Unexpected SciSchmoozing

Clouds are rare over Mars. Curiosity photographed these clouds so far above the surface that they may be made of dry ice crystals, i.e. frozen CO2.

from the desk of David Almandsmith

This SciSchmooze is going to press before the results of Ingenuity’s 7th flight are known. But if you would like a little model (about 1/7 scale) of Ingenuity - for free - just be the third person replying to ask for it. 

Lunar Eclipse - Copyright John Kraus, 2021

from the desk of Dave Almandsmith

Hello again, Friend of science,

Dr. Elizabeth Bik searches for faked images, plagiarized passages, and incorrectly interpreted data in scientific papers. She is amazing in her ability to recognize improperly re-used images even when they are reversed and rotated. She presented a paper on “

Eclipsing with the SciSchmooze

Lunar Eclipse. Photo by Chandra Grahan

from the desk of Bob Siederer

Hello again Science fans!

Early on Wednesday, May 26, the full moon will move through the shadow of the Earth, creating a total lunar eclipse. It will be visible here in California, with the window of totallity running from 4:11 AM to 4:26 AM, relatively short for a lunar eclipse. The moon will also be pretty low in the western sky at that time of night, so you will need to be somewhere with a good view to the west to see it. Wa


Traffic Watch with The SciSchmooze

from the desk of Herb Masters

Hi Science Fans,

So much to consider yet so little time. How often have you thought of something similar to that? Let’s hold off on a lot of covid topics this week and just say that things are changing all the time and people are probably disagreeing just as much. It isn’t going to happen for a long time but I have to admit that the idea of a traffic jam on Mars is entertaining. 

SciSchmooze en los tiempos del COVID

Crescent Earth

Fewer and fewer Americans are lining up to get COVID-19 shots while only 31% of our population has been fully vaccinated. Public Service Announcements are pushing for more people to get vaccinated, e.g. Barack Hussein Obama, Stewie from Family Guy, and Google. Aware that a large proportion of Republicans are hesitant, there is even a PSA by and for Republicans. Pfizer (i got my Fauci ouchy from Pfizer) is working on a

The SciSchmooze Celebrates the Earth

Earth Day, Every Day

Hello again fans of Science!

The first official Earth Day observance was in 1970. That’s 51 years ago that organizers proclaimed the day as one to take action on our environment. While a lot has been done since that first Earth Day, including the start of the recycling movement, the introduction of unleaded gasoline, and significant pollution restrictions, have we really improved the planet?

That’s a difficult question to answer. I would say it all depends on where you look. In some areas great strides have been made. In others, not so much. And overall, climate change continues seemingly unabated while politicians and governments continue to talk about the issue rather than do as much as possible to fix it.

Here’s a rather

SciSchmoozing Around the Neighborhood

Ingenuity helicopter hangs from Mars Perseverance Rover

from the desk of Dave Almandsmith

Dear Science Fans,

Out in our solar system neighborhood, the Mars Ingenuity helicopter is about to be released from the underside of the Perseverance rover. NASA’s official description of Ingenuity’s role says it will be decommissioned after a month of test flights. Sorry, folks. I do not expect the world’s population will sit idly by while Perseverance trundles off abandoning the cute little ‘copter in the brutally co


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