Monthly Archives: June 2011

Tau Day

From the chatter within my social media networks, geoscientists like switching to the physically-intuitive tau (and thus celebrating Tau Day), while physicists are firmly in favour of sticking with pi. I’m happy to embrace both (can I ever have too … Continue reading

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Science at YVR: US departures terminal

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The United States departure terminal at Vancouver International Airport is not nearly as scientifically interesting as the international terminal. About all we’ve got is a Science World storefront where you can peruse books on local geoscience and play with science-toys, … Continue reading

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Rheology

When Accretionary Wedge prompted for favourite geology words, I finally had to contribute to the distributed collaborative geoscience blog: Rheology. Rheology is the study of flows. In geophysics, rheological studies usually focus on lava, debris flows, and landslides: materials that … Continue reading

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Vancouver: social disaster and recovery

I’m a physical scientist, and any education I have in social sciences comes from breadth requirements and conversations with eager graduate students about their projects. Therefore, commenting on the recent post-hockey riot in Vancouver falls strictly outside my usual areas … Continue reading

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Cloud Chamber coffee table

The participants for Open Science next week are an eclectic group of people. One linked to a table inspired by quantum mechanics; one day I want to build a cloud chamber coffee table. Can you imagine sipping morning tea and … Continue reading

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