Author Archives: Mika

A Decade Ago, the Space Station Unfurled Its Wings for the First Time

Exactly ten years ago, the International Space Station unfurled its second set of wings for the first time. A decade ago, the beloved space station was just a fledgling in orbit, not yet equipped with all the goodies current astronauts … Continue reading

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Go on, Embrace Your Inner Bear-Voyeur

It’s that time of year again already. You can’t make your way to Alaska to ogle coastal brown bears as they emerge from their winter’s slumber, and you just don’t know where to get your fix. Don’t worry: Katmai National … Continue reading

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Bask in the Warmth of a Valentine From the Heart of the Earth

A collapse in the crust of this lava flow reveals a searing hot heart-shaped skylight, a Valentine straight from Mother Earth. Top image: A skylight in the West Kamokuna lava flow with geoscientist for scale. Credit: Laszlo Kestay/USGS Lava in … Continue reading

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Heart Rock is the Greatest Grumpy Valentine

Love is like this boulder: unwieldy, needlessly symbolic, and slowly eroded by the inexorable march of time. Happy Valentine’s Day to all you curmudgeonly misanthropes who just want to get on with the eventual heat-death of the universe! Heart Rock. … Continue reading

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Bring Out Your Favourite Natural Valentines!

Give me your hearts! What are your favourite photographs of naturally-occurring hearts around our lovely, complex universe? Valentine’s Day is lurking around the corner, so let’s pull together our best evidence that the universe loves us and wants us to … Continue reading

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It took twelve years, but the Opportunity Rover has climbed up the edge of Knudsen Ridge on Mars. The view is great — steep ridges, a dramatic slope, and the far lip of Endeavour Crater shaping the horizon. The rover is … Continue reading

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From the Field: Behind the Scenes on SpaceX’s Launch of the Jason-3 Satellite

What was happening out-of-sight during Sunday’s SpaceX launch of Jason-3? These are my stories from reporting live on white rocket engulfed in a fog bank but without the internet connectivity to actually update in real-time. Find your way to a … Continue reading

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The Latest Casualty of Weird Weather? Frozen Turtles

This is a terrible record to break: Largest number of turtles relocated due to hypothermic shock from a single event. These poor reptiles are even more confused by this year’s winter weather than we are! If all goes well in … Continue reading

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The Montreal Massacre

Today is December 6th. In 1989, women were targeted, shot, and killed for being engineering students. Today is a day to honour women scientists and engineers living and working in Canada. Fourteen women were killed and another ten women and … Continue reading

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Zombies: A Seismic Defense

A farewell note to a former coworker, inspired by John Rennie at PLOS: As trained geophysicists, we’ve kept the office mercifully zombie-free since the Apocalypse, even maintaining a rigorous field schedule. A global catastrophe of undead hordes roaming the streets … Continue reading

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