
    eat tomatoes 193 nests of the endangered Kemp s ridley turtle were discovered along the coast this year up from 128 last year But federal funding for the program responsible for the increase is in jeopardy Scientists have found strange things they never expected in a case involving a rare Peruvian mummy Imagine no countdowns no counting calories no The Count Scientists have found a tribe in the Amazon that has no words for numbers The science of chocolate chips you too can make the perfect chocolate chip cookie And I m excited to say that local parents voted HMNS best Houston Museum for big kids and teens by the readers of GoCityKids com a great local resource for families all over the country Congratulations to the Children s Museum Best Museum for Little Kids and the Houston Zoo voted Best Place for Family Bonding Check out all the winners and figure out what you re doing this weekend by clicking here 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged amazon amazon tribe chocolate chip cookie gocitykids HMNS mummy numbers perfect chocolate chip cookie peru Science the count tomato by Erin B Bookmark the permalink About Erin

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  • Mantis Madness | BEYONDbones
    on the mesh If we dont see more predation soon I m going to have to let them go befor we could get them to a stag that they would have a better chance to servive Erin M on April 13 2009 at 10 42 am said Hi Allen I m sorry to hear about the problems you are having with your baby mantids First of all 4 days is still a bit young sometimes it takes several days for them to be ready to eat some are ready sooner than others Where did you get the egg case I had one that I purchased from Carolina Biological Supply and I lost about half of the babies very soon after it hatched so maybe there is something wrong with that egg case Mantids are very fragile when they are first born and many of them can die that s why there are so many in the egg case Just because they are in captivity doesn t mean they don t have plenty of obstacles to face including each other As long as they are together the weaker ones will be eaten by the stronger ones and that s normal If you want to let them go they will be fine If you want to keep them just keep feeding them about every other day In a couple of weeks you will probably need to switch to larger fruit flies then eventually crickets I would expect you to end up with about 20 or 30 larger nymphs They should not be kept together after their first molt because the older they get the more they will cannibalize each other Good luck and if you have any more questions feel free to e mail me diane diekmann on June 3 2009 at 8 32 pm said I am desperate to own a larger or almost adult sized green leaf mantid with the leaf extensions on its front legs I have a garden room and set up ready where can I buy one Please help Erin M on June 8 2009 at 11 55 am said Hi Diane I m glad you re interested in owning a praying mantis and it sounds like you have some pretty nice accomodations set up I can give you a couple of websites I know of and otherwise you might try googling it http www usamantis com He breeds and sells several species and I get several from him He is out of town until the end of June so don t be dicouraged if you don t hear back from him http www mantiskingdom com http www bugsincyberspace com The other two I have not used but they seem to have an ok selection Good luck Danni on June 27 2009 at 1 15 pm said I suggest remove rephrase the comment about it being okay to release baby mantids into your garden While it may be okay in the US in the UK it is

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  • The science of salsa | BEYONDbones
    to dance salsa can be found here J What s the history of salsa R As we all know salsa is the reflection of the fusion of cultures music and dance that spawns over 500 years where African Spanish mostly in the form of flamenco and or gypsy and European found a common ground in the new world photo credit mary gaston22 Though a small island in the Caribbean Cuba was the most important country in the development of salsa and of the majority of other styles in the American continent Right before the turn of the 20th century this fusion began to resemble the dances we see today beginning with the rumba danzon Cuba s national dance son mambo cha cha cha and others When you watch old movies of the 40s through the 60s you can see how many of these dances dominated the famous New York venues such as the Palladium Copacabana and other legendary night spots An important event in the history of the United States and Cuba the missile crisis of the 1960 s interrupted this free flowing exchange of musical ideas between New York and the island of Cuba and it is here that Latinos in New York predominantly Puerto Ricans began to experiment with the Cuban music they knew and got from their parents As we saw in the 60 s and 70 s people were involved in discovering new things and enjoying themselves and this carried over to Latin music Nuances from disco funk bossa nova Brazil bomba and plena Puerto Rico and others were added to the popular Cuban music whose name literally reflected the blend of sounds and styles J Are other Latin dances easier or more difficult than salsa R For the most part other popular Latin dances such

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  • Science Doesn’t Sleep (7.17.08) | BEYONDbones
    discovered is twice as large as previously thought Molecular hula hoops very tiny fun The Maker Faire is coming to Austin According to the organizers it s a newfangled fair that brings together science art craft and engineering plus green food and music in a fun energized and exciting public forum Will you enter Tell us what you re making Ohhh I see When you said lucky what you really meant was carcinogenic Stephen Hobley plays a harp made of lasers that also functions as a controller for Guitar Hero Best of all you can build one too Love Guitar Hero but not DIY enough to make your own laser version Check out Rockfest in the Grand Hall this Saturday SciGuy s got a list of Houston s most generous science philanthropists it s a chronicle not just of their generosity but also the cutting edge science facilities we have here in Houston He s posting them one at a time so check back AquaJellies 0 0 0 This entry was posted in Science and tagged albrohos reef aquajellies austin brazil carcinogen coral reef DIY guitar hero harp HMNS Houston laser laser harp maker faire molecular hula hoops nanotechnology philanthropy

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