May 2009

The Stanford Office of Science Outreach has announced the lineup for the 2009 Summer Science Lecture Series. Among the topics to be discussed by Stanford Faculty are ownership of life, the secret lives of viruses, the state of energy policy, and the future of longevity technology.


Post image for The real world behind “Up’s” Paradise Falls

Beginning May 29, audiences to Disney/Pixar’s motion picture Up will be treated to yet another of the Emeryville, CA animation studio’s breathtaking visions: a fantastic South American world of towering waterfalls; vast, aircraft carrier-flat mesas called tepuis; and immense hangar-like caves. We look at some of the real natural history behind the fictional Paradise Falls.

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After nearly a week of hoopla in the wake of the Darwinius masillae “Ida” announcement, the History Channel began the process of reeling in cash for its investment, premiering a 2-hour (“with limited commercial interruptions”) documentary entitled The Link.

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In this clip, we talked to John Krueger of the Earthquake Hazards Team about field seismometers and his experiences installing and maintaining them.


USGS Open House 2009 – NetQuakes

by Eric on May 23, 2009

After way too much struggling with the a Final Cut Express/LiveType workflow, I’ve finally managed to upload the first in a series of videos I shot at the USGS Open House earlier in May.
In this first clip, we interviewed Dave Croker of the USGS Earthquake Hazards Team about NetQuakes, a new program that will deploy […]

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SETI@Home celebrates 10th anniversary

by Eric on May 20, 2009

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[ May 21, 2009; 10:00 am to 5:30 pm. ] The SETI@Home project is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week with a symposium on May 21 at the Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory, and a picnic on May 23rd at Tilden Park in Berkeley.


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Residents of Berkeley, Oakland, and Emeryville were gently bothered by a 3.0 earthquake that struck Wednesday afternoon at 3:34pm PDT. The quake struck the Hayward Fault, which by itself is a rather common occurrence, but in a an unusual turn of events, this particular quake was followed by a series of 7 smaller aftershocks, the […]


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Space Shuttle Atlantis was successfully launched from Launch Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center at 2:01pm EDT.


Must see: USGS Open House 05.16-17.09

by Eric on May 11, 2009

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[ May 16, 2009; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. May 17, 2009; 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. ] It’s time again for the 9th triennial Open House in Menlo Park May 16 and 17, from 10am to 4pm. If you have an interest in earthquakes, volcanoes, geology, energy resources or the natural history of the Bay Area and Pacific Northwest, this is the event for you.