Monthly Archives: January 2011

An Ode to Stupidity in Science

I’ve been trying to make a research-deadline this month, and keep coming up with new and innovative ways that the data collection itself is flawed. It’s frustrating, and time consuming, and sometimes I even feel stupid. But you know what? … Continue reading

Posted in Practice of Science | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Who’s been munching on MY cables?

This gallery contains 1 photo.

A note from fieldseasons past. The first day, we smelled the stench of a bear. The second day, he munched on my cables. The third day, as we worked our way down the line, he strolled up. When bear bangers … Continue reading

More Galleries | Leave a comment

Book Review: Vancouver, City on the Edge

I have given away more copies of Vancouver, City on the Edge: living with a dynamic geological landscape by John Clague and Bob Turner than I can easily count. I do this because it’s a well-written book accessible to anyone … Continue reading

Posted in Geoscience | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Predicting Landslides

This post continues on The Trouble With Landslides by investigating in more detail why predicting how landslides will behave is challenging. Small landslides are fairly easy to predict: rockfalls essentially follow trajectories that can be predicted with relatively straightforward physics, … Continue reading

Posted in Geoscience | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Trouble with Landslides

Landslides are among the least sexy disasters. Mud and rocks are less photogenic than lava, a single event usually impacts fewer people than an earthquake, hurricane, or tsunami, and anyone who lives in big, flat places will probably never encounter … Continue reading

Posted in Geoscience | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Twitter and Disaster Response

I’ve been repeatedly asked why a serious scientist would use Twitter as a communication method. In addition to my interest as a science outreach professional, I am interested as a disaster researcher. Twitter is rapidly becoming an unparalleled tool for … Continue reading

Posted in Computer Science, Practice of Science | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Book Review: Atom

Issac Asimov was a prolific author of science fiction, but also of popular science books. I picked up his Atom: journey across the subatomic cosmos years ago as an optional text for a chemistry class, and promptly didn’t read it … Continue reading

Posted in Astronomy, Physics, Practice of Science | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

geoNatHaz field book

geoNatHaz is an international field school with trips to observe natural hazards in Italy and Canada. The purpose is to increase competency in dealing with natural hazards and to increase international understanding of the hazards. After attending the 2010 Canadian … Continue reading

Posted in Geoscience | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Science Writing

At the 2010 American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, Robert Irion ran a workshop on science writing. His list of recommended reading includes: Earth Discovery News Science News A Field Guide for Science Writing On Writing Well To that, … Continue reading

Posted in Geoscience, Practice of Science | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment