Scientists in the Field

Making Waves

As Elizabeth Rusch writes in The Next Wave, “We are in desperate need of a new clean, renewable energy source” and “pioneers are inventing machines to transform the potent pulsing movement of waves into electricity to light our homes and … Read more

Opportunity reaches TEN YEARS on Mars!

Ten years ago today (January 24, 2004), the rover Opportunity landed on Mars with a three-month mission to find signs of past water on the red planet.  A three-month mission that has lasted TEN years — what an incredible, amazing, … Read more

How Research Can Make You THROW UP!

In case you missed it, check out the blog I wrote for I.N.K. (Interesting Nonfiction for Kids), where I recount a very challenging hike up Mount St. Helens that photographer Tom Uhlman and I did while researching Eruption! Volcanoes and … Read more

Indonesian Volcanoes (Including Merapi) Erupt, Spurring Evacuations

Mount Merapi in Indonesia, discussed extensively in Eruption! Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives, has erupted again, on Monday November 18, spewing ash more than 6,000 feet in the air, causing some locals to flee their villages.  Meanwhile, another … Read more

No Methane! No Life? Not Necessarily . . .

By now you many have heard that the Curiosity rover has detected no traces of methane on Mars. Methane is of great interest to scientists (and us all!) because methane could be sign that there is has recently been microbial … Read more

Mars Missions Face Challenges From Government Shutdown

You might be wondering how the government shut down has affected our robotic champs Curiosity and Opportunity (one of whom is a featured rover in The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity).  The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, … Read more

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