This week’s horrific and heartbreaking earthquake in Mexico is a reminder of the destructive power earthquakes can deliver. It also comes on the heels of another earthquake in a different part of Mexico just two weeks before. Relief map of Mexico. Credit: Carport, CC By 3.0 One of the first facts to be reported about an earthquake is its magnitude. Many of us might be familiar with the term “Richter scale,” which was developed in the 1930s by two scientists at Caltech. The
Megan and I both travelled for our day jobs to areas of totality for the recent solar eclipse on August 21st (me to Charleston, SC and Megan to Sun Valley, ID). Megan had a conference to work at and I had a talk to give. The eclipse affected both of us profoundly. Our latest piece in the Huffington Post is just one result of that experience. We hope you enjoy it, and please leave a comment. Additionally this week, we received the first advance copies of our latest book "
Social media can be a funny thing. On a Friday evening during a break of my son's soccer practice, I decided to look at Facebook. The first post was about an open letter from a male engineering student who acknowledged the difficulties his female counterparts most likely endured. I got lots of warm fuzzies about the future of STEM and, well, humanity. One of the many posts on Twitter regarding the letter from the male engineering student. The next post was about the apparentl
Sometimes I feel guilty for not donating my whole paycheck to NPR. That’s because I always learn about what’s going on and get exposed to new ideas and people just by listening (even if I’m washing dishes at the same time). Today was one of those days that I heard about an incredible-sounding person. Her name is Ainessa Ramirez and she’s a self-described “science evangelist” who is doing some great work through books, podcasts, and more. Truthfully, as someone working in sc