Posts Tagged ‘Technology’

It Ain’t What You Do (But The Way That You Do It)

Chairing a session at a scientific meeting has its advantages and disadvantages. One of the major disadvantages is that you miss out on a half day’s worth of talks (at least, you do at GSA, where the sessions last a half day; they’re shorter at AGU). Although I got to see some cool stuff this [...]

Pre-GSA Week

It’s the week before the Geological Society of America annual meeting. AAAAGGGH!!!! Here’s a preview of what I’m working on: Google Earth image with 1940 aerial image overlay (and grid) showing Puyallup River valley between Puyallup and Tacoma. Image from Puget Sound River History Project. As environmental science instructors, we like to hope we can [...]

Drill Ship in the Blogosphere

Dang. Everybody has a blog now, even the staff and scientists on the drill ship JOIDES Resolution. Blogs | JOIDES Resolution.

Places and Spaces: Mapping Science

A while ago, I was preparing a post critiquing a map of domains of scientific knowledge based on users’ database searches. The post never made it to completion, but the idea apparently caught on with other people besides just me. Indiana University has a fascinating exhibit with a bazillion maps of domains of scientific knowledge, [...]

Visualizing Four and More Dimensions

I love this plot. It may or may not show up in a paper I’m writing for submission to Geology on some of my PhD thesis samples. In any case, I hope to spend the next few posts explaining why it’s so cool.

The iPhone Rocket

As a follow-up to my post on the next-generation iPhone with a magnetometer… here’s the story of a this-generation iPhone used as an accelerometer in a model rocket. Way cool. The iPhone Rocket: The Story and Data Of How An iPhone Hit 1300ft.


From Wired (boldface is mine): Various blogs claim receiving tips from informed sources about features in the highly anticipated handset, such as a magnetometer (digital compass), a video camera and a speedier processor. Sweet! I can’t wait for paleomagnetism to get in on the citizen science action (à la Quake Catcher Network).

A KML-Ready Map with Projections!

Axis Maps has put together a KML-ready (and shapefile-ready) online map viewer that support several different map projections. Not very flexible in terms of symbols, but the projection ability makes this a nice tool to have in one’s teaching arsenal. indieprojector.

Nooksack Cirque Panorama

Super cool annotated panorama of a cirque in the north Cascades. This kind of thing would be a great GigaPan project (see also: xrez), and would be fun to do with a class – say, physical geography. Print is available from the photographer for $84 plus shipping. Nooksack Cirque Panorama by Greg Higgins.